THE HAPPINESS LIST
HOW TO ENJOY YOUR MARRIAGE
Do you want to save your marriage…?
Then do as I say.
First, get hold of pen and paper.
Now, on the piece of paper write down and make a list of things you like about your life.
Close your eyes, think, introspect, and contemplate about those things that you enjoy and make you happy.
Think of all aspects of your life – love, work, play, family, friends, entertainment, recreation, material possessions…
This list can include activities you enjoy doing, joyful experiences, pleasant reminiscences…anything that produces happiness and a sense of satisfaction.
Now, ask your darling better half, your spouse, to do the same and make a “happiness” list.
Then sit together and compare your “happiness” lists and mark the common items, especially those activities which you can do daily or fairly regularly.
Now start doing these “happiness” activities together and confirm whether they actually enhance your happiness or not.
Maybe you have included some activities which you assumed would make you happy together but actually turned out to be unrewarding or stressful.
Eliminate these unrewarding and stressful activities from your “happiness” list.
Now make sure you do together the maximum possible “happiness” activities as frequently as possible, even daily if feasible.
Your married life will change for the better as your lifestyle incorporates a multitude of pleasant, happy and satisfying activities and happenings.
With only limited hours in a day, the enjoyable events and “happy” activities will crowd out the mutually discordant, unpleasant, disagreeable and incompatible aspects, and your marital life will start resonating with harmony.
You will start experiencing the “much married” feeling, especially when you, your spouse and you, do things together, things which you both enjoy doing the most.
Now, Dear Reader, tell me what is it that you enjoy doing most with your spouse…?
Apart from the obvious, it can be so many things – like watching a movie together, eating out together, going out for a drive together, cuddling up and watching TV together….any one of the so called “Quality Time” activities – spending Quality Time together.
Yes, togetherness is the essence of married life.
Now let me tell you what we, my wife and I, enjoy most doing together.
Well, believe it or not, we enjoy giving a nice vigorous bath to our pet Doberman Hound girl Sherry – that’s what we do on most Sunday mornings – together, husband and wife, we bathe our pet dog – and if the kids are around they join in too.
Dear Reader, do try this out and let me know whether it improves your relationship – I look forward to your feedback.
I too will share my experiences with you.
Copyright © Vikram Karve 2010
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VIKRAM KARVE educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU, Lawrence School Lovedale, and Bishop's School Pune, is an Electronics and Communications Engineer by profession, a Human Resource Manager and Trainer by occupation, a Teacher by vocation, a Creative Writer by inclination and a Foodie by passion. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and journals for many years before the advent of blogging. His delicious foodie blogs have been compiled in a book "Appetite for a Stroll". Vikram lives in Pune with his family and pet Doberman girl Sherry, with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.
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