Successful Marriage Tips to Live By

If you want to live happily ever after, following these successful marriage tips can help. You are going to need to put in the effort to make your marriage work-this is a process that begins well before you say, "I do." Here are five tips for saving your marriage from ever slipping toward divorce.

Let the Past Be the Past
If you're constantly dwelling on issues that happened months or years ago, you are not going to be able to focus on the wonderful things that are going on now or, even better, what could happen in the future. When you encounter a problem, tackle the issue and then find closure. If you do, you can move on once and for all so it doesn't haunt you down the road.

Disagree Carefully
If you plan to be in your marriage during the decades to come, you're bound to have some disagreements on issues both big and small. Having your own opinions is a good thing, but be careful not to make your points sound like criticisms.

Be Nice
This sounds simple enough, right? The sad truth is that often, couples forget that simply asking with the word "please" or showing affection with a compliment, small gift or a homemade surprise meal are the types of things that keep couples happy for the long haul.

Manage Your Anger
Everyone gets angry, but if you and your partner are fuming at the same time, disaster can ensue. Take a moment to settle down and stop yelling. Then talk it out calmly taking care to listen to each other's sides.

Be Independent
Being married doesn't mean that you have to give up all facets of your individual lives. While sharing activities together can strengthen your relationship, taking time to be apart and pursue individual activities can, too. 

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