I don't know happy married people.
OK, so that's a lie. I know one - my grandparents, who have been married for nearly 60 years and have 8 grown-up children. Of course, I hardly ever see them, and their strict Catholicism means divorce is not an option. So I'm not positive that they're happy, although they seem like it.
Other than them? In my 22 years, I have never met a happy married couple.
Clearly, I have bad role models. But apparently, it's not just me. Most people I know evaluate their parents' marriage as severely lacking. And when my friends and I have our occasional conversations about marriage, the number of happy married couples that we all know combined is consistently in the single digits. Even when there's 5 people at the dinner table.
Despite all this, I still want to get married one day. I still have the typical little-girl dream, with the white picket fence and the happily ever after. But it's a double-edged sword, because the idea of marriage also kind of scares the hell out of me.
But I'm sure that there are happy married couples. And I'm sure some of you know these people, or maybe even are these people. So my question to you is - How do you become a happy married couple? What's the secret?
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