Live in a ‘Couple Bubble’
“A Couple Bubble is your relationship’s safety and security system,” advises Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, a couple therapist known for his pioneering work in helping partners form happy, secure, and long-lasting relationships. Think of it as a cocoon—created by a couple’s values and promises to each other—that protects the relationship from outside forces. The Couple Bubble is guided by affirmations such as “Our relationship is more important than my need to be right,” and “You’ll be the first to hear about important information,” Tatkin writes in his book Wired for Love. Bottom line: “When safety or security is threatened, you fix it…fast,” advises Tatkin. To create your own Couple Bubble, write a mission statement together, where each of you communicates your values, goals, plan, and desires. It will help identify where your values are in sync—and where they clash, says Simon Rego, PsyD, director of psychology training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. When the going gets tough, your mission statement will remind you both what you stand for. Here are 14 little things you can do right now for a happier marriage.