Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate - Rabbi Barnett R. Brickner.
Although the institution of marriage pre-dates reliable recorded history it is still the case that the success of a marriage requires skills needed in building a healthy relationship.
Skills include understanding of the soulmate concept, making decisions together, dealing with conflict, being flexible in your attitudes, be willing to create a balance in your life, and be open to change.
Love and commitment are important, of course. But there are many more necessary qualities couples need to have a healthy and happy marriage. A marriage should provide nurturance and comfort to each other.
An enduring marriage continues to build on the intimate relationship – emotionally and physically. Continued commitment forms the bedrock for any successful marriage.
Get it wrong, take a marriage for granted and overlook all or some of the above can lead to separation, divorce and estrangement. Unfortunately some lessons in life come too late...
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