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Thursday, September 25, 2014

12 Ways to Prevent a Divorce

Last week someone came across a post I wrote last August, "80% of Divorces are Filed by Women." After they read the post they shared it on Reddit and it exploded. Thousands and thousands of people visited the post and read it in the next three days.

Because of the huge spike in traffic for this one old post I wanted to find out what had caused such a stir exactly. I followed the visits back to Reddit and found where the post had been shared with others.

I then noticed that the Reddit thread had hundreds of comments on it so I opened them up to take a look. I was appalled and disappointed with my gender. I was also saddened that my message was so grossly misunderstood.

Hundreds of men had made asinine comments sharing their "wisdom" about how to keep women happy. The comments were lewd, sexist, denigrating, and downright offensive. Cami came up behind me as I was reading a few of them and they literally made her feel a bit ill.

How disappointed I was that evening. I, however, stand by what I said in that post and what I firmly believe.

We can all try a little bit harder to positively influence our spouse's happiness.

Can I make another person be happy? Obviously the answer is no. But can I give them more reasons to be happy? As Homer Simpson would say, "duh."

Here are 12 uplifting ways to help your spouse be happier. Another way to say it is, here are 12 ways to prevent a divorce.
  1. Say "I love you" frequently, at least daily
  2. Remind them how attractive you find them
  3. Thank them for something that they normally do
  4. Offer congratulations for an achievement no matter how small
  5. Bring them flowers and chocolate (albeit this is most effective on the female gender)
  6. Send an email or text message letting them know you're thinking about them
  7. Sincerely smile
  8. Do something to help them, something that they would have had to do if you hadn't done it
  9. Take your spouse on a real date, one that you planned ahead of time
  10. Be intimate, physically but also emotionally and intellectually as well
  11. Pray for your spouse
  12. Never use the word divorce. Don't even think it.
Hopefully this post will get shared on Reddit as well but it will have hundreds of complimentary and positive comments.
Have a great day!



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8 comments:

  1. So true. It's the little things...for both genders.

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  2. As always, spot on. It's the little things, and they are not so little when they make such a difference. Love the things you share. Keep it up!

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  3. This is a great list, Tyson. Often it is the simple things that make a huge difference in the happiness of a marriage. I wrote a post recently called Love & Respect where I touched on some things in your list. Thanks for encouraging healthy, happy marriages. It is so important in today's world. I have a passion for marriage, as well. Thanks, again. ~Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

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    1. It's always great to meet others who share a passion for marriage. Thanks for stopping by Heather!

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  4. Great reminders. We can get so caught up in negative thinking, habits, and behaviors and end up in ruts never intended for our marriage.

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    1. You're right Dawn. And it's not hard to do. So often that negative thinking creeps in slowly and imperceptibly and before we know it we've got some repair work to do in our marriages. Thank you for stopping by!

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