DAILY HAPPINESS TIP #38- Be Patient and Forgiving to One Another

“We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck . . . But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.” -Ellen Goodman

 It’s natural for couples to get into each other’s nerves.  Remember that each is a unique person with unique preferences and perspective.  One cannot expect the other to be always in the best state of mind and body.  And being always together increases the likelihood of conflict.  Therefore without patience and forgiveness, marriage or partnership can never last.

How can we go beyond the irritation we feel when our spouses or partners still do little annoying things that we’ve repeatedly and specifically asked them not to, such as not replacing the toothpaste cap on or walking into the house with dirty shoes on?  

Focus on the things that he/she does that makes you happy and be grateful for it.  Moreover, let go of the tiny details that annoys you that would not matter much in the long term anyway, because both of you are in it for the long haul and there’s so much happiness in the relationship to merely narrow your vision on wasted toothpaste or dirty floor.  Let it go and be happy.   

“Forgiveness is the final form of love.”

-Reinhold Niebuhr

Related tip: DAILY HAPPINESS TIP #11- Brush in No Rush

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