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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Happy Marriage Toolkit

By February 14, 2013

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Valentine's Day is a wonderful day for celebrating love, when new couples can enjoy romantic gestures, and couples who have been together for years can reflect on the good times behind them, and those left ahead. However, for virtually everyone in long-term relationships, there have been days that are less-than-worth remembering, days filled with stress. Even couples who love each other very much need to work to keep things healthy, happy, and fun. Wouldn't it be nice if marriage were easier?

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.

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