With the Married Life Newsletter, each month you receive ideas and insights with go-and-do's you can actually go and do. So pick one, two, three of the things below and see how little things can turn into something big! You got this...because you are better at marriage than you think!
The Fastest Way to a Happy Marriage
by Les and Leslie Parrott
Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude.
“The doors of happiness remain locked,” says our friend, Fawn Weaver, founder of the Happy Wives Club website. “When they are unlocked, they swing open quickly and widely but close right behind them. They must be reopened throughout each day and there is but one key that fits that lock: Gratitude.”
Studies back up this poetic notion. A growing body of research has tied an attitude of gratitude to numerous benefits, including happiness and more.
The Wall Street Journal summarized the research:
Adults who frequently feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections and more happiness than those who do not. They’re also less likely to be depressed, envious, or greedy. They earn more money, sleep more soundly, exercise more regularly, and have greater resistance to illness.
Not a bad bundle of benefits.
But there’s an even more astounding and measurable benefit to our well being when it comes to cultivating gratitude.
He Said/She Said
We asked Jon and Bre (married 15 years with 2 kids): “How did you know your spouse was the one?”
Jon: She’s pretty, responsible, smart, kind, thoughtful and loved Jesus. That’s why I knew she was the one.
Bre: I knew he was the one because I couldn’t imagine a future without him.
Talk About It - How did you know your spouse was the one?
Grab a sticky note, fill in the blank below, and put it in a place your spouse will find it (e.g., washing machine, steering wheel, bathroom mirror, etc.). Take a picture of the note and upload it to the social media outlet of your choice, and include #MarriedLifeSoutheast.
You are the best at __________ .
Each month we want to share a good post with simple things that can dramatically impact marriages. Check out this post...
Each month, we will bring you one tip that will hopefully bring you closer in the bedroom...or keep you from drifting a part. This month, we want you to hear from Clark Campbell.
During one meal this week, ask each other this question:
If you no longer had to work, how would you spend your time?
Check It Out
The best gift you can give your spouse is a healthy you—healthy spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Consider exploring a new resource to invest in a better you.
Book Recommendation - From This Day Forward: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage by Craig Groeschel
Every marriage can use great resources - Be sure to forward this to another couple!!! And be sure to tell others about Married Life.