Marriage for Miley: 5 Healthy Habits for Successful Relationships

Miley Cyrus, the former Disney star, has been lighting up the internet for years. Now she’s engaged to be married. With divorce rates hovering around 50 percent—even higher for celebrities—what can Miley and the rest of us do to beat the averages? Here are some tips for Miley to maintain marital health.
Show, Don’t Tell. Love is a verb, not a feeling.  When people say they no longer feel the way they once did, they are referring to the butterflies and sparks of the relationship’s honeymoon stage. Feelings are emotional states brought on by a complexity of internal and external factors. Love grows and evolves as we honor commitments, keep promises and learn to forgive. Do you ever wonder how some people stay married for 50 years or more? Successful couples become best friends and learn to work together as partners to reach common goals. Don’t just state your love. Show it.
Make Regular Deposits.  In the classic book, His Needs, Her Needs , the author offers a brilliant analogy between your checking account and your marriage. If you regularly withdraw more from your bank than you deposit, your finances will suffer. Likewise, if you regularly withdraw more from your marital love bank than you deposit, your marriage will suffer. Compliments, affection, pleasure and promise-keeping are deposits. Criticisms, disappointments, neglect and pain are withdrawals.
Never Stop Dating. Couples from 19 to 91 need a regular date night. Even if you don’t go out on the town, find a way to have uninterrupted play time. Dress up for a candlelit dinner at home with romantic music in the background. Keep an ongoing list of new meals to try, games to play, local places to visit, movies to rent, activities to enjoy. Keep it simple and fun. If you have children, find a trustworthy babysitter you can depend on.
Use “I” Language. This is an important skill to develop, especially in tense situations. Here’s an example: Instead of saying, “You make me so mad!” or “You’re so irresponsible!” try saying, “I felt very angry when you did what you did.” Your anger does not belong to your spouse, even when you’ve been treated unfairly. By taking responsibility for your own emotions, your spouse will be less defensive, and specific issues are more likely to be resolved. Sometimes, it’s better to postpone the conversation than to have it sabotaged by strong emotion.
Lighten Up. When it comes to minor differences of personality and taste, live and let live. Constant nitpicking can lead to unnecessary arguments and ongoing stress. Save your energy for resolving far greater issues, like money, family and career. Even then, try to keep a tone of lightness and humor.
Studies show that married couples are not only happier on average, but also healthier than their single, divorced or cohabitating counterparts .  A strong, healthy marriage is worth the effort.
The application of simple concepts still takes practice and they often require assistance.  Maximized Living is committed to providing you the resources and proven techniques to achieve optimal health—body, mind and spirit.  Contact your local doctor to participate in the upcoming Community Dinner on July 9th and the big event “Living to 100” on July 12th.  
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