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10 Things Happily Married Couples Do

by on July 26, 2011 >> 9 Comments
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1) Revere their marriage union and vows. This is the foundation on which all successful marriages are based. Everything else usually falls in place when the marriage is respected by both parties.

2) Treat each other with utmost respect at all times, extending common courtesy – please, thank you, excuse me, you’re welcome. Being married does not give anyone the right to disregard common courtesy when dealing with the other party, and if you are going to be late for heaven’s sake – call!

3) Respect each other’s space. Even though you two are married, you are still individuals first. It is essential for every human to spend time with him or herself and find time to maintain the connection with him or herself. When you take time out to breathe and connect with yourself, you become more balanced and better able to give of yourself.

4) Remain open, honest, and faithful to each other.

5) Keep the romance alive. Fix your lover breakfast in bed for no special reason. Buy her flowers because well, she deserves it. Take each other on spontaneous dates; do not wait for holidays or special occasions to do so. Surprise each other at regular intervals. Romance fuels relationships; when the romance dies, so does the relationship and thus, the marriage.

6) Keep the lines of communication open and communicate often. The more you talk to each other, the more you will get to know about each other. The more enlightened you will be to the person’s likes and dislikes which can help you avoid displeasing each other, thus lessening the arguments you two will have.

7) Argue fairly. Yes, even happily married couples argue at times. They stay on topic and listen to what the other party is saying before replying. They do not involve past issues in their present dispute, and most importantly, they do not hit or call each other offensive names. Scars – both physical and mental, are permanent and hard to overlook. Words are powerful! Once they are out they cannot be returned.

8) Extend loyalty to each other when dealing with family and friends. Happily married couples hold their spouse in high esteem, and lets their family and friends know how much they love and value each other. Their remarks about a spouse when they are not around, is always positive.

9) Laugh together. Making fun of the silly stuff that happens everyday will enrich the bond shared, and keep the stress quotient very low in the relationship.

10) Embrace each other with a proper goodbye whenever they are departing and a proper hello when they reunite. This simple gesture is very powerful! It is often overlooked by many couples who often times have shouted to the other party from the front door “See you tonight!” and headed out the door, and upon returning “Hi honey, I’m home” and reaching for a beer or the TV remote. Happily married couples take the last few minutes before departing to embrace, make eye contact, and say their goodbyes. This sets the tone for the entire day. Upon returning home, they spend the first few minutes again embracing and saying a proper hello and glad to have you home.

CONTRIBUTED by Empowerment Coach Eugénie Nugent

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9 Responses to 10 Things Happily Married Couples Do

  1. Katherine on September 1, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Very solid points! I love number 10, but of course number one is basic for any marriage to work. Both partners must respect the union in order to remain happy and stay married – no getting around that one!

  2. Janice on September 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    “Words are powerful! Once they are out they cannot be returned.” These words I am definitely taking with me. I have had numerous situations when I say things that I wish I could have taken back. My words have cost me dearly in the past, and I am working on thinking before uttering.

    It is impossible for anyone adhering to these rules to not be successful in their marriage. Great marriage tips!

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Marie on September 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      Happy you are able to take something away with you. Words can definitely have an effect on one for years!

      We learn from our mistakes, and thinking before uttering is something we should all try to adapt to.

      Thanks for partaking.
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    • Eugénie on January 15, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks Janice! Yes, words are so powerful and can be a huge asset when used for good, and an even bigger liability when used for bad. Marriage is no place for disparaging comments about each other!
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  3. Sandy on October 24, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I too am loving number ten Katherine. Too often we take that little hello or goodbye for granted, when we do not even know how long we will have each other for. I think that number ten is very, very important.

    Awesome top ten list Marie, all work together to bring out the best in marriages.

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