Friendship Is at the Heart of Marriage

Of all the many excellent insights and encouragements in The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, there is one strong foundation Gottman says must be in place:

At the heart of the Seven Principles approach is the simple truth that happy marriages are based on a deep friendship. By this I mean a mutual respect for and enjoyment of each other’s company… They have an abiding fondness not just in the big ways but through small gestures day in and day out.

While there are many more necessary lessons (and I will share some of them in the days to come), this is at the foundation.

Whatever you can do and whenever you can do it, look for ways to strengthen friendship and fondness for one another within your marriage.

Pastor Brian

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