1. Marriage Quotes

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.– Mignon McLaughlin

Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife. – Franz Schubert

My husband and I are best of friends first and foremost. We fight like cats and dogs, but never stay mad for long. I was lucky to find him, he is in every way, my soulmate. – Carnie Wilson

When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory. – Friedrich Nietzsche

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.  – Winston Churchill

The secret to a happy marriage is if you can be at peace with someone within four walls, if you are content because the one you love is near to you, either upstairs or downstairs, or in the same room, and you feel that warmth that you don't find very often, then that is what love is all about. – Bruce Forsyth

Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave. – Martin Luther

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. – Friedrich Nietzsche

A good husband makes a good wife. – John Florio

All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest - never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principles of equal partnership. – Ann Landers

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. – Homer

Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect. If it's not based on respect, nothing that appears to be good will last very long. – Amy Grant

When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you're sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship. – Joseph Campbell

To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up. – Ogden Nash

It is a full time job being honest one moment at a time, remembering to love, to honor, to respect. It is a practice, a discipline, worthy of every moment. – Jasmine Guy

For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it's time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward. – Erma Bombeck

Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquility of a lovely sunset. – Ann Landers

An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband. – Booth Tarkington

A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short. – Andre Maurois

Marriage is the highest state of friendship. If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation. – Samuel Richardson

Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate. – W. H. Auden

One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again. – Judith Viorst

A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day. – Andre Maurois

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them. – Sydney Smith

Marriage has made me a lot happier and I'm deeply in love with my wife, and I thank God for her every day. – Harry Connick, Jr.

My wife is my soul mate. I can't imagine being without her. – Matt Damon

Take care of him. And make him feel important. And if you can do that, you'll have a happy and wonderful marriage. Like two out of every ten couples. – Neil Simon

An ideal wife is one who remains faithful to you but tries to be just as charming as if she weren't. – Sacha Guitry

Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman. Joseph Joubert

Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage. – Benjamin Franklin

It's not beauty but fine qualities, my girl, that keep a husband. – Euripides

Husbands are like fires - they go out when they're left unattended. – Cher

Love is often the fruit of marriage. – Moliere

Marriages, like careers, need constant nurturing... the secret of having it all is loving it all. – Joyce Brothers

Love in marriage should be the accomplishment of a beautiful dream, and not, as it too often is, the end. – Alphonse Karr

I enjoy being single, but I loved being married. – Stephanie Mills

When a marriage works, nothing on earth can take its place. – Helen Gahagan

When you have a baby, love is automatic, when you get married, love is earned.  – Marie Osmond

The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It's a choice you make - not just on your wedding day, but over and over again - and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife. – Barbara de Angelis

The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they're right if you love to be with them all the time. – Julia Child

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. – Martin Luther

A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential. – John C. Maxwell

Getting married, for me, was the best thing I ever did. I was suddenly beset with an immense sense of release, that we have something more important than our separate selves, and that is the marriage. There's immense happiness that can come from working towards that. – Nick Cave

Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage. – Zig Ziglar

When people get married because they think it's a long-time love affair, they'll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.  – Joseph Campbell

Earlier, my priority was only work. I worked like a dog before I got married. After marriage, once you have a baby, time management is difficult. Your responsibilities change, your priorities change. And you have to concentrate on them if you have to work out your life. Your career is just a part of your life. For me, my family is my life. – Kajol

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years. – Simone Signoret

After about 20 years of marriage, I'm finally starting to scratch the surface of what women want. And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate. – Mel Gibson

I think long-lasting, healthy relationships are more important than the idea of marriage. At the root of every successful marriage is a strong partnership. – Carson Daly

Children are supposed to help hold a marriage together. They do this in a number of ways. For instance, they demand so much attention that a husband and wife, concentrating on their children, fail to notice each other's faults. – Richard Armour

Marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get. It's something you do. It's the way you love your partner every day. – Barbara de Angelis

Friendship is two-sided. It isn't a friend just because someone's doing something nice for you. That's a nice person. There's friendship when you do for each other. It's like marriage - it's two-sided.– John Wooden

Finding good partners is the key to success in anything: in business, in marriage and, especially, in investing. – Robert Kiyosaki

Well I don't know that I'm okay any more than anyone else is okay, I lead a happy life and a very full one - I have a happy marriage and my kids are all cheerful, and no one is finding fault with me, personally. – L. Ron Hubbard

You know, real life doesn't just suddenly resolve itself. You have to keep working at it. Democracy, marriage, friendship. You can't just say, 'She's my best friend.' That's not a given, it's a process.  – Viggo Mortensen

Before marriage, many couples are very much like people rushing to catch an airplane; once aboard, they turn into passengers. They just sit there. – J. Paul Getty

I grew up in a Hindu household but went to a Roman Catholic school. I grew up with a mother who said, 'I'll arrange a marriage for you at 18,' but she also said that we could achieve anything we put our minds to and encouraged us to dream of becoming prime minister or president. – Indra Nooyi

Ultimately, I believe the only secret to a happy marriage is choosing the right person. Life is a series of choices, right? - Michelle Pfeiffer

In a way, fraud in business is no different from infidelity in marriage or plagiarism in scholarly work. Even people committed to high moral standards succumb. – Miroslav Volf

Marriage is miserable unless you find the right person that is your soulmate and that takes a lot of looking. – Marvin Gaye

The truth is that many powerful guys have fooled around while working for the people. Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Warren Harding to name just a few. Grover Cleveland even fathered a child outside of marriage. We all know these things happen. But we don't want them to happen - at least most of us don't. I can't speak for San Francisco. – Bill O'Reilly

Marriage can be a magnificent lesson in becoming our best selves; that is true. – Marianne Williamson

The great marriages are partnerships. It can't be a great marriage without being a partnership. – Helen Mirren

What I've learned about marriage: You need to have each other's back; you have to be a kind of team going through life. – Tom Petty

Rituals, anthropologists will tell us, are about transformation. The rituals we use for marriage, baptism or inaugurating a president are as elaborate as they are because we associate the ritual with a major life passage, the crossing of a critical threshold, or in other words, with transformation. – Abraham Verghese

In my mind, marriage is a spiritual partnership and union in which we willingly give and receive love, create and share intimacy, and open ourselves to be available and accessible to another human being in order to heal, learn and grow. – Iyanla Vanzant

Remember that creating a successful marriage is like farming: you have to start over again every morning. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I think growing up in a big family taught me a lot of problem solving and how to share and compromise, and that's been helpful in my marriage. – Sarah Jessica Parker

Marriage is the most natural state of man, and... the state in which you will find solid happiness.  – Benjamin Franklin

I put my career in second place throughout both my marriages and it suffered. I don't regret it. You make choices. If you want a good marriage, you must pay attention to that. If you want to be independent, go ahead. You can't have it all. – Lauren Bacall

There are many deaf people who couldn't imagine living in a marriage without someone who doesn't speak their language. For me, I believe that hearing or deaf is fine as long as both parties are willing to communicate in each other's language. But if there's no communication, then the marriage, I believe, will be difficult if not doomed. – Marlee Matlin

Ultimately, my greatest achievement is maintaining my career while sustaining a happy marriage and kids. – Melina Kanakaredes

I would say that the surest measure of a man's or a woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse. – Benjamin Spock

Marriage, in its truest sense, is a partnership of equals, with neither exercising dominion over the other, but, rather, with each encouraging and assisting the other in whatever responsibilities and aspirations he or she might have. – Gordon B. Hinckley

A sense of humor is great - it goes a long, long way in a marriage. – Chris Rock

But the key to our marriage is the capacity to give each other a break. And to realize that it's not how our similarities work together; it's how our differences work together. – Michael J. Fox

You can't have a happy family if you don't have a happy marriage. – Jeremy Sisto

It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one to make it a failure. – Herbert Samuel

Even prior to marriage and motherhood, it's always been about prioritising and focusing on what you can commit to. That's been my approach to every aspect of my life, be it my relationships or my professional commitments. – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

As wonderful as they were, my parents didn't teach me anything about self-discipline, concentration, patience, or focus. If I hadn't had a family myself, I probably never would've done anything. Marriage taught me responsibility. – Dick Van Dyke

I think what makes our marriage work amid all the glare is that my husband is my best friend. He inspires everything in my life and enables me to do the best that I can. I want to hang out with him more than anyone. – Faith Hill

For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe. Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end. – H. L. Mencken

In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds for marriage. – Robert Anderson

A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises. – Andre Maurois

Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity; yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage.  – Sydney J. Harris

It takes a lot of work to put together a marriage, to put together a family and a home. – Elizabeth Edwards

How hard it is to have the beautiful interdependence of marriage and yet be strong in oneself alone. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Marriage brings up all the things I pushed to the back burner - the fears, the mistrust, the doubts, the insecurities. It's like opening Pandora's box. – Jennifer Aniston

A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love. – Pearl S. Buck

Sticking with a marriage. That's true grit, man. – Jeff Bridges

I have never been given to envy - save for the envy I feel toward those people who have the ability to make a marriage work and endure happily. – J. Paul Getty

Perhaps my problem in marriage-and it is the problem of many women-was to want both intimacy and independence. It is a difficult line to walk, yet both needs are important to a marriage. – Hedy Lamarr

Determine that there will never be anything that will come between you that will disrupt your marriage. Make it work. Resolve to make it work. – Gordon B. Hinckley

When I'm weak, you can be strong; when I'm strong, you can be weak. That's what I believe marriage is. – Gisele Bundchen

It took me a long time to be convinced that marriage was right for me because I've come from a long line of broken marriages. My parents divorced, and I had two broken marriages myself.  – Sylvester Stallone

I believe in the institution of marriage, and I intend to keep trying till I get it right. – Richard Pryor

Never ever discount the idea of marriage. Sure, someone might tell you that marriage is just a piece of paper. Well, so is money, and what's more life-affirming than cold, hard cash? – Dennis Miller

If you've gone into a marriage and you haven't been clear about how you're going to handle money, how you want to raise kids, who is going to work or stay home or what have you, then you've set yourself up for failure. – Phil McGraw

The more time you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes. – Amy Grant

I firmly believe in marriage. It's a real important decision that takes a lot of dedication and time. If you're thinking about divorce. You shouldn't get married. – Seth Green

Whether it be a matter of personal relations within a marriage or political initiatives within a peace process, there is no sure-fire do-it-yourself kit. – Seamus Heaney

I have a terrific marriage, but unlike a lot of relationships where they ebb and flow, no matter what happens you fall deeper and deeper in love every day. It's kind of the best thing that can happen to you. It's thrilling. – Hugh Jackman

American couples have gone to such lengths to avoid the interference of in-laws that they have to pay marriage counselors to interfere between them. – Florence King

It's volatile, the marriage. Which one isn't? Nothing better than a good, full-on row. Get it all out. Say rude and nasty things. And then be sorry. Genuinely sorry, afterwards. – John Lydon

Marriage is a risk; I think it's a great and glorious risk, as long as you embark on the adventure in the same spirit. – Cate Blanchett

We make no greater voluntary choice in this life than the selection of a marriage partner. This decision can bring eternal happiness and joy. To find sublime fulfillment in marriage, both partners need to be fully committed to the marriage. – James E. Faust

I don't think there's anything they can say about me that I haven't said about myself already. And I would be an absolute total liar, and my fans would not respect me, if I said that my life and my marriage are perfect. But we absolutely love each other; we have fun together - it's great. – Mary J. Blige

Marriage is a commitment for life. It is a permanent, lifelong relationship. – Dada Vaswani

The secret of a good marriage is forgiving your partner for marrying you in the first place. – Sacha Guitry

I thought the divorce statistics would never apply to me. I was beyond heartbroken when they did. But I got up and got on with it. I also kept my belief in marriage. – Jennifer Garner

Nothing in life is as good as the marriage of true minds between man and woman. As good? It is life itself. – Pearl S. Buck

In marriage, compromise nurtures the relationship. – Tim Allen

I think one reason for a successful marriage is laughter. I think laughter gets you through the rough moments in a marriage. – Bob Newhart

The Hindu marriage may be described as the union of two families. In this union, there is no room for petty ambitions and personal ego-trips. What is involved is love for the entire family that one is marrying into. – Dada Vaswani

I've never understood why we would want to deny all the joys - and the challenges - of marriage to anyone. – Al Franken

My grandmother was energetic and fearless - a talented poet and songwriter. She was also interested in chemistry and history and medicine, taking care of the people in her hacienda in Mexico, delivering babies. She could have become anything, but this was the 1930s, and she was forced into an arranged marriage. – Salma Hayek

Marriage requires a special talent, like acting. Monogamy requires genius. – Warren Beatty

I like marriage. I feel very secure. It helps when you are in love with the person you are married to.– Claire Danes

I think of marriage as a garden. You have to tend to it. Respect it, take care of it, feed it. Make sure everyone is getting the right amount of, um, sunlight. – Mark Ruffalo

I yearned for a long, happy marriage with one person. – Ginger Rogers

Brands mature over time, like a marriage. The bond you feel with your spouse is different than when you first met each other. Excitement and discovery are replaced by comfort and depth. – Gary Vaynerchuk

Just as the unique characteristics of both males and females contribute to the completeness of a marriage relationship, so those same characteristics are vital to the rearing, nurturing, and teaching of children. – David A. Bednar

Marriage is not simply a romantic union between two people; it's also a political and economic contract of the highest order. – Elizabeth Gilbert

A miracle... my biggest accomplishment is my marriage so far. Because it's hard, everyone knows it's hard. – Gwen Stefani

Righteous marriage is a commandment and an essential step in the process of creating a loving family relationship that can be perpetuated beyond the grave. – David A. Bednar

I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him. We can only be in the marriage we are. We're very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he's the father of my children, and it's because of him that there's this whole other world that I love. – Sarah Jessica Parker

And in a marriage you can't TRY and be married. You're married or you're not married... as far as I'm concerned. – Ringo Starr

There are going to be peaks and valleys in everything - in your marriage, in your job, in your life. So just enjoy the peaks and ride out the valleys. Just try not to do anything too rash. – Ricky Schroder

The only day I remember of my parents' marriage was the day my dad walked out. As I stood there at five years old, with my older sister and younger brother, I knew that he was gone. – Ellie Goulding

The truth is that I'm more afraid of marriage than of death. – Shakira

There aren't many great adverts for marriage or parenthood. It always looks so stressful, and that's what I've been scared of. What you don't realize is how much you're going to get back. – Robbie Williams

The sum and substance of female education in America, as in England, is training women to consider marriage as the sole object in life, and to pretend that they do not think so. – Harriet Martineau

During the periods in my marriage when I chose to stay home with my kids rather than work as an attorney, it caused me no end of anxiety. Despite the fact that I knew I was contributing to our family by caring for our children, I still felt that my worth was less because I wasn't earning. – Ayelet Waldman

Whatever's missing in your relationship, including a marriage, is what you're not bringing to it. – Nadine Velazquez

A song like 'Once in a Lifetime' is inspired by my marriage - it's a good, life-changing happening in my life. I think when you find your once-in-a-lifetime love, that's what everybody's looking for.  – Keith Urban

Marriage ain't easy, but it's great most of the time. – Sean Penn

I think that with marriages, people have to understand that you have to look at your marriage and understand what is needed in your marriage - not what people think your marriage should be or what people want your marriage to be. – Jada Pinkett Smith

It was the only ambition I ever had - not to be a dancer or Hollywood movie star, but to be a housewife in a good marriage. – Doris Day

The great secret of a successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters. – Harold Nicolson

The most important thing for a good marriage is to learn how to argue peaceably. – Anita Ekberg

We all have a childhood dream that when there is love, everything goes like silk, but the reality is that marriage requires a lot of compromise. – Raquel Welch

In marriage, it's always that give and take and rebalancing that we have to do in how we can help each other. But, I have been known at times by my sons, that is the name that they call me-the Mitt stabilizer. – Ann Romney

I don't think I will go for an arranged marriage, but I am not against arranged marriages. – Ranbir Kapoor

One hopes, of course, that a relationship grows and becomes a deep and wonderful marriage and friendship that lasts forever. But that's not always the case. – Alana Stewart

Marriage is like a bank account. You put it in, you take it out, you lose interest. – Irwin Corey

People ask what the secret of a happy marriage is. If there is one, it's 'don't talk about it.' – Jane Asher

I haven't been faithful to my wife. Our marriage has been tainted with my infidelities. I was irresponsible. – David Boreanaz

I'm extremely fascinated by marriage. I want to study marriage. I want to learn about it. I want to know it. I want to figure out whether or not I want to do it. I'm not just going to leap into it, because that's not good for anybody. – Adam Levine

I believe in the institution of marriage. Of course being a Mormon, we believe in eternity rather than just till death do us part. If you really try hard, if you make it work, it's blissful. But I also know a marriage that isn't working can be painful. – Donny Osmond

I love marriage. I think it's a wonderful institution and it's the most important decision you make. – Isla Fisher

For a few thousand years, women had no history. Marriage was our calling, and meekness our virtue. Over the last century, in stuttering succession, we have gained a voice, a vote, a room, a playing field of our own. Decorously or defiantly, we now approach what surely qualifies as the final frontier. – Stacy Schiff

With marriage and fatherhood, I've finally found two fixed points in my life. They've taught me patience. They've also taught me that I don't need to feel guilty about being happy. My emotional seasons are less extreme. – Pete Wentz

I wasn't looking for another marriage. I had been married before. He is a nice man - a geologist, an Ernest Hemingway type. But Paul and I married because of convention. – Linda McCartney

In a marriage, in any long-term relationship, not to bother with lying. There's no time for that. If you have any sort of secret life, it will come back to haunt you. – Andy Garcia

I think that marriage is an amazing institution and should be preserved, and you can have great marriages, and you must because sharing your life with someone is like the greatest thing. And I loved being able to set a good example for that on television. – Jenna Elfman

I am very old-fashioned about marriage. It is for life and I mean it. I always knew that when I met the right girl, the life I had before - being single, in a band, girls everywhere - would be over. – Gary Numan

I just read 'The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.' To be married 25 years, you have to put as much energy as I put into being an actor or being a great football player into being a better husband and a better father. – Terry Crews

I was a happy person before marriage. I'm definitely happier after marriage. – Vidya Balan

My life, in some ways, has been a half-measure. I didn't commit myself all the way to my marriage and family, because I would have given up more. And I didn't go all the way with just being completely selfish. I always wonder where my career would be if I was more selfish. – Alec Baldwin

I met my wife in Bombay at an official function. And then we courted for three years. That's a great old term, 'courting.' And we had to do it quietly, of course, because you would know the difficulties one might have with Indian parents. She was advised by her father that people in the West don't take marriage seriously. – Glenn Turner

I believe in marriage and fidelity. – Gloria Vanderbilt

The marriage of a man and woman is the most enduring human institution, honored in all cultures and by every religious faith. It's in this institution that children are meant to be nurtured. We know this after thousands of years of human experience. – Jeff Miller

I myself got married at a very young age. It has always intrigued me because marriage is very synthetic in an otherwise natural world. – Imtiaz Ali

I have been doing marriage counseling for about 15 years and I realized that what makes one person feel loved, doesn't make another person feel loved. – Gary Chapman

I do believe in soulmates and happy/successful marriages. No marriage can be happy 24x7 for 365 days. Both partners have to make the relationship work, is what I believe in. – Kajol

My marriage to my husband, Bart Conner in 1996 is my proudest personal moment. – Nadia Comaneci

I never thought my marriage could be stronger, or I could be closer to Bill. We prayed on our own, but now we prayed together and you'll never know how much that means until you do it. – Giuliana Rancic

It's nice to be able to work; I'd love to be able to do another TV show I could do in Chicago so I could live and work in the same place. It's hard being a parent and being in a good marriage, and it all takes a lot of work, but if you're not there you can't do any of it. – Joan Cusack

I am not married yet, but I think ultimately in a good marriage it is the relationship which is the most important thing. It is not a matter of who is right and who is wrong; it is a one plus one equals more than two. – Lawrence Bender

I don't want to make any judgments, and I don't want to preach, but I'm hoping that marriage can work: that when people do fall in love, when people do find their soul mate, everyone sticks to it. It has the potential to be a very powerful thing, marriage. – Jonathan Silverman

The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly held that marriage is one of the most fundamental rights that we have as Americans under our Constitution. – Ted Olson

I am happy. I have a wonderful marriage. I was in a not-great second marriage for 20 years, then I fell in love with Steve, my first husband, again, and we remarried. I wore the dress from our first wedding in 1982 - it was tight, but I could get into it. – Marie Osmond

There is no greater excitement than to support an intellectual wife and have her support you. Marriage is a partnership in which each inspires the other, and brings fruition to both of you. – Millicent Carey McIntosh

You never go into a marriage expecting to get divorced. You go into a marriage expecting it's going to last forever, and you have a lot of ways you dream about the future. You have all these expectations, and then you have to adjust those expectations, and it can be a very unnerving, confusing time.  – Jenna Fischer

Good production is like a beautiful marriage. It makes a happy home. – Timbaland

I don't care how handsome or fabulous or funny the groom is, or how sweet and accommodating the bride, or vice versa. Marriage is hard. – Jenna McCarthy

Once I found professional happiness, it gave me time to think about other areas in my life in which I wasn't happy. The next obvious candidate for introspection was my marriage. – Megyn Kelly

Conversations about money certainly are not sexy, but they should give each of you some clarity and enable you to enter into your marriage with a better understanding of each other and what is important. Work and home responsibilities, joint or separate accounts, budgets, etc. are all subjects which should be discussed. – Laura Wasser

Maintaining marriage seems to be tougher than fatherhood: apparently it's the most difficult thing in the world. – Kelly Slater

I am the most well-adjusted human being I know. I started out this investigation as a very happy man with a great career. I've got the life people dream about: I am rich, I am famous, I've got a fabulous marriage to an absolutely, spell-bindingly brilliant woman. – James Ellroy

It's such a lovely feeling to be in love, to marry the person you love and finally to be with that person. I feel the romance should never go out of any marriage. Even after one has had kids, etc. Love never ends, na? – Riteish Deshmukh

It was very difficult when I was trying to figure out how to have a marriage and babies and do this at the same time. There was no handbook. You were making it up as you went along. – Pat Benatar

For women of my generation, it was the 'juggling act.' Jobs, marriage, children, homes, and aging parents were the balls we added, tossing them in the air as our lives filled up and praying they wouldn't come crashing down on our heads. – Willow Bay

I had 53 years of happy marriage and two daughters. These were the best things that happened in my life. – Henry Allingham

Michael and I had great role models. Though his father has passed away, his parents had an amazingly strong marriage, as do mine. Both weathered rerally tough times. For us it has been normal to stay together through difficulties. We grew up witnessing that firsthand. – Tracy Pollan

The fact is, I am in my third marriage and I do not believe in divorce. But I was half the problem, I guarantee you. More than half the problem. I couldn't negotiate with the other women. – James Brolin

It is a fact that all women contribute more to marriage than men; for the most part they have to change their place of living, their method of work, a great many women today changing their occupation entirely on marriage; and they must even change their name. – Agnes Macphail

I have to be asked, I guess, but I love the idea of marriage. I think it's beautiful. I'm such a romantic, and I always have been. – Portia de Rossi

Every society in the history of man has upheld the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Why? Because society is based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that's what? Children. Monogamous relationships. – Rick Santorum

People try much less hard to make a marriage work than they used to fifty years ago. Divorce is easier.   – Mary Wesley

I found it an interesting portrait of a marriage in exploring notions of how one partner supports the other, whilst not jeopardizing the greater good - which is the family. – Rachel Griffiths

One of the great tragedies I see is people not putting every effort into the foundation of their marriage. My grandmother told me that it's one man and one woman for life and that your marriage is worth fighting for. – Kay Robertson

Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes. – Robert Louis Stevenson

We want our marriage to be a triumph, not a tragedy. – Joyce Meyer

Well I think in a marriage you have to be honest and ask yourself, you know, what is my role? What is my responsibility? – Hillary Clinton

You don't really need to get married, but marriage is awfully nice. Everybody I know who got married, they say it really makes a difference. They feel very, very happy about it. – Lily Tomlin

Marriage is a reflection of your life in general: how you treat people, how you argue, how secure you are in your own thoughts. How vehemently do you argue your point of view? With what disdain do you view the other's point of view? – William Shatner

A marriage contract to me is as binding as any in business, and I have always believed in sticking to an agreement. – J. Paul Getty

Marriage is like twirling a baton, turning hand springs or eating with chopsticks. It looks easy until you try it. – Helen Rowland

I think even in a good marriage, especially if you stay together long enough, there are going to be events that happen. – Tori Amos

When you're unhappy in your marriage, your children are the ones who suffer. – Christina Aguilera

I got a few marriage proposals in my 20s. I just wasn't ready. I just knew if I committed, I would've wound up doing something wrong, messing it up. I still felt like I had some living to do. – Queen Latifah

As marriage goes, I think most people sort of set being - you know getting married as the goal as opposed to being married. – Ashton Kutcher

I am a fan of marriage and a fan of being committed to the right person. – Joan Collins

It's not someone else's responsibility to honor my marriage. It's my responsibility. – David Duchovny

A hundred years ago, if you had a child out of marriage, you'd be a social disgrace. Today women feel comfortable enough economically and culturally to bring up a child without a recognized commitment from a man. – Helen Fisher

Long-term relationships are an everyday choice. It's harder to be in a marriage than it is to bounce from one relationship to the next. – Pink

If you look at Jack Benny, George Burns, or Don Rickles, they've all had long, successful marriages. So, I think there's something about laughter and the durability of a marriage. – Bob Newhart

You either believe marriage and human sexuality are sacred, or you do not. – Kirk Cameron

Being in a successful marriage is no different than being cast in a successful movie. It's all about who you pick; in that first moment, did you pick the right person? I think you need to pick somebody who's more interested in being married than in getting married. – Rob Lowe

You know what's funny? I don't ever feel the need to escape. I have a strong marriage. I like my life. You hear about these guys having midlife crises - I don't see that happening to me. – Harry Connick, Jr.

Marriage is gonna be your stability through everything. – Miranda Lambert

I think that two people who decide to live together in a marriage situation, they have an obligation to make the marriage work for them. – Helen Reddy

My marriage and my families come certainly before my career. – Michael Douglas

Marriage is an ongoing thing, man. You continue to work at it. But it's joyful. And joyous. I don't care if people are living without a marriage certificate. It's just about people, in some way, saying to each other, 'I commit to you. I will help you in this life.' – James McAvoy

My grandparents got married at a very young age, and a lot of what I think about marriage is based on their relationship. I watched them over the years and saw how they dealt with everything together, as a team. – Kyle Chandler

I believe wholeheartedly in marriage. I don't exclusively mean a marriage with a legal contract, but any relationship that constitutes a marriage because of the quality of their relationship. – Helen Reddy

Well you know, I think a lot of us in marriage know that you play different roles at different times. And Mitt can get very intense, and I can have the ability to kind of talk him off the rails sometimes and say, 'Hey let's look at what is really important and let's do that now.' – Ann Romney

My parents had a great marriage. Interestingly, it made it harder for me in relationships because I knew what a good relationship looked like. – Candace Bushnell

Marriage takes work - it doesn't just happen. – Lara Stone

I love marriage. I failed at marriage, but I'd rather go into anything with gusto and fail than go into it half-assed. – Kirstie Alley

Marriage requires searing honesty at all costs. I learned that from my third wife. – Alan Arkin

It's so important to keep a marriage alive with small treats and doing little things for each other. Just remembering to say nice things and to have listening time is vital. That ghastly phrase 'quality time' means taking three minutes to sit down and be still with someone rather than yelling over your shoulder as you rush out. – Joanna Lumley

No marriage can stand up under the strain of incessant association. – Johnny Weissmuller

Marriage can be expensive, and if I lose millions then it'll be the best millions I've spent. – Seth Rogen

 

2. The Art of Relationships

by Ben Kugler

When it comes to Relationships what’s The Problem?

And what’s the Solution?

The Problem:

  • Do you know what the current divorce rate is in the U.S.? (Answer)
  • Do you know what it was prior 1910? (Answer)
  • Do you know what caused the marital failure rate to jump so drastically?
  • And why it remains stuck at over 50% for the last 30 years?
  • We do and better than that we know how to bring the divorce rate exponentially downward.

 

Knowing the above answers will put you in a far better position to never again be part of another failed relationship.

Learn how to Optimize Your Compatibility; whether it is finding the right mate or knowing how to improve an existing relationship.

Learn how to achieve greater compatibility with your present or future partner.


 

The institution of marriage and relationships in general are both under attack and in disarray with the divorce rate going from 5% to 52.9% over the last 100 + years.

Far too many children are growing up in broken homes.

Compatibility wasn’t an issue prior to the last 100 years – you did what your parents said when it came to whom you should marry. An it rarely if ever was based upon love – it was based upon money, stability of the partner (if he didn’t beat you that too was a big plus), Religion, Children, and your Race. Those were the top 6 major compatibility characteristics over the last 4,000 years. It was simple and there wasn’t a lot happiness in those relationships.

Ironically it was two positive and very important events that contributed to the exponential rise of divorce: the Women’s Movement * (of the 20th Century) which released women from the yoke of male domination and being treated like chattel (property) and coincidental to that time period the United States experiencing the greatest economic boom in its history .

See Appendix A for a detailed summary of the Women’s Movement.- one the most significant movements in the history of the world.

The Women’s Movement and the US economic boom radically changed the compatibility characteristics that both genders were looking for.   The original 6 most important compatibility characteristics changed to fifty plus very important compatibility characteristics and over 150 + lesser but no less important compatibility characteristics.   It now became impossible to operate with just the 6 age old compatibility characteristics.

Over the last 60 years it became much more complicated and very difficult for someone to match up the dozens and dozens of new compatibility characteristics. It was no longer just about money, stability, children, religion, race and doing what your father said to do.

As a result; men and women went with a handful of the new compatibility characteristics as there was no comprehensive way to find the right mate, nor hard fast template to follow on how to improve an existing relationship that was worth saving.

The Solution:

The materials in our books, workshops and coaching will help you to define who you are, what you are looking for and how to Be what that other person needs and wants as well. Knowing and applying this material is the key to having a successful & lasting relationship.

This Method is a uniquely different way for couples to reverse the tide of unhappiness and failed relationships. It’s called the Optimum Compatibility Method. The technology of this is embodied in the following books;

  • Book #1: The Ultimate Compatibility Test
    (Newly revised as the Ideal Relationship Questionnaire at the website: www.theIdealRelationship.com
  • Book #2: The Quest For Compatibility & the Demise of Divorce, and
  • Book #3: The 14 Lessons of How to Optimize Compatibility Miracles For Marriage / The Most Important Lessons to Optimize Compatibility

In the following workshops;

When people really know what they want the physical universe tends to surrender itself to those intentions.

When people want to improve an existing relationship they need the correct tools to

do so. They also need the correct coaching guidance on how to make that happen.

Our approach is simple when it comes to finding that right person; determine the importance of all of your likes and dislikes, including your level of commitment to your mate. This then determines your optimum compatibility.

When it comes to an existing relationship that has far more right than wrong but is less than ideal our approach is to gradiently the incompatibilities in your relationship and show you how to turn your incompatibilities into compatible characteristics.


 

* The Women's movement refers to a series of reform campaigns on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, women's suffrage, sexual harassment, and sexual violence, and all other inequities which subjugated women to a male dominated world. The label also falls under the term of feminism.

 

3. Why Are There So Many Failed Relationships?

by Ben Kugler

The institution of marriage and relationships in general are both under attack and in disarray with the divorce rate going from 5% to 52.9% over the last 100 + years. Prior to that period for literally thousands of years couples just simply stayed together.

We’ll get into why they stayed together and what changed.

The facts are that millions of people are experiencing loss, instability and economic uncertainty. In addition to that far too many children are growing up in broken homes.

Compatibility wasn’t an issue prior to the last 100 years – there were 6, yes only (six) Basic Compatibility Characteristics that played the major role in deciding who one would marry.

The key basic characteristics were religion, race, the desire to have children, a decent economic base and the stability of the partner. The sixth characteristic was that you did what your parents said to do. I know that may be hard for some to believe, but it was true - when it came to whom you should marry your father and mother (primarily your father) influenced your opinion.

The divorce rate remained under 5% for two main reasons. Women had very few legal rights and very few economic opportunities.

Life was also rather simple and uncomplicated back then.

There wasn’t a great deal of faithfulness – love based marriages are a relatively new concept; only about 150 years old. Only coming into basic demand in the last 75 years.

Ironically, there were two very positive events that contributed to the exponential rise of divorce: the first was the Women’s Movement of the 20th Century, which released women from the yoke of male domination, being treated like chattel (property) and coincidental to that period of time the United States experienced its greatest economic boom in its history (*see below for a very brief summary of the Women’s Movement).

The original 6 most important compatibility characteristics changed to well over a hundred very important compatibility characteristics with another 150+ compatibility characteristics of varying degrees of importance. With women getting their economic and legal freedom it now became impossible to operate with just the 6 age old compatibility characteristics.

Over the last 60 years this metamorphosis of relationships between couples became much more complicated and very difficult for someone to match up the dozens and dozens of new compatibility characteristics. It was no longer just about money, stability, children, religion, race and doing what your father said to do.

As a result; men and women went with a handful of what they thought were good additional compatibility characteristics. But it wasn’t enough; hence women and men were ending relationships at a soaring exponential rate.

There was no comprehensive way to find the right mate, nor any accurate template to follow to improve an existing relationship that was worth saving.

* The Women’s movement refers to a series of reform campaigns on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, women’s suffrage, sexual harassment, and sexual violence, and all other inequities which subjugated women to a male dominated world. The label also falls under the term of feminism.

 

4. 7 Powerful Questions to Help You Find Your Life Purpose

by Amy Johnson

Do you know your life purpose? Many people earn a decent living, but would define success as much more than money. For many it is also about happiness, positive relationships and the ability to contribute to something you care about.

Here are 7 questions you should ask yourself if you are trying to discover your life purpose.

1. What were you passionate about as a child?

What did you find emotionally fulfilling when you were younger? From writing to building figurines, children are actively encouraged to follow their passions. However, we often stop doing the things we were passionate about as a child. Often this is due to a lack of time, or pressure from society to pursue something that comes with a (often financial) reward.

Consider your childhood passions. Do you still practice your childhood passions? If not, why? Would you still feel passionately about the same things now?

2. If you didn’t have a job, how would you choose to fill those hours?

If you didn’t have to work and you weren’t allowed to stay in the house, how would you choose to spend that time? Where would you go? In the evenings, many people like to relax and unwind. However, unlimited free time often encourages people to fill the time in a productive manner. Write down a few ways you would spend your free time, and then try one out on your next day off.

3. What makes you forget about the world around you?

When you are working on your life purpose, you often completely lose track of time. Often people don’t notice the hours passing by, and can even forget to eat or drink until they have finished. When is the last time you felt this way?

4. What issues do you hold close to your heart?

What topics do you like to read about? Think about what interests you most on the news, online, or in the area you love. From the environment to finding new recipes, many people have passions that even they were unaware of.

If you are unsure, don’t feel disheartened – it can take a while for you to realize what you are passionate about, so spend some free time doing something that you find both enjoyable and productive, and eventually you will discover your life purpose.

5. What kind of conversations do you have with your closest friends?

Most of the time when you are with your loved ones, you only discuss subjects that you actually find interesting and fun. Are there any subjects that you repeatedly bring up to talk about? This is often a great indicator of your life purpose.

As well as the subjects you love to discuss, think about the times your friends have come to you for advice. This shows the areas in which your friends class you as a valuable source of knowledge – it could be something you didn’t even realize you were good at!

6. What is on your bucket list?

What do you want to accomplish before you die? Creating a bucket list is a great way to discover your life purpose, as the list will show you the activities you believe to be important and emotionally fulfilling.

7. If you had a dream, could you make it happen?

Many people have dreams, but choose not to pursue them due to the financial risks or fear of failure. Start thinking about your dream in a more positive light, asking yourself ‘How can I make this happen?’ instead of telling yourself you won’t succeed.

Try to let go of negative thoughts that could hold you back from achieving your life purpose. Instead, try and do something every week that helps you to make your dreams come true.

 

5. The Year is 1914

Author Unknown

This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine.

The year is 1914 --- One hundred years ago.  What a difference a century makes!  Here are some statistics for the Year 1914:

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."

Sugar cost four cents a pound, eggs were fourteen cents a dozen, and coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

The five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!" (Shocking?)

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!

I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.  From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD - all in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years. Scary

 

6. 10 Ways to Wreck your Marriage

by Doug Giles

If some of you ladies want to know how you can suck the life out of your marriage and drive your good husband to insanity, or to the bar, or into the arms of another woman, or to a divorce attorney, or just shrivel him up into a conquered quail who inwardly loathes you as he dies a slow, emotionally torturous death, well them … this is your lucky day.

Here are 10 surefire principles that’ll make your husband more miserable than Donald trump forced to watch Rosie river dance naked.

  1. Nag your Husband. One way to torture your hubby is to be a nerve grating, contentious, non-stop dripping faucet of faultfinding and finger pointing.
  2. Criticize your husband in public. Yep, publicly shame him. Become an expert at unveiling anything about your spouse that’ll cause him to want to jump in front of a speeding bus.
  3. Keep Him On a Short Leash. By short leashing your mate with insane limits your man will qickly feel like a stupid son, controlled by you, his new petulant mommy.
  4. Become a Drama Queen. Make the atmosphere of your home tense. Make it crazy. I mean … crazy.
  5. Hat his Friends. Sever the ties your companion has with those who have walked to hell and back with him because now … it’s all about you. You especially want to steer him clear of friends who feel the liberty to shed light on you, the interesting wife.
  6. Hate his hobby. Your goal is to joy steal any pleasure that can be had by the poor schlep. And anyways you don’t want him to enjoy anything that you don’t like. [take away fishing pole]
  7. Cut him off sexually. It’s not enough to rag and ridicule him and then run his friends off. No, you must go the second mile and turn into the Sex Nazi. No sex for you!
  8. Get your family involved in your marriage. Forget this leave and cleave stuff the Bible dictates. If you want your union to unravel then you’ve got to gang tackle your husband with “The Family.”
  9. Never apologize. If, in the odd event you do something that hurts your husband never, I mean never, apologize. You … apologize? Please.
  10. Do we really need a number 10?

 

7. Stay Energized and Awake With These Great Tips

Are you constantly feeling tired, even after you've had a good night’s sleep? How about after lunch time, let’s say around 1pm? How on earth can you go through your day without feeling so drained? If you follow these 16 rules - you’ll be as awake and energetic as a 5 year old on a sugar-rush!

1.  Drink plenty of water – Staying hydrated is one of the main secrets to staying energized. Your body is comprised of about 60% water, so if you don’t have enough water, you’re not your whole self. If you find it difficult to drink the needed 10 cups of water, make sure you eat water-rich fruits and veggies.

2.  Get enough sleep – When we sleep, our body repairs itself and our brain organizes all the information it absorbed during the day, without enough of either – we can’t function correctly and our body will demand more sleep by making us lethargic.

3.  Avoid Caffeine in the middle of the day – Caffeine is great in the morning! It keeps you awake and energized, but it also stays in your system for several hours, so drinking it in the afternoon can actually diminish the quality of your sleep. Caffeine also causes increased urination, which can dehydrate you – making you tired again.

4.  Exercise – A body that is used to exercise burns more calories during the day. Calories are our fuel, so the more our body burns – the more energy we have.

5.  Eat a proper breakfast – Grabbing a snack for breakfast is a quick and easy way to start your day, but it’s definitely not the right way - the energy you get from it will only last you a short time. Instead, eat whole-wheat bread, nuts, fruits and vegetables – they’re rich in complex carbohydrates that break down slower, giving you longer energy boosts.

6.  Dress for success – When you’re dressed well, you fell more energetic! Get a haircut and do some grooming in the morning, it will help you start the day feeling like a winner!

 

8. 15 Small Things Parents Should Do To Their Children Every Day To Make Them Feel Loved

By Robert Locke, as posted on www.lifehack.org

Can you remember what made you feel loved as a kid? Think about it. Maybe you remember having a great time with your parents, holidays, being helped with homework or just telling them a few secrets. As a parent now, are you making the effort to make your kids feel loved? Very often, it is the small things that count. Here are 15 ways to make your kids feel loved. When you become grandparents, you will be touched that they still remember them.

1. Turn off your smartphone.

When you get home or your kids get back from school, turn off your phone and give them your full attention at least for the first half hour or so. The kids love this because they know you are not going to be distracted by texts as they tell you what happened at school. The Swedish government did a poll and discovered that 33% of kids complained that their parents were always on their smartphones.

2. Turn off the TV and all gadgets at mealtimes.

Not much fun when kids have to compete with TV commercials or everybody texting away. Mealtimes are rare moments to enjoy each other’s company. There are enormous advantages for kids. They eat more healthily as it is not rushed. They also enjoy the companionship of their parents and they are much less likely to have an eating disorder later on.

3. Make bedtime a precious moment.

With younger kids, they will always treasure those moments when you read them a story as they drift happily into sleep. It is enormously reassuring and it is a unique bonding experience for parents and kids. The extra bonus is that this also helps your child’s brain development.

4. Show physical affection.

Countless studies show that kids thrive on warmth and affection. The child feels loved and will have a greater self-esteem. There is no need to go overboard but a kiss or a hug once a day will do you both a lot of good. It lessens the chances of your kids becoming aggressive, anti-social and having other behavioral problems. While adolescents might be embarrassed at the physical affection, there should always be words of support and empathy to take its place.

5. Spend quality time with each child.

It is wonderful when a parent or both parents can spend quality time on a one-on-one basis with their kids. This is great because they feel special and their brothers and sisters are not around. It can be anything from playing sports, cooking, or helping with chores. There is no better way of showing your kids that you really love and cherish them.

6. Discipline them with love and affection.

There are still parents who believe that beating a kid is probably the most effective and time saving way of dealing with discipline. The kid learns that violence is an effective way of dealing with disagreement and conflict. The key to successful parenting is not to switch on the love when they do well and deny it when they misbehave. There are no conditions but just a steady flow of affection so that kids feel their parents’ love is truly unconditional.

7. Leave funny and affectionate notes and messages.

It can be a text or a little note tucked under their pillow. It can be a joke, an affectionate nickname or anything that shows the kids they are still on your radar.

8. Look into their eyes.

The best way of communicating with your kids is to look them straight in their eyes as you talk to them. Eye contact is so important in this age when everyone is glued to some computer, device or phone. The child can learn to wait until he or she has your full attention but this is worth waiting for. It is also a great lesson to teach a child that eye contact is a very important social skill as they get older.

9. Smile more often.

What better way of showing your love and warmth for your children than smiling every time they come into the room. This immediately puts them at ease and also confirms that their presence is valued and that they are not a nuisance. There may be times when they will need to be reminded about bad behavior but why not use the other 90% to show that you love them?

10. Be a great role model.

How many times have you told your kids what to do, how to be polite and to always wear their seat belt? Oftentimes, parents forget that they must be the perfect role models because children are great copycats. No better way to show that you love your kids than to walk the talk. Be kind, affectionate and caring to others and teach your kids to be color-blind about race.

11. Involve them in decision making.

What to wear for school the next day or where to visit when you go on holidays can be decided together with your kids. Make sure your kids are fully involved and engaged. It is also great for kids to start learning how to make decisions with their parents’ guidance.

12. Just play with them.

When kids were interviewed, they often said that they felt there was far too much going on and that they were overscheduled. They really want some downtime with their parents where they can just play, have fun, laugh and be together. It might be a good idea to cut out one or two activities so that you just do not end up being their chauffeur!

13. Take action when your child is unhappy.

There may be problems at school with bullying or with the sports coach. Show that you care and ask to see the people involved and just try to find out what is the cause of the tension and unease. It may well be the child’s fault but when it is not, there is an ideal opportunity to show that you are there for them and you will be their champion. You can do practical things like participating in a bully prevention program at your kids’ school and also teaching your child how to react when bullied.

14. Save the cards and gifts.

When your child gives you a note, funny drawing or little poem, show that you care by treasuring them. Put them in a special drawer or folder. Show the child a photo of where you keep a favorite picture in your office. You can take digital photos of the artwork and store them on a photo sharing site. Show your kid the results at regular intervals. It gives the child a great sense of achievement It also saves loads of precious storage space at home.

15. Never interrupt their stories.

When a child has a story to tell about what happened at school never interrupt them but hear them out. The same goes when they want to share a book with you or show you a picture story. They will feel loved and wanted. If parents ignore them or are far too busy, kids will be the first to suffer and it is likely to last into adolescence and adulthood unless we really make the effort now.

Love and affection are the foundation of happiness. By showing kids this love every single day, we are giving them the greatest gift of all.

 “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” – Aristotle