Back to Blog

5 Common Problems That Hinder Having A Happier Marriage

boundaries effective communication empathic communication forgiveness happier marriage resentment

A happier marriage is not always easy to achieve. There are many common problems that can hinder couples from having the relationship they desire. However, these problems are not insurmountable and can be overcome with effort and determination.

The key is to recognize and address these issues before they become major roadblocks. By being proactive and seeking help, you can overcome these common problems and have stronger, happier marriage.

So if you’re ready to take the first step towards a happier marriage, read on to learn more about these common problems and how to address them. Whether you’re just starting out in your marriage or have been together for decades.


5 Common Marriage Problems and Solutions

Marriage is a beautiful and complex bond that requires hard work, patience, and a willingness to compromise. While it can be a source of joy and fulfillment, it’s not uncommon for couples to encounter problems that can stain their relationship.

Here are common problems that can hinder marriage and ways to overcome them for a stronger, happier marriage.


1. Communication issues

One of the most common problems that can hinder a happy marriage is poor communication. When couples are unable to effectively communicate their needs, wants, and feelings, it can lead to misunderstandings, conflict, and resentment.

Enhance your communication skills in your marriage by trying to:

  • Practice active listening, which means fully focusing on what your partner is saying and trying to understand their perspective.
  • Make an effort to have regular, open, and honest conversations about your marriage.
  • Seek out couples therapy or communication workshops to learn new skills and techniques.


2. Financial issues

Money can be a major source of stress in any relationship, and it’s no different in marriage. Whether you’re struggling to make ends meet or dealing with financial disagreements, money problems can put a strain on your relationship.

Here are some ways to improve your finances as a married couple:

  • Set clear financial goals and work together to create a budget
  • Communicate openly and honestly about your financial expectations and needs
  • Find ways to reduce your expenses and increase your income, such as by cutting back on unnecessary expenses or exploring new job opportunities.


3. Inability to compromise

In any healthy relationship, it’s important to be able to compromise and make sacrifices for the good of the relationship. When couples are unable to compromise, it can lead to ongoing conflict and resentment.

You can improve your ability to compromise in your marriage by trying:

  • Practice empathy and try to understand your partner’s perspective
  • Take turns giving in on different issues and try to find a balance that works for both of you.
  • Remember that compromise is a two-way street and be willing to make sacrifices for the sake of the relationship.


4. Holding onto resentment

Holding onto resentment can be toxic for any relationship, and it’s especially harmful in a marriage. When we hold onto resentment, it can lead to ongoing conflict, a lack of intimacy, and a feeling of disconnection from our partner.

To let go of resentment in your marriage, try to:

  • Make an effort to move forward and let go of the past, rather than dwelling on negative feelings.
  • Practice forgiveness and try to understand why your partner may have acted the way they did
  • Seek out couples therapy or other forms of support to help you work through your feelings of resentment


5. Inability to establish healthy boundaries

Establishing healthy boundaries is important in any relationship, and it’s especially important in marriage. When we’re unable to set healthy boundaries, it can lead to a lack of respect, resentment, and a feeling of being overwhelmed or taken for granted.

To establish healthy boundaries in your marriage, try to:

  • Practice saying “no” when you need to and be willing to stand up for yourself
  • Prioritize your marriage over anything else
  • Remember that it’s okay to take care of yourself and prioritize your own needs and well-being


Final Thoughts

A happier marriage takes work and it’s important to be proactive in addressing any challenges that come your way. Seek out resources and support, such as therapy or relationship workshops, to help you and your spouse navigate through difficult times.

Above all, don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and open with one another. By communicating honestly and openly, you can build a deeper connection and create a stronger, more satisfying marriage.

We hope this article helps you to strengthen your marriage. If you want to hear the full podcast episode on this topic, you can listen to it here and subscribe to the show so you can get updates whenever there’s a new episode and leave us a review after listening.


The Happier Marriage Assessment helps couples improve their relationship by identifying areas for growth and providing personalized recommendations. You will get your score and the associated meaning, immediately.  But that's not all. You will then get a downloadable PDF that explains it all and a "your next step" guide.
[NOTE: this should take you less than 90 seconds]
Start The Quiz Now!