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What are three secrets to a happy marriage?

Experts say besides TLC, a little "RFC" is key: Romance, Fun and Communication. Romance isn't just about love notes and flowers. Remind your spouse how special he or she is and how much you cherish the relationship through thoughtfulness, whether treating your partner to a favorite snack or doing errands so your partner can relax. Make time for fun by scheduling dates and planning activities, such as taking lessons for a hobby that interests both of you or going on a picnic. Communicate fairly by avoiding words in a fight like "always" and "never" and telling your spouse specifically what's bothering you, such as leaving wet towels on the bathroom floor. Approach discussions with a sense of compromise.

Brenda K. Wade, PhD
Psychology

Three secrets to a happy marriage:

  1. Do things together. Truly enjoy each other's company and you’ll begin to associate fun with your loved one.
  2. Practice Emotional Housekeeping. Spend time each day asking your partner, how are you feeling today? Is there a way I can support you today or contribute to your happiness? These types of questions help to remind us not to take our partner for granted.
  3. Be surprised. Look for things about your partner that you didn't know or that you've never seen. Look for one thing that is new to you about your partner everyday. Never think you know everything about that person.


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