Posted January 30, 2008
Daily Marriage Tips
Tips courtesy of Susan Vogt, MA, CFLE
Dates don't always have to be in the evening. Consider a lunch date. It's cheaper than dinner and if your kids are in school you don't need a babysitter.
Is your marriage going well? Great! Consider passing on your wisdom as a mentor to engaged couples or taking leadership in a marriage enrichment program.
"Nothing--not even divorce or death--can place limits upon God's gracious love" (U.S. Catholic Bishops). Strive to love your spouse as God does.
Marriage is like owning a car. Preventive maintenance (enrichment, paying attention to little grumblings, counseling before it's broken) can save a big repair bill later.
What's the most important factor in choosing a spouse? Consider: physical attraction + shared values + full commitment = a chance to make marriage work.
How much money is really necessary to have a happy marriage? Some would say, "just a little bit more." Living adequately but simply is an art that happy couples cultivate.
"[Love] is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury (1 Corinthians 13:5). Nursing a grudge will not heal your relationship. Get some distance then let go of negative feelings.
Try trading homemaking tasks for a day. It can bring new appreciation of the other--or provide a laugh.
Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about equality between the races. In marriage we call this mutuality. Is there any area of your marriage you want to be more equal?
Resolving an argument: Strategy #5: Create a new solution. If compromise and co-existing don't work, try brainstorming new win/win solutions.