Want to have a happier marriage? Think only good thoughts about your spouse. Research shows that idealizing your partner is linked to marital bliss. Interpreting your husband’s or wife’s everyday actions as funny, considerate or kind leads to greater appreciation, helping couples stay committed when things get rocky. Believing in your partner’s goodness helps take the edge off daily struggles and disagreements. This leaves couples feeling closer, more connected and fulfilled. So much for the idea that high expectations will only lead to disappointment. Time to toss the cynicism and believe in your fairy-tale ending.