Marriage can be like riding a jeep on an off-road adventure: bumpy and sometimes long winded. But if you're looking for ways to keep your relationship strong and fresh for a lifetime, the key to enjoying the ride has finally arrived. In fact, according to this marriage educator, it isn't as hard as you may think!
Marriage counselor Sherry Amatenstein reveals that the number one secret to having a successful marriage actually revolves around banning the "D" word in every marriage — That word is divorce, not dating. Even though there is always a possibility that you may get a divorce, thinking about this will only cast a heavy cloud over your relationship with your partner. This one foot in, one foot out way of thinking will do nothing ruin your marriage very quickly. It doesn't matter if you're in the heat of the moment: You should never say the words "I will divorce you" when you have an argument with your spouse. Sure, you may not really mean it but the more you say it, the bigger the probability that he'll take you up on that offer. Even if this seems like an exaggeration, there's a reason why the story of the boy who cried wolf is such a popular adage; there shouldn't be any kidding around when it comes to your marriage because one day, he may not believe that you are joking. Using divorce as a threat will only hurt you in the end.