Secrets to a Long and Happy Marriage

Secrets to a Long and Happy Marriage

Are you in a relationship that has survived past the initial "honeymoon" period? The hard work may still be yet to come. Studies have shown that many couples don't work out the last major differences until their relationship is 12 to 20 years old, so it's never too early to start taking the time to nurture your relationship. Are you doing everything you can to ensure your partnership is as strong as it can be? The Huffington Post recently shared some of the signs to look for that would suggest you're the reason why your marriage hasn't worked out its kinks.

One sign is if you don't have a healthy relationship with your in-laws. Research shows that how spouses relate to the in-laws is a strong predictor of marriage longevity.

Another sign is if you are always the victim. If you are constantly blaming your spouse for everything and never taking responsibility for your own faults, then you may be driving your spouse to divorce.

Do you have trouble handling pain or anger? While continual, emotional, angry outbursts aren't a good thing, neither is holding back on your true feelings in order to avoid confrontation. If you are hiding your real emotions so that you can keep the peace in your relationship, than you may actually be ruining, rather than saving, your marriage.

A marriage must be constantly tended in order for it to last. Remember to take the time to honestly assess your relationship with your partner so that you can enjoy a long and happy marriage.