My fifth wedding anniversary is in a few weeks. And five years is not much compared to the milestone anniversaries that we normally blog about here at Truly. But five years is five years.
In honor of my fifth anniversary, I offer my five tips for a successful marriage.
Say “I love you.”
Saying “I love you” early and often is important. Life is too short. You never know what can happen. When you leave for work in the morning or go to sleep at night, “I love you” should be the last words you say and the last words that you hear.
Don’t be a nag.
Nagging about petty stuff is useless. The woman wears herself out nagging. The man just rolls his eyes and eventually becomes resentful. If he leaves the toilet seat up, it’s not big deal – just put it down. In the big picture, it really doesn’t mean much.
Take a shower together everyday.
If you have small kids, this might be impossible. But if you don’t, it’s good advice. The shower is a great place for talking, bonding and … enjoying each other’s company. It’s a nice way to spend a little extra time together before starting your day.
Set a budget together.
When you first get married, it may be the first time you have pooled your money together with someone. One of you may be thrifty, while the other is frivolous with money. Get on the same page by setting up a budget together. Write down your short term and long term financial goals. Then make a plan to reach them.
Laugh a lot.
No matter what’s happening in your lives, take time out to spend time together in laugh. My husband and I watch TV together every night for an hour or so right before we fall asleep. We TIVO ridiculous shows from Reality TV to cheesy soaps. Then unwind together by laughing and watching TV before falling asleep.