I usually stay away from articles from the “soft science” fields of sociology and psychology, but How to Make Your Wife Happy at LiveScience.com got my attention. “The key ingredient to a woman’s marital bliss is her husband’s emotional commitment, suggests a new study based on a survey of 5,000 couples across the country.” Commitment is a good word. Emotional commitment implies that I highly value her, and that this is expressed through spending meaningful time with her, making it clear for all to see that she is the only woman for me, and being sensitive to her needs.
Ephesians 5:25-28 — “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.” (ESV)
Aside from knowing God through Jesus Christ, being married to Shirley is the greatest joy in my life.