One of the problems that I see with people is that they don't know how to communicate their feelings in a way that is easy for the other person to hear. Some perhaps aren't sure how to get everyone's needs met without someone feeling slighted. Others are so stressed and busy that they're having trouble finding any spare time to spend together, let alone keeping the passion alive. With financial stress rising for many, many relationships are feeling even more pressure.
If you're feeling this way, taking steps--even baby steps!--toward paring down schedules and finding more time, learning positive communication strategies, and developing stress management strategies that work (so stress isn't taken out on one's partner) can really impact a marriage in a good way. Commit to learning healthy and effective strategies for managing conflict--it's one of the best Valentie's gifts you can give your love, and can be great to have on other days of the year as well!
The following resources can help in your quest for a happy marriage or healthy relationship. If you have other suggestions, leave them in this Reader Response article on happy marriage. If you want to discuss relationship issues, leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Happy Marriage Resources:
- Common Marriage Problems and Solutions
Money? Daily stress? Kids? Learn the top stressors for couples, and how to manage them!
- How To Stop Fighting About Money
Don't let economic woes lead to marital woes! Here's how to stop.
- How To Have a Happy Marriage
Learn about some new research on happy marriages, and find tips to make yours one of those!
- Communication Skills
Here are some tips that can be used to keep communication happy and healthy in romantic relationships. Many apply to friends, co-workers and telemarketers as well!
- Happy Marriage Tips
Other readers share their best--and you can, too! Stop by and swap relationship tips.
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