9 Truly Beautiful Ways To Love Your Husband

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In what ways do you love your husband?

I know a lot about husbands, I’ve had two of them. That wasn’t the plan of course, but as life would have it, that’s how it worked out. 

Interestingly enough, a few months after moving out of my home with my first husband and into the home of my (someday) second, I realized something. I had the same problems and was the same person I had always been — I was just in a new relationship.

Changing relationships hadn’t "fixed" any part of my life equation. That’s because my half of the equation remained the same: me. And if I wanted a different solution, I needed to change.

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What do you need to do to love your husband & be happy in marriage?

What I really needed in order to change was a new perspective. Whenever anything was hard in my relationship, I would ask myself, "What’s wrong here?"

Not a great question and one I would suggest never asking yourself again because when we ask "what’s wrong?", that's the answer that follows. But when you ask better questions, you get better answers.

If you want to know how to love your husband, there are some questions designed to help you foster a marriage filled with as much ease, love, and connection as possible while you both continue to grow as individuals.

They will hopefully provide as much predictability and consciousness as possible on this wild ride as a couple.

Here are 9 questions to ask yourself if you want to be happier in your marriage (& love your husband more).

1. "What kind of person do I really want to be in this marriage?"

If you don’t have a vision for what you want, you can’t have it.

In marriage, you often think about who you want the other person to be but leave yourself out of the equation. This usually shows up when you're frustrated by your spouse’s behavior.

You're half of your marriage and if you're not considering how you want to show up, you’re likely spending more time focusing on the problems in your relationship rather than solutions.

2. "What am I hiding?"

Did you know most women confess that their girlfriends know more about them than their husbands do?

Intimacy is about a hell of a lot more than sex. And if you reveal how you feel to your husband instead of hiding, in the end, you will not only feel more connected to him, you’ll have better sex too.

3. "Am I accepting my own feelings?"

Often, in marriage, women complain that their partner doesn’t "know who they are." But how can you expect men to know you if you don’t know yourself?!

You hide how you're feeling to try to escape from the shame and guilt that's accompanied (or masked by) "negative" emotions to avoid experiencing your own insecurities. Your feelings are hidden so well, you often don’t even know they're there.

So the next time you're upset about something in your marriage, instead of expecting your husband to read your mind and validate your feelings, try acknowledging your feelings and accepting yourself first.

When you can do this, you probably won’t even need that external validation — although you might still want a hug.

4. "What am I afraid of?"

Women will complain about or get angry with their husbands, but upon further inquiry, those feelings are based on underlying fears about themselves.

Give yourself a shortcut and save years in therapy by asking yourself what you’re really afraid of the next time you get upset.

Then, if you truly want to experience an intimately connected and fulfilling relationship, share those fears with your husband and watch the magic of vulnerability be revealed.

5. "What role am I attached to playing?"

Have you ever felt like your husband has it all together and you’re a mess? Maybe he’s less emotional than you or more even-tempered? Maybe his life seems less complex than yours.

As women, we were taught to take care of other people before ourselves — physically and emotionally. That societal undercurrent is so strong that we don’t even realize how much we’re doing it.

Here’s a clue: If you find yourself envious of your husband in some way because he gets to "be" some way that you don't believe you can achieve, consider that you may be taking on more than your fair share of the emotional responsibility.

For instance, my first husband was super laid back and it used to annoy me that I always felt so uptight. Then my second husband also seemed way more "chill" than me.

It wasn’t until I realized I was holding more than my fair share of the "uptight" pie in the relationship that I was able to dismantle that pattern.

After I was able to stop identifying myself as the "crazy emotional female," a role that society gave me while growing up, we were able to share more of the emotional responsibility in our marriage and enjoy a more balanced relationship.

Do you play the role of "the emotional one," "the crazy one," "the uptight," or "conscientious one"? When you stop needing to identify with that role, you will change — and so will your husband.

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6. "What are your unrealistic expectations of your husband?"

This is a fun game. Take out a piece of paper and write down all of the unrealistic expectations you have of your husband.

After you're done, look at the list and have a good laugh. For bonus points, do this exercise together if you're willing to have a very good sense of humor and not take any of it personally.

7. "What are your unrealistic expectations of yourself?"

Do you expect to be happy all the time, be a sex machine every night, make thousands of dollars at a job you love, and be God’s gift to housekeeping too?

Take out a piece of paper and honestly list all of the unrealistic expectations you have about yourself and have a good laugh at the creation you’ve come up with that likely no human being could ever measure up to!

8. "What’s good in my marriage?"

So often in marriage, we focus on what’s wrong. What we think about and pay attention to grows.

So spend a lot of time noticing and paying attention to what’s going right. Then you will watch your relationship radically improve before your eyes.

9. "If he were gone tomorrow, what would I miss?"

You don’t often take the time to realize what you have until it’s gone.

Taking some time to consider what you would miss if your spouse died tomorrow gives you an opportunity to find gratitude in the everyday nonsense and see the gifts that hide in plain sight.

So many, myself included, didn’t realize everything we had until it was gone. And once it’s gone, you can’t ever have it back. So count your blessings. Even all the dirty dishes in your sink.

Not only is there nothing "wrong" with you, but there's also nothing "wrong" with your husband.

In fact, there's nothing "wrong" with your relationship at all. Our perception of right and wrong doesn't allow us to accurately see the true nature of relationships.

When you understand their primary purpose, you see everything much differently.

The sole function of relationships is to foster growth. You're human, a part of nature, and just like other natural things, you're either growing or dying.

Even death itself fosters more life — just look at the evidence of decaying vegetation. This decay actually nurtures soil for new growth.

For optimal comfort, feelings of being in control of life, and sheer enjoyment, you can make the growth process conscious. The more awareness you have, the more you can direct your growth and change.

When you have more understanding, you can discover more comfort and predictability amongst the chaos. You gain this understanding by asking high-quality questions.

Marriage isn't about getting it right all the time. There's really no right or wrong way to do anything in life and ups and downs are inevitable.

But your marriage may be the best way for you to grow as an individual. These nine questions will help facilitate the growth process so you can enjoy a beautiful marriage for a lifetime.

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Ani Anderson is a master coach, speaker, business mentor, and author. For more information, visit her website