Strengthening your marriage is a goal you and your spouse must focus on for the entirety of your relationship. Over time, making your marriage stronger will take different forms. Your needs as a couple will shift from one season to the next, and many of those needs will be based on your individual personalities and the way you interact with one another.
There’s no one-size-fits-all secret to building a strong marriage. The ingredients to success really depend on you, your spouse, and how you approach life as individuals and as a couple. But, that means you must both invest time and effort in understanding each other and building deeper intimacy.
Want to know how you and your spouse can make your marriage stronger for the long haul? Read on.
Effective communication is at the heart of every lifelong marriage. If you and your spouse tend to misunderstand each other on a regular basis, or if you’re struggling to connect in a meaningful way, then it’s time to look at your communication.
The way we communicate depends largely on our personality and how we see the world. Having deep conversations with your spouse means you must both listen and speak effectively. Being a good listener might mean that you need to repeat back what you understand to one another, to make sure you’re both on the same page. Listen to understand, not to reply, and you’re on your way to better communication overall.
Consider focusing on your intimacy level if you want to get closer to your spouse. Intimacy can mean many different things in marriage, from physical pleasure to the emotional safety you both need to be open and honest with one another.
Spend some time rediscovering what intimacy means to you as individuals, then work to deepen that sense of intimacy together. The love and care you invest in this process will pay dividends as you gain a deeper awareness of what the two of you need in your relationship. Deeper intimacy ultimately works in favor of a stronger marriage, and it’s a critical component for long-lasting fulfillment.
Understanding one another better will help you both improve your communication and deepen your intimacy in your marriage. Not only will your understanding help you know each other better; it will also strengthen your empathy. Empathy is the ability to take a walk in your spouse’s shoes, which gives you a new perspective on their point of view.
Taking a relationship assessment can help couples get to know and understand each other on a deeper level than ever before. Our SYMBIS+ Assessment was created especially for married couples who would like to strengthen their marriages for lifelong happiness and fulfillment.
This week, our brand-new companion book to the SYMBIS+ Assessment, Strengthen Your Marriage, is available for purchase. Strengthen Your Marriage is a guidebook designed to help you and your spouse get to know one another better than ever before, forging deeper bonds and greater intimacy in the process. Order your copy here.
Have you and your spouse taken a relationship assessment before? What was your experience like, and how did it guide your marriage for the better? Let us know in the comments!