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What are the tricks to a happy marriage?

Although each marriage is unique, a successful relationship tends to build upon this foundation:

  • Keep romance alive: Don't take each other for granted. Take time with your appearance and treat each other with thoughtfulness, even by doing something simple like picking up the kids from school. Leave love notes. Buy flowers. Show your partner you think he or she is worth the effort.
  • Make time for fun: Just like when you were dating, take time to plan fun things to do. Try a new restaurant. Take tennis or dancing lessons. Go on a picnic. Visit a museum.
  • Communicate clearly and fairly: Avoid using the words "always" and "never" when telling your spouse what irks you. Give specifics instead, such as leaving wet towels on the bathroom floor. Be constructive, not whiny or defensive.

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