I have been reading Reader’s Digest since I was maybe 7 years old. I love the magazine! It contains so many wonderful stories, inspiring narratives, really funny jokes, informative articles, etc. For the past three years, a couple of my titas, knowing how much I love RD, gifted me with year long subscriptions of the magazine which I super duper loved. Ngayong taon, wala nang nagbigay sa akin. Hahaha! Since I’m trying to be on tipid mode, I didn’t subscribe and I just buy from the newsstand when I feel I have extra money. (Tsaka reasoning ko I can always go to their website for the articles.) This month though, I bought Reader’s Digest and I found these really simple reminders on how to make marriages better.
Marriage may be a two-way street, but that doesn’t mean you should travel in opposite directions. Experts know what steers good marriages; here are some couple-strengthening tips:
Talk, but don’t talk back. Tell your partner how you feel and what you need. When you’re the listener, don’t criticise, debate, dismiss or problem-solve. Recognise that your partner’s concerns are as important as yours.
Be optimistic. Keep your comments positive - even when discussing problems - and make the effort to remember and appreciate the good in your relationship.
Learn to leave an argument before it’s out of control. Tactics include cracking a joke, showing appreciation and backing down.
Share your dreams. And find a way to help your spouse realise his or hers.
Be flexible. When your spouse asks you to be accommodating, try.
Go on a date. Couples need time as twosomes, to reconnect.
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