The 7 Principles For Making Marriage Work: #1 Enhance Your Love Maps

The 7 Principles For Making Marriage Work

By: John Gottman

1. “Enhance your love maps.” Love is in the details. That is, happy couples are very much familiar with their partner’s world. According to Gottman, these couples have “a richly detailed love map — my term for that part of your brain where you store all the relevant information about your partner’s life.” You know everything from your partner’s favorite movies to what’s currently stressing them out to some of their life dreams, and they know yours. That means ACTIVELY LISTEN to your partner when they’re telling you about the newest drama going on at work, or about the latest super hero movie trailer they saw earlier in the day. Being able to find genuine interest in these things may be hard, but having the ability to listen and remember and these things goes a long way towards having a long prosperous marriage.


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