Happily-ever-after

Why You Need To Date Someone Who Understands THIS About Relationships

Happily-ever-after is for fairy tales – and fairy tales are bullshit.

September 5, 2017

8 Signs Your Partner’s Definitely Not Your Soulmate

If you can tick off more than four of these, you may already be headed for Splitsville.

June 9, 2017

14 Little Things That Happen When You Meet Your Match

It’s what we’re all looking for.

June 7, 2017

The 6 Zodiac Matches That Make The Best Partners

Is your love written in the stars?

June 5, 2017

The 5 Relationship Books You Need To Read To Make Your Love Last

Unwifeable author Mandy Stadtmiller shares her picks…

April 26, 2017

A Love Map Could Show You The Way To A Lasting Marriage

How well do you really know each other?

April 12, 2017

How To Overcome The 4 Things That Doom Most Relationships

Spoiler alert: it’s mostly about not being an asshole.

April 3, 2017

If You Can’t Check Off These Things, It’s Definitely Not Real Love

Being ‘in love’ with someone isn’t the same as really loving them.

February 23, 2017

Here’s The Uncomfortable Reason Your Marriage Is Failing

Those red flags you ignored can come back to haunt you…

February 22, 2017

Meet Generation Divorce: Why More 20-Somethings Are Untying The Knot

Say hello to the era of the ‘starter marriage’…

January 25, 2017

Why Too Much Chemistry Can Be Dangerous

That instant connection could blow up in your face.

January 6, 2017

Why Monogamy Actually Isn’t Natural. At All.

Is there any hope for happily-ever-after?

October 10, 2016

16 Really Sucky Things No One Ever Tells You About Marriage

It’ll be the loneliest time of your life.

August 8, 2016

The Secrets Behind A Successful Marriage

You’ve been dreaming of your happily ever after ever since you watched Cinderella as a little girl, but despite your marriage, it always seems just out of reach. From sex to household dramas, there always seems to be something standing in the way of you and your successful marriage.

That’s why we’ve spoken to a happy couple, who have successfully fended off the villains of their story for decades, proving that real-life fairytales really are possible.

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Karen and Rick have been married for 30 years and have had their fair share of marriage related dramas, but this Melbourne based couple have found the perfect balance to keep them both happy and as loved up as they were when they first said their vows.

All couples fight and that’s okay

Every relationship has some tension, whether your husband is too lazy to do the dishes or he splurged on a pricey car when you’re supposed to be saving for your dream vacation, fights are inevitable.

“The saying ‘you fight like a married couple’ had to come from somewhere right? We fight all the time, probably more than I care to admit, but we always kiss and make up. The fight usually helps to relieve pent up tension too” – says Karen.

Not fighting will inevitably turn you into a ticking time bomb; you need to be able to put your issues on the table so you can resolve them – otherwise you will eventually blow.

Compromise is key

The art of compromising is essential for any successful marriage, without it every decision is likely to be one-sided, or one of you will be consistently unhappy.

“He wants to go to Las Vegas I want to go to New York so we compromise and go to New Orleans. We’ve had times where one of us got our way and the other one had to suffer but it sucks the enjoyment out for both of us. If we went to New York and he didn’t want to go, I wouldn’t enjoy myself because he wouldn’t enjoy himself.”

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Talk it out

All marriages are built on communication; a healthy couple talks things over and makes joint decisions. If you’re unhappy or something’s bothering you – you need to talk about it. Likewise, it never hurts to ask him how his day was or to be asked how your day was.

“He likes to pretend he isn’t listening to me, but I know he is. He knows how I tick because of it and me him.”

Good communication can help prevent meaningless arguments and show how much you care for each other.

Have common interests

Whatever it is you enjoy doing, share it with him and take an interest in his hobbies too. You’ve made the decision to embark on a life together, yes you need to do your own thing sometimes, but you always need to be able to enjoy each other’s company and let each other in.

“Rick and I, we cook together. Rick never used to be able to but I’ve started teaching him. On the weekend we experiment with new recipes, then we sit back eat and enjoy a cup of wine – or two!”

Your husband is supposed to be one of your closest friends, you need to make the most of each other’s company and be constantly looking for new ways to have fun. A stale relationship can get dry very quickly. Constantly looking for new ways to spend time together is a sure way to ensure neither of you gets bored.

Keeping your marriage alive and kicking is a lot easier than you may have thought.

Image via www.bodyandsoul.com.au

July 16, 2015