Are you empathetic? Is your partner? It might be the secret to a happier marriage. According to a recent study from Harvard University, being able to accurately read a partner’s emotions–and believing that your partner is trying to understand your emotions–is related to couple relationship satisfaction. Read more
There is no doubt that Empathy brings the couple very closer and leads to happy married life. However the real secret sauce for joyful marriage is recognizing your spouse as your soul mate.
According to Wikipedia A soulmate (or soul mate) is believed by some to be the person with whom one has a feeling of deep or natural affinity, similarity, love, sex, intimacy, sexuality, spirituality, or compatibility.
Once you recognize your spouse as your soul mate you automatically believing that your spouse is a unique human being with unique belief and habits. Once couple starts respecting uniqueness of each other there is no question of power struggle trying to win over each other. In a way you are withdrawing from emotional and egoistic power struggle which is cause of painful marital experiences.
The real secret sauce of joyful marriage is going beyond the emotion of empathy and experiencing soul connection between you and your spouse.