This year I’ll be married to my sweetheart Anneke for 45 years. I thought to share some principles that maybe helpful in your marriage

‘Secrets to a successful marriage’

Don’t take yourself too serious. Humour is one of the secrets of a happy and enduring marriage.

Your partner should always be number one! One more secret to a happy and enduring marriage

Accept each other for who they are. Don’t try to change the other person. In time you’ll grow closer and closer. Another secret to a happy and enduring marriage

Stay true to each other, honour your marriage vows (all of them). Stay together (unless of course there is abuse, etc,). Another secret to a happy and enduring marriage

Surprise him/her unexpectedly (use your imagination). Another secret to a happy and enduring marriage

Communicate, communicate, and communicate, (especially when you don’t want to)! Another secret to a happy and enduring marriage

Say thank you, I love you, hug and stay close to each other every day. Another secret to a happy and enduring marriage

There is another spring filled with passion. The initial newness of passion will disappear and you can’t do anything about this. But in its place there can be: intimate friendship a longing to be ever closer to each other. This kind of passion – if you nurture it daily – will continue throughout your married life. Another secret to a happy and enduring marriage

I hope these principles will somewhat assist you in your marriage.

Rev. Rudy

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