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MARRIAGE TIPS

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

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Research shows that touching more creates a stronger bond by releasing oxytocin. Hold hands, rub shoulders, hug and kiss often.

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If your family or friends are not getting along with your spouse, do not take sides against your spouse.

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Sit face to face and gaze into your partners eyes. This creates the deepest sort of intimacy.

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Love your marriage by first taking care of yourself. If you keep working on you, your marriage will stay fresh and vital.

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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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Learn about yourself first. Learning about yourself will better equip you to grow as an individual and a partner.

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Focus on what there is to appreciate about your mate, then honestly and spontaneously express your specific appreciation to them.

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Be prepared to split household chores or take them on completely if that is what works for your marriage.

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Do not agree to anything if you do not mean it. It will only create more anger and resentment. Do not just say yes to avoid conflict.

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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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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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Share everything no secrets between you. Be open with your spouse and tell them whatever you are feeling.

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Greet your partner with a smile. It reassures them that we are happy to see them and calms them.

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Stick to the present. Do not bring up old conflicts or things that went wrong in the past. It only creates resentment.

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Say yes more often. Research shows that responding positively to requests is directly related to happy and satisfying relationships.

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Setting aside a romantic evening on a regular basis can rekindle the magic of a long term relationship.

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Recognize that most arguments have shared responsibility, that both people have valid points and valid reasons for their feelings.

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