The Ethiopian scientist couple Dr. Tsega and Dr. Birhanu

One of the most fulfilling experiences two people can have on earth is getting married, but it can also be one of the most challenging. Instead of developing good relationship practices, too many couples walk into marriage relying primarily on the strength of their emotions. However, emotions can change, so if your marriage is solely based on them, you’re in trouble. Genuine love is not only an emotion, but a pricey choice to give up your interests for those of another. By the same token, too many couples let their union go into “autopilot,” meaning they do not deliberately make their union a priority. Instead, they put off working on their connection because they believe they will have time later because of their hectic schedules or other obligations. They may find that they have become more like roommates than married partners when things ultimately settle down and they realize how far apart they have become. Make a point of spending time together and engaging in activities you both enjoy. Be quick to forgive. This may seem straightforward, but for many people, it is one of the most difficult aspects of marriage. Conversely, when you’ve erred, own up to it and sincerely seek for pardon. Make friends with people who will help your marriage. Spend no time with those who could endanger your marriage or perhaps tempt you to act dishonestly. Keep the channels of communication open. Don’t presume to understand your spouse’s thoughts or emotions. Ask them questions and pay close attention to what they have to say.
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