Better Your Marriage In 2020

It can be difficult to keep a marriage thriving, especially the longer a couple has been together. However, I like to think a new year can bring fresh perspectives and opportunities for couples. If you believe the same and are looking to improve your marriage this year, here are a few suggestions.

First, make time to intentionally communicate with your spouse. Our fast-paced days can lead to poor or even no communication. I encourage you to make time every day to talk with your significant other. This doesn’t have to be an extended amount of time. What works best for me and my husband is connecting over dinner or before we go to bed.

To take the first suggestion a step further, schedule some device-free nights in your home! No phones, television, or other electronics. I bet you will be surprised by how much time you have during these evenings. This is time you and your spouse will be able to spend playing a game, reading, or talking with each other.

However, if going device-free isn’t for you, consider a relationship program as an option. Marriage Works! Ohio offers a six-week, Christian-based class for couples called Growing Together. This class is the perfect way for you and your spouse to learn more about forgiveness, trust, and openness.

Another suggestion? Take up a hobby together. Doing so will allow you to spend time together while de-stressing with something you enjoy. My husband and I spent a year taking ballroom dance lessons and would highly recommend every couple does the same! Of course, cooking, exercising together, or even playing (certain) video games would make great alternative hobbies if you don’t like dancing.

Finally, make time for yourself each week. Devoting time and energy to a spouse or children is extremely difficult if you aren’t caring for yourself at all. So take an hour or two to grab a cup of coffee or listen to your favorite podcast. Just make sure you and your partner are on the same page regarding self-care before you leave the house expecting them to watch the kids.

Implement one or two of these suggestions over the next year, and you may be surprised how your marriage will change for the better! After all, no one has ever claimed your marriage has to remain dull or boring. Instead, I hope your marriage has many blessings and positive changes in the year ahead.

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