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Friendship Fuels Romance
Friendship fuels the flames of romance. - John Gottman
As couples age, and progress in their marriages, they often fail to keep doing the things that brought them together in the first place. Marriage is a commitment or promise between two people to faithfully stick with one another through the good times and the bad times. Commitment is a quality of strong, healthy, and enduring marriages and it is a key to any intimate, emotionally satisfying, and meaningful relationship. Commitment is the glue that holds marriages together when many stressors try to rip it apart.
Rediscovering Your Partner
John Gottman, a professor and marriage researcher at the University of Washington, believes that friendship is the key to lasting marriage. Most secure marriages are built on a base of strong friendship that serves as the support for other aspects of the relationship.
Knowing your partner well leads to a strong friendship. Test your knowledge of your partner by answering the following True or False questions that have been adapted from John Gottman's book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.
How Well Do You Know Your Partner?
If you were able to answer true to more than half of the questions, you know your partner pretty well. If not, take some time to find the answers to these and other important questions about your partner. It will help your friendship and your commitment to your partner to grow. Share the answers on your list with your partner and enjoy the conversation that will follow.
|To find out more:
Read Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M Gottman
Check out UAEX's resources on marriage: uaex.edu/marriage