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10 Small Things Guys Can Consistently Do To Make Their Wives Happy

10 Small Things Guys Can Consistently Do To Make Their Wives Happy

Back in 2014, a study was commissioned in the UK to determine whether or not money could actually buy happiness. Surprisingly, 60% of Brits were revealed that they were indeed more satisfied with life than residents in poorer nations, suggesting that those with greater financial resources are indeed predisposed to happiness.

This is not necessarily the case, however, and in fact it is often the smaller details and non-materialistic gestures that provide true happiness in life. This is something for all of us to bear in mind, especially as we look to take care of our loved ones, wives and make our relationships work.

This is particularly important for us guys, who tend to appraise our romantic gestures based on financial value and bottom line cost, to remember. Instead, we should focus on the small and non-material things that we can do consistently to make our wives happy. For example:

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1. Break down gender stereotypes and work as a team with your wife

While men and women should take on alternative roles in their relationship, these should not be based these on gender alone. As a husband, you therefore need to break down traditional gender stereotypes and instead consider your relationship as a unique union between two equal partners. By working as a team with your wife and undertaking your share of household and child-raising chores, you can create a happy and empowering relationship.

2. Listen to your wife’s concerns without trying to fix the problem

This is often difficult for us guys to manage, as the male of the species is often inclined to being proactive and resolving problems practically. Conversely, women tend to be more in touch with their emotions and reflective, meaning that they want to share their feelings without judgment or their partners attempting to fix the problem. From experience I know how important it is to listen, allowing my wife to vocalize her issues and come to her own conclusions.

3. Speak kindly to your wife and express gratitude

While actions may speak louder than words, the way in which we communicate without our wives is central to their happiness. Speaking kindly to your wife is the verbal embodiment of a gentle and loving relationship, as taking the time to showcase appreciation for her as an individual underlines how grateful you are for everything that she does for you as a partner.

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4. Support your wife’s dreams and make them come true

When my wife wanted to earn her law degree, I took on additional work as she gave up her full-time role to concentrate on her studies. This act enabled her to pursue her dreams, underlining the importance of providing emotional and practical support for your partner’s endeavors. Without this type of selflessness and a willingness to recognize your wife’s aspirations, you relationship can easily become lost in a sea of narcissism.

5. Compliment your wife’s physical appearance and achievements

On a similar note, it is imperative that you also take the time to compliment your wife’s achievements (both at home and in the workplace). There is no point empowering her to achieve her dreams if you then ignore her accomplishments, so constantly strive to reinforce her efforts and compliment her success. The same principle can be applied to her physical appearance, as I always look to compliment my wife whenever she sports a new hairstyle or outfit, as this makes her feel feminine and attractive as an individual.

6. Tell your wife that you love her

You will probably have noticed by now that these steps are breathtakingly simple, so long as you are proactive and consistent in your approach. I try to tell my wife that I love here every single day, taking every opportunity to reaffirm the joy and value that she adds to my life. This is one thing that can never be in question in a progressive relationship, and as a guy it is your duty to take the lead in this respect.

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7. Never be afraid to apologize to your wife

We have already touched on the importance of listening to your wife, but occasionally there may be a need to take direct action and apologize for your actions. I have a unique sense of humor that can sporadically cross the line, for example, while my wife is a little more conservative and sometimes take umbrage at my jokes. When I do cross this line, I take the initiative to apologize quickly and remember the importance of respecting my wife’s outlook.

8. Take responsibility for everything that you do

This advice has quite a broad remit, as it can be applied to everything from everyday chores to large-scale financial decisions. Even when you work as a team, you may well find yourself responsible for certain decisions or actions within your marriage, and it is important that you take responsibility for every one of these. This breeds trust and honesty in a relationship, and my wife can certainly take solace in the fact I can be expected to follow through on promises or actions.

9. Be proactive when generating money to treat your wife

By now, it should be obvious that money alone cannot buy happiness. It can still play a role in creating memorable experiences within your marriage, however, as you look to plan romantic getaways for you and your wife. There is nothing wrong with this, so long as you take the initiative to seek out creative and innovative ways to raise money. Whether this involves selling unwanted kid’s items and old technology or freelancing for a brief period of time is up to you, the key is that you take responsibility and adopt an independent approach to funding your romantic endeavors.

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10. Always ask for your wife’s opinion

As well as empowering your wife in the pursuit of her dreams, you should take the time to immerse her in your own. You can achieve this simply by asking for her insight or opinion on a host of important decisions, particularly difficult choices that are career-related and will have an impact on your marriage. Not only is this integral to teamwork, but it also helps me to tap into an intelligent, experienced and caring resource.

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Last Updated on August 7, 2018

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

Failure occurs everyday, in school, jobs, housework, and within families. It is unavoidable, irritating and causes pessimism.

While the thought of flinging your hands in the air and walking away is all too appealing, take a second to connect with the people who have been there and survived.

Here are 10 famous failures to success stories around the world that will inspire you to keep going and achieve greatness:

1. J.K. Rowling

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    During a Harvard commencement speech, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling outlined the importance and value of failure.[1]

    Why? Simply because she was once a failure too.

    A few short years after her graduation from college, her worst nightmares were realized. In her words,

    “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”

    Coming out of this failure stronger and more determined was the key to her success.

    2. Steve Jobs

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      The now revolutionary Apple started off with two men in a garage. Years later we all know it as a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees.

      Yet, almost unbelievably, Steve Jobs was fired from the very company he began.

      The dismissal made him realize that his passion for his work exceeded the disappointment of failure. Further ventures such as NeXT and Pixar eventually led Jobs back to the CEO position at AppleJobs said in 2005:

      “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.”

      Lost your job today? Keep kicking and you could be just like this guy!

      3. Bill Gates
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        Bill Gates was a Harvard dropout. He co-owned a business called Traf-O-Data, which was a true failure.[2]

        However, skill and a passion for computer programming turned this failure into the pioneer of famous software company Microsoft, and the then 31-year-old into the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

        In his own words:

        “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

        This isn’t to say that dropping out of Harvard will make you into a billionaire, but maybe that shiny degree isn’t worth as much as the drive and passion to succeed.

        4. Albert Einstein
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          The word ‘Einstein’ is associated with intelligence and synonymous with genius. Yet it is a famous fact that the pioneer of the theory of general relativity, Albert Einstein himself, could not speak fluently until the age of nine. His rebellious nature led to expulsion from school, and he was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.

          His earlier setbacks did not stop him from winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. After all, he believed that:

          “Success is failure in progress.”

          To this day, his research has influenced various aspects of life including culture, religion, art, and even late night TV.

          Just because you haven’t achieved anything great yet, doesn’t mean you can’t be an Einstein yourself.

          5. Abraham Lincoln

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            Failing in business in 1831, suffering a nervous breakdown in 1836, defeated in his run for president in 1856, Abraham Lincoln was no stranger to rejection and failure. Rather than taking these signs as a motivation for surrender, he refused to stop trying his best.

            In this great man’s words:

            “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”

            Lincoln was elected in 1861 as the 16th President of the United States of America.

            The amount of rejection you receive is not a defining factor. Success is still within your reach.

            6. Michael Jordan

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              “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

              This quote by retired basketball legend Michael Jordan in a Nike advertisement speaks for itself.

              It would be an easy misconception that Jordan’s basketball skills revolve around natural talent. In fact, in his earlier years,  basketball coaches had trouble looking past the fact that Jordan didn’t reach the minimum height. It was years of effort, practice, and failure that made the star we know today.

              7. Steven Spielberg

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                Regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, Steven Spielberg is a familiar household name. It is surprising to realize therefore that the genius behind Jaws and E.T. had poor grades in high school, getting him rejected from the University of Southern California three times.

                While he was in college, he caught the eye of executives at Universal, who signed him as a television director in 1969. This meant that he would not finish his college degree for another 33 years.

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                Perseverance and acceptance of failure is the key to success, after all.

                “Even though I get older, what I do never gets old, and that’s what I think keeps me hungry.”

                Bad grades in high school aside, there is no questioning the genius involved.

                To date, Spielberg has directed 51 films and has been awarded three Oscars.

                8. Walt Disney

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                  Mickey Mouse creator Walt Disney dropped out of school at a young age in a failed attempt at joining the army.[3] One of his earlier ventures, Laugh-o-Gram Studios, went bankrupt due to his lack of ability to run a successful business. He was once fired from a Missouri newspaper for “not being creative enough.”

                  Yet today, The genius behind Disney studios is responsible for generations of childhood memories and dreams. From Snow White to Frozen, Disney will continue to entertain the world for generations to come.

                  The logic behind this is simple:

                  “We don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

                  9. Vincent Van Gogh
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                    During his lifetime, Vincent Van Gogh suffered mental illness, failed relationships, and committed suicide at the age of 37.

                    He only ever sold one painting in his life, pinning him a failure as an artist. However that did not put a damper on his enthusiasm and passion for art.

                    He would never know that years and years after his death he would become known as a key figure in the world of post-impressionism, and ultimately, one of the greatest artist that ever lived.

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                    He would never know that he became a hot topic in art classes and his image was going to be used in TV, books and other forms of popular culture.

                    In the words of this great, but tragic man:

                    “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

                    10. Stephen King

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                      As a paranoid, troubled child, tormented by nightmares and raised in poverty, it is no surprise that Stephen King grew up to the title: “Master of Horror”.[4]

                      An addiction to drugs and alcohol were his mechanisms to cope with the unhappiness he felt with his life. The frustration he felt towards multiple rejections by publishers in combination with illicit substances caused him to mentally contemplate violence towards his own children.

                      These intense emotions were those that he focused onto his writing. And that’s why he said:

                      “We make up horros to help us cope with the real ones.”

                      Writing became his new coping mechanism, and this is how the master author we know today grew to success.

                      Fail more often in order to succeed

                      Like Albert Einstein said, failure really is just success in progress. If you’d rather not to fail, you will probably never succeed.

                      Success comes from moments of frustrations when you’ll be most uncomfortable with. But after you’ve gone through all those bitter times, you’ll become stronger and you’ll get closer to success.

                      Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact, start failing, and start failing often; that’s how you will succeed.

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