\nMarriage is like a fine wine, if tended properly, it just gets better with age.\n\n\n\nMarriage is all about teamwork. It requires a couple working together to achieve the essence of the union. Marriage is about compromise, love, togetherness and oneness.\n\nJames C. Dobson had the marriage union well figured-out when he said:\nDon\u2019t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the person you think you can\u2019t live without.\nEvery marriage has its own challenges and as couples, we must consciously work at surmounting the challenges that comes with marriage and make it work for us. It\u2019s in the little effort each partner makes or the little things each partner does for the other every day that foster good marital relationship.\n\nBelow are the little things that we must do as couples to make our marriage union thrive.\n1. Consideration\n\n\nHusband and wife must always be considerate of each other's feelings, needs and sensibilities. Do not do to your spouse what you consider offensive. Being considerate requires that you put your partner first.\n2. Concern\nOne of the most dangerous signs in a marriage is when a spouse stops showing concern for the other. As a wife or husband, you must always show concern for the needs and wellbeing of your partner. Share in their good and bad times. Ask from time to time how they fair and be emotional available for your partner always.\n3. Communication\n\n\nCommunication between partners is the life blood of any relationship. No marriage can thrive without communication. Therefore, nothing must hinder the free flow of communication between the couple.\n4. Courtesy\nAs a couple, you must be very courteous when talking to each other. A cordial connection must exist between the both partner. We must refrain from being rude, offensive, or disrespectful to each other.\n5. Availability\n\n\nYou must make yourself available for your spouse as much as possible. Availability entails having listening ears, being a shoulder to cry on, sharing laughter, having mealtimes together, etc. These foster friendship in marriage.\n6. Compliment\nDon't see all that your spouse does for you as normal, his responsibility or your right. Compliment him even for the little effort he puts in what he does.\n7. Gifts\n\n\nYou should learn to give gifts to each other. When you see anything your partner likes while you are shopping, buy it for him\/her if it's within your means. Always surprise your spouse when he least expects it.\n8. Contact\nNever lose contact with your partner; never fail to communicate with him. Always stay in touch with him no matter how busy you may be. Make out time even when your job is very demanding, to give him a quick call, send him an SMS, or have lunch with him if your office is close to his or your house is by the corner.\n9. Assistance\n\n\nAssist your wife at home. No woman is superhuman. She couldn't be left to do all the domestic chores. Surprise her occasionally by helping out with some chores.\n10. Prayer\nPray together and pray individually for each other's specific needs. A praying couple is a dogged couple. Prayer unites and fortifies us as couples.\n11. Respect\n\n\nRemember that respect is reciprocal. Respect each other with love and let the respect flow to your in-laws as well.\n12. Income\nContribute to the family income. It is a known fact that God has made the husband to be the breadwinner of the family, but the wife should support him in this role by contributing her little quota to the family income. When you do this as the wife, you will reduce the burden of your husband, especially at this time of global economy recession.\n13. Protection\n\n\nThe husband is to protect his wife against physical and emotional assaults from outside. The wife should do likewise also. You watch over each other and guard against intruding forces.\n14. Apology\nLearn to apologize to your spouse when you offend him. Always say, "I'm sorry," and truly mean it.