You spent months choosing the patterns and color schemes, and your wedding dress was taken right off the pages of a fairytale book. But how do you keep that magic sparkle over your marriage after the big day has passed? What are the true keys and secrets to a happy and healthy marriage?

A good marriage takes hard work and commitment, and both players have to work as a team in all areas of life to truly appreciate all that married life has to offer. You’re not always going to agree with each other, and you’re going to have your ups and downs. The secret here is to remember you are a team. A team divided against itself cannot win. You must give it your all to be honest, loyal and loving to your spouse.

But what happens when you have that first big fight? You know, the kind where you’re pretty sure he tried literally sleeping in the dog’s house, but even shadow wasn’t hearing it?

Many people believe that sex is the main necessity for a happy marriage, and a must have for making up. They believe satisfying ones sexual appetite in marriage is the closest bond in which two people can form together, but that’s not at all true. While marital sex can be a wonderful way to show love and appreciation for your spouse, those are just the keys to the cabana house of your happily ever after.

The key to the mansion of happiness with your Prince Charming starts with a simple “I forgive you” or “I’m sorry”, but it doesn’t end there…Cara Joyner writes  “You hear a lot of advice before you get married.

“Keep a date night.”

“Never go to bed angry.”

“Make your relationship the first priority.”

“Don’t walk out during an argument.”

Veteran couples further down the road look back on young newlyweds and offer insight for the challenges ahead. Of all the counsel my husband and I received leading up to our wedding day, one thought has proven to be the most challenging and transformative, and it came from my father-in-law.

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