The average cost of an American wedding is $35,329, as reported by CNN. However, it takes a lot more than the perfect décor and three-course menus to make a marriage work. Couples often find themselves feeling discontent and unhappy a short while after getting married.
Here are three things that tend to negatively affect your relationship with your spouse.
The divorce rate may have dropped in the last couple of years, but this isn’t necessarily a sign of healthy marriages. Research has shown that a reduced divorce rate is attributed to couples delaying getting married till they’re older, or at all. One reason for this is because couples often feel their beliefs and understanding of each other isn’t aligned.
Can premarital counseling help with this? Let’s take a look.
Growing old with the person you love is a beautiful experience. However, things can go south if you start neglecting your marriage as the years pass on by. Romance and intimacy—both physical and emotional—is important at every stage to make your relationship a happy one.
How can you keep that spark ignited several years later? Here are a few ideas.
There are many ingredients that go into making the perfect marriage. An ideal healthy marriage should have: open communication, trust, emotional intimacy, and physical attraction, and intimacy.
Couples often use sex as a means to not think about underlying problems. Having too much sex—especially when you’re using it as a tool ignore other problems—is not healthy, but having a dissatisfying or non-existent sex life isn’t either.
An affair can wreck everything your relationship stood for. You may find yourself grasping at anything to hold it together, but the rage, jealousy, and heartbreak that follow the unfaithfulness of a partner can sometimes be irreparable. The APA cites that 42 percent of divorced individuals report having had more than one affair, making it a prevalent occurrence in marriages.
Whether your goal is to find a new sense of value in your motives and abilities; or to use couples therapy to improve communication between yourself and your spouse, I can help start the healing process.