September 03, 2021
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30 days of gratitude and love
This free guide is filled with 30 days of simple, easy-to-follow daily tasks. You’ll be guided through everything you need to fill the next month with gratitude and love! You can do it on your own or with your spouse. Either way, this guide can help you transform your marriage through gratitude in 30 days!
Gratitude is powerful in marriage!
how to end passive aggressive behavior in marriage
Newsflash: Sometimes your spouse is going to make you plain mad. (Not to mention you’ll inevitably do something to annoy the heck out of them.) Something is said, something is done without you being informed, something is left undone… And the blood starts to boil.
Being angry is perfectly normal, and usually, things can be worked through. Mistakes and misunderstandings are a normal part of any relationship, especially a marriage. But it’s how a person responds in their anger that can help find a resolution or derail the marriage train. Passive-aggressiveness in marriage not only throws the relationship off its tracks, but it’s also downright destructive.
How can you and your spouse avoid this behavior in your marriage:
Talk about the importance of checking your anger before you respond.
Agree to avoid dwelling on it.
Practice addressing an issue directly.
Have weekly check-in meetings to resolve hanging issues.
Consider what you each are holding back from the past.
Choose one of these strategies to work through and talk about as a couple this week. There’s always room to strengthen your marriage, and figuring out how to eliminate passive-aggressiveness is a major step to take toward a healthier relationship.
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come from Caroline Henry, wife to her husband of 2.5 years, Will, new momma to a little girl, and the Content Manager here at First Things First. Take a peek at her recommendations for this week because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out 👀:
✨ Date Night Idea: Let’s Fall In Love is a DIY date night for you and your honey! With fall coming soon, this date night will get you both in the mood for crisp autumn air and PSL.
📗 Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is a book by Dr. John Gottman about his study of couples over a period of years that has allowed him to observe the habits that can make—and break—a marriage.
🤑 Financial Would You Rather Game is a quick game from Annuity.org that will get you thinking past the basics when it comes to finances! Discover your own preferences and compare your answers with your spouse’s!
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