Alex Funicello is a renowned pulmonologist who has managed to thrive both in his private and professional lives. When asked about the secrets of a stable and happy marriage, Dr. Funicello offers sound theories.
Embrace Being Different
A long-standing cliché suggests that finding one’s soulmate is not only possible, but necessary if he or she wants to be happy. The truth is that the idea of a soulmate – at least in its widely imagined form – is false, and one could argue there is no such thing. A relationship is about embracing differences and learning to love someone despite their flaws, or sometimes because of them.
Accepting that Nobody is Perfect
Another problem is creating an unrealistic image of the partner, one that could not possibly live up to reality. Everybody is fallible, and anyone can make mistakes. The sooner one learns to accept this, the better off they’ll be.
Learn to Talk about the Reasons
There is no relationship without arguments. The truth is that even those who do not think that they make this mistake, will fall victim to arguments from time to time, maybe without even realizing it. Arguments happen, and there is nothing wrong with that until the reasons are revealed. Being honest is the most important thing in any relationship. Alex Funicello is capable of seeing the best qualities in his wife and still remaining realistic, which allows the two to have a really rewarding relationship that seemingly gets better and better as the years go by.