Via Essence Latest article by my brother Paul C. Brunson.

The day before my wedding, my uncle summoned me to the lobby of our hotel. When I met him, a normally jovial man sat very seriously sipping coffee. He told me to sit and said he had something very important to share.

He continued, “I’ve been happily married for 12 years and I want to tell you the secret to our success. If mamma is happy, everyone is happy. It’s that simple, Paul.” 

I had heard this statement before, but normally in jest, not from someone I knew with a relationship I respected… someone who was serious. 

Now, 10 years into my own marriage, I can fully endorse this simple yet profound advice.

The following 10 items are things I learned first hand to keep mamma happy (and therefore, keep everyone happy).

Here are some of my faves:
- Listen to You  

Knowing your guy listens when you’re sharing your thoughts helps to strengthen your bond.

- Take Initiative

Ambition is sexy and it can be conveyed in many ways, but surely the best way to demonstrate this trait is by showing initiative.

- Never Break Your Trust

I often say it’s easier to find someone to love than someone to fully trust. Nothing will make you happier than respecting your trust.

To read the rest of the 10 Things He Should Do to Make You Happy click here —> Essence