The relationship solution to managing relationships and saving your marriage is forgiveness, communication, and acceptance.
Forgiveness keeps grudges, resentments, anger, and negativity out of your marriage. To forgive means letting go of the hurt, offense, or wrong you perceived or experienced. It does not justify wrongdoing, it just means you are going to let it go so you can move your relationship forward. Forgiveness frees you and your partner to create a healthy, happy marriage relationship.
Communication means sharing how you feel, and expressing what you want and need from your partner. Love means your partner will do their best to listen and understand. Your partner cannot read your mind, no matter how much they love you or how long you have been together. Express yourself, and be sure to include the positive communications of appreciation, love, and gratitude to build your partner and strengthen your marriage.
Acceptance means accepting the wonderful and not so wonderful aspects of your partner. Loving the whole person for who they are and what they do. Accepting your partner in marriage creates a safe haven for both of you to evolve, change, and create the best partnership you can have together.
By Carolyn Flynn
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