Top Ten Tips for Marriage Maintenanceby John E. Turner, LMFT and Sally Connolly, LMFT
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Here are some of our suggestions for maintaining a healthy marriage.
| 1. Have regular State of the Marriage discussions.
Talk about what is good that you want to make sure to continue as well
as the hopes, needs or dreams that you have that might make it better.|
2. Treat each other in the ways that you want to be treated yourself. Even if your spouse is having a rough day or has “forgotten” to be nice, continue to be kind and gentle and wait for it to come back to you.
3. Do not “sweep things under the rug”. If there are things that are bothering you in the marriage, or disagreements that you have with your spouse, think about them carefully. Decide if they truly are small things and ones that you can really let go of, then do so. If not, talk out loud with your spouse (not others) about your thoughts and feelings.
9. Find ways to talk every day. Check in with each other about what is happening in your lives. Look for new and different facts about your spouse’s day.
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