Category Archives for Marriage

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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How to Resolve Marital Conflict by Yielding to Win

Eighty percent of the time it’s the wife who brings up problems in a marriage. It’s the husband who tries to avoid talking about them.  That’s what researcher Dr. John Gottman discovered in decades of studying marriages in his University of Washington “Love Lab” in Seattle. This poses a challenge to couples who want to resolve […]

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How Gratitude Can Help Your Marriage Thrive

For many married couples, it’s not long after their wedding day that spouses begin to be annoyed by each other. Attributes they didn’t notice before become irritants that seem impossible to ignore. An irritated spouse can easily become critical of their partner and make other negative comments. Some spouses manage to just put up with […]

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Make Your Marriage Strong by Discovering Your Spouse’s Superpowers

It’s possible your spouse has positive traits and actions that you haven’t noticed. Noticing them may make your marriage stronger and happier. If you have a tendency to notice the wrong things, you might blame your biases. We are all subject to what psychologists call “confirmation bias.” Confirmation bias is our tendency to notice and […]

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