Building Better Marriages – Tip 2 – 5 Foot Rule

I’m not sure where I learned this tip from, but it’s a good one. The general idea is that upon arriving home from a day at work, spend the next 15 minutes within about 5 feet of your spouse. Don’t turn on the TV. Don’t flop down in the recliner. Don’t run off with the kids somewhere. Put everything else aside and spend the next 15 minutes standing near your wife and simply engaging about whatever.

This would obviously work easily in the more traditional family paradigm where the husband goes to work while the wife is at home. But even if you both go to work, or she goes to work and the husband stays home, if you’re the man in the marriage, at the end of the work day, when you and your wife have the first chance to reunite, spend that 15 minutes within 5 feet or less. It’s only slightly odd at first, but you will see the power of just a simple shift in personal space and your intent to know and love your spouse and to build your marriage. Five feet. That’s it.

About mikewindley

Mike Windley is Lead Pastor of The Bridge Community Church in Morrisville, NC.
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