For a happy marriage, say “Thank you!”

You will find many articles online about how to have a happy marriage. This one at LiveScience claims that a little bit of gratitude can go a long way. Household chores seem to play a big role in couple’s satisfaction (ranking up top there with faithfulness, money, and sex!), and although women still seem to be doing the “lion’s share” of the housework, both partners can work on appreciating the other’s contributions.

Want to encourage your man to do more? Try asking nicely (now there’s an idea!), and expressing more gratitude when he does it (even when the chore was not completed 100% to your satisfaction). 

If you are someone who really wants to work on making your marriage as perfect as possible, check out this article called Six Habits of Happily Married Couples.  First on this list is:

HABIT #1 – GIVE EACH OTHER PLEASURE

Happily married couples are committed to the goal of giving each other pleasure. You must stay focused on the ultimate goal — which is to give each other pleasure and not cause pain. It sounds simple enough, but can be very hard in practice.

For just one day, try to maintain a consciousness with everything you do, by asking yourself, “Is what I’m about to do or say going to cause my spouse pain or pleasure?”

To monitor how you’re doing, each of you should make two lists: One for all the things your spouse does to cause you pain, and another which identifies what you would like your spouse to do to give you pleasure. Swap lists, and now you know exactly what to do and what not to do. No more mind reading!

Read the rest of the Six Habits here!

Another article you might find interesting is on WebMD, it’s titled

Want a Happy Marriage? Be Nice, Don’t Nitpick

True Compatibility Doesn’t Exist, so Shrug off Little Conflicts

Well now, that’s putting it bluntly!! What would you say is the secret to a happy marriage?

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