Marriage Monday: Secrets to a Happy Marriage

by Andrea Cooley

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Awhile back, Joanna Goddard from A Cup of Joe shared a link to Lydia Netzer's 15 ways to stay married for 15 years. Most of the things she shares aren't earth shattering (don't be critical, brag about him, laugh together), but there were a few things that stuck out to me. Especially this one: "Stop thinking temporarily. Marriage is not conditional. It's permanent."

This seems like a no-brainer, but anymore, it seems like people get married without committing to a lifetime together. When things get hard it's become the norm to throw in the towel and find someone new.

I don't know if it's a secret, but Adam and I are committed to each other and our marriage. Divorce isn’t an option! That means we are going to work through any issues we encounter. I don't like conflict, so I am thankful that Adam is good at drawing things out of me and making sure we resolve any issues before they blow out of proportion.

Laughing together is also essential! If you can't have fun with the person you're spending your life with, something needs to change. When we were the most tired in the days after we brought Emerson home, one of the things that kept me going was laughing with Adam. Even if we were laughing at spit up and dirty diapers!

Do you have any secrets to your marriage? We'd love to hear them!

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Andrea Cooley

  1. It's no secret, but a key for our marriage staying happy and healthy is: Forgiveness! Daily if necessary:)

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