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Tips to Stay Married (Part 3 of 5)

Recognizing the importance of building a successful marriage, we want to share with you our top marriage tips. The following points are not listed in any specific order. It is our hope that these tips will help you enjoy a more rewarding marriage.
11. Don't use absolutes. This means not saying things like, "You always..." and "You Never..."
12. Be considerate. This means everything from cleaning up your mess to specifically avoiding doing or saying things that you know irritate your spouse.
13. Understand it takes hard work. Building a marriage of 25 years is not easy. We have had some very difficult periods. We have even had to go to marriage counseling to work through difficult periods. Know there will be challenging times and when they occur, work through them with a genuine desire to improve your marriage.
14. Be Encouraging. When your spouse is going through a hard period of time, starting a new endeavor, or working on an important project, be there to encourage and support him or her. You should be your spouse's number one fan.
15. Always show respect to each other. This includes the way you communicate to each other, the way you talk about your spouse to others and the way you treat your spouse.
You can enjoy an amazing marriage, if you will focus on the little things that go into building a successful marriage.
For those of you who are married, we want to encourage you to review this list with your spouse and discuss the steps you can both take to make to improve your marriage.
If you are reading this column and you are not yet married, we strongly recommend pre-marital counseling. We suggested this to both of our married children and their spouses and they will readily tell you that it was valuable, enlightening, and set the foundation for the marriage they now enjoy.
Sincerely,
Chris & Dan
Grateful Co-Publishers... and Loving Husbands

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