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1.) No one should ever hear anything bad about your spouse from you.— Ryan Stephens 🧭 (@ryanstephens) March 6, 2019
It's one thing to joke with friends about something trivial and quite another to demean your spouse's character.
Know the difference and always discuss the latter with your spouse and no one else.
2.) Over communicate.— Ryan Stephens 🧭 (@ryanstephens) March 6, 2019
You cannot read each other’s minds.
Never assume the other person knows what you meant.
Give each other the benefit of the doubt when miscommunications happen.
Double check if necessary.
3.) Try new things together.— Ryan Stephens 🧭 (@ryanstephens) March 6, 2019
Even if one of you is typically more adventurous than the other, have fun with it.
Trying new things gets an individual out of their comfort zone and is often easier as a couple, allowing you both to grow stronger together.
4.) Be each other’s champion. Celebrate wins and encourage each other.— Ryan Stephens 🧭 (@ryanstephens) March 6, 2019
Bring home champagne after a promotion at work, back each other up when engaging in that battle with your heathen toddler, work out together, etc.
Never cut the other person down when they're struggling.
5.) Be grateful for each other’s contributions.— Ryan Stephens 🧭 (@ryanstephens) March 6, 2019
Whether it be money, time, chores, childcare, or anything else, no one contribution is greater than another.
And don’t keep score.
If you truly value each other’s input, then the scorecard shouldn’t (and doesn’t) matter.
6. Trust and respect each other.— Ryan Stephens 🧭 (@ryanstephens) March 6, 2019
Especially in front of others, including your children.
If you do not respect your spouse in front of other people, why should those people respect your spouse?