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Invest in your companionship

April 1, 2013

Here’s a life-changing idea…                                                                                                                          

In her book, The Divorce Remedy, Michelle Weiner Davis says,

“Unless you understand that marriage doesn’t make people happy, you will spend the rest of your life trading in marital partners for new ones.  Happiness is a do-it-yourself job; you can’t rely on another person to fulfill you” (p. 57).

In other words…

Some people expect that, once they have found the right partner, happiness is inevitable. But it isn’t partners who make us happy. It is a unique combination of companionship and growth. Sure, having a partner can be enjoyable; it can also make us crazy. The key is to combine loving companionship with a willingness to grow which involves accommodating your partner. Don’t count on a partner to make you happy. Plan to work together to enjoy life and companionship.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…                                                          

What little things can you do this week to strengthen your companionship? Can you take an interest in your partner’s hobby? Take a walk. Listen. Help with a household task. Go on a date. Invest in your relationship.

To find out more…

check out The Marriage Garden or Getting Our Hearts Right programs at www.arfamilies.org, like us at www.facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You might also enjoy reading The Divorce Remedy.

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