6 Truths of Happy Marriages

Before you got married, did you have a specific idea of what a happy marriage should look like? What it should feel like? Most people do. But when the real thing happens and you get married (or start considering marriage), it's very common for a real relationship to fall short of these visions. Once the reality of marriage sets in, some women feel tricked, trapped or like failures. Others try to change their partners, change themselves, or figure out why their marriages are different from the way they thought they would be.

But the first step in truly understanding marriage is accepting that your visions of marriage are not necessarily the reality of what will happen in your life. That doesn't mean there is something wrong with you or your marriage. It just means that you didn't know what to truly expect. Need a more realistic image of a happy marriage? Take a look at these six truths. You might be surprised -- and relieved -- at what you see.

1. Your Relationship Can -- and Will -- Change

A marriage is not a static situation. It can, will and must change because no two people stay the same during the course of their lifetimes. Everyone's interests vary. Plus, you and your partner will grow in different ways, at different times. Accepting all of these changes will help your relationship. Just remember that you don't always have to think the same way, like the same things, or be in the same place at the same time. You may have different tastes and interests, but that doesn't mean you aren't in love. Of course, there should be mutual desires, but having differences means that you are growing. With them, you will have more love and understanding to bring to your partner in the long run.

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