Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Three Ways to Prepare Your Dating Relationship for Marriage

If you're in a relationship that you think might be heading toward a wedding, it's never too early to start preparing. I'm not talking about looking at dresses, rings, and honeymoon locations (although those things are fun!). Rather, I'm talking about preparing for the life-long commitment you might one day make. Consider the following three pieces of advice to build a solid foundation and set your dating relationship on the path toward a happy, healthy marriage.

Establish and maintain your own interests.
 
New couples tend to spend all of their free time together. While healthy doses of quality time are certainly necessary for a couple, getting to the point where you feel like you need to be together in order to be complete or happy is too much pressure for a relationship to take. On the other hand, if you're occasionally spending time with your own friends, engaging in hobbies, and pursuing personal interests, you will be developing all the different facets of yourself that you can then share with your partner. Maintaining a life outside your relationship while dating will lead to a more fulfilling marriage - one that can withstand periods of separation (such as business trips or a getaway with friends) and will feel more fresh and balanced.

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