Decades of research on marriages have shown that kindness (combined with emotional intelligence) is the most important factor in a happy marriage. Kindness is like a muscle that becomes stronger when exercised. Make an effort to engage in daily acts of small kindnesses, which will add up to a cumulative effect of thoughtfulness and consideration in your relationship.
We all get stressed out by the demands of daily life and take our irritability and frustration out on our partners. That’s part of being human. And part of being in a day-in-day-out marriage or intimate partnership. The way to keep those little hurts from turning into ongoing relationship resentments is to make a repair. Own your mistakes and say you’re sorry. Continue reading “Simple Steps to a Happier Relationship”