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Chapter 7. Marriage: The Test of Time > What a Good Marriage Looks Like

What a Good Marriage Looks Like

Let's face it, we're all human beings with different beliefs, perceptions, and experiences. That said, no two couples are exactly alike. Furthermore, there is no one way for a couple to act to have a good marriage. However, there are common elements found in the foundations of the strongest marriages:

  • The couple respects each other. Partners in a strong and satisfying marriage find important ways to respect the other. It may be the way that one handles the children, juggles a hectic work schedule, makes money, or is a gourmet cook.

  • The couple is tolerant of each other. These couples are more realistic with one another. Sure, they don't like the fact that their partner is always late, makes a mess in the kitchen, or always seems to be checking his or her stocks online—but they can tolerate that.

  • Each partner wishes to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. In other words, each spouse wishes to make the most of the marriage assets while minimizing its flaws. These couples take a more positive outlook toward their marriage. They prefer to value and appreciate what's working than to focus in on what's not working.


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