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New Year's resolutions for your marriage

Happy New Year
Happy New Year Francesco Marino

The final days of 2009 have arrived. Whether you’re looking back fondly on your memories of the past year or regretfully reviewing a long list of accomplishments you’ve yet to achieve, the coming of a new year is imminent.

Like many people, you may be preparing to welcome the New Year by developing the ever-popular list of New Year’s resolutions. However, if you’re tired of the same old resolutions—losing weight, eating healthier, saving more money—consider trying something new in 2010: Make a New Year’s resolution for your marriage.

Instead of focusing solely on yourself, brainstorm with your spouse to come up with one or two things within your marriage that need attention and resolve to work on them or perhaps resolve to find a way to rekindle the flame.

Here are a few ideas:

  • If your marriage is suffering from a communication failure, decide to find a way to reconnect that will fit both of your needs.
  • If you’re looking for more romance, consider developing a monthly date night, or vow to do something romantic for each other once a month.
  • If time (or rather a lack thereof) is your enemy, try to set aside even just a few minutes each day to spend with your spouse, or at the very least, say “I love you.”

Whether your resolution is to fix (or begin fixing) an ongoing issue in your marriage or add something fun to spice up your relationship, commit to follow through for the entire year (or more) just as you have committed to spend your life with your spouse.

Choose to make 2010 a wonderful year for your marriage.