How to avoid a mediocre marriage (including why a 10-second kiss is so important)

Extraordinary, mind-boggling, knock-your-socks-off love is so, so, so, so possible! It just requires a commitment to be curious, explore, be kind, and be a little creative every day.

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  • Over the last 3 years, I've interviewed hundreds of couples who are madly in love with each other.

  • The stories I've collected would blow your mind… but more important than the stories, are the lessons I've learned from these couples about how to create the kind of extraordinary, passionate, lasting love that most of us yearn for.

  • Say No to Awesome Things

  • Jay and Laura have criss-crossed the country with their family to pursue Jay's career for over 20 years. When my friend Melissa and I arrived at their house to interview them, they were getting ready to move again… but this time it wasn't for Jay's career.

  • He had just turned down an incredible job offer with a really great salary because he knew that his family and his relationship with his wife were more important than work.

  • So, they sold their gorgeous house on the coast of Northern California, bought a camper trailer, and spent the last several years road tripping across the country and training for ultra-marathons as a couple.

  • One of the most important lessons I learned from Jay and Laura is that it's ok to say "no" to truly incredible things if they don't align with what's most important to you.

  • The 1-10 Rule

  • Rich and Michelle met each other in Alcoholics Anonymous while going through the 12 Step Program.

  • The 12 Steps have become a strong foundation for their relationship, and has helped them navigate difficult times in their relationship. And aside from the 12 steps, they've also come up with a few helpful tools of their own.

  • Whenever they have a conflict they're having trouble resolving (relationship experts over at The Gottman Institute say that 69% of conflict in romantic relationships is unresolvable), Rich and Michelle each take a moment to rate on a scale from 1-10 how important the issue is to them personally.

  • The person with the lower number finds a way to make a compromise so that the conflict can be resolved.

  • Some people balk at this system, and say, "You could just say '10' every time and win every argument!"

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  • I said the same thing.

  • But Rich and Michelle care for each other too much to lie and just get their way. This system of resolving conflict helps them understand how important something is to their partner and why. It's a system based on honesty, respect, and love. The reason it works so well for them is because they respect the process and they respect each other.

  • Kiss for 10 Seconds or Longer Every Day

  • My good friends Liz and Ryan vowed to never become the passionless couple who seem to live more like glorified roommates than husband and wife.

  • One of the commitments they have made to keep the passion alive and vibrant in their relationship is to make out for a minimum of 10 seconds every day

  • Life gets busy and pulls us in a million different directions. It's easy to let the little things go.

  • But when Ryan and Liz make it a priority to pin each other against a wall and share a good, passionate kiss that makes their toes curl and their ears tingle, they are adding another line of defense against boring, mediocre, passionless love.

  • Don't Settle for Mediocre Love

  • Average love is easy to come by.

  • It surrounds us every day.

  • Mediocre love is created by impatience, busy schedules, broken promises, and missed opportunities to display love.

  • Extraordinary, mind-boggling, knock-your-socks-off love is so, so, so, so possible! It just requires a commitment to be curious, patient, invested, kind, and a little creative every day.

  • I hope the tips in this article (and the awesome tips in the video) give you some ideas of how you can make your love more epic, and more your own.

  • Finally, share your own ideas to create amazing, lasting love using the hashtag #epiclove!

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Nate Bagley is the creator of The Loveumentary and a founder of Unbox Love. He loves helping people create amazing love in their lives. He loves hearing from his readers. You can reach him at

Website: http://loveumentary.com

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