7. Give up blaming each other
Most of what happens to us is in our hands, no matter how much we want to circumvent this fact. It’s easier to project your mistakes and loopholes on an external factor – your partner, as it gives you a chance to escape accountability. Start taking responsibility for your own actions.
The more you be egoistic about your faults and project it on to your partner, the toxic your marriage gets. You have to stop yourself swirling in the path of guilt tripping and blame shifting with your partner.
Tell everyone you know: “My happiness depends on me, so you’re off the hook.” And then demonstrate it. Be happy, no matter what they’re doing. Practice feeling good, no matter what. And before you know it, you will not give anyone else responsibility for the way you feel-and then, you’ll love them all. Because the only reason you don’t love them, is because you’re using them as your excuse to not feel good. – Esther Hicks
8. Give up the need to always be right
Remember when you and your partner first started dating? Remember how beautiful and how lovingly you spoke to one another?
Back then, you focused more on how this person made you feel and how you made this person feel, instead of focusing on whether this person was right or wrong. A relationship is not an exam – there’s no need to evaluate each other’s actions and mark them every time.
Common courtesy plays a big role in happy marriages. People who are permanently married are polite to one another. They don’t want to hurt one another’s feelings, and they don’t try to make the other one feel humiliated. People who are married for life are extremely kind to one another. Frank Pittman
9. Give up on being clingy
Self-reliance is a very celebrated characteristic in an individual, no matter you are single or not. Marriage of-course means being there for each other, being supportive of each other, emotionally catering for each other and understanding each other. These does not included being clingy to each other.
There will be times when you will have to take control over your own self to cater to yourself. Being clingy makes your partner suffocate on the relationship. Take your own control over yourself, sometimes, for a change.
10. Give up your emotional baggage
The past has no power to stop you from being present now. Only your grievance about the past can do that. What is grievance? The baggage of old thought and emotion. – Lao Tzu
When you let your past influence your present, you lose your chances of making your future a better place to live in. Letting go of your past, slowly, each pain, each negativity at a time, helps you expand your future horizons.
Our past experiences, especially the negative ones, hold us back from living in the moment and making the best out of it. Once in a while let go of the fear and embrace change for a optimistic life tomorrow.
11. Replace attachment with love
What we all end up confusing is, love and attachment. Attachment comes from a place of fear, anxiety and insecurity while love is pure, free of bitterness, kind, and selfless. Love is ready to detach and let go if the relationship between two people becomes toxic and detrimental to the healthy growth and evolution of both parties. Attachment on the other hand loves to latch on to negativity, feeding on pain and pessimism.
In the beautiful words of Deepak Chopra,
Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you. Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires. Love imposes no demands. Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand – Make me feel whole. Love expands beyond the limits of two people. Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people.
Partners try hard not to let their marriage get toxic but somehow, unknowingly they end up killing everything beautiful about the bond. Never disdain your intuition. If you feel something is going amiss, something is off, immediately take notice and discuss it out with your partner. If nothing works out, it is not necessary to keep dragging a dead marriage. After all, your mental health, peace and well being is more important than anything else in this world.
If you are not happy with yourself, you can never be happy in any relationship.
The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make – not just on your wedding day, but over and over again – and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.- Barbara De Angelis
If it’s true that marriages are meant to last for life, why is it that so many people get divorced? What do you think is the key ingredient to make a marriage work? You can share your insights in the comments section below.