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MARRIAGE TIPS

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Frame your demands as favors. Your partner is more likely to heed a request if they feel they will get relationship brownie points.

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Stop trying to control your partner. In a happy marriage, partners know they cannot control each other.

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Decide as a couple how you are going to compromise. If you always try to find a middle ground, you can end up with two unhappy people.

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You do not have to like every quality your partner has. You do have to decide whether you can live with those qualities.

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Biggest waste of effort in marriage is trying to change your spouse.

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Use character related words that honor your spouse for such qualities as patience, helpfulness, courage, or kindness.

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Prepare for temptation: Fill your head with a particularly warm memory of your partner and consider what you stand to lose.

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Research consistently shows that touching more creates a stronger bond by releasing oxytocin.

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Have a long term view. Decide to be committed and to stick it out with each other to the end no matter what.

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Make sure you really want to be married: You are going to go through many phases with your partner.

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very couple should have things they do together that they both enjoy, even if it is just going to the movies.

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Do not interrupt: If you listen for four minutes, at least you know what the other person is feeling instead of just shooting them down.

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You do not have to feel in love all the time. Marriage and love is about trust, commitment and knowing each other.

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Help your spouse out when he needs it. If your wife has had a busy week, spend more time cooking or doing house work.

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Research shows that couples who speak in low, quiet voices, look each other in the eye, fair better when things go awry.

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Focus on how you can be a blessing to your spouse and, in turn, you will be blessed and so will your marriage.

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Trust your partner in everything, including purchases and financial decisions, and to bring up things with you that need a joint decision.

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Be flexible. Whatever financial or household arrangements you agreed to before marriage are going to change.

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Use the newfound freedom when kids leave home to rediscover what you love about each other.

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Give five compliments for every criticism of your partner. You must be willing to find more that is positive in your partner than is negative.