What to Do When Your Marriage is Out of “Touch”

Married couples seem to do less hand-holding, kissing and cuddling with each passing wedding anniversary. The decline in physical touch among these couples could indicate that they’re increasingly “out of touch” with each other on a relationship level. When marriages result from a social bond built by mutual emotional and physical attraction, physical touching during […]

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Dads Who Share in Parenting Get More Marital Satisfaction

New dads often feel like they’re in competition with their kids for mom’s attention. As brood are added to the nest, that feeling often intensifies. For dads who share in child care responsibilities, a new study shows that dads’ feelings about their relationship with mom tend to be quite different. Moms carry the heaviest share […]

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Here’s Why Your Marriage Needs a Romantic Vacation

Three out of four American couples have never taken a romantic vacation. Half of those couples claim they’re not vacationing because they have children. This is according to the authors the book The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and What They Reveal About Creating a New Normal in Your Relationship. The authors, […]

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These Biases Cause Unnecessary Conflict in Marriage

Researchers Elizabeth Robinson and Gail Price found that couples in unhappy marriages tend to underestimate the number of positive interactions in their marriage by 50%. Doing this can contribute to unnecessary conflict in marriage.   As Dr. John Gottman explains, every couple has a “Story of Us Switch.”  When the switch is turned on, couples […]

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Secrets to Make Your Wedding Vows Stick with Lasting Commitment

Many American adults choose not to honor their wedding vows when their marriage hits harder times than they expected. The failure of marriage commitments has increased among baby boomers since the 1990s. A recent report from the Pew Research Center cites a divorce rate that has roughly doubled between 1990 and 2015 among adults over […]

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5 Ways to Renew Excitement in a Boring Marriage

Many married couples have traded the excitement they felt before their wedding day for boredom. During their courtship, they looked for every opportunity to pass the time together. After being married for a while, they have few mutual interests. They find their excitement in their individual pursuits. They didn’t want a boring marriage but didn’t […]

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4 Ways to Keep Your Marriage from Ruining Your Health

Reacting to conflict in your marriage with anger may lead to high-blood pressure. Shutting down emotionally, or “stonewalling,” may lead to low back pain and aching muscles. That’s the conclusion of a recent study led by researchers at the University of California-Berkeley and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In this 20-year study, couples were videotaped […]

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Can Husbands Do Too Much Housework?

Many married women believe they do too much work around the house, while their husbands don’t do enough. But a recent Norwegian study found that couples who split household labor equally had higher rates of divorce over a four-year period than couples where the wife did most of the housework. Divorce rates were also higher […]

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How Humility Can Increase Romance in Your Marriage

A new study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that people are more committed to their partner, and more satisfied with their relationship when they perceive their partner as humble. Possessing humility isn’t enough to win your partner’s heart, though. It must be perceptible by your partner. The researchers noted partners who were […]

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How to Stop Technology from Interfering in Your Marriage

The power of technology to interfere in marriages has grown dramatically in recent decades. Previously, spouses only had to contend with the TV and radio, and the few channels that could be picked up by an antenna. Cable and satellite channels added additional interference. Researchers of a study published in Psychology of Popular Media Culture report […]

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