Between Us: The Key To A Happy Marriage Is…

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I was listening to the radio earlier this week when the host referenced a listener that revealed the key to a happy marriage:

Never let him leave the house horny or hungry.

Hmmm.

Isn’t this a little bit one-sided?  The statement refers to him.  And what about me? I have with him for almost 17 years and married for almost 12.  I can assure you that sex and food is not what is keeping my marriage happy.  At least not completely…

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Of course, I asked my husband if he agreed.  And he hit me with the usual “It’s probably true for most men, but not me.  You know I don’t think like that.”  I love how he suddenly becomes so enlightened whenever I ask him these types of questions.  Smart man.

Before I could answer the question of what I thought the key to a happy marriage is, I had to define “happy.”  Needless to say, I gave up on that after about five minutes.  That’s because after I thought about it, I realized that marriages aren’t always meant to be happy.  There is a reason wedding vows include the statement for better or for worse. 

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There are times in a marriage that are far from happy.  Times when you will be tested in ways that you cannot imagine.  Times when you want to drive around the block a few times before you go in the house.  Times when all those annoying habits (that you used to think were cute) make you want to scream until you lose your voice.

But there are also times when you pass that test and realize how strong you are together.  Times when you are amazed that you can still laugh so hard together after so many years.  Times when you know that you couldn’t have picked a more perfect person to embark on the journey of parenthood with.  Times when you realize that home is the only place you want to be.

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That said, I guess the key to a happy marriage (or mine, at least) is realizing that your marriage will not always be happy.  But that you have more than enough love to get through whatever comes your way.

Oh, and I guess it doesn’t hurt to keep something hot cookin’ in the kitchen…and a few other rooms in the house… 🙂

What do you think the key to a happy marriage is?

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6 thoughts on “Between Us: The Key To A Happy Marriage Is…

  1. Honesty. I think a marriage can survive anything if you are always honest with each other – especially in the hard times. It helps if you speak that honesty in love.

  2. Hmmm … I’ve been married for 12 years as well, and I guess I would say open and honest communication. While I think I can read his mind, there are times we need to check in and just talk and let one another know we love each other. With three kids and two careers, it would be easy to neglect this, but when we communicate, we can usually get to any of the ills that are bothering us. And we just need to connect.

  3. Honestly? I think the key to a happy marriage is a sense of humor. If you can’t laugh at the little things it’ll be hard to get through the tough times. Honesty and open communication are big as well. My husband and I have been married for 2.5 years, together for three. We’ve had our fair share of ups and downs but laughter, honesty and communication has helped us stay together.

  4. I’ve been together w/my husband 19 1/2 yrs, married for 18 yrs. For me, I think a key component is the pillow talk. I also think keeping connected as a couple helps. Paying attention to the relationship is a must.

    -Danielle
    Follow: @DanielleASB
    Blog: ChatterOutLoud.com

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