What could your spouse do for you that would make you the Happiest ?

 

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That very question focused on a core issue in marriage — the issue of care. I could have asked the question, “How would you like your spouse to care for you?” As it turns out, care in marriage is doing what it takes to make each other happy.

When you were married, you and your spouse both promised to care for each other, and you expected that care from each other. You were in love, and you were highly motivated to make each other happy. But it might not have occurred to you at the time that if you didn’t care for each other the right way, you might lose your love for each other. And along with your loss of love, you might lose your willingness to care for each other.

At the time, you probably did not know what caring for each other the right way meant. You thought that your commitment to care for each other would be sufficient to sustain your love. Even today, you may still be in the dark as to what it takes to care for each other the right way.

If that’s the case, let me explain to you what care in marriage is: To care the right way, you must make large Love Bank deposits. And I’ve found that the best way to make those deposits is to meet each other’s most important emotional needs.

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