They do what they know helps us feel loved, encouraged, soothed, and supported. Our partners know how great we can be at our best and want to help us achieve that greatness. Of course, we want to do the same for them.
Intimate partners, more than anyone else, are in a position to protect and comfort each other, stand by each other, and provide each other with a soft place to land at the end of a hard day or week. Knowing we have a safe place to run to and an equally safe place to be launched from makes us stronger and better than we would be on our own. This may be more risky and vulnerable, but to me, this is marriage at its best and most beautiful.