At the start of any marriage, love is in the air. The honeymoon period may be over, but the passion, the spark is still there. It’s fantastic. It’s everything you dreamed it would be.Fast forward a few years later. Things have calmed down, perhaps slowed to a crawl. The passion has leaked out into the street, and you’re wondering what happened to those spontaneous and skin-tingling moments.What happened to your partner? You two used to be so happy, so excited. Where did it all go wrong?If you’re worried what happened to your lovebird relationship, and you want to rekindle the fire that once was, here are 8 tips on how to revive your marriage, even if you think it’s dead or beyond repair. Always hold out hope!8 Ways To Revive Your Marriage and Maintain The Love 1. Be Grateful For What is Good In Your MarriageWe’re starting with the happiest one. What is good about your marriage? You might be trying to revive your marriage, but in even the worst relationships you’ll find some good.Take some time to think about what your partner does that you love. What does he/she do that makes you smile? Forget about the annoying or horrible habits he or she has; focus on the good. Here are 10 ways you can show your fiance how much you appreciate him.This is about getting you out of that horribly depressing mindset you’re currently in. You’ve come looking for this article with a “everything is falling apart!” attitude. What we’re doing is getting you to think about what is good in your marriage; as bleak as things seem, I’m sure you’ll find something that will put a smile on your face.2. Introduce A Monthly Coddle NightA coddle night?What’s a coddle night? Ever set time aside for someone specifically, because they needed your full and undivided attention? Well that’s the night you’re going to spend with your spouse.Arrange at the very least one night a month (it can be more!) where you and your partner will spend the night together, whether that’s curled up on the sofa with chocolate and a great film or going out for a romantic meal and a glass of wine.It can be anything you and your partner really enjoy doing as a couple. It doesn’t matter too much what you two do, but rather the attention spent on each other. This is about you two sharing time together and focusing completely on each other. Reviving love in a marriage involves attention and focus on your partner and vice versa.You may have fallen into the habits of both of you doing your own thing; you or your partner may feel neglected and unwanted because either of you may be spending all your time on other pursuits. Take time to reconnect with each other, even if it’s once a month. It’ll do wonders.3. Have You And Your Spouse Stopped Trying To Chase Each Other?As a marriage develops, we think we don’t have to try anymore. We’ve got the girl or the guy. We can let out hair down and relax now. Not so.Your partner fancied you for one reason or another; it might be that you worked out and kept yourself in shape, or dressed up nicely a lot more than you do now. Show your partner you’ve still got it by getting in shape and making yourself as attractive as you used to be!That’s not a one way street either – motivate your partner to get back to his or her original state. This isn’t meant to be taken as ‘you’re ugly now! You used to look so much better!’It’s about taking care of yourself, for yourself and your partner. It’s about respect – self-respect and respect for your partner.4. Plan A Romantic Weekend (Without The Kids)Get out. Go somewhere. Travel to Rome or wherever it is you two said you’d always go one day. Lose yourselves in an adventure. Find that spark and interest. Go on an adventure together and discover sides of your partner (and yourself!) you never knew existed.5. Find A Hobby That Both Of You EnjoyGet out and do something new. You just need an excuse to spend time together. Often we become involved in work and our own hobbies, we forget to invest time in our partners.Find something you both would be interested in and dive into it!6. Discuss Your Doubts And Concerns With Your PartnerResentments build up in a marriage can lead to a failing marriage. Revive your marriage by discussing and sharing your problems and previous hurts with your partner.Discuss how things that he or she has done have made you feel and why you reacted the way you did. There are bound to be quite a few unresolved issues you’re both holding onto. Let go of them all by talking through them with your partner.If possible, discuss how you can avoid these issues in the future.7. Get Some Me-TimeThis one seemingly goes against everything we’ve discussed so far. Why?Well, not all marriages fail due to lack of attention. Sometimes it can be because you or your partner aren’t taking care of themselves enough. You might be the loving doting partner who always spends their time taking care of their partner’s problems.You seemingly have no time for yourself because you have so many things to help you partner or children with. Arrange to take some time out for yourself. Go out with friends, go do one of your hobbies. Whatever it is that makes you happy and fulfilled, go and do it.Giving yourself that space will give you and your partner the room to really appreciate each other when you do spend time together.8. Strengthen Your Marriage Relationship Through GiftsWhat happens if you don’t water your plants (the ones in pots, at least)? They die. Without attention and care, they wither. If you need to revive your marriage, it might be because you or your partner are feeling underappreciated.Get them a gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive – it could even be free! Some flowers, their favorite food, whatever it is you know they’ll like. You could even make something for them; a cute card, something cheesy.This tip is all about showing your partner you DO care, and that you’re thinking of them more than they might know.If you’re experiencing problems in your marriage, and feel like it needs reviving, try one or several of these tips. It might just take one of the above tips to rekindle the fire in your marriage!
Having unrealistic expectations in marriage can lead to serious problems later on in a relationship or marriage.Whether it’s you or your partner with the high expectations, sooner or later it’s going to cause issues.So what do I mean by unreasonable expectations in marriage? Well, let me give you an example.Let’s say your partner spends all their time doing a hobby that they love. They spend time with you as well, of course.But they have a job, they have you, and they have this hobby they love.An unrealistic expectation would be if you basically wanted your partner to give up that hobby to spend more time with you.Or how about your partner expecting you to make mounds of cash to support their lavish lifestyle while doing little or no work themselves.So lets talk about you…You know clearly now what I mean by unreasonable expectations.So how are things between you and your spouse? Do you get along famously? Are you super close? I doubt you’d be reading this article if that were true.But don’t worry – I’m here to help.So…let’s talk about how your spouse acts around you. What I want to find out is, do they try and avoid you? Are you setting unrealistic demands that they can’t fulfil?The more you try and push your partner to do something for you, to get something for you, etc, the more they’ll pull away from you.So here’s an initial little exercise (it doesn’t involve moving or doing anything):Step One(The Easy Bit):I want you to think of what you’ve recently asked your partner for, whether it’s more time, more money, a certain material object, a wedding ring perhaps?Whatever it is, I want you to have a good think and figure out why your partner is acting the way they are.You might struggle and think “Well, there’s nothing! I’ve not set any unrealistic expectations!”If you really can’t think of anything, it’s time to move onto step number two.Step Two(The Harder Bit):Now, you may have figured out what demands you’ve been making that are pushing your partner away, you might not.Either way, the next step now is to talk to them. Get together, and make sure you free up enough time to be able to really talk to each other and listen to what both of you have to say.Ask them why they’re acting the way they are and what you might be doing that’s making them act that way.Ask them specifically if they feel that you’ve put any unrealistic demands on them recently that’s causing them to behave differently.As I always say, communication is one of the foundations of any successful relationship or marriage, and that rings true even in this situation.If you take some real time to figure out why they’re behaving oddly and whether you’re the cause, you can nip that problem in the bud before it grows to become a real problem.Recommended reading: How To Deal With Criticism and Give Constructive Feedback in a RelationshipStep 3 (The Best Bit!):So, you’ve talked about it. You’ve gotten them to open up and tell you what unrealistic expectations were there and how they felt about them.Now it’s time for change! Yes, I know; change is hard. But think about your marriage/relationship.A small change can have wonderful effects.Watch as you remove those unrealistic expectations, almost all of the difficulty and arguing from your marriage just…poof! Disappears.ConclusionSo, there you go. A quick three step process for saving your marriage, ending some bad conflicts and patching up a shaky relationship.Remember: figure out the unrealistic expectations, talk to your partner about them and ask them how they feel, and then figure out how you can fix it.That’s all there is to it!Have you experienced unreasonable expectations in your marriage? What was it and what did you do about it?
In this article, we’re going to be taking a peek at ten most common marriage myths that are spread around, which in fact, often have no truth or fact supporting them.Some of these might be familiar to you, and some of them might be something new; regardless, I warn you not to take any notice. These myths are likely to cause serious problems in your marriage (if they haven’t already!) and push you and your partner apart.Let’s take a look.Myth #1: Your Spouse Knows Your Desires And Needs And Should Always Strive To Fulfill ThemYou and your spouse probably know each other well; after all, you’re married and you’ve been together for years. There’s almost nothing you two don’t know about each other.But there’s a common misconception that you know everything about your partner and vice versa, and if you don’t, you’re a bad partner. Even worse, you’re expected to keep up with your partner’s emotions, thoughts, desires and more by the second.As humans, all these things change in a flash; we can barely keep up with our own emotions and thoughts, so trying to keep up with someone else’s is virtually impossible.If you feel your needs aren’t being met, don’t wait for your partner to become a mind reader; the only way to figure things out like this is to talk through them.Stop believing that your partner is psychic; they’re not and probably won’t develop that talent anytime soon. If you or your partner expects this level of attention and detail, one or the other of you is going to face disappointment and frustration.Myth #2: The Needs Of Your Spouse Are Above Your OwnThis one is very common. People believe that when you jump into a marriage, you should sacrifice everything for the other person. That means you should give up your dreams, your desires and your needs. Your partner is now your life.And that’s simply not true, and shouldn’t be taken seriously. Neither you nor your partner stopped being a full human being; you both still have your own separate personalities and wants.You both need to fulfill your own desires; while you both will need to make sacrifices for each other, if that means sacrificing what means most to you, things won’t end well.Myth #3: Both Partners Share Exactly The Same Beliefs And OpinionsApparently for a successful relationship, you must have exactly the same beliefs as your partner, otherwise things fall apart.Completely false. In fact, having your own difference of opinion is what makes a relationship so interesting and healthy. As long as it doesn’t lead to arguments every time!, it’s perfectly normal and healthy to have different beliefs.Conversely, it’s very unhealthy if one or both of you are trying to conform to the other’s opinions. Be your own person, and your partner will respect you a lot more.Myth #4: A Marriage Does Not Experience Substantial Ups And Downs and Works On Its Own. You Don’t Need To Actively Engage In Order For It To Be A Happy MarriageMarriage isn’t some holy power that grants you eternal happiness, as much as we wish it did. Just like a normal relationship, there will be ups and downs, and times when you and your partner will fall out.That’s normal. More importantly, you have to work at and commit to your marriage. It won’t keep itself going. When times are hard, you and your partner have to try hard to maintain your marriage. It’s not always plain sailing, but if your partner means that much to you, you’ll both work hard to stay together.Myth #5: Arguments and Fighting Do Only Happen In Bad Marriages. Disputes Are Generally A Bad Sign.Consider how many people are in the world; around 7 billion. Each of those people has their own beliefs, goals, opinions, etc. Of course there are going to be clashes; if you believe one thing and your partner believes something else, you won’t agree of course.Many people consider it a bad sign if there are arguments and fighting in their relationships or marriages. When in fact, the opposite is true. If there was no conflict, it would likely be a sign that either one or both of you are actively trying to avoiding fighting; which means whoever is doing so is building up resentment for the other, because they’re not able to fully express themselves.It’s healthy and natural to fight and argue; you’re two separate people with your own emotions and beliefs. As long as it doesn’t devolve into a shouting match or a physical confrontation, it’s perfectly healthy to argue! Learn more about how to have healthy arguments here.Myth #6: When Fighting, One Is Always Right and The Other One Wrong.Following on from the previous point, there is no right or wrong – as much as you believed you were right when your partner did that stupid thing yesterday.Again, you both have your own views. Those will conflict at certain times. Just because you don’t agree doesn’t mean either of you is wrong. If you approach those situations with that attitude, you’ll alienate your partner.No one likes to feel in the wrong, so try not to frame it as such (unless your partner has indeed done something wrong, like burnt the house down).Myth #7: Since You Know Your Spouse Pretty Well, You Know Exactly What He/She Wants In Bed.Sure, you may have been with your partner for some years now. But have you ever asked your partner what they enjoy? No? Then it might be surprising to you that you may in fact not know what your partner enjoys.Talk to them. Ask them what they enjoy. As we previously discussed, you nor your partner are mind readers, so both of you shouldn’t expect the other to read your thoughts.Myth #8: You Can Change Your Spouse How You Want Him/Her To BeWhen you first married your spouse, you might have assumed that things would change over time. He’d be more attentive and spend more time with you than his buddies; she’d hit the gym and get into shape.The truth is, you should never expect your spouse to change based on your wants. In fact, expect things to stay the same overall. When you marry someone, the person you marry is the person you marry (duh!).What I mean is, marriage won’t change much (well, not as much as you think). If you’re hoping that your partner’s finally going to do X or fix Y now that you’re married, you’re in for disappointment.If you try and change your partner, they’re only going to resent you for it; no one likes the feeling of thinking their partners thinks they’re imperfect or uncompleted. People aren’t projects; everyone has flaws, so just make sure your partner’s flaws are ones you’re happy living with.Myth #9: By Having A Baby, You Can Save Your Marriage And Avoid DivorceWe’re going to nip this one in the bud right away; if you put all your bets on a newborn baby to save your marriage, you’re in for a disaster. Even worse, your child will suffer, especially when you begin to resent the baby for not saving your marriage.Your relationship with your partner is your business; if you don’t actively work at it, it will eventually fall apart. Don’t put the pressure on anyone else to save your marriage; it’s up to you.Myth #10: All Problems Disappear When You Are Getting MarriedWhere this one came from, I don’t know. For some odd reason, a lot of people believe that a big wedding and a lovely honeymoon will forever stop you from arguing, from finding your partner’s annoying habits…well, annoying!After that short honeymoon period, things will return to normal; i.e. how it was before you got married. So don’t expect everything to be sunshine and roses forevermore; it won’t be.So there you have it; the top ten marriage myths. Did any of those sound familiar to you? Do you or your partner identify with one or more of the myths? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.If you really want to know how to have a happy marriage check out the best practical tips from 58 of the world’s most famous marriage coaches
1. Pray earnestly together, at least daily, holding nothing back. Be vulnerable and intimate. Praying openly with each other promotes intimacy and bonding. It encourages humility and your spouse will know what you are struggling with, and what you are helpful for and know better how to serve you. Pray together about your hopes, your fears, your wins and your struggles. This has the added benefit of improving your relationship with God. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecc 4:122. Learn to die to self and live for Christ. This may not sound like a marriage tip, because it has implications in all aspects of your life, but I think one of the largest struggles in marriage is the dynamic of spouses warring against each other. Even working as a team is difficult to learn, and still not ideal. So, each should learn to die to self and learn to live for Christ, that way they are on the same team…but not their own team, God’s team. This is hard to do, it takes constant vigilance, you have to learn about yourself, what makes you tick, what your triggers are that causes self to rise up in you. In every situation, stop, suppress the urge to act on “what I want” and instead try to discern “what does God want of me in this situation”. As you grow closer to God, you’ll be amazed how often they overlap, because your character will change to want to serve more, and you’ll also be surprised how often what God wants you to do is good for you, and for your marriage. Actually, He always wants that. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:243. Read your Bible, daily. It’s the best book on the market for marriage, as well as other topics. Read it, study it, know it, live it. It’s counsel on marriage is astounding, from headship and submission, to communication, to dealing with anger, finances, parenting, sex, the list just keeps going. It is not just a book to teach you about salvation, frankly, that part is fairly simple: Worship God, you’re a sinner, Jesus died to save you from your sins, believe, accept, and be baptized. That’s the salvation message in a nutshell. The rest of scripture, the vast majority, is to teach you how to live in this life, to how us how to have joy, peace, contentment here on Earth, including in our marriages. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17I would have liked to give something simpler, but I have no way to distill them down to simple tips. They don’t work as a checklist. It’s all about complete surrender, vulnerability and a better relationship with God. Almost guaranteed your relationship will improve, if you do that, but even if it doesn’t, then you will have a stronger relationship with God to fall back on, and you can learn to be content, regardless of the state of your marriage. Then, you can work on your marriage from a place of stability, using God’s power, not your own. Follow Jay on Twitter @SexInMarriage
1. Value her needs:It is important to value and understand your differences. A woman wants to be heard, listen to her and be her best friend.Additional reading: Best marriage tips2. Money matters:Discuss how you plan on savings, credit card dealings and paying your bills before you both get married. It is very important to be on the same page when it comes to money.Additional reading: 7 tips for a happy marriage3. Spend your money on your spouse:Take notes of little things in life, and try to remember all that your spouse says. So all the I wish I could have this can add more value to your love life, buy the things they want for no occasion, just like that.Additional reading: Tips to keeping the love alive!4. Play your part, be the first one to start a conversation and express love.Marriages and Families can be happy, given that you are willing to play your part. Most of the couples who expressed affection more frequently are happier in their marriages than those who shy away from it.Additional reading: Sex in relationships5. Pull pranks at each other:Studies show that if you both pull pranks at each other, scaring one another the adrenaline rush produced will do good for your relationship. It will be a bonding experience and it may be scary but will make some great memories.Additional reading: Nurture love in your wed lock6. Soften your tone:Though there may be many things that your partner is to blame for, but if you soften your tone and can state it right without blaming them and only looking for a solution. With a softer tone, you may be heading towards a healthier, more productive relationship.Additional reading: How much more love will it take7. You must relive the beginning of your relationship.Go through the photo album, share a laugh, talk of the good old times and remember that flowers and chocolates are where it all started. Try remembering what connected you in the first place, to be able to make it through rough times.Additional reading: 15 love spells8. Forgive and Understand:If your partner usually irritates you, think of them as a small child, this way you will be more understanding and forgiving and much more can be achieved out of your relationship.Additional reading: Making your marriage divorce proof9. Do not keep a score:Do whatever it takes to keep your partner happy, but don’t keep a score of who did what, this may lead you into looking down at your partner for not doing enough. Not keeping a score will ensure that love lives on, forever more.Additional reading: 8 simple ways to make your marriage last10. Resolve your fights:Don’t sleep on a fight and never forget to talk it all out through, sweeping your differences under a rug and hoping that they will magically fix themselves is not the answer.Additional reading: How to make your marriage happier11. Do the little things:Doing little things or not doing the little things that annoy your spouse can be the key to a happier, long lasting marriage as the two of you grow closer and learn to love each other more for these very little things.Additional reading: Top 10 advices for a healthy marriage12. Say NO to negativity:If there are things that annoy you about your spouse, know that there must be annoying things about you too. Embrace the differences and learn to love and grow together.Additional reading: 5 secrets to make your marriage last13. Deep talks:Have deep talks and you will be close forever. Remember to keep your friends and family close but your spouse, closer!Additional reading: 25 secrets to make your marriage last14. Invite family over for get-together:The more interactive you are with your friends and family the healthier the marriage tends to be.Additional reading: Most effective ways to make your marriage last15. Chemistry:Your chemistry with your spouse is almost as important as love, remember that you two must be in sync and have an extra ordinary ability to understand and put up with each other.Additional reading: Successful Marriage Compatibilities16. Love in everyday!You do not need to have lavish experiences to make memories; you can make them as you proceed with your day-to-day lives.Additional reading: Real life Romance17. So how committed are you?Both partners must be committed and in love with each other to make relationships work better and last longer. Commitment will also ensure that you are with each other through all troubles, without commitment you may seek an easy way-out.Additional reading: Simple ways on how to make your marriage last with sincerity18. Marriages can be improved with proven scientific tips. Are you willing to put that effort in your relationship?Your marriage will come across an almost immediate improvement as you improve your sex life and bring that excitement.Additional reading: 10 ways to improve your sex life19. Change yourself do not try to change your partner.The day you begin to see the fault in you, and willing to change instead of expecting your partner to, you will experience a great and delightful change in your marriage.Additional reading: Simple ways to make your marriage work Save The Marriage System20. Be funny around your partner, humor goes a long way!While being funny and witty is attractive, being lame or goofy is equally disappointing for your partner, draw a line and make the best of humor.Additional reading: 10 tips to enhance your marriage21. Visit the grandparents together:Plan 30 days of the month together, doing little and important things that matter, such as visiting immediate family will nurture love and the spirit of growing old together!Additional reading: 30 simple things that you can do to make your marriage last22. Hug and kiss everyday!Do not forget to hug and kiss every day for it will spark your love, and keep your marriage as good as new.Additional reading: Simple ways to make your marriage healthier23. Apologize:Apologize immediately when you are wrong and make up for it, and if your partner is wrong you should still end the argument and very politely point out their mistake and apologize anyway. This will prove your love to them and a little sorry hurts no one.Additional reading: 10 ways to improve your marriage24. A good relationship doesn’t mean you have to work for it:You will always have to work towards the growth and betterment of any bond. Little things to show your love and remember all words and no actions to back them up can push your marriage to the verge of falling apart, live up to what you say.Additional reading: Myths that kill relationships25. Do not have a very expensive wedding:Keep it minimal and don’t spend too much on that wedding, save the money for you will need it later. Most fights after marriage are on the money spent at wrong places.Additional reading: Scientific ways with which to make your marriage last26. Cherish the good and forget the bad:Get rid of the negativity, remember all the good things and forget the bad. Every day and everything comes with a little good and a little bad, cherish the good days.Additional reading: 8 simple ways to make your marriage last27. Raising children and keeping a happy marriage:When you discuss child related and financial issues, things are bound to run dry, ensure that these are not the only topics in your life. Remember to cherish each other, having some alone time, flirt and recall your best memories over a warm, home cooked meal, at the least once a week.Additional reading: How to make your Marriage Work (After Having Kids)28. Make you marriage a priority:Make special family rituals and abide by them, cherish them. Five simple rituals such as greeting, sleeping, messaging, departing and talking rituals will bring great positivity into your married life.Additional reading: 5 ways to bring positivity in your married life29. Become an intense listener:There is nothing more rewarding in a relationship than having someone to talk to, you should always listen very closely to your spouse and remember all the little details that matter to them. This will help you understand your spouse better and spark new levels of understanding and intimacies in your relationship.Additional reading: 7 tips to happier relationships30. Ask yourself: Is it good for your relationship?If your relationship and its well-being are always on your mind, you are likely to always to things that will make your spouse happier and relationship stronger.Additional reading: 8 tips to avoid marriage counseling31. Show faith in your spouse:A simple I believe in you, or you can do it honey can make the world to your spouse. Remember we all go through pressures in our lives and what we need the most is love and support to make it through.Additional reading: 8 Powerful Phrases to Improve Your Marriage32. Compassion:Men and women are two different people, whereas men tend to be emotionally more stable than women, we know they are going to respond quite differently to various situations. Women may cry much more easily, and take longer to be able to resolve things. As a husband you must show compassion and an understanding for her nature and bring her the comfort that she needs in her time of difficulty.Additional reading: 7 of the Greatest Needs of a Wife33. Reminder: Sex within your marriage is a good thing!Making love comes, as an important part of your happy marriage and it is also beneficial for your health, do not let the busyness of your life push you apart, keep the love and keep each other close.Additional reading: Make time to make love34. Make you marriage your priority:Though work is important but your marriage is more important, make time from your busy schedule to relive your life’s best memories and make new ones. This will keep the spark in your marriage!Additional reading: Making Marriage a Priority35. Letting go of everything but your marriageRelationships may sometimes be neglected and you may break into fights with your loved ones, but let go of everything, talk it over. Let of everything except your marriage, make goals of growing old together and loving each other more and more.Additional reading: Letting go of everything but your marriage36. Unrealistic expectations:Learn to remember that your spouse is only human, they are no saints and well neither are you. You both have flaws and shortcomings and must bear with each other, compromise is the words… for a happy marriage do not expect unrealistically, be real, be practical.Read more on Unrealistic expectations37. Review and renew your marriage vows:You must go through your marriage vows and take them seriously, add more to them, learn to live for your spouse’s happiness and you will experience immense joy as they begin to do all the little things that you always wanted them to.Additional reading: Reviewing and renewing your marriage vows, 8 ways to revive and renew a struggling marriage38. The commandment of Love:The first and most important is Love, think of your spouse, as a kid and you will be able to forgive them with greater ease and love and admire them for whatever they may do.Additional reading: 5 Reasons to Place Your Marriage as Top Priority39. Double check on our marriage:Now prevention is better than cure, if you talk about everything that bothers you or your spouse, you have a happier, healthier married life.Additional reading: Double checking on our marriage40. Learn to say NO:Say no to things that you are not okay with, if you explain it properly your spouse is bound to understand too.Additional reading: 4 Easy Steps To Making Marriage A Priority41. Support Each Other’s Interests:You must support each other’s interests and pursue those interests either individually or together, if you pursue them together you will bond more and come closer.Additional reading: 4 Ways to Make Your Marriage a Priority When You Have Children42. Marriage before children:Children make the bond stronger and not weaken it. Learn to embrace parenthood as a bond which will keep you both even more closer to each other, your family and marriage are both very important, but your marriage should always come before your family!Additional reading: Kids Aren’t the Priority. Marriage Is.43. Priorities in the Blended Family:A family begins with the husband and wife, the bond therefore must be strong enough to sustain a bigger family with children. A family that has a string foundation is the happiest, when children watch them parents being happy together, it impacts greatly and with immense positivity.Additional reading: Priorities in the Blended Family44. Marriage first, friends and family LATER:This is the key to making your marriage work, if you put your spouse before anyone else you trigger a bond that will with time become unbreakable and your spouse is the closest to you, there is no reason why he or she shouldn’t be number one at all times.Additional reading: Marriage first, friends and family LATER45. A happy marriage is where both counterparts are Happy!Not just your marriage, make your spouse a priority. If your spouse feels neglected they are sure to be pushed into unhappiness and even if one of you is not pleased with the marriage, the marriage is unhappy!Additional reading: Make Your Spouse a Priority46. Accept that you’ll both have bratty moments:Living with someone is not as easy as it may seem, sometimes you both may act stubborn but remember to forgive and forget and to cherish all the good times. We may all have our differences, but what’s more important is how we get past these differences.Additional reading: 20 Little Ways To Make Your Marriage Even Stronger47. The 10 Commandments of Marriage:Don’t take your partner for granted, love them for who they are. Learn to forgive and prioritize your partner; always keep them as a number one priority.Additional reading: The 10 Commandments of Marriage48. Unraveling in marriage:There are many problems that may arise in your marriage, but only if you learn to fix them right on time you will be able to ensure a happy, longer lasting marriage.Additional reading: Making Marriage a Priority49. Priorities in the Blended Family:The relationship between a husband and wife should always be number one priority and should be as strong as possible.Additional reading: Priorities in the Blended Family50. Understanding what love is:You must talk to each other and try understanding what love means to the other, you may be showering her with roses without asking her what her favorite flower is. Let every little effort count, make sure you know what you are doing.Additional reading: Understanding what love is