By Keisha D. Hines
Congrats! You’re married! Can you believe it? At this point you’ve moved all your belongings into his/her apartment or home and you’re settling in. You’re learning how to think for two and make selfless decisions (no more sporadic getaways…alone at least). You’re excited about marriage and wondering how you can maintain this bliss for a lifetime. It is possible! Here are 5 ways every newlywed, engaged (or married) couple can create and maintain a strong foundation.
Communication in your marriage is key! It’s very important for spouses to take the time to verbally express their love for one another. Assuming that your partner knows how you feel about them is dangerous; it opens the door for someone else to adorn your spouse. When encouragement and praise is given freely, the marriage bond is strengthened immensely. Encouragement and positive communication relieve stress. Think about the person you love the most, it’s probably someone who uplifts you on a consistent basis. Validation is a human need, don’t deprive your spouse of it. Let your spouse know how wonderful they are to you often and watch your marriage flourish! (Photo Credit: Photography By Joelle via Flickr)
BMWK — What have you done to help set a firm foundation in your relationship?
Keisha Hines is a Christian counselor, wife, and new mother who is passionate about healthy relationships. Keisha specializes in family advocacy and conflict management. Connect with her on Twitter @HinesKeisha.