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Improve Marriage with Words

There are sixteen essential words that we must try to say to our loved ones every day or whenever appropriate.

I love you

Improve Marriage with Words Say the words before leaving for work and when you come home. Say "I love you" before hanging up the phone or after a particularly inspiring conversation. Say it just because. Every marriage needs a daily dose of these three important words. And do not worry, saying, "I love you" often is never a bad habit to have. Even if we are upset with our spouse that day, saying "I love you" may help us forgive them.

I am sorry

Improve Marriage with Words "You forgot to buy milk," your spouse complains the second you walk in the door. Say I'm sorry. "You didn't clean my shirt. I have nothing to wear," your partner comments. Say I'm sorry, and try to mean it. We do not help anyone by defending ourselves, only our egos benefit. And avoid the word "but"! This can kill our apology. To our lover's ears, "I'm sorry butů" translates to "I'm not really sorry, and I am just saying I'm sorry to allow myself to give an excuse."

There are times that our partner's comments are untimely, or perhaps, we feel every other word is a critical remark. In these cases, we should set aside a better time to discuss the problem. Right after our spouse presents his or her complaint is not a good time, and we may start an argument unintentionally.

I understand

Improve Marriage with Words How many times has this happened to us: You are sitting at dinner, and in casual conversation, you complain, "Last night, I just did not get enough sleep, I'm so tired lately." And your spouse responds, with good intentions, "I am also tired." Or "Well, that is because you stayed up so late playing on the computer again." How does this make you feel? Not very good! When our lover comes to us for sympathy, a simple "I understand" can really help. Claiming that we also have the same problem translates as "So what? I feel the same way and I am not complaining!" And giving advice should be given only when asked.

You are beautiful

Or cute, handsome, sexy - whichever words are appropriate. When we first start dating, we hand out compliments daily. After a while we sometimes forget. Maybe we assume that our spouse already knows how we feel, or maybe we do not think they need us to tell them. Tell them. Women in particular need to be reminded, especially during pregnancy, after giving birth and on birthdays! Men also need to be told they are attractive, though they may not admit it! A compliment a day improves our intimate lives in ways we can not even imagine. If your spouse is not feeling sexy, why should they want to make love to you?

I need you

Improve Marriage with Words We need to let our spouse know that we not only appreciate them, but we need them. Tell them that we can not imagine our lives without them. We might remember to mention this on anniversaries or birthdays, but why not let our spouse know every single week? Certainly, we feel that we need our spouse more than once a year! If this is too difficult to say out loud, then send them an email. Write them a note and slip it into their briefcase, lunch box or purse. Just like women need to hear they are still attractive, men particularly need to know their wives depend on them.

Thank you

Improve Marriage with Words Why is it that strangers, the cashier at the supermarket and co-workers receive our thanks every single day, but our spouse rarely hears the words! Thank your spouse for making dinner, washing dishes, and keeping the house clean. Thank your partner for bringing home a paycheck, buying your favorite desert and coming home. Again, if we feel weird saying "Thank you for bringing home a paycheck," or whatever the case may be, write it down! Be romantic and send your spouse an e-card or put a sticky note on the bathroom mirror.

We must add these sixteen very special words to our lives. We may be amazed at how much peace will result from such simple additions to our vocabulary!