My Best Tip for a Happy Marriage*

1976

Before you got married did you have a “must-have-in-a-spouse” list?  How about a “this-is-what-I-expect-out-of-marriage” list? You might not have ever written it down but you knew what was on the list.

Although you might not have realized it right away, you probably didn’t get it ALL, right?

In a good marriage, most of the time your spouse/marriage will meet about 85-90% of your expectations of what you signed up for in a marriage, whatever was on your list. Take a minute to review your list, am I right?

10-15% of the time you might be frustrated or disappointed.

The choice is now yours:  You can give thanks for the 85-90%, celebrate and concentrate on that and be glad for what you’ve got OR you can focus on the 10-15% and feel deprived, depressed and whiny.

How happy you will be in your marriage depends on which perspective you choose.

Hope for the best,

Tish

* I am celebrating my 47th anniversary (August 18, 1973) and will be sharing a few popular marriage posts on Thursdays through August.

 

2 Responses to “My Best Tip for a Happy Marriage*”


  1. 1 Debbie August 27, 2020 at 3:24 PM

    This made me grin remembering a slightly different list, the “Before I get married list”. Many years ago in late December, I decided I needed to be 27, have finished my Masters degree and know my future husband for at least 3 years.
    10 days later I met my spouse at a dance. We were married 8 months later, I was only 21 and had just finished my Bachelors. But 43 years later we’re still hanging in there❣️


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