Couples Relationships


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    Some of the greatest joys in life are experienced in couple relationships. However, they can also be a source of tension, stress, and sorrow.  Happy relationships are possible, and we know more now than ever about what it takes to develop, maintain, and strengthen healthy relationships. These research-based resources offer individuals and couples simple things related to thoughts, words, and actions that can improve all couple relationships.

    Commonly Asked Questions

    How to Keep Marriage Vibrant During Empty Nesting

    09/01/2020 10:00 AM

    Readiness to become a couple again isn’t something that just happens. Many relationship experts warn that waiting until the children have moved out is too late to begin enjoying a thriving relationship. To ensure a vibrant and healthy relationship once the nest empties takes time and preparation and should begin long before children leave home.

    How to Have Difficult Conversations

    08/25/2020 09:10 AM

    Difficult conversations about things like money, relationships, or other emotionally-charged topics can be hard to navigate. These situations can come up in our relationships with friends, with family members, and with co-workers. Knowing how to communicate during these times can help you avoid saying something you might regret or wishing you had said it differently.

    What are the love languages of individuals?

    08/11/2020 08:25 AM

    This is a great question to ask. Before jumping into the response for this question, take note that author Gary Chapman’s book, the 5 Love Languages, according to recent research, has been understudied. The knowledge may still be very valuable for couples and may help them increase understanding on how to effectively express appreciation, love, and deepen your connection with each other.

    How to Have Difficult Conversations

    08/05/2020 02:20 PM

    According to relationship expert John Gottman "94% if the time, the way a discussion starts determines the way it will end." If conversations start harshly or with criticism- the conversation will end with at least as much tension as it began. In all intimate relationships, there will inevitably be misunderstandings and hurt feelings. Here are three tips to help you create and sustain a loving and nurturing relationship

    Can you share ideas on how we, as a couple, can work together on our finances without ending up in an argument?

    07/21/2020 10:00 AM

    Money affects every facet of our lives, particularly our relationship with our partner. lists financial stress as the No. 2 reason for divorce among couples. In order to prevent financial stress from damaging your relationship it is important to talk about money with your partner in a positive way

    How to Communicate During Stressful Times

    07/14/2020 03:00 PM

    Effective communication can be difficult — pile on stressful events and it can feel impossible to keep your cool when things heat up. When we get stressed and our hearts start racing, the thinking part of our brain shuts down a bit and our emotional brain takes over. When this happens, it becomes difficult to see another person’s perspective and have compassion like we do under normal circumstances. Talking to someone can be a great way to relieve the stress, but you can also add more stress by communicating poorly in the heat of the moment.

    As we get older, it seems there is less to talk about. How do you keep communication fresh?

    06/23/2020 09:30 AM

    It’s important that you recognize the need to keep communicating about the little things. Here are a few tips based on John Gottman’s theory of The Sound Relationship House.

    How to make date night happen with small children?

    05/19/2020 08:30 AM

    Before children arrive, there is more money, time, and energy for courtship. Throughout the juggling act of parenting some find intimate connections frequency diminished. For my spouse and I parenting, lack of sleep, medical debt, feeding difficulties, sleep regressions, and limited funds for dates, left us with only two resources for meaningful connections: creativity and an understanding of the other’s love language.

    How do you help a loved one with mental illness that doesn’t want to seek counseling or medication?

    05/12/2020 08:30 AM

    If you currently have or previously had a loved one with a mental illness who has refused help, you are not alone. Many others have and continue to ask this question. There can be many different reasons why someone may not want to seek counseling or medication.


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