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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.


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.


Spiritual Intimacy

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



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


Manage Conflict Well

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Shared Responsibility

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


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.


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.


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.

Tell Your Story

By sharing your struggles and triumphs, God can transform your courage into hope and faith for others.

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