After years of watching couples, both successful and unsuccessful, I have noted 3 secrets to a happy marriage.
Most have at least two, and many have all three. Follow them, and success moves closer.
These three strategies are, key to a happy marriage and more than anything, it leads to shifts in perspective that lead to shifts in behavior and that shifted positive behavior improves your marriage situation.
At a deeper level, focusing on these three areas leads to greater shifts elsewhere.
Mind you, these secrets are not easy to institute. They are worth the effort. And by the way, if only one of you wishes to take these actions, the other will be affected.
So, if you’re READY. I urge you to read this post till the end to have a happy and long-lasting marriage.
Secret #1: Give Up On Arguing
I know, you may be thinking “no arguing, no communicating.” I know this because I have heard it from countless couples and found this issue in many blogs and magazines.
Unfortunately, many couples find themselves stuck in the habit of arguing, and usually with little success. Arguing is not communicating.
Arguing, boiled down to basics, is two people with two different points of view trying to convince the other of being right. It is a “tug-of-war” with no winners.
Arguing is successful in only one arena: Court. There, you have a judge to decide whose point of view is the most accurate. Outside of that (and kids don’t count as judges) arguing is a losing proposition.
The secret of a happy marriage is giving up on argument. Find something else. What else? Ask this question: “Help me understand how you see it that way?” This is a powerful question.
The question moves us away from winning and toward understanding. The question establishes that you don’t see it the same. It establishes the existence of a variety of worldviews.
While it may seem obvious, couples seem to forget that everyone has a different way of seeing the world—a different paradigm, to use a buzzword.
A paradigm is neither right nor wrong, it merely is. It acts like a filter, preventing us from seeing some things and causing us to focus on others.
So the task is to understand the other’s worldview. How does he or she see it that way? Make that a research project: How does my partner see the world?
And remember this very crucial distinction: You can understand how someone sees something without agreeing with it. Understanding is not the same as agreement.
Don’t believe me? Consider this. It is possible to write a research paper (think back to high school) about Adolf Hitler.
In that paper, you may consider all the elements that went into who he became. You would probably note the familial issues and the cultural issues of Germany at that time.
You may even entertain the possibility that Hitler became caught up in something more than he could control.
You could note all of this and understand who Hitler was without agreeing with what he did. If one can do that with Hitler, surely one can do that with a spouse.
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Secret #2: Focus on the Complementarity
Remember Geometry in school? While it is fairly hazy in my mind, one concept stands out: Complementary Angles. Imagine a straight line (180°).
Drawing another line, creating an angle, leaves another complementary angle, which completes the 180°.
In essence, these angles complete each other. That is at the heart of marital relationships. We complete each other; we make each other whole.
At least we have the potential to do this. We also have the potential of destroying each other.
It is interesting (and distressing) to watch the destruction when couples forget how they complete each other.
Since I meet many couples in my day today life. I know that they are aware of how they are complementary before they marry.
They may not have thought about it, but they can describe how they make each other whole. In other words, they can talk about how one’s weakness is the other’s strength, and vice versa.
Fast-forward some years, and the couple in trouble is in my office. The only thing they can tell me is how different (in fact, opposite) they are. They have lost the complementary nature of their relationship.
For example, a pre-marital couple may tell me how he is very focused and organized, while she is spontaneous and fun loving.
What a picture of balance, since they can name this in the other person and see how it improves him or her.
Let’s pretend they return in 5 to 6 years. Life has taken a lot out of them, and their relationship is in trouble.
They usually come in with a list of complaints. So I hear “He is so anal. Every nit-picking detail has to come through him.
He is smothering me.” Then I hear “She is so irresponsible. She is always late, always changing the plans, and never follows through.”
I know this couple has lost their sense of complementarity.
If I then ask a simple question, “What attracted you to each other in the first place?” they always get a moist, far-off look in their eyes and tell me about the focus and organization or the fun and spontaneity.
As you may have guessed, when you lose sight of the complementarity, you begin to move further and further apart.
When couples are aware of their complementarity, they tend to move toward each other over time.
They find that their life is about balance, and the spouse helps create that balance.
Complementarity is really a thought away. Remember how your strengths supplement your partner’s weaknesses.
More challenging, remember how your partner’s strengths supplement your weaknesses.
There are two sure-fire methods to discover the areas where you and your partner are complementary with each other.
First, focus on what originally attracted you to each other. These areas of attraction are often around points of complementarity.
Second, look at points where he or she is driving you crazy! Yes, that’s right. Those areas of conflict and frustration often point to the areas of complementarity. L
Looking at these areas in a new light, perhaps with positive words, can lead you to see new areas of complementarity and also help to build a strong marriage.
Secret #3: Make Decisions Based On What Is Good For the Relationship
Many times, we get caught in the bind of decisions. If we make a choice that is best for Me, we feel selfish. If we make a choice that is best for You, we feel slighted.
Sometimes, this leaves us in a lose/lose situation.
A third option is available—making a choice based on what is good for the relationship, the WE.
That creates a way around the personal dilemma, and forces us to be more creative. Usually the Me/You is easy to create. The WE choice is less automatic.
When decisions are based on what is best for the relationship the couple is forced to treat their relationship as a real entity.
This brings the relationship out of the ethereal and puts it in the practical. This is a powerful exercise, and one that can shift the relationship in amazing ways.
Making decisions that are based on the relationship pulls a couple toward a stronger sense of We and creates a strong sense of “being in it together.
Since decisions often make or break a relationship, nurturing this approach can alleviate many points of stress.
This simple technique is applied when a decision needs to be made. Simply ask yourself this question: “What would be best or good for the relationship?” Be open to surprise on the answer!
And when you think of good about your relationship, good things come to you. It’s all about your perspective how you look at your marriage.
In other words if you want to build a happy marriage your perspective of looking at your marriage will be positive.
I hope you GOT the point.
So think positive leave ego, anger and other negative things that will only destroy your marriage in the long run.
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Hi, I'm Manish A passionate blogger from India. I'm on a mission to help you discover your lost happiness and inner peace again by truly connecting with your soul.Believe me you deserve to be truly happy and prosperous in this one and only life.