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Discover the benefits of couple counseling and find hope for your marriage in our latest blog. Well-trained counselors offer skills to enhance marital health, with research showing increased satisfaction for couples who continue counseling. Learn about ef
Should We Go To Couple Counseling

Should We Go To Couple Counseling

Discover the benefits of couple counseling and find hope for your marriage in our latest blog. Well-trained counselors offer skills to enhance marital health, with research showing increased satisfaction for couples who continue counseling. Learn about ef...

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Couple counseling may be a helpful solution for your relationship if the fire is threatening to do some damage. Let’s consider together Taylor’s and Brian’s relationship. They seem to get frustrated with each other over irritating habits (which are very c
Conflict: Helpful or Harmful

Conflict: Helpful or Harmful

Couple counseling may be a helpful solution for your relationship if the fire is threatening to do some damage. Let’s consider together Taylor’s and Brian’s relationship. They seem to get frustrated with each other over irritating habits (which are very c...

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¿Enamorado de un narcisista? ¡Esto es lo que debes hacer!
¿Enamorado de un narcisista?

¿Enamorado de un narcisista?

¿Enamorado de un narcisista? ¡Esto es lo que debes hacer!

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Going through transitions in life can be tough at any developmental stage. Adults may be tempted at times to minimize the adolescent experience in comparison to the major life events that occur in adulthood. But teens are impacted and transformed in profo
How To Help Your Teen Through Changes

How To Help Your Teen Through Changes

Going through transitions in life can be tough at any developmental stage. Adults may be tempted at times to minimize the adolescent experience in comparison to the major life events that occur in adulthood. But teens are impacted and transformed in profo...

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Self-esteem can be viewed as an individual's own self-evaluation or self-worth. Self-esteem tends to come from one’s own personal belief or opinion about themselves. These thoughts and opinions may negatively or positively affect one’s confidence. Self-es
Factors That Impact Self-Esteem And Relationship Satisfaction

Factors That Impact Self-Esteem And Relationship Satisfaction

Self-esteem can be viewed as an individual's own self-evaluation or self-worth. Self-esteem tends to come from one’s own personal belief or opinion about themselves. These thoughts and opinions may negatively or positively affect one’s confidence. Self-es...

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When a child is diagnosed with autism, or when one spouse is on the autism spectrum, it can significantly impact the dynamics of a relationship. The challenges that come with autism, such as communication difficulties, sensory sensitivities, and behaviora
Nurturing Connection: Building Stronger Bonds in Couples Affected by Autism

Nurturing Connection: Building Stronger Bonds in Couples Affected by Autism

When a child is diagnosed with autism, or when one spouse is on the autism spectrum, it can significantly impact the dynamics of a relationship. The challenges that come with autism, such as communication difficulties, sensory sensitivities, and behaviora...

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Looking to strengthen your new marriage with your spouse and your family? Here are five tips to help you get started!
5 Tips to Strengthen the Couple Relationship in a Remarriage and/or Stepfamily

5 Tips to Strengthen the Couple Relationship in a Remarriage and/or Stepfamily

Looking to strengthen your new marriage with your spouse and your family? Here are five tips to help you get started!

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Does couple therapy actually work? If you're going to fix the problem, you're going to need to work at it! Read our blog to see our thoughts!
Does Couples Therapy Work? 

Does Couples Therapy Work? 

Does couple therapy actually work? If you're going to fix the problem, you're going to need to work at it! Read our blog to see our thoughts!

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Las 10 Mejores Ideas Para Citas Nocturnas de las Divas de las Citas
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How does self esteem impact your relationship? Learn about low vs. high self-esteem, what it takes ti create self-esteem, and how to maintain it in a relationship.
How Does Self-Esteem Affect Your Relationship’s Satisfaction?

How Does Self-Esteem Affect Your Relationship’s Satisfaction?

How does self esteem impact your relationship? Learn about low vs. high self-esteem, what it takes ti create self-esteem, and how to maintain it in a relationship.

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Communicating in relationships is hard enough, but communicating with empathy is even harder. Learn how to be empathetic, communicate properly, and keep your relationship strong!
Communicating With Empathy

Communicating With Empathy

Communicating in relationships is hard enough, but communicating with empathy is even harder. Learn how to be empathetic, communicate properly, and keep your relationship strong!

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Do you need to learn about sexual communication? Learn how communication is an important part of having a good sex life full of intimacy, connection, and overall satisfaction!
Sexual Communication

Sexual Communication

Do you need to learn about sexual communication? Learn how communication is an important part of having a good sex life full of intimacy, connection, and overall satisfaction!

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How can a couple recover from a breakup? Carly LarKin and Maren Hirshi, LCSW, take us through the steps a couple can take to rekindle their trust and relationship.
How Can a Couple Recover from Betrayal?

How Can a Couple Recover from Betrayal?

How can a couple recover from a breakup? Carly LarKin and Maren Hirshi, LCSW, take us through the steps a couple can take to rekindle their trust and relationship.

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Dive into the movie "The Holiday" and learn about attachment styles, written by Carly Larkin and Maren Hirschi, LCSW!
“The Holiday” and Attachment Styles

“The Holiday” and Attachment Styles

Dive into the movie "The Holiday" and learn about attachment styles, written by Carly Larkin and Maren Hirschi, LCSW!

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Need some ideas for Valentine's Day? We made a list of five gifts you can give your significant other or spouse for that special day!
Heartfelt Gestures: Unique Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Beloved

Heartfelt Gestures: Unique Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Beloved

Need some ideas for Valentine's Day? We made a list of five gifts you can give your significant other or spouse for that special day!

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Attention all husbands? Want to know the secrets for great sex with your wife? Aralia Ward takes us into this blog with a few secrets supported by thorough research. You won't want to miss this - and neither will she!
For Husbands: Sex Secrets For Great Sex With Your Wife

For Husbands: Sex Secrets For Great Sex With Your Wife

Attention all husbands? Want to know the secrets for great sex with your wife? Aralia Ward takes us into this blog with a few secrets supported by thorough research. You won't want to miss this - and neither will she!

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Cultivating Trust and Forgiveness is something all people should strive for with their friends, families, and significant others. Both of these are paramount to creating and maintaining lifelong relationships!
Cultivating Trust and Forgiveness

Cultivating Trust and Forgiveness

Cultivating Trust and Forgiveness is something all people should strive for with their friends, families, and significant others. Both of these are paramount to creating and maintaining lifelong relationships!

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If you're looking to freshen up your marriage, this article is for you. Learn about three different ways you can refresh your marriage and make it feel more alive than ever before!
Three Marital Tips to Freshen Your Stale Marriage

Three Marital Tips to Freshen Your Stale Marriage

If you're looking to freshen up your marriage, this article is for you. Learn about three different ways you can refresh your marriage and make it feel more alive than ever before!

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Is your low sex drive hurting your relationship? You may need to make some simple lifestyle changes to improve your libido. Learn how to take control of your choices and improve your relationship!
Simple Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Libido

Simple Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Libido

Is your low sex drive hurting your relationship? You may need to make some simple lifestyle changes to improve your libido. Learn how to take control of your choices and improve your relationship!

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As we step into a new year, it's the perfect time to reflect on our relationships and set intentions for growth and connection. Whether you're in a long-term commitment or just starting a new romance, establishing relationship resolutions can pave the way
Building Stronger Bonds: 10 Relationship Resolutions to Make in 2024

Building Stronger Bonds: 10 Relationship Resolutions to Make in 2024

As we step into a new year, it's the perfect time to reflect on our relationships and set intentions for growth and connection. Whether you're in a long-term commitment or just starting a new romance, establishing relationship resolutions can pave the way...

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5 relationship books to inspire you
5 Relationship Books that Will Inspire You Your Quarantine Reading List
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The holiday season, with its festive cheer and family gatherings, can simultaneously be a source of joy and a potential stressor for many couples. Juggling hectic schedules, managing expectations, and dealing with the chaos that often accompanies the fest
Navigating the Holidays: Strengthening Marital Bonds Amidst the Chaos

Navigating the Holidays: Strengthening Marital Bonds Amidst the Chaos

The holiday season, with its festive cheer and family gatherings, can simultaneously be a source of joy and a potential stressor for many couples. Juggling hectic schedules, managing expectations, and dealing with the chaos that often accompanies the fest...

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Sexual satisfaction is an important aspect of any marriage, and it is often considered a key factor in maintaining a happy and healthy relationship. However, achieving sexual satisfaction in marriage can be challenging, as couples may have different expec
Factors of Sexual Satisfaction

Factors of Sexual Satisfaction

Sexual satisfaction is an important aspect of any marriage, and it is often considered a key factor in maintaining a happy and healthy relationship. However, achieving sexual satisfaction in marriage can be challenging, as couples may have different expec...

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Communication and empathy are both crucial aspects of relationships. Empathy is a fundamental human emotion that allows us to understand and share the feelings of others. It is an essential aspect of our social interactions and helps us to build meaningfu
Communicating with Empathy

Communicating with Empathy

Communication and empathy are both crucial aspects of relationships. Empathy is a fundamental human emotion that allows us to understand and share the feelings of others. It is an essential aspect of our social interactions and helps us to build meaningfu...

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Marriage can be demanding. Couples have heard this a thousand times and can’t help asking, “Is marriage even worth it?”
Is Marriage Worth It?

Is Marriage Worth It?

Marriage can be demanding. Couples have heard this a thousand times and can’t help asking, “Is marriage even worth it?”

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Misconceptions can become deeply ingrained beliefs, leading to myths that can cause problems in everyday life. On our podcast, Richard and Linda Eyre discussed five marriage myths: the Clone Myth, No-Waves Myth, Independence Myth, Equality Myth, and Achie
5 Marriage Myths

5 Marriage Myths

Misconceptions can become deeply ingrained beliefs, leading to myths that can cause problems in everyday life. On our podcast, Richard and Linda Eyre discussed five marriage myths: the Clone Myth, No-Waves Myth, Independence Myth, Equality Myth, and Achie...

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Does your partner feel important? Do you help them feel important? Self-esteem can have a major effect on romantic relationships. Self-esteem can impact a person’s ability to feel important and that they can contribute in meaningful ways. We want to boost
5 Ways to Help Your Partner Feel Important

5 Ways to Help Your Partner Feel Important

Does your partner feel important? Do you help them feel important? Self-esteem can have a major effect on romantic relationships. Self-esteem can impact a person’s ability to feel important and that they can contribute in meaningful ways. We want to boost...

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Worried that when you get older you won’t enjoy the sexy things of life? People tend to fear aging and all the change that comes along with it. One of the big concerns is being less sexually active. Most young people assume that older people don’t have se
Lower Libido in Aging Romantic Relationships: The Importance of Communication

Lower Libido in Aging Romantic Relationships: The Importance of Communication

Worried that when you get older you won’t enjoy the sexy things of life? People tend to fear aging and all the change that comes along with it. One of the big concerns is being less sexually active. Most young people assume that older people don’t have se...

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Could you be ready to set boundaries, but entirely overwhelmed at the daunting tasks of cleaning up areas of your life that feel impossible and powerless? If you’re any (or all!) of those things, this article is for you. Consider this post the starter kit
How do I Set Boundaries?

How do I Set Boundaries?

Could you be ready to set boundaries, but entirely overwhelmed at the daunting tasks of cleaning up areas of your life that feel impossible and powerless? If you’re any (or all!) of those things, this article is for you. Consider this post the starter kit...

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Alexis and Sam are in love. They still swoon when they look into each other’s eyes. They got each other flowers for Valentine’s Day. Alexis and Sam have known each other for seven years and are thinking about a long-term future together. They’ve even gone
The I in We: How Self-Esteem Impacts Romantic Relationships

The I in We: How Self-Esteem Impacts Romantic Relationships

Alexis and Sam are in love. They still swoon when they look into each other’s eyes. They got each other flowers for Valentine’s Day. Alexis and Sam have known each other for seven years and are thinking about a long-term future together. They’ve even gone...

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In comparison to first-time married couples, remarital relationships are more fragile. Various reasons account for this possibility, but chief among them is that there is greater opportunity for conflict.
Marriage and Remarriage

Marriage and Remarriage

In comparison to first-time married couples, remarital relationships are more fragile. Various reasons account for this possibility, but chief among them is that there is greater opportunity for conflict.

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“We repeat what we don’t repair.” This thoughtful remark could have been made as he shared his insight on behavior that can destroy relationships using the metaphor of The Four Horsemen.
Becoming a better me: The Four Horseman 

Becoming a better me: The Four Horseman 

“We repeat what we don’t repair.” This thoughtful remark could have been made as he shared his insight on behavior that can destroy relationships using the metaphor of The Four Horsemen.

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Transition to marriage has its challenges. The move to marriage involves significant changes to the dynamics of the relationship and the lives of the individuals involved.
Perspectives on the Transition to Marriage and Changing Marital Satisfaction

Perspectives on the Transition to Marriage and Changing Marital Satisfaction

Transition to marriage has its challenges. The move to marriage involves significant changes to the dynamics of the relationship and the lives of the individuals involved.

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You might be disappointed to know that this blog will not be about solving the mystery of Bigfoot. I want to talk about women’s sexuality – because unlike Bigfoot – women’s sexuality should never be a mystery! 
Bigfoot and Female Sexuality

Bigfoot and Female Sexuality

You might be disappointed to know that this blog will not be about solving the mystery of Bigfoot. I want to talk about women’s sexuality – because unlike Bigfoot – women’s sexuality should never be a mystery! 

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If you’ve ever been in a relationship before, you know they can be difficult at times. Although they are not a walk in the park, there are ways that we can improve relationships and the part we play. Relationships are two-sided, and both sides play a part
Harmful Behaviors in Your Relationship

Harmful Behaviors in Your Relationship

If you’ve ever been in a relationship before, you know they can be difficult at times. Although they are not a walk in the park, there are ways that we can improve relationships and the part we play. Relationships are two-sided, and both sides play a part...

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It’s a common tale as old as time. Two people meet. . . and then they meet again. . . and then again. Before you know it, they don’t want to “meet” with anyone else.
Hello, Goodbye: Transitioning to a Stronger Marriage Part 1

Hello, Goodbye: Transitioning to a Stronger Marriage Part 1

It’s a common tale as old as time. Two people meet. . . and then they meet again. . . and then again. Before you know it, they don’t want to “meet” with anyone else.

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25 Ways to speak you spouse's love lounguage
25 Ways to Speak Your Spouse's Love Language

25 Ways to Speak Your Spouse's Love Language

25 Ways to speak you spouse's love lounguage

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When I started going to counseling, one of the first things we started working on was teaching myself that it was okay not to be perfect. It was okay to have a bad day. It was okay to be sad. It was okay to be a little slower.
Can Counseling Help?

Can Counseling Help?

When I started going to counseling, one of the first things we started working on was teaching myself that it was okay not to be perfect. It was okay to have a bad day. It was okay to be sad. It was okay to be a little slower.

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Marriage Education is for you, even if you are happily married, marriage education can help you.
Marriage Education is for You. Yes, You.

Marriage Education is for You. Yes, You.

Marriage Education is for you, even if you are happily married, marriage education can help you.

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Communication is an essential part of relationships and is not always easy. Some people may find themselves in the frustrating loop of bringing up concerns or issues in conversations with their partner that never seem to lead anywhere.
Speaking and Listening: Is Communication Really That Simple?

Speaking and Listening: Is Communication Really That Simple?

Communication is an essential part of relationships and is not always easy. Some people may find themselves in the frustrating loop of bringing up concerns or issues in conversations with their partner that never seem to lead anywhere.

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One activity Dr. Gottman suggests is for couples to have a “six-second kiss” when you are leaving or coming home. Why six seconds? Gottman’s research shows that six seconds is just “long enough to feel romantic.”
Hello, Goodbye: Transitioning to a Stronger Marriage Part 2

Hello, Goodbye: Transitioning to a Stronger Marriage Part 2

One activity Dr. Gottman suggests is for couples to have a “six-second kiss” when you are leaving or coming home. Why six seconds? Gottman’s research shows that six seconds is just “long enough to feel romantic.”

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It’s a common tale as old as time. Two people meet. . . and then they meet again. . . and then again. Before you know it, they don’t want to “meet” with anyone else.
Hello, Goodbye: Transitioning to a Stronger Marriage Part 1

Hello, Goodbye: Transitioning to a Stronger Marriage Part 1

It’s a common tale as old as time. Two people meet. . . and then they meet again. . . and then again. Before you know it, they don’t want to “meet” with anyone else.

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Starting a new chapter in your relationship is exciting! If you and your partner are discussing getting married, you might know the feeling described as love flooding.
How do I improve my relationship during my engagement?

How do I improve my relationship during my engagement?

Starting a new chapter in your relationship is exciting! If you and your partner are discussing getting married, you might know the feeling described as love flooding.

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Conflict is often an unavoidable truth of life. Conflict represents differences in people’s thoughts, beliefs, values, and actions. As such, conflict is inevitable, particularly in close relationships.
Does fighting with my spouse hurt my kids?

Does fighting with my spouse hurt my kids?

Conflict is often an unavoidable truth of life. Conflict represents differences in people’s thoughts, beliefs, values, and actions. As such, conflict is inevitable, particularly in close relationships.

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Slamming doors, yelling matches, irrepressible anger, long night drives. Sound familiar?
How do I strengthen my relationship?

How do I strengthen my relationship?

Slamming doors, yelling matches, irrepressible anger, long night drives. Sound familiar?

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Conflicts are normal in a relationship. For some, it's about time and priorities. For others, it's about finances. Having arguments from time to time is fine—in fact, it's part of being in a healthy relationship—but when it gets too much, it can lead to t
When to Seek Professional Help for Your Relationship

When to Seek Professional Help for Your Relationship

Conflicts are normal in a relationship. For some, it's about time and priorities. For others, it's about finances. Having arguments from time to time is fine—in fact, it's part of being in a healthy relationship—but when it gets too much, it can lead to t...

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A large reason why we hate making mistakes, is that as powerful as the happy biochemicals are, they do not linger in the body nearly as long as the unhappy biochemicals (chiefly cortisol)15.  Consequently, making a mistake tends to be harder on our physio
How do I avoid negative thoughts?

How do I avoid negative thoughts?

A large reason why we hate making mistakes, is that as powerful as the happy biochemicals are, they do not linger in the body nearly as long as the unhappy biochemicals (chiefly cortisol)15.  Consequently, making a mistake tends to be harder on our physio...

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Finding yourself overwhelmed, noticing “red flags” you never saw before, or feeling less in love than you did at the start of your relationship are undesirable thoughts and feelings, yet can be normal as you move out of the “honeymoon” phase of your relat
Overcoming Red Flags and Conflict In Your Marriage 

Overcoming Red Flags and Conflict In Your Marriage 

Finding yourself overwhelmed, noticing “red flags” you never saw before, or feeling less in love than you did at the start of your relationship are undesirable thoughts and feelings, yet can be normal as you move out of the “honeymoon” phase of your relat...

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Have you ever wondered if there was one thing you could do to improve your marriage? Everyone has their own relationship advice to give. I have heard many people tell me, “Just make sure to communicate” or “Put each other first”. The list goes on and on.
The Easiest Way to Improve Your Relationship

The Easiest Way to Improve Your Relationship

Have you ever wondered if there was one thing you could do to improve your marriage? Everyone has their own relationship advice to give. I have heard many people tell me, “Just make sure to communicate” or “Put each other first”. The list goes on and on. ...

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We all know that words are so powerful, and that they can build your partner up or emotionally drain them. ​​ Words impact everyone, but especially those whose primary love language is words of affirmation. That is one way we can express love emotionally,
Words of Affirmation

Words of Affirmation

We all know that words are so powerful, and that they can build your partner up or emotionally drain them. ​​ Words impact everyone, but especially those whose primary love language is words of affirmation. That is one way we can express love emotionally,...

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Your boss gives you a look and you assume she’s mad at something you did or that you’re an incompetent employee.  You say the wrong thing at a party, and lament how socially awkward you always are.  Like it or not, we all have that inner voice critiquing
Conquering Negative Self-Talk

Conquering Negative Self-Talk

Your boss gives you a look and you assume she’s mad at something you did or that you’re an incompetent employee.  You say the wrong thing at a party, and lament how socially awkward you always are.  Like it or not, we all have that inner voice critiquing ...

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We all know toddlers have temper tantrums which are often triggered by said toddler feeling something overwhelming such as hungry, tired, cold, frustrated, or overstimulated. Nobody wants to admit that adults have temper tantrums too. Well, maybe we like
Guarding Against Temper Tantrums

Guarding Against Temper Tantrums

We all know toddlers have temper tantrums which are often triggered by said toddler feeling something overwhelming such as hungry, tired, cold, frustrated, or overstimulated. Nobody wants to admit that adults have temper tantrums too. Well, maybe we like ...

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Hollywood, in my opinion, is just plain wrong when it comes to portraying emotional regulation. It's frustrating to watch movies or shows about emotions and see them get it so wrong. However, there is one shining exception to this rule - Disney Pixar's In
How do I process my emotions

How do I process my emotions

Hollywood, in my opinion, is just plain wrong when it comes to portraying emotional regulation. It's frustrating to watch movies or shows about emotions and see them get it so wrong. However, there is one shining exception to this rule - Disney Pixar's In...

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Effective communication in a marriage can be the bridge between partners that brings connection, love, and understanding - but miscommunication or lack of communication altogether can create distance in relationships that may feel impossible to combat. H
Tips for Effective Communication in Marriage

Tips for Effective Communication in Marriage

Effective communication in a marriage can be the bridge between partners that brings connection, love, and understanding - but miscommunication or lack of communication altogether can create distance in relationships that may feel impossible to combat. H...

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When you picture someone saying “No,” what is the image that comes to mind? How do you feel towards that person? Do you perceive them as likeable or unlikable? Desirable or undesirable? If your image looks something like an uptight, shrewd-looking woman w
Love with Boundaries

Love with Boundaries

When you picture someone saying “No,” what is the image that comes to mind? How do you feel towards that person? Do you perceive them as likeable or unlikable? Desirable or undesirable? If your image looks something like an uptight, shrewd-looking woman w...

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Blaine J. Fowers Ph.D. and author of Beyond the Myth of Marital Happiness suggests that with most of the needs of the past being met by outside sources and an increase in the emphasis of self-fulfillment the bar for what makes a satisfying marriage has be
Are Your Marriage Expectations Too High?

Are Your Marriage Expectations Too High?

Blaine J. Fowers Ph.D. and author of Beyond the Myth of Marital Happiness suggests that with most of the needs of the past being met by outside sources and an increase in the emphasis of self-fulfillment the bar for what makes a satisfying marriage has be...

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Top 10 date night ideas from the date night experts. The Dating Divas. Marriage dates
Top 10 Date Night Ideas From The Dating Divas

Top 10 Date Night Ideas From The Dating Divas

Top 10 date night ideas from the date night experts. The Dating Divas. Marriage dates

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I was once in a movie. Not saying which one since it didn’t star a Hollywood A-list cast and was pretty cheesy. It was my 5 seconds of fame, you could say.
The Do-Over Strategy

The Do-Over Strategy

I was once in a movie. Not saying which one since it didn’t star a Hollywood A-list cast and was pretty cheesy. It was my 5 seconds of fame, you could say.

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The dating world can be brutal, especially when you are trying to find a nice guy. It can be very easy to fall for a Narcissus–that tall, dark, and handsome trap.
In Love with a Narcissist?

In Love with a Narcissist?

The dating world can be brutal, especially when you are trying to find a nice guy. It can be very easy to fall for a Narcissus–that tall, dark, and handsome trap.

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After you've been married for a few years and life starts going, it's easy for our relationship to run stale. We get caught up in the day-to-day motions of work, taking care of the kids, and all of the other things that demand our attention. Before we kno
7 Ways to Create More Love After Marriage

7 Ways to Create More Love After Marriage

After you've been married for a few years and life starts going, it's easy for our relationship to run stale. We get caught up in the day-to-day motions of work, taking care of the kids, and all of the other things that demand our attention. Before we kno...

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There are a lot of different ways that couples can choose to manage their money in marriage. The three main options for managing money in marriage are: combine finances completely, combine most finances but still have independent finances, and to keep all
Talking Money with Your Honey: It Just Makes Cents

Talking Money with Your Honey: It Just Makes Cents

There are a lot of different ways that couples can choose to manage their money in marriage. The three main options for managing money in marriage are: combine finances completely, combine most finances but still have independent finances, and to keep all...

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Communication
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Is communication with your in-laws affecting your marriage? Here are some tips to be able to help you have a good relationship with your in-laws.
5 Tips for Communicating with In-Laws

5 Tips for Communicating with In-Laws

Is communication with your in-laws affecting your marriage? Here are some tips to be able to help you have a good relationship with your in-laws.

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Do you remember the first time you went on a date with your spouse? Do you remember those feelings you had every time you went on a date with them? The butterflies you would get in your belly?
Prioritizing Dates with Your Spouse

Prioritizing Dates with Your Spouse

Do you remember the first time you went on a date with your spouse? Do you remember those feelings you had every time you went on a date with them? The butterflies you would get in your belly?

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Of all the passions, responsibilities, and commitments you have in life, your marriage relationship should claim top priority. In the grand scheme of things, your marriage has the potential to be longer lasting and have a greater impact on society than an
5 Ways to Make Your Partner Your Best Friend

5 Ways to Make Your Partner Your Best Friend

Of all the passions, responsibilities, and commitments you have in life, your marriage relationship should claim top priority. In the grand scheme of things, your marriage has the potential to be longer lasting and have a greater impact on society than an...

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When my husband and I first got married, one of the first things we did was combine our finances. We just thought it was something that you did. There was no question of why we shouldn’t. As we started talking with our friends about finances we found that
Couple Finance: Should We Get a Joint Bank Account or Not?

Couple Finance: Should We Get a Joint Bank Account or Not?

When my husband and I first got married, one of the first things we did was combine our finances. We just thought it was something that you did. There was no question of why we shouldn’t. As we started talking with our friends about finances we found that...

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Quite quickly, unforeseen and hurtful situations may arise. In fact, a recent study found that it is typical among all newlywed couples to experience a steady increase of dissatisfaction and problems beginning shortly after the wedding.
3 Things All Newly-Wed Couples Should Know

3 Things All Newly-Wed Couples Should Know

Quite quickly, unforeseen and hurtful situations may arise. In fact, a recent study found that it is typical among all newlywed couples to experience a steady increase of dissatisfaction and problems beginning shortly after the wedding.

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Navigating remarriage can be tricky and couples who want to tie the knot again are often confronted with obstacles that would rarely come up in a first marriage.
Preparing for Remarriage: 3 Relationship Strengthening Strategies

Preparing for Remarriage: 3 Relationship Strengthening Strategies

Navigating remarriage can be tricky and couples who want to tie the knot again are often confronted with obstacles that would rarely come up in a first marriage.

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Communication
To assist in the continued development of your communication skills, here are five ways to continue and progress on the path toward healthy communication in your relationship.
5 Communication Skills That Will Improve Your Relationship

5 Communication Skills That Will Improve Your Relationship

To assist in the continued development of your communication skills, here are five ways to continue and progress on the path toward healthy communication in your relationship.

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Education
It is easy to lose excitement for our lives when we grow up and the pace of life picks up. You might feel like you’re living for the weekend right now, struggling to feel excited about your marriage and future. So, how do you get your joy and motivation b
Making Our Dreams Come True

Making Our Dreams Come True

It is easy to lose excitement for our lives when we grow up and the pace of life picks up. You might feel like you’re living for the weekend right now, struggling to feel excited about your marriage and future. So, how do you get your joy and motivation b...

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Communication
Today I am giving you one specific piece of advice that will change the trajectory of your relationship for the better. One of the keys that John Gottman suggests is to turn towards your spouse when they make bids for connection.
The Easiest Way to Improve Your Relationship

The Easiest Way to Improve Your Relationship

Today I am giving you one specific piece of advice that will change the trajectory of your relationship for the better. One of the keys that John Gottman suggests is to turn towards your spouse when they make bids for connection.

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Marriage can be hard enough without the complications of disappointed expectations. It takes sacrifice, give and take, and compromise.
Marriage Communication 101: Great Expectations?

Marriage Communication 101: Great Expectations?

Marriage can be hard enough without the complications of disappointed expectations. It takes sacrifice, give and take, and compromise.

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As time passes, you may get caught up in everyday mundane activities like work, school, paying the bills, or doing household chores and forget to add “wood” to your marital fire. It’s easy for these activities to slowly overshadow the enjoyable times in y
How to Keep Dating Your Spouse After Marriage

How to Keep Dating Your Spouse After Marriage

As time passes, you may get caught up in everyday mundane activities like work, school, paying the bills, or doing household chores and forget to add “wood” to your marital fire. It’s easy for these activities to slowly overshadow the enjoyable times in y...

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remarriage
You and your spouse should take time to consider how you can understand your children’s feelings and help them adjust to the big changes taking place in their lives.
How to Help Your Child Navigate Your Remarriage

How to Help Your Child Navigate Your Remarriage

You and your spouse should take time to consider how you can understand your children’s feelings and help them adjust to the big changes taking place in their lives.

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date ideas
Seven attributes that research has shown are strong signs that you may be in a happy and healthy relationship — seven signs which I’ve seen first-hand in my own happy marriage.
7 Signs You Are in a Happy and Healthy Relationship

7 Signs You Are in a Happy and Healthy Relationship

Seven attributes that research has shown are strong signs that you may be in a happy and healthy relationship — seven signs which I’ve seen first-hand in my own happy marriage.

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couple finance
Has talking about money caused conflict in your relationship? You’re not alone in this! About one-third of people say that they argue with their spouse when talking about finances. Talking about finance is the second leading cause of divorce in America.
6 Simple Steps for Budgeting with Your Spouse

6 Simple Steps for Budgeting with Your Spouse

Has talking about money caused conflict in your relationship? You’re not alone in this! About one-third of people say that they argue with their spouse when talking about finances. Talking about finance is the second leading cause of divorce in America.

Communication
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A list of 5 sound ways to improve communication in relationships.
5 Ways to Improve Communication in Relationships

5 Ways to Improve Communication in Relationships

A list of 5 sound ways to improve communication in relationships.

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Your ability to choose a healthy partner is greatly influenced by whether you are a healthy partner yourself. Ever heard of the term, “Love is blind”? When you have an exacerbated need, that’s all you can see.
How to Avoid Falling in Love With a Jerk

How to Avoid Falling in Love With a Jerk

Your ability to choose a healthy partner is greatly influenced by whether you are a healthy partner yourself. Ever heard of the term, “Love is blind”? When you have an exacerbated need, that’s all you can see.

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Communication
Too often when we are hurting, scared, and overwhelmed, we have been running so fast through the drama woods that we have face planted in The Swamp of Shame and can no longer see or hear others clearly.
Marriage Communication 101: Why Shame Lacks Empathy

Marriage Communication 101: Why Shame Lacks Empathy

Too often when we are hurting, scared, and overwhelmed, we have been running so fast through the drama woods that we have face planted in The Swamp of Shame and can no longer see or hear others clearly.

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Human behavior researcher, therapist, and author, Brené Brown shares in her book, “Rising Strong,” an incredibly helpful tool, especially for couples who are struggling with communication… or rather, the constant MIScommunication.
It's Not You, It's Me

It's Not You, It's Me

Human behavior researcher, therapist, and author, Brené Brown shares in her book, “Rising Strong,” an incredibly helpful tool, especially for couples who are struggling with communication… or rather, the constant MIScommunication.

Sex
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Oftentimes when someone is uncomfortable using the word “sex”, they replace it with “intimacy”. There has been a cultural understanding that intimacy equals sex and vis versa, but this idea can be confusing, and even harmful for relationship growth.
What is Intimacy?

What is Intimacy?

Oftentimes when someone is uncomfortable using the word “sex”, they replace it with “intimacy”. There has been a cultural understanding that intimacy equals sex and vis versa, but this idea can be confusing, and even harmful for relationship growth.

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All the world’s a stage and we each have a story of our own to play out. We may not get to set the stage, but we can choose our role and write our own lines.
Marriage Communication 101: How To Be the Hero In Your Story

Marriage Communication 101: How To Be the Hero In Your Story

All the world’s a stage and we each have a story of our own to play out. We may not get to set the stage, but we can choose our role and write our own lines.

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couple finance
Marriage is hard work. There are a lot of issues that couples have to work through to have a successful, or at least, not so bumpy partnership. However, one of the biggest challenges that new couples face is their finances.
Tackling Debt: How to Do It and Maintain a Healthy Marriage

Tackling Debt: How to Do It and Maintain a Healthy Marriage

Marriage is hard work. There are a lot of issues that couples have to work through to have a successful, or at least, not so bumpy partnership. However, one of the biggest challenges that new couples face is their finances.

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remarriage
even with the minimal conflict, there seems to be this unwritten rule somewhere that you’re not supposed to like your husband’s ex-wife. Maybe “not liking her” is strong...but you definitely aren’t supposed to like or care about her. You just feel neutral
Co-parenting Relationships: I’m Supposed to Hate Her, Right?

Co-parenting Relationships: I’m Supposed to Hate Her, Right?

even with the minimal conflict, there seems to be this unwritten rule somewhere that you’re not supposed to like your husband’s ex-wife. Maybe “not liking her” is strong...but you definitely aren’t supposed to like or care about her. You just feel neutral...

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Have you ever thought, “How can our perspectives be so different?” Many couples face these questions throughout their relationship, and the truth is, these differences aren't bad. However, miscommunication can be, especially when it leads to feelings of r
Understanding Misunderstanding

Understanding Misunderstanding

Have you ever thought, “How can our perspectives be so different?” Many couples face these questions throughout their relationship, and the truth is, these differences aren't bad. However, miscommunication can be, especially when it leads to feelings of r...

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Sex
Have you ever felt that your anxious tendencies may be affecting your sex life? Does your anxiety ever stop you from “getting in the mood”?
Is Anxiety Ruining the Mood in Your Sex Life?

Is Anxiety Ruining the Mood in Your Sex Life?

Have you ever felt that your anxious tendencies may be affecting your sex life? Does your anxiety ever stop you from “getting in the mood”?

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conflict management
later
Every day there are countless ways that we irritate each other! That is the beauty of marriage! Every day we get unnumbered opportunities to be irritated. Or to choose something else.
Irritation is an Invitation

Irritation is an Invitation

Every day there are countless ways that we irritate each other! That is the beauty of marriage! Every day we get unnumbered opportunities to be irritated. Or to choose something else.

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Education
As many as half of first marriages will end in divorce, and the risk of divorce is highest in the early years of marriage. Why does this happen?
Blind Time

Blind Time

As many as half of first marriages will end in divorce, and the risk of divorce is highest in the early years of marriage. Why does this happen?

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Love doesn’t have to be a feeling that “falls” in and out of your relationships like a leaf blowing in the wind. It can be a more permanent part of all of our relationships if we will learn how to “stand in love”.
Standing in Love...So You Can't Fall Out!

Standing in Love...So You Can't Fall Out!

Love doesn’t have to be a feeling that “falls” in and out of your relationships like a leaf blowing in the wind. It can be a more permanent part of all of our relationships if we will learn how to “stand in love”.

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later
Relationship checkups are for all couples, in every stage of their relationship. Sometimes, when we get caught up in everyday routines, we start living separate lives and get used to the distance in our relationships.
10 Relationship Checkup Questions

10 Relationship Checkup Questions

Relationship checkups are for all couples, in every stage of their relationship. Sometimes, when we get caught up in everyday routines, we start living separate lives and get used to the distance in our relationships.

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later
Every marriage at any stage is subject to disengagement and erosion if neglected. Through a lack of attention to their inner life, inattentive couples lose cohesion over the years and gradually drift apart because they lack infusions of bonding and intima
Keeping Marriage Alive Through the Years

Keeping Marriage Alive Through the Years

Every marriage at any stage is subject to disengagement and erosion if neglected. Through a lack of attention to their inner life, inattentive couples lose cohesion over the years and gradually drift apart because they lack infusions of bonding and intima...

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date ideas
Some people say "the first year of marriage is the hardest", but it doesn't have to be! Marriage is an adjustment, but preparing for your marriage (not just the wedding) can help you start your life together on the right foot.
6 Questions to Talk About Before Getting Married

6 Questions to Talk About Before Getting Married

Some people say "the first year of marriage is the hardest", but it doesn't have to be! Marriage is an adjustment, but preparing for your marriage (not just the wedding) can help you start your life together on the right foot.

Education
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Marriage counseling has a stigma that it is only for couples on the brink of divorce. But what is the gain of waiting until your relationship is in crisis? Wouldn’t you rather be happy now?
Does Marriage Counseling Work?

Does Marriage Counseling Work?

Marriage counseling has a stigma that it is only for couples on the brink of divorce. But what is the gain of waiting until your relationship is in crisis? Wouldn’t you rather be happy now?

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Marriages are like gardens. The little things of daily tending or neglecting can create either robust, beautiful marriages or a barren wasteland overgrown with weeds.
What You Water Grows

What You Water Grows

Marriages are like gardens. The little things of daily tending or neglecting can create either robust, beautiful marriages or a barren wasteland overgrown with weeds.

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If you have been struggling with your marital relationship, or if you would like to improve the quality of your relationship, you are not alone. Here are 3 tips for building a better marriage starting today.
3 Tips for Building a Better Marriage

3 Tips for Building a Better Marriage

If you have been struggling with your marital relationship, or if you would like to improve the quality of your relationship, you are not alone. Here are 3 tips for building a better marriage starting today.

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Each person’s willingness to reveal their sexual likes and dislikes, can make a positive impact on how close and emotionally connected they feel to their partner. If one person feels comfortable to share with their partner that a particular sexual experie
Why Sharing Your Sexual Preferences May Improve Your Marriage

Why Sharing Your Sexual Preferences May Improve Your Marriage

Each person’s willingness to reveal their sexual likes and dislikes, can make a positive impact on how close and emotionally connected they feel to their partner. If one person feels comfortable to share with their partner that a particular sexual experie...

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Here are 7 at home date ideas to cure your boredom and strengthen your relationship.
7 At-Home Date Ideas for Couples

7 At-Home Date Ideas for Couples

Here are 7 at home date ideas to cure your boredom and strengthen your relationship.

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Sex
Many marriages see a decline in sexual passion and satisfaction over time. In other words, marriage is hard. Research findings are averages, though, which means that some marriages do not see a decline in sexual passion and satisfaction over time.
5 Ways to Keep Sex Alive in Marriage

5 Ways to Keep Sex Alive in Marriage

Many marriages see a decline in sexual passion and satisfaction over time. In other words, marriage is hard. Research findings are averages, though, which means that some marriages do not see a decline in sexual passion and satisfaction over time.

Communication
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No matter what you are going through right now, whether you are making adjustments to your wedding or shaken by current world events, here are three strategies that gave me, and can give you, the confidence to share your anxieties with your partner:
How to Tell Your Partner When You're Not OK

How to Tell Your Partner When You're Not OK

No matter what you are going through right now, whether you are making adjustments to your wedding or shaken by current world events, here are three strategies that gave me, and can give you, the confidence to share your anxieties with your partner:

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Here are 10 ways you can date your spouse without leaving the house and putting yourself and others at risk.
10 Ways to Date Your Spouse Without Leaving the House

10 Ways to Date Your Spouse Without Leaving the House

Here are 10 ways you can date your spouse without leaving the house and putting yourself and others at risk.

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Here is a list of 10 Fun and Romantic Valentine’s Date Night Ideas that don’t break the bank!
10 Affordable and Romantic Valentine’s Date Night Ideas

10 Affordable and Romantic Valentine’s Date Night Ideas

Here is a list of 10 Fun and Romantic Valentine’s Date Night Ideas that don’t break the bank!