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Nuggets of Marriage Advice From Divorced People

April 15, 2016

I came across this yesterday and thought it would be good to post since I’m celebrating my 47th wedding anniversary on Fri, April 15. This is from Reader’s Digest and written by Beth Dreher. As with any marriage, the years have been a mix of good, bad and ugly. We have 3 sons and one grandson. I’m still hoping for a granddaughter one of these days. I thank the Lord for his many blessings. ~ Connie

Hindsight is 20/20, especially when it comes to relationships. Strengthen yours with tips from those who can clearly see what ended their marriages.
Prioritize your relationship
Put more time planning your marriage than your wedding – Terri, via Facebook
Look for the good
Focus on what you love about your partner. If you focus on what bugs you, all you will see are reasons to be bugged. – Gerald, via Facebook
Leave your work at the office
It was hard to fell the love when he put in a 12-hour day at the office, and then logged in when he got home. –  _Avalon_via Reddit
Don’t rush into marriage
Twenty years old is mighty young to tie the knot. We thought we knew what we were doing, but that wasn’t the case. – Knowledge930, via Reddit
Communicate
People have this thing about not bringing up a problem until it becomes a big deal, when you could have preempted the issue way in advance. – Cocoa–Thundabean, via Reddit
Schedule regular check-ins
Every month set a meeting with your partner to make sure nothing that’s bothering you is going unmentioned. Be honest. – Kenny, via Yesandyes
Relax
Don’t take yourself so seriously. Laugh, and make her laugh. Laughter makes everything else easier – Gerald, via Facebook
Agree to disagree
My advice is not to learn how to get along, but  to learn how to fight fairly and productively. – Steve, via Buzzfeed
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Toothpaste tubes and toilet paper rolls should be on the bottom of the priority list. – Tonster181, via Reddit
Appreciate your partner
In my first marriage, I assumed that because we had “forever” that I could give my partner attention later. It doesn’t work that way. – Kathleen, via Yesandyes

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