Being in a loving marriage is one of the most satisfying things you can do in life. Not only does it fill your days with passion, laughter, and security, but it can also improve your health. Yet, many couples who get married do not stay “until death do us part”.
It is estimated that between 35-45 percent of married couples will end up divorced. While this is nowhere near the staggering 50/50 ratio we once thought it was, it still isn’t a comforting statistic for those of us who are married.
There are many challenges that can create troubles within the marriage. Infidelity, financial troubles, the stress of raising children, working, and simply not having enough quality time together can all affect your happiness.
Don’t let your marriage become another statistic – be the one that lasts!
Here are 7 ways to strengthen a marriage and avoid divorce.
1. Talk Regularly
If you and your partner know how to communicate, then you are already ahead in the marriage game!
Communication will help you and your spouse learn how to view each other as teammates. It will deepen your marital friendships and improve your ability to solve problems without anger overwhelming you
Studies show that couples experience more fulfilling relationships when they trust one another fully. The more you communicate with your partner, the more you build that precious trust. This will allow you to feel safe and secure in your relationship.
Healthy communication between partners has been proven to boost relationship satisfaction, sexual satisfaction, and increased orgasm frequency in women. If those aren’t three great reasons to get talking, we don’t know what is!
2. Have a Regular Date Night
Research done by The National Marriage Project shows the many, many benefits of having a regular date night. Such benefits include:
- Boosted sexual satisfaction
- Reduce marital boredom
- Better communication skills
- Less likely to get divorced
Couples experience a significant decline in stress when they are spending quality time together. Doing what? Anything! Folding laundry, having a date night, or being intimate all fall under the umbrella of spending quality time together so long as you are talking and enjoying one another’s company.
3. Take a Marriage Course
Your marriage does not have to be in trouble for you and your partner to benefit from taking a relationship course.
You can take an online marriage course at home together. No counselor or awkward admissions to a stranger. Just you and your spouse curled up together take different courses that will no doubt help you draw closer.
An online marriage course will teach you and your spouse how to be compassionate, boost intimacy, create traditions and goals together as a family, and boost the all-important communication in your marriage.
4. Banish the Option of Divorce
One way you can remove the threat of divorce from your marriage is by banishing the mention of it.
Have you ever been in an intense argument with your spouse and uttered the words: “Why don’t we just break up then!”
You don’t mean these words, but you use them to hurt your spouse or to try and show them how serious you are about the issue at hand.