We all know that marriage requires a lot of effort to thrive, and when marital needs aren't being met, it's easy to slip into bad habits. These habits can lead to big problems which can be extremely hard to solve.

However, you can avoid these problems simply by putting effort into your marriage. As it turns out, an incredible marriage is built on little efforts and actions. Without them, your marriage can't survive.

Here are 15 things every marriage needs:

1. A whole lot of patience

Marriage requires patience - and a lot of it. Practice finding the good traits in your spouse when they're driving you crazy, and learn to love their flaws. With practice, patience will come much easier.

2. Complete trust

You should trust your sweetheart with your life. It's hard to recover after a breach of trust, but you can get it back. When you do, you'll realize your marriage is stronger than ever.

the way he looks at her makes my heart melt ?

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3. Respect

Be respectful of your spouse. Take the time to really listen to what they have to say and take their thoughts into consideration before making a decision. Always talk about them in the highest regard (even if they did something that made you angry).

4. A little flirty fun

Even though you're married, you should never stop trying to impress your sweetheart and win their affections.

5. Small physical gestures

A kiss on the forehead or a hug from behind can make a world of difference for your relationship. Small, loving gestures on a regular basis can help strengthen your marriage.

6. Good, healthy intimacy

Intimacy is so important in marriage. Having that physical connection with your spouse on a regular basis will help improve your relationship on such a deep, personal level.

7. Vulnerability

In order to have a successful relationship, you need to be a little vulnerable sometimes. Sharing those sensitive sides with each other will help build an unshakeable foundation for your relationship.

8. Mutual understanding

You and your sweetheart should do your best to understand each other. Always listen intently and make sure you're on the same page - it'll save a lot of heartache and drama.

Pretending it's still summer ❤️ >>taken last week at sunrise during my workshop ❤️

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9. So much forgiveness

You will disappoint each other (no matter who you married, it's inevitable). But you have to be able to forgive if you want a happy marriage.

10. Genuine apologies

This goes along with the previous point - if you hurt your spouse (which you will at some point), you should always apologize.

11. Comfort and safety

You deserve to feel comfortable in your relationship. You should never feel like you're in physical or emotional danger, so work with your spouse to create a safe place out of your marriage.

happiest sunday lovers!! hope you spent it squeezing your love extra tight! ???

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12. Open books

Tell each other everything - the good, the bad and the ugly.

13. Honesty in ALL things

Like I said before, it's hard to recover from a breach of trust; complete honestly will minimize those disappointments. Practice being completely honest with each other in everything you do.

14. Tons of fun and laughter

What's a marriage without fun and laughter?

so much love with these two! ps @wildwillowstudio is the cutest place! go check it out!

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15. Deep, true love

The most important thing you can do for your marriage is to love each other more than anything else in the entire world.

Flower fields after dusk✨

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Some of these take longer than others to develop, but each one is incredibly important for a happy relationship. Work on these traits with your spouse and work to make your marriage stronger. It might not be easy, but it'll be SO worth it in the end.

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