Recommended Movies to Watch.
Movies can often have
a great impact on relationships that are starving for romance or dealing
with other problems. The following movies, I believe, speak directly to
two of the most common problems in marriage: lack of romance or putting
the job above the marriage and sexual infidelity.
starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston.
“A Vow to Cherish,”
available at any local Christian book store in VHS or DVD format.
Features in Your Marriage.
Based on research and
my experience working with hundreds of couples, the following features
are most important in keeping the fires burning in romantic
Have a date night once a week.
Every week there should be at least one night the couple spends time
together with no one else involved--not even the children.
Kiss for at least 5 to 20 seconds each day.
This can really work miracles.
compliment about your spouse every day.
appreciation to your spouse at least once every day.
Hug each other at least twice a day.
Make sure it is intentional and warm. Please hug a lot without sex on
the agenda. This is very important.
Dance together privately in your home.
This can really demonstrate the warmth and passion you feel for each
other. Dancing publicly often means nothing to a romantic
relationship. However, dancing privately while holding your partner
close to you when no one is watching requires an intense closeness and
desire for each other.
Have daily family/couple devotion.
This creates a solid spiritual foundation.
Sit together in church regularly or as often as
you can. Do not have the children sitting between you. Sit
them on opposite sides.
Spend time having fun together at least once a
week. This strengthens the friendship in the relationship.
Go to watch a game together. Play a game at home together. Watch a
funny movie together. Have a pop corn fight. Whatever it is, have
fun. Lots of it. Laugh together.
Basic Ingredients for a Healthy Marriage.
ingredients are crucial to making a marriage loving and meaningful:
Humility. This is the
willingness and freedom to admit wrong, say "I am sorry," lead
together, adjust, change, forgive and receive forgiveness.
Knowing and understanding each other’s needs
and knowing how to meet them. To know the ten basic needs in
marriage read the book “His Needs Her Needs. In my opinion, this is
really the most important ingredient in happy marriages.
Effective communication and good conflict
resolution skills. Learning how to effectively handle
conflict and how to prevent the many unnecessary arguments are most
important in a healthy relationship.
Listening with the heart and not just with the
head. Too many spouses do not truly listen to their
partners. Some tune out what they do not want to hear. Others have
selective amnesia. Still others assume and add their own meaning to
what said, not is allowing the other person to clarify. This is painful
and destructive to a relationship.
Have a spirit of humility. This is
a willingness to adjust and a teachable spirit. This is really an
important secret to a joyful marriage. Spouses who know it all, are
stubborn, cannot change, or are too proud to admit wrong, are a pain in
the neck. They prevent progress and healing in a wounded relationship.
Commitment to a nonjudgmental attitude.
When a spouse admits doing wrong and is forgiven by his/her partner, the
forgiver must leave the wrong alone. Never bring it up again.
committed spouse, each other’s intimate friend, lover, and sweetheart.
Having a harmonious couple financial plan.
Money mismanagement is a big source of contention in marriage. The
happiest couples are those who have a joint financial plan.
Barrington Brennen is
a marriage and family therapist. Send your questions or comments to
P.O. Box CB-13019, Nassau, The Bahamas. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 242-327 1980, or visit
the website www.soencouragement.org.