Married people have the option to enjoy their marriages either for the first two years, or for a lifetime, suggests a recent article.
High divorce rates are a hallmark of the times we live in, and seem to suggest that most married couples are not willing to put in the work to sustain their marriages.
Therefore, what they get is the standard two years or less of the novelty phase which, regardless of how physically attractive one's spouse is, eventually wears off.
However, roughly less than half of the young adults' population seems to be aware that marriage, like any other endeavor in life that thrives on quality, needs effort.
These are the couples that take time to compliment one another, share jokes and laughter, give gifts to one another, affectionately touch, hold hands, and embrace one another, and take vacation together to routinely spend quality time.
Before you know it, gestures of kindness and affection become second nature, and no longer feel like work.
Most importantly, appreciate what you have and be grateful. Taking one another for granted is a devastating mistake many formerly married people have made.
Readers would be wise to benefit from the sage advice of the Prophet Muhammad,
A believing man should not hate a believing woman. If there is something in her he dislikes, there may be another trait he is pleased with.
The Qur'an also sheds light on the virtues of gratitude and faith in a marriage,
Live with (your wives) with kindness and equity. If you take a disliking toward them, it may be that you dislike something in which Allah has placed a great deal of good.
Meaning that a spouse may have traits their partner dislikes, but that spouse may still prove better than anyone else in terms of sincerity, generosity, kindness and in the role of a parent to your children.