Make a beautiful marriage

Today's marriage tip:

Did you know that beautiful marriages don't just happen? They are made. The beautiful feelings of love and desire help you get started. They draw you together and offer a kind of "glue" to your relationship, but after a while those feelings usually start to fade. Staying in love is about building a relationship that has more than just romance. Romance is great, but friendship will carry you when times get tough. So, make sure you take time to actually become friends. Why? Friends are usually far less likely to judge and criticize each other. They give each other the benefit of the doubt and have compassion when the other is experiencing difficulty. Friendship is the thing to strive for in marriage. And believe me, when you seek to be each other's friend the romance remains longer, and returns more easily when the pressures of life cause you to forget how much you mean to each other.