Marriage Arithmetic

5 Things To Do In Your First 5 Years Of Marriage.

They say the first years of marriage are the hardest, but they don’t have to be.

We’ve learned that marriages that start strong are much more likely to finish strong, so We’ve put together a list of five things that we believe every couple should strive do accomplish in their first five years of marriage. If you will make these a priority right from the beginning, you’ll be in for a much better road ahead!

In no particular order…

1. Find some good “Couple Friends”:
If you only have “his” and “her” friends and you spend your social time apart from each other and always hanging with the girls or the guys, you’re missing a great opportunity to grow in your relationship with your spouse while also growing in friendships with other couples.

2. Make your health a priority:
Mostly when you get married, you get kind of fat. You may temporarily lose all motivation to eat right or to exercise and dig a hole for yourselves that you have to work hard to correct. I’ve seen a lot of couples abandon their health early in their marriage and it can create a lot of negative effects on all aspects of your life and your marriage down the road. Find a physical activity that you enjoy doing together and then you’ll get exercise and quality time all at once.

3. Develop a financial plan:
You can Start off flat broke while figuring you didn’t really have a need to budget, but to neglect a financial planning early on led to a lot of debt and the debt created stress and that stress put an unnecessary strain on your marriage. Worked hard to get out of debt and it will be one of the best things you have ever done for your relationship, So its better to not make those financial mistakes in the first place!

4. Find a good church:
Faith is the foundation that sustains a lifelong marriage. Make a commitment to get connected into a church right away and it’s probably the single best decision to make. Volunteered together in a youth ministry, made some wonderful friends and grew in your understanding of how beautiful marriage and life can be when you do it God’s way.

5. Keep dating each other

Never stop dating just because you’re married! Continue to create new memories and adventures together. Keep discovering new things about each other. Having a consistent “Date Night” is one of the biggest reasons marriage can be so strong.

No matter how long you’ve been together, if you start now and put these principles into practice, I can guarantee that your marriage will improve!

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