Retro and proud…and a work in progress.

 

Clearly I was born in the wrong era.

Keeping a marriage fresh and exciting can be challenging amidst the stress of daily life. Thankfully, there are small deeds that you can perform to keep your husband happy and let him know that you love him more and more each day.

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Two newly reissued books originally published in 1913, Don’ts for Husbands and Don’ts for Wives, contain hundreds of tried-and-true tips for a happy marriage.

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Advice for wives includes such tidbits as “don’t let him have to search the house for you after his day’s work. Listen for his latch-key and meet him on the threshold,” and “don’t bother your husband with chatter if he is tired.”

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And for husbands, “don’t hesitate to mention the fact when you think that your wife looks exceptionally nice,” and “don’t scowl or look severe; cultivate a pleasant expression.”

Take care of your appearance. When you were dating, your husband found your body type attractive. He was hooked on your looks. Now that you’re married, it’s important that he still finds you attractive. When you take time and effort to watch your weight and dress nicely for your spouse, it communicates volumes. I care about you. You’re still the one for me. I want you to approach me. 

Maybe this approach isn’t for everyone but keeping my husband happy, our marriage strong and our household a pleasure is important to me.

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