Here’s What Happens When You’re Thankful for Your Spouse

I haven’t always cherished my wife like I do now. For many years of our marriage, I’ve taken her for granted. But complacency undermines happiness. Now, as we sit around the table on Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, I like to express gratitude for my wife. It’s not the only time I express gratitude […]

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Can Hallmark Christmas Movies Improve Your Marriage?

I have a new point of view on Hallmark Channel’s annual countdown to Christmas. And there are more on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Yes, it has started. Like many married men, I’ve cringed at the idea of watching back-to-back romantic comedies every weekend until Christmas. The movie plot lines are predictable and perpetuate romantic ideals […]

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4 Effective Ways to Connect With a Spouse Who Works Too Much

At least 50 percent of Americans work more than 40 hours a week. Eighteen percent work 60 hours or more. That’s according to a recent Gallup poll. Long hours at work put in day after day can put a strain on a marriage, whether it’s by one or both spouses.If you’re the spouse spending evenings […]

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5 Communication Habits that Ruin a Marriage

Witty remarks between couples might be good for a few laughs on a TV sitcom, but in a real marriage they often chip away at the positive feelings between a couple. In communication between married couples, one “zinger” erases 20 acts of kindness. This conclusion comes from relationship researchers Howard Markman and Clifford Notarius.In martial […]

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3 Powerful Habits that Inspire Trust in Your Spouse and Children

Without trust, marriages and families become a source of disappointment and pain. Says the Irish proverb, “When mistrust comes in, love goes out.”David Horsager is one of the world’s leading authorities on trust and author of The Trust Edge. In his book, Horsager writes, “If you want to build trust and earn the faith and […]

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Help for Married Couples Who Fight About Nothing

Conflicts between married couples are a normal part of growing together. But there’s a difference between conflicts that involve working out solutions and conflicts that break out into a fight. Solution-focused conflicts often bring couples closer to each other. Fights usually leave one or both spouses feeling hurt by the other and are often about […]

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Couples’ Fights Over Finances aren’t about the Money

When married couples fight about finances, it’s most often about spending and saving. Seventy-two percent of couples with conflicts over money have a problem with their spouse’s spending. Just as many said they have trouble saving money. This is according to the National Survey of Marital Strengths conducted by Prepare/Enrich.  It comes as no surprise […]

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Why Families Should Be Intentional About Sharing Experiences

Chocolate tastes better when it’s tasted with another person. Happy movies produce more happiness when viewed with others. Pleasant images bring more enjoyment when seen with someone else. These findings are from recent research on the effects of shared experiences on our well-being.Social psychologist Erica Boothby along with colleagues at Yale University conducted the chocolate-tasting […]

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Your Child Needs These Back-to-School Study and Homework Habits

One of the summertime joys of parenting is taking a break from supervising kids’ after-school studies and other homework. For many kids, it’s a time for staying up late, sleeping late, and prioritizing fun. Once school is back in session, many parents find themselves needing to help their children get back into the routine of […]

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