The Secret to a Happy Marriage

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope that you are being blessed today by the people that you love.  My husband and I cheated and went out to dinner last night to avoid the crowds tonight.   I couldn’t help but be so thankful for him and all of his hard work that keep me home with my kids.

Which got me thinking even more about what I see is missing in so many marriages today.  The simple act of choosing to be thankful has transformed my marriage and has the power to transform yours as well.

My habit of practicing thankfulness began years ago during one of my unfortunate periods of homeschool burnout.   Lost in Facebook one afternoon, I saw a quote about being thankful for smelly laundry and dirty dishes because having them meant that your children were fed and clothed.  That simple shift in focus had a profound effect on how I viewed my family and my responsibilities of taking care of them.  Changing from a ‘have to’ attitude to a ‘get to’ attitude made and continues to make a huge difference in my own attitude towards parenting.

This habit of thankfulness has since spilled over into my marriage.  Instead of focusing on what was annoying about my husband, I began choosing to be thankful for the things that were a blessing about him.  It wasn’t easy at first.  Habits are hard to start.  Today I am constantly filled with gratitude towards my husband and I make sure to let him know it!   Our husbands need our appreciation to give them the energy to keep working and serving their families.

I have seen many torn apart by divorce recently.  I’m sharing this today in hopes that this small change in attitude could be the catalyst for healing in another couples’ marriage.

What are you thankful for in your marriage?

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