Alaina Stephens doesn’t believe in soulmates. But she does believe in love, romance and everything else that comes with a relationship—including teamwork. When her husband, Ryan, recently posted the pairs’ rules for marital success, their idea of becoming lifelong “teammates” threw the Twitter-verse for a loop.

If being “teammates” over “soulmates” seems foreign to you, read on to learn more about the Stephens’ awesomely insightful marriage rules!

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1. No Behind-the-Back Talking

Your BFF totally gets it when you make a gentle jab at your honey.But there’s a major difference between between joking with friends about your spouse and stabbing them in the back with some serious character defamation. Stop yourself from spilling the not-so-nice details about your relationship—to anyone other than your S.O.

2. Communicate Too Much

There are no crystal balls or psychic powers here. In her “marriage rules” blog post Alaina notes that couples she never assume the other person understands what they mean. This can only result in miscommunication.

3. Try Together

Trying new things isn’t always easy—especially as an adult. But that doesn’t have to mean you should stay stuck in the same old, same old. The Stephens suggest that couples try new things, getting out of their comfort zone together.

4. Champion and Celebrate

Be your spouse’s cheerleader. When they have a win, celebrate it with them and for them.

5. Show Respect

The Stephens don’t just advocate respecting each other privately—they expect it of each other publicly too. In his tweet, Ryan adds that the shows of mutual respect should extend to what you do in front of your kiddos too.

—Erica Loop

 

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