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10 Secrets of a Happy Marriage

There's nothing more rewarding than a long and loving relationship, but it doesn't come easy. I've been married for over 30 years and, despite some ups and downs, it's been a fantastic experience. 

This article shares 10 secrets of a happy marriage. Once you've mastered these you'll have lots of anniversaries ahead of you to check out my other articles on traditional wedding gifts, Anniversary gifts for HerAnniversary gifts for Him, top 10 anniversary destinations for a romantic getaway, Wedding Anniversary Quotes and Sayings and more. 

And men should check out Relationship Advice for Men Only to help you keep your marriage fresh. Learning 'how to flirt through text' and 'how to make a girl laugh', then use these powerful techniques with your partner to spice up your marriage!

Here are 10 secrets of a happy marriage:
  1. Respect: It's easy to be respectful to work colleagues and friends but, when you get home, it can be just as easy to let off steam. Remember to treat your partner the way that you would like to be treated at all times. 
  2. Forgiveness: A wise man once said "To err is human". We all make mistakes and a little forgiveness goes a long way.
  3. Sense of Humour: We often laugh about stressful events after they have been resolved. Wouldn't it be better if we could learn to laugh while they are actually happening. There's a lot of truth in the old adage "laughter is the best medicine". Tip for Men: For tips on how to make your girl laugh, take a look at  Relationship Advice for Men Only
  4. Flexibility: I'd bend over backwards to be more flexible. But seriously, being flexible, and less stubborn, will help you through a lot of sticky situations.  
  5. Celebrate: All healthy relationships need the support of friends and family. Celebrating events and anniversaries is an important way to remind ourselves of what we have. 
  6. Communicate: Although your partner expects you to be able to read minds, it actually takes several years before you develop this skill. In the meantime, communication can solve a lot of problems!
  7. Friendship: Seems obvious, but your partner should be your best friend. Treat each other as equal, share everything, and enjoy your life together.
  8. Support: There are very few people in the world who will love you unconditionally - your parents, your siblings (hopefully) and your partner. Never forget this, and support them in everything they do. 
  9. Romance: Take the time to spend some romantic time together - take a trip, go on a date, remind yourselves why you fell in love in the first place.
  10. Things to avoid: And here are some of the absolute no-nos in a healthy relationship:
    • Never use physical violence
    • Never use verbal abuse
    • Never manipulate your partner
    • Never go to bed angry
    • Never cheat on your partner, physically or emotionally
I hope you found this article useful. You might also be interested in the Top 10 Gifts NOT to Give Your Wife on Your Anniversary! and Why Do Men Forget Anniversaries?

And, for men who want to brush up on their 'dating' skills to use on their wife, take a look at Relationship Advice for Men Only.

Happy Anniversary!