A successful marriage requires making a lot of compromises. Embrace each other as you are and respect the differences. Each of you has a unique personality as well as a set of values and preferences, and recognising these differences will help you prevent conflicts and going through difficult periods in life. Perhaps your relationship started because of the things you have in common, but in married life, you will also have to deal with the differences.
Always value the happy events in life, no matter how big or small. Focus on positive things and celebrate them, and whenever you encounter a problem try to solve it calmly and with a smile on your face. There will inevitably be difficulties on the way, but a positive attitude will help you get through. Psychologists say that joking while fighting makes it much easier to reach an agreement.
Make sure that you occasionally do exciting things together. Allow yourselves to be a little adventurous and maybe even childish sometimes. Try doing something you never dared to do before, plan a road trip, or even order an exotic dish at a restaurant. It is important to jump out of the everyday routine every once in a while because discovering new things will actually lead to discovering new things in each other.
Happily married couples do many things together but also lead their own separate lives. Don’t think of your marriage as a cocoon isolated from the rest of the world. Keep relationships with your family and friends, have your hobbies and spend some time away from each other. Total independence and total dependence are not healthy, so try to find a balance.
Keep the romance alive by going on dates, kissing each other frequently and planning romantic weekends away. Regardless of how many years you have spent together, always be affectionate because this will maintain your relationship.
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