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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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mid married years
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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couple finance
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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...

conflict management
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Communication
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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early married years
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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remarriage
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.

Communication
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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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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.

Education
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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...

Communication
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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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engaged
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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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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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.

Communication
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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.

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Sex
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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Communication
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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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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.

remarriage
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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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later
conflict management
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.

Education
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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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Communication
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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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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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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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Sex
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.

Sex
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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!