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A happy marriage is one of life’s best pleasures. But all too often it seems that the stresses of every day living take a toll on our most important relationship. That’s why it’s so important that we remember to work on that bond constantly, making it stronger. After all, if you aren’t working at your job, you quickly find you don’t have one; the same is true with relationships.

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But how can you keep a marriage strong? Here are our 5 secrets to a marriage that lasts:




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1. Put Your Marriage/Partner First

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There’s a reason this is the first item on the list – it’s the most important thing there is. A marriage isn’t 50/50, each partner has to give 100% and never expect anything in return. And besides, when you really love someone, it feels really good to do things for them.

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2. Know When Your Partner Needs Attention

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The happiest couples are those that have learned to recognize their partner’s little calls for attention.

A study of 120 newlywed couples found that those who were still married after 6 years were picking up on their partners’ cues 86% of the time; only 33% had been doing so in the divorced couples.

So keep an eye (and an ear!) out for little hints from your partner. For example, if you hear him mention that he hasn’t had a milk shake in ages, pop into the drive-thru and bring one home for him after work – it lets him know you’re paying attention to his needs.

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3. Kiss And Hug Everyday

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We’re not talking little pecks on the cheek or quick hugs goodbye. We need to feel each other close, preferably with skin touching, to maintain our physical and mental health.

Deep, longing kisses shouldn’t be saved just for foreplay – they should be a part of your every day routine! Kisses don’t have to be erotic or sexual – but when you kiss him, he should know you meant it.
 
 
4. Keep Your Memories Alive

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One way to keep a marriage strong is to minimize the bad things that have happened, and talk frequently about the good times. Talking together about happy times you’ve had can actually change how you think about your partner and your relationship.

Next time your relationship is feeling less than enchanting, bring up a favorite moment from when you first started dating, or bring up a favorite moment from your relationship (like the day you both called in sick and drove to the beach in the middle of winter). You may be surprised how quickly it kindles loving feelings.
 
 
5. Argue Respectfully

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All couples have disagreements, and an argument doesn’t mean you’re breaking up. But anytime there’s a squabble, it’s important that you discuss the problem rather than attacking the person. Becoming critical, defensive or contemptuous will cause a simple disagreement to dissolve into something more serious.

If you find it hard to argue without becoming disrespectful, take a break until you feel calmer and can discuss the issue more calmly. Take that time to reflect on positive parts of your relationship, and reasons why you love your partner. It will put you in a better frame of mind for continuing the discussion.




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