17 Fundamental Rules For a Happy Marriage

Although all marriages and relationships are not created equal, there are some fundamental rules that every happy marriage probably already follows. Contrary to popular belief, yes, happy marriages really do exist. But these marriages are intentional. There are certain do’s and don’ts. They have certain bonds and rules that can’t be broken.

1. Love unconditionally, even through your differences (pray about it and seek wisdom from God).

2. Create your own definition of marriage success (don’t allow media or other people to define it for you).

3. Don’t rely on your spouse to make you happy. Only you can do that (and besides, that’s too much pressure on your spouse).

4. No matter how heated the argument, always respect one another (disrespect is a hard pill to swallow)

5. Give each other breathing room (all married couples need to spend time away from each other from time to time).

6. Communication deepens and grows your marriage, while lack of communication builds distance between you (sometimes you just have to have those difficult conversations).

7. Never take each other for granted. Consistent praise and gratitude goes a long way (don’t expect them to always “just know” how you feel).

8. Sex should be fun. Scheduling it makes it seem like a chore. So indulge regularly (spontaneity is exciting).

9. No matter how comfortable you are with each other, there are certain things that your husband or your wife may not want to see all the time (every once in a while, act like you’re still dating).

10. Let your children see you flirt, cuddle and hug (you are the first example of what a healthy relationship looks like).

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What other fundamental rules for a happy marriage would you add to this list?

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