December 20, 2009

50 Ways to Improve Your Marriage

One of my friends from Weddingbee pointed out this article to me the other day. I love it because these are totally simple things you can do to make your marriage better... and a lot of these things the Hubs and I already do. It's kinda like, 'Keep up the good work and try these things too'.

50. Schedule date nights regularly.

49. Speak your truth in a respectful way.

48. Ask for what you want or need.

47. Share your feelings often.

46. Create magical moments.

45. Compliment your spouse daily.

44. Change yourself instead of trying to change your spouse.

43. Look your best, dress up and be well groomed.

42. Lower your expectations.

42. Learn to enjoy each others company.

41. Plan for good times.

40. Support each other’s individual goals.

39. Create goals together.

38. Do service work together.

37. Eat as many meals together as possible.

36. Talk to each other for 30 minutes a day.

35. Pray or meditate together.

36. Share in each others interests.

34. Touch your spouse several times a day.

33. Kiss every day for at least 12 seconds.

32. Apologize and state how your behavior will change.

31. Spend time away from each other.

30. Be trustworthy.

29. Remove the television from your bedroom.

28. Accept each other’s flaws.

27. Don’t take each other for granted.

26. Give each other space.

25. Offer to help with daily chores.

24. Say please and thank you no matter how big or small the act.

23. Always give away the extra cookie.

22. Serve yourself last.

21. Check in with each other while apart by talking or texting.

20. Clean the other’s car.

19. Watch some TV together.

18. Be the first person to pick up the dishes from the table.

17. Smile often.

16. Gaze into each other’s eyes.

15. Eat meals slowly and really listen when the other speaks.

14. Refuse to hold a grudge.

13. Cuddle often.

12. Be honest.

11. Forgive often.

10. Surprise each other.

9. Spend 3 weekends alone together each year.

8. Plan and stick to your budget together.

7. Always discuss major purchases before making them.

6. Laugh at each others mistakes.

5. Never threaten each other.

4. Make honesty your best policy.

3. Respect each other.

2. Remember together you’re a team.

1. Make love often.

I especially like #2 because it's an inside joke between the Hubs and I. Has anyone seen The Graduate? (Great movie! If you haven't seen it I TOTALLY recommend it! It's like being let in on a cinema secret - TV and Film use camera angles and scenes from this movie all the time) Anyway, if you haven't stop reading now and leave me a comment... if you have, you know when Ben goes to Elaine and talks to he about Carl's proposal. And Carl's reasoning for them getting married is they 'make a good team'? They way he says it sounds so unromantic so we always joked that being a 'good team' was bad, but secretly good.

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