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OneFleshMinistry.org - Five ways to improve your marriage

Five ways to improve your marriage

Written by Carl & Yolanda Bennett
One Flesh Ministries five waysBy all accounts, your marriage is good, but you often wonder if it could be just a little bit better. Most marriages, as well as other relationships, usually leave some room for improvement. Here are five tips that will help you take your marriage to another level:

Make Time for Each Other: Sure, it sounds like the obvious advice, but most couples do not really spend time alone together as much as they need to. There is always something else competing for their attention. Even if you have to schedule the time, and even if it is only an hour each week, make time to spend alone with your husband or wife. Just an hour to catch up, talk, enjoy each other, is often adequate to renew both partners enough to get through another week. It also gives each of you something to look forward to.

Read Your Spouse's Mind: Well, you cannot really read his or her mind, but you can make it feel that way. If you notice your spouse looking at something in a shop or online, or if they casually mentions something that would really be nice to have, surprising your spouse with that item is a great way to make your loved one feel special. You can also do this without spending little to any money. Listen to your spouse. Maybe she has mentioned that she would enjoy a nice back rub. Maybe your husband has been hinting that he would prefer to have meat loaf less often. Treat him or her to that request.

Keep the Lines of Communication Open: When you have lived with someone for several years, it is easy to start thinking you know how the other person feels. No matter how well you know someone, you cannot always know what he or she is thinking or feeling. Talk to your spouse. Listen to your spouse. If you are picking up on slight clues, then ask for more information instead of assuming you know what your loved one needs. Sometimes there is a serious underlying issue that may even require professional attention. Do not ignore signs that point to something might be wrong, because you think you know what is best for your spouse.

Do not take your Spouse for Granted: Never fall into a pattern of taking your spouse for granted. It is very easy to allow this to happen, and this is one of the main reasons people are unhappy in their marriages. Everyone needs to feel wanted, loved, and appreciated. Go out of your way to thank your husband when he does something for you. Tell your wife she looks beautiful once in a while. If your spouse has been asking you for a specific favor for some time, do what he or she has been asking you to do.

Do Something "Just because": Show up at the office with flowers, card and favorite cappuccino or drop by to take your husband out to lunch. Tuck a note into his pocket. (Men) Make her favorite meal or women pick up his favorite magazine on your way home. Making small thoughtful gestures, just because you love someone makes that person feel special and appreciated.