How to make your marriage work: Relationship advice from Closer psychologist Emma Kenny

Our therapist and TV psychologist Emma Kenny is here to make sense of your emotional issues

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by Closer staff |
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Relationships are the most important area of our lives. They’re responsible for much of our happiness and great ones make us feel supported, adored and desirable. They aid self-worth and boost self esteem, but they take work. This is something Beyonce, 33, and Jay Z, 44, who apparently renewed their wedding vows after a recent rocky patch, know all too well.

These days, it’s clear we have a throwaway relationship culture. With relationships moving at break-neck speed and divorce at an all time-high, it’s time to take our partnerships seriously. Anyone can be on their best behaviour at the start of a relationship but it’s important not to get caught up in the excitement and allow yourself time to find out if they’re a keeper who can be the life partner you want and deserve.

Healthy relationships need lots of effort from both people to keep them happy, strong and sustained.

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How to make your marriage work: Advice from Closer psychologist Emma Kenny

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Work at your friendship – it’s what underpins your relationship and offers longevity.

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Tell each other what you need and want from your relationship.

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You’re not in a film so stop trying to emulate one. The Hollywood version of relationships where we “just know it’s right” is a fantasy.

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You might feel like you want to spend every minute together but make sure you see friends and carry on with the interests you had before you met him. A healthy relationship is a balanced one.

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Rushing into love can be a sign of low self-esteem. Ask yourself if you’re really compatible, or if you’re just enjoying feeling wanted.

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Resolve your issues as they appear rather than building up petty resentments, and focus on the positives too!

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Don’t compare your relationship to others’. Every relationship is individual with different circumstances.

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