Have you ever wondered if there are any rules for a happy marriage? Do you wish there was a hidden secret or some kind of knowledge that would ensure a perfect marriage? It’s not a secret, but the golden rule for a happy marriage is cooperation and mutual respect.
Treat them the way you expect to be treated. Marriage is not just about romance and good times, there’s a lot of work that needs to be put in, and you can’t expect to have a strong relationship without the effort.
Rules For A Happy And Perfect Marriage
What are the rules for a successful marriage? It’s not buying each other expensive gifts, it’s not all about the romantic gestures, and it’s definitely not spying on each other as a means of building trust in the relationship. If you don’t have the basics covered, this marriage shouldn’t even exist.
So what really are the rules for a happy marriage? Here are some marriage rules my spouse and I followed to ensure a perfect marriage.
We are like polar opposites
My husband and I met about 8 years ago. We were young and in love and nothing in the world was better. We seemed to connect over similar ‘mental states of turmoil’ and it was perfect because we both found someone that understood us.
Fast forward 8 years, we’re now married and life has progressed. I still love him and he’s still someone who understands my needs like I do his.
But to the world, and sometimes each other, we are two individuals who couldn’t be more different. For those who know me, all you have to do is flip everything about me on its head and you will for sure find my husband. He’s everything I’m not and I’m a whole world apart from him.
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Exactly and perfectly opposed
Although our differences are so prominent, I believe it to be one of the most important rules for marriage. Let me explain our differences a little. I’m a social human. I thrive on interaction with the world and I need a village around me in order to function. My husband is one video game shy of being a monk up in the Himalayas. He thrives in solitude.
And I don’t mean solitude as in ‘he prefers not interacting with the outside world, but at home, he’s all talk and giggles’. I mean even with me he stays silent. I love the city and bars and dance music. He loves the mountains and books and slow dark music.
I’m all about talking and communication and unnecessary banter about things that really don’t matter. He is matter-of-fact and precise. I’m a hopeless romantic and he’s a pragmatist.
With all these fundamental polarities between us, we somehow work really well. We’re so different that it makes us almost perfect for each other. Our relationship is centered on independence from each other and a strong understanding that we’ll always be different, so there is no need to fight it but instead, accept it.
The unspoken yet critical rules
This realization was never easy nor was the process perfect. A lot of battles still ensue, but we have clear unspoken marriage rules:
- I won’t ask him to change his core being for me and he won’t ask me to either
- We’ll love the other to our fullest, without needing a compromise
- We’ll live our own lives to the fullest, regardless of the other but preferably with the other
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We worked toward it
In order to get to this point, we had a lot of fights. I had some serious issues with him wandering off into the wilderness every other week. I couldn’t understand why he wanted to be away from me so much or why I couldn’t find joy in his love for hiking and mountaineering and join him in his adventures.
Either way, I was unhappy and couldn’t for the life of me move past it. But as time passed, I realized that while he was out doing the things he loved, I could do the things I loved and discuss everything we loved about our time apart in the weeks to come.
This made us closer strangely enough because we had two lives to discuss. And this is a golden rule for a happy marriage – you need to make time for yourself and the things you love to do. You can’t do everything together, you’ll only end up resenting each other. Space in a relationship is important.
In the same way, he had to be ‘OK’ with me going gung-ho into fostering animals and working at our local animal rescue. Now he has to share our house with 20 cats and more than a few dogs on a regular basis and that was hard for him.
His home had been invaded and he had to fight off the enemy with every tool in his belt. But after a lot of trying and failing, he came to believe that I’m kind of a rockstar who pours her soul into saving all these creatures… and that’s a good quality to have in your spouse.
The differences are less important than the similarities
How does this realization come about? It came with the understanding that all these differences between us stem from one fundamental similarity – we both appreciate each other’s innate qualities and thus see that asking the other to change in any way would be disrespectful to the beauty that is the other’s heart.
My husband is a beautiful man with a zest for exploration and a need to wander. He goes miles on his motorcycle just to love the world even more than he already does and comes home with stickers on his bike of places he has been to, like a road map of his adventures.
There is nothing in the world that would make me want him to change that. Most important rules for marriage? If you’re trying to change them, then you shouldn’t be with them in the first place.
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I’m a passionate and kind human being for everyone and everything around me. My life is like a moment out of the movie We Bought a Zoo, with my incessant need to save every animal that comes into my life and pouring my heart and soul into working at an animal rescue. I love hard and fast and nothing would make my husband want to change that about me.
We love ourselves well and we love each other with pride and we live our lives with courage and trust that what the other wants and does in their life has been thought through. Once that is clear, I don’t need him to like the things I like or do the things I do and nor does he with regard to me.
We meet somewhere in the middle and share our lives with each other and share the things that make our days more interesting, even if that may be with other people. That to me is perfection and even though we will never actually attain it, we sure as hell try! Adjustment in a marriage is key to a happy relationship.
Follow these rules for a happy marriage, and try to accept the person you married. Love them for who they are and they’ll love you for you. If the love is unconditional, you don’t need anything else.
Be accepting of them, and don’t try to change the things you don’t like. A marriage is all about adjusting and meeting halfway. Just agree to disagree.
Do things for yourself, don’t keep high expectations, and discuss all the important things with each other before doing anything impulsive.