19 tips for a happy and lasting marriage

There are many theories about what creates happy relationships, and how to have a happier marriage. You do not have to look far to find a plethora of quotes from scientists, writers and many others who advise us on how to create our own happiness forever.

Here are some of the best tips to help you live your happiest life together …

19 RULES THAT ALL MARRIAGES SHOULD FOLLOW:

INVEST TIME

“The more you invest in a wedding, the more valuable it becomes.” ~ Amy Grant

Nothing matters more than spending time with your partner.

GIVE A LET-PASS

“Make a list of ten of your spouse’s faults, that for the sake of your marriage, you will always forget. You can live with these ten. ~ J & G Murphy

There are surely things that annoy you at your partner. Make a commitment to accept them and forget them.

THIS IS THE SMALL DETAILS THAT COUNT THE MOST

“It’s the little things that keep us together. These little things will make me love forever. ~ Sonia Schaad

It’s not the big gestures that say love, it’s all the little things we do every day.

LOOK FOR THE POSITIVE

“A happy marriage does not mean you have a perfect spouse or a perfect marriage. It simply means that you have chosen to look beyond the imperfections of both. ~ Fawn Weaver

It’s easy to overlook the small flaws of our partner when we focus on the good qualities that attracted us in the first place. Stay focused on the good.

FIND YOUR HAPPINESS

“Marriage does not make you happy, you make your marriage happy. ~ Drs. The Leslie Parrott

Do something everyday that makes you happy and it will benefit your relationship. You can not be happy in a relationship, if you are not happy with yourself.

FORGIVE THE IMPERFECTIONS

“A successful marriage is not the union of two perfect people. It is that of two imperfect people who have learned the value of forgiveness and grace. Darlene Schacht

Forgiveness is such an important ingredient in relationships. Resentment keeps you in a negative space and prevents you from being the best version of yourself.

LEARN FROM THE PAST AND DREAM THE FUTURE

” The wedding. It’s like a cultural support bar. It connects people to the past and guides them to the future. ~ Diane Frolov

Find lessons from the past and use them to help shape your future.

LEARN SOMETH NEW EVERY DAY

“A good marriage is one that allows individuals to change and grow, and the way they express their love.” ~ Pearl Buck

Learn to love learning. Learning is the key to growth and evolution. And growth is the key to strong relationships.

LIVE IN THE PRESENT

“Love as if tomorrow did not exist, and if tomorrow comes, still love. Max Lucado

Stay focused on what really matters and do not let the distractions of life keep you from living in the moment.

IT STARTS WITH YOU

Success in marriage does not come just by finding the right partner, but being the right partner. ~ Barnett R. Brickner

Trying to change your partner will eventually turn against you, so focus on your contribution. Attack only what you can control.

ENJOY THE POSITIVE

“Marriage is like a good wine, if it is well cared for, it improves with age. ~ Unknown

Appreciating the positive in your relationship attracts more positive and your relationship becomes stronger and better.

CELEBRATE THE BEST OF THE OTHER

“In marriage, when we honor ourselves and celebrate, we are liberated to be the best we can be. ~ Drs. The Leslie Parrott

Make each day a celebration of good in your relationship and in the other.

BE NICE AND GENEROUS

“A good marriage is a generosity contest. ~ Diane Sawyer

Do something special every day. A little note, a surprise cup of coffee or just a phone call, just to say hello, to show your partner how much you love him.

ACTIONS HAVE MORE WEIGHT THAN WORDS

“Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without speaking. “~ Chinese proverb

Make sure your actions show your love. Often, what you do and how you do it says more than just expressing your love with words.

BE SOLIDARITY

“Stand on the strengths of the other. Forgive the weaknesses of the other. ~ Unknown

It’s easy to be in a relationship when things are going well, but it’s the difficulties that strengthen the bonds. Do not forget to be there, to support you and to ask for help when you need it.

TAKE CARE OF THE RELATIONSHIP

“A relationship is like a house. When a light bulb burns, you are not going to buy a new house, you change the light bulb. ~ Unknown

Make sure your relationship receives regular care. If you wait too long, it will cost you dearly.

THINK FREELY

“If you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind is going when it wanders.” ~ Unknown

Fostering your creative spirit will make you happy and prosperous in your relationships.

MAKE YOUR MARRIAGE A PRIORITY

“Marriage is not a name, it’s a verb. It’s not something you get. It’s something you do. This is the way you love your partner every day. ~ Barbara De Angelis

Stop looking at marriage as a thing and start thinking about it as a part of yourself. Take care of it, feed it and let it grow.

EXPRESS YOUR LOVE DAILY

“The greatest weakness of most humans is their reluctance to tell others how much they love them while they are still alive. ~ Orlando Battista

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