Category Archives for Marriage

4 Good Reasons to Save Your Marriage

“This marriage was a mistake.” That’s the conclusion of many disappointed husbands and wives who at one time dreamed of living happily ever after with their spouse. Men and women in this state of mind often see divorce as the best remedy for their unhappiness. Then, sooner or later, over half of the men and […]

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3 Rules Married Couples Need about Their Parents

Married couples often struggle with how to deal with their parents. Disagreements on how much, or how little, influence to accept from their parents is often a source of conflict, especially for newlyweds and new parents. Sometimes parental advice feels like meddling, especially when it involves grandchildren. Other times it’s not the parents’ advice that’s […]

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5 Signs You’re Too Critical of Your Spouse

You might be too critical of your spouse and not know it. You probably think you’re providing “feedback,” or “constructive criticism.” But from your spouse’s point of view, you’re too negative. Criticism often creeps into marriages unnoticed at first. It’s likely to have been present before a couple’s wedding day. It escaped notice because it […]

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Tell Each Other These Stories to Strengthen Your Marriage

My wife and I like to talk about our first kiss. The first time I kissed her, it was still common for people to rent video tapes to watch movies. We had rented and watched The Empire Strikes Back, the second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy. We were in her parents’ home that […]

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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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