Now that I am engaged, I have been thinking and talking a lot with friends about marriage and what makes a successful marriage. I wanted to share three things that I had heard:
One was from a spiritual teacher, who said it simply: Men: never ever hurt a woman's emotion. Women: never ever hurt a man's pride.
Another was from a fellow blogger friend, who had read this in a book: Men are actually very simple. They only really want three things in a marriage that will make them happy, and it's in this order: respect, food, and sex. (After asking around, this seems to be true.)
The last was from a close family friend: Getting married means you're making a lifetime commitment to an imperfect person.