Every marriage comes with challenges. No matter how perfectly matched the couple, there are times when communication, preferences, schedules, stress, and expectations may clash and cause problems. Couples who maintain long-term, loving, and healthy marriages experience all of these challenges, but are able to find ways to weather the storm with their spouses. The key to making it through these tough times is building a strong foundation for a loving and strong marriage with your partner. These three elements are key in creating a foundation of trust, support, and security that allows you and your partner to get through tough times together.
Practicing consistent empathy and understanding is key to maintaining a healthy marriage. Two people coming together will always result in some level of conflict, or need for change. You both bring different experiences, expectations, and emotional backgrounds to your marriage, and it is important to keep in mind the ways your partner may feel, act, or see things differently.
Consistently practicing empathy and understanding allows you to get through difficult and annoying periods in your marriage, and makes you both less prone to giving in to unnecessary anger. It allows you and your partner the safety to be open and honest, and to continue to learn more about one another over time.