Healthy Marriages

Characteristics of Stable Healthy Marriages (From Manning, 2006)

  1. A mutual belief in the institution of marriage
  2. A sense of spirituality
  3. Ability to be flexible when confronted with transitions and change
  4. An assumption of permanence regarding the marital relationship
  5. Cooperation
  6. Mutual enjoyment of shared time and one another’s company
  7. Feeling appreciated
  8. Fidelity (emotional, physical and sexual)
  9. Good communication
  10. Sexual relations that strengthen the marital bond
  11. Mutual respect
  12. Mutual support
  13. Positive thoughts and interactions outweigh negative ones (5 to 1)
  14. Shared values
  15. Trust