According to the American Psychological Association, 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States end up divorced.
If you’re engaged, your end goal should be to remain in a happy, healthy, and committed marriage until death do you part.
However, as divorce rates continue to climb, it’s easier said than done.
It’s for this reason, among many, that it’s time we flip the switch on this conversation and talk about how important it is to improve your relationship to avoid divorce in the future.
Here are five helpful and tactical tips to get you started.
5 Tips for Engaged Couples to Avoid Divorce
The little things matter
There’s no denying that lavish gifts and trips are nice. But, on a regular, day-to-day basis, it’s the little things that add up to something greater.
Get her just because flowers.
Pick up his favorite take-out meal.
Unload the dishwasher without her asking.
Let him control the TV remote for a night.
Yes, these might seem like trivial ideas, but in the grand scheme of your relationship, these little things show that you care about your partner and making him/her happy.
Make time to talk
After a long day at work, all you really want to do is come home and decompress. This means that you could go into an Instagram-scrolling trance or lose yourself in a good book.
There’s nothing wrong with self care, however, when there’s another person in the equation, AKA your partner, it’s important that you find time for them.
Make it a point every day to have an uninterrupted conversation with your fiance.
By blocking out the distractions of life and fully focusing on your partner for even just five minutes shows that you’re making an effort to communicate.
Build on this day in and day out because communication is the key to a healthy and strong relationship.
No, we’re not suggesting that you listen to a Justin Bieber song (although it is a good one). What we are suggesting is that you need to be comfortable in your own skin and love yourself before you can fully love someone else.
This isn’t an overnight transformation. Learning to love yourself despite your flaws is an ongoing journey. However, if you remain committed to it, you’ll in turn become a better partner for your lover.