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Is Marriage Happiness An Impossible Dream?

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Here are some characteristics of couples who are happily married;

1. They don’t expect perfection from their spouse.

2. They are willing to overlook small offenses.

3. Forgiveness is a way of life not just empty statements.

4. Happiness is not sought only from their spouse.

5. Unselfishness is common in the relationship.

Do you expect your spouse to be mistake free?

If you are looking for your spouse to not make mistakes then your spouse married the wrong person. No one can live up to that standard. If you aren’t perfect how can you expect your spouse to be perfect?

I’m not talking about making mistakes that impact your family. Yes, no one should expect their spouse to make a major financial purpose without a discussion. It is true that we should expect our spouse to be perfect when it comes to resisting infidelity. However, forgetting to pay a bill or pick up the dry cleaning is a simple mistake and shouldn’t lead to a major confrontation.

Are you willing to overlook small offenses?

If you sit back and analyze and micro-manage your spouse, you will be offended. Your spouse will at a minimum once per day annoy you or hurt your feelings. Something you want done will not be done. A promise to resolve something will be forgotten about.

Marriage happiness can be increased if you are able to move on from small offenses without holding grudges or being bitter.

Do you really forgive your spouse?

One of the keys to a happy person is their ability to forgive. If you can forgive your spouse and not just do so with words but your actions, your marriage stability will increase. Forgiveness entails overlooking, disregarding and excusing.

Unfortunately very often one spouse says “I’m sorry” and the other spouse says “I forgive you”. Then, for the next 10 days the silent treatment is enacted and tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife.

If you forgive, move forward and don’t hold grudges, if you really want to be happy in your marriage.

Is your spouse your only source of happiness?

If you are relying on your spouse to make you happy, please stop right now. Your spouse may be apart of your overall well-being but he or she can’t keep you happy. They can definitely make you unhappy and in some instances, miserable.

You have to have other avenues to fill your happiness bucket. If you don’t, you will be on a constant emotional rollercoaster.

Are you and your spouse unselfish?

I have yet to meet a happily married couple who are selfish. Selfishness has a tendency to drain the life out of a marriage. It starts the day of the wedding and continues on for the rest of the marriage.

There may be a case where one spouse is selfish and the other one is unselfish. There is still no real happiness in the marriage. There will be constant conflict and one or both spouses will be miserable.

Tips on Preserving Your Wedding Gown

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Today’s bridal gowns are designed to include a wide variety of fabrics. The special gown you have chosen may be satin, taffeta, brocade and lace, chiffon, organza, and accented with delicate trims, such as beads, crystals, sequins, embroidery, silk flowers or appliqué, all of which require delicate attention. So trust our experts to professionally clean your special gown and preserve those memories forever.

Why do you have to plan the preservation method ahead of time? First of all, each day you keep the dress exposed to the elements, the more it will be damaged. You need to start the preservation process immediately after taking off your gown. Secondly, you don’t want the headache of figuring out what you will do with your wedding dress on your wedding night. You want to have a plan that you can put into action that you are confident in.

The two options for preserving your dress are going through a professional company or doing it yourself. If you search on the Internet or even in your local yellow pages, you should be able to find a number of companies that specialize in dress preservation. These companies have the special know-how to make your wedding dress look good as new 20 years down the line, if need be.

Oftentimes you can even find a dry cleaner in your area will have a specialist that preserves wedding gowns. With many of these online companies you can order a wedding preservation kit. After your wedding, you follow the simple instructions to package your dress and send it in to the preservation company. By the time you return from your honeymoon, your dress will be returned to you – steamed, boxed and preserved.

If you want to save money and preserve it by yourself, it’s not hard to do. While the results won’t be as good as a professional service, your wedding dress should preserve rather well. The first thing you want to do is find an airtight box that is large enough to fit your dress. Then you should fold your wedding dress neatly and put it in the airtight box, while putting tissue paper on top of the dress. Finally, place the box in a warm and dry location. Down the road when you take out your dress to reminisce or even pass it on to the next generation, your wedding dress will be as good as new!

If you are leaving for your honeymoon immediately from your wedding reception, you can ask your mother or maid-of-honor to bring or send your wedding dress to the company for preservation.