With all the destructive marriages out there, is it any wonder that some young people are having second thoughts about getting married at all? Is “happily ever after” ever possible? Is “happily married” just a cruel joke? What CAN you expect in a “good” marriage?
Many things go into the success (or lack thereof) of a marriage: communication, compatibility, expectations, outside support, commitment, and more.
I think it’s enlightening to hear couples who have been successfully married for several decades talk about things such as how they handle conflict, how they care for each other, and the willingness to persevere even if things become difficult. Without fail, such couples display a deep commitment and willingness to care for each other.
But what can you reasonably expect in a “happy” marriage? How do you know when you have one?