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Healthy Marriage Traits

Healthy Marriage Traits

Based on research, Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley have discovered 12 essential traits of successful marriages.

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12 traits of a healthy marriage articles

To dig deeper into your marriage’s strengths and growth areas, you will find articles below that further explain each of the 12 traits of a healthy marriage.

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Lifelong Commitment

Lifetime commitment is an understanding that marriage is created by God and meant to be permanent. Read how that plays out in daily life.

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Spiritual Intimacy

Common spiritual commitment is a strong predictor of marital success. Here are ways to shore up the spiritual foundations of your marriage.

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Communication

A healthy marriage is built around a solid core of positive communication. These ideas will help promote open, honest, empathetic interaction.

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Manage Conflict Well

Every marriage has conflict, but disagreements can strengthen a relationship. Read how conflict can help you grow and find joy together.

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Cherish Your Spouse

Your wedding vows probably included a promise to “love, honor, and cherish” one another. Here are a few things you can do cherish your mate.

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Nourish Your Spouse

Nourishing is an action. It involves communicating love in a way the other person finds meaningful. Read the steps to effective nourishing.

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Spend Time Together

Spending time together is key to a strong marriage. These four ingredients will help build the togetherness that enables a marriage to thrive.

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Physical Intimacy

As one of God’s gifts to married couples, sex really does matter. These steps will help in the process of developing healthy sexual intimacy.

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Shared Responsibility

Sharing responsibility means being on the same team and working together. Here are some ideas for developing mutual cooperation in marriage.

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Cope With Challenges

It’s possible to not only cope with crisis, but grow from it. Here’s how difficult times can be transformed into marriage-enriching experiences.

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Healthy Individuals

Healthy relationships emerge when healthy individuals come together in a positive way. Here are some ideas to get you moving in that direction.

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Community Minded

We were never meant to tackle the challenges of life and marriage alone. Here are some ways for couples to surround themselves with community.