Marriage 101When you were a kid (and maybe now again as a parent), you’ve probably watched a dozen Disney movies featuring wonderful princesses.

In these animated films, having your own happily ever after seems like an easy and simple thing to do.

The characters kiss, head off somewhere romantic, and all their problems will magically go away.

But now that you’re married, you finally realized that love is not as smooth-sailing and easy as it looks. As the years go by, you start feeling that the spark you once had is slowly diminishing.

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The kissing, hand-holding, and other things that you were doing 12 years ago suddenly felt so foolish or boring.

All marriages have their rough patches. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to love someone for more than a decade.

Here are some effective ways to maintain a healthy relationship that will last for a long time…and keep the passion alive!

1. Have a toast

Have you met your fitness goals during the past few months? Did your husband managed to go beyond his quota at work?

For these special occasions, you can pop open a bottle of Tesco Cristal Champagne and toast to your success. What’s more, you can also have a romantic dinner by candlelight while sipping a glass of light liquor.

Celebrating even the simplest victories will give your relationship a positive vibe.

2. Praise goes a long way

Even the simple act of telling your wife that she is beautiful is a great way to create a healthy relationship. Look for the things that make your partner unique.

Build a habit of pointing out her positive side instead of criticizing her every day.  And wives, don’t forget that your husband would love to hear or read some affirmations, too!

3. Relive happy moments

Do you still remember your first date? Do you have some pictures of your first international trip as a couple?

Take a trip down memory lane and remember all those happy moments together! Remembering all those fun memories is a great way to change your mindset and attract a more positive vibe.

When you and your spouse are going through a rough patch, going over the highlights of your marriage will give your relationship a boost.

4. Show your support

There will come a time when your partner will need a shoulder to cry on. Everyone needs someone to talk to.

The trick here is to be supportive and show them that you’ve got their back. If your husband gets fired from  work, avoid the urge to say something like “You should have put more effort in your work.” If your wife is having an argument with a friend or relative, don’t try to “fix” things and offer solutions just yet.

Right now, your spouse just needs someone to listen. Be there and show your support and affection.

Got any more tips for keeping the love and passion strong in a long-term relationship? Share your thoughts in the comments!


About the author 


Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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  1. These are great tips Dustin! Additionally we have also found prayer time together to be a great way to increase intimacy on every level in our marriage.

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