I am newly married and am looking for some tips on how to keep my marriage strong. What are some real-life tips and maybe even examples on how to keep your marriage strong and going?
Love that little reading. I wrote it on the small white board we have, so that I(and him) can see it more often.40 years married here (I am 58, my wife is 57...you do the math!!)
First of all there is NOTHING...work...kids...friends...family...
NOTHING as important as your relationship!
Second: Have date nights (especially when the kids come) and keep the passion HOT!!
And finally, here is a reading that we have framed and keep in our bedroom. Live by it:
Start by giving freely, expecting nothing in return. Say easily both “I’m sorry” and “You’re forgiven.” Find one new interest to share each year you’re together. Give small gifts frequently and when not expected. Compliment each other, especially in front of friends (and family). Never bury anger or resentment, it will only produce bitterness and a hardened heart. Always listen to and respect each other’s opinions especially when they differ. Work equally hard on your relationship as you do in any career or outside interest. Never assume your loved one knows how you feel about them...unexpressed love has no power at all, but love spoken and shared brings joy. Treasure peace between you more than being right or having the last word. Know that there is no greater reward for loving than to grow old enjoying the life you’ve created together.
Congratulations and may your marriage long endure!