The wedding is over and you are officially husband and wife! But that is just a change in status; the real hard work starts now and the true hero in a happy and fulfilling lifelong marriage is commitment.

What is commitment?
A willingness to give your time and energy to something that you believe in, or a promise or firm decision to do something, as defined by the Cambridge dictionary.

It takes trust to believe. Mutual trust is the cornerstone of any relationship, especially a marriage. As newlyweds, this is even more important as both of you embark on a journey into new horizons. Trust can be built between two people by: 
Being open. This means no secrets. Be honest about the issues that the two of you face.  
Better communication. Instead of bottling up your feelings, speak up. Do it face-to-face. Open communication helps in connecting and building trust.
Sharing new experiences. Whether it is learning new things or travelling together, sharing new experiences strengthens bonds and the marriage.

How does commitment keep a marriage strong?

A marriage, like any relationship, is full of ups and downs. It is easy to be lovey-dovey when everything is going well. Commitment is what keeps a marriage going when things are down. Also, do not forget that a marriage is a union of two families. Family support is crucial when the going gets tough.

How do I stay committed?
Making the initial commitment. Develop a marriage mission statement with your spouse. Have a talk about your hopes and dreams. This mission statement should remain the same throughout your marriage, even as hopes and dreams change as the marriage matures.
Keeping the commitment. Newlyweds must realise that a marriage goes far beyond the altar. It is much more than a decision to be together. Daily effort to stay committed is necessary.

Commitment is the steadfast foundation for a marriage. It is, after all, the secret to saying “I still do,” through the years.