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Marriage Builder: Take an annual marital checkup

Is it time for an annual marital checkup? Marriage experts Claudia and David Arp -- founders of Marriage Alive! -- say that if you're thinking, "What's a marital checkup?" then you are overdue!

Try me We advise every couple, no matter how long they've been married, to have an annual marital checkup. It can be the single most important thing you can do for your marriage.

Here's the good news. It doesn't have to cost a penny, and you don't need a marriage counselor or therapist to guide you. No stethoscopes or blood pressure cuffs are necessary. Just two pens, some paper, and a little uninterrupted time. It's guaranteed to bring back pleasant memories and accentuate the positive!

How to play
Discuss the following questions:

1. What single thing delights me most about my mate?

2. What was the best thing that happened to me in the last twelve months?

3. What was the best thing that happened to us as a couple in the last twelve months? 4. If my mate had the power to change one thing about me, what do I think he or she would change?

5. Write down ten things you'd like to do together with your mate.

When you complete the question's exchange answers with each other and enjoy reflecting on the last 12 months of your marriage. Combine your list of things you would like to do together and set priorities. Pick a time and place to do your number one priority! During the next twelve months work your way through the list.

You may find this is the one annual checkup you'll actually look forward to. Go on and enjoy your marriage today!

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