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6 Marriage Mistakes Women Make

Avoiding these 6 things may make for a better marriage.

6. Forgetting to Cherish Their Partner

Some women get so focused on kids, work, and home that they forget to make the small gestures that go a  long way to solidifying their marriage.

"In healthy relationships, there are dollops of positivity, very frequently doled out," Heitler says. "They can be smiles, eye contact, hugs or touching, verbal comments like 'I agree with that' or 'good point' or even the word 'yes.' Listening, agreement, appreciation, affection -- those all send out positive energy that envelop both people in sunshine."

Those gestures remind both partners that they like each other, and friendship is at the heart of successful marriages, Karam says. Married people often "operate on out-of-date knowledge of self," he says, leading them away from true appreciation of their partners.

"It's a myth that a good marriage sustains itself," he says. "It's learning yourself, learning your partner. What you are at 24 is not what you are at 34.''

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Reviewed on August 22, 2013

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