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Marriage Requires Maintenance

Maintain your marriage and watch it thrive!

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Calling all happy couples!

Does it grate on you to hear all the negativity about the state of marriage? Too many people have some terrible ideas about marriage and the viability of relationships. I read such statements on the Internet daily. The worst one is:

Marriage is the leading cause of divorce. Read the rest of this entry »

Passionless marriage boost: appreciation starts the ball rolling

Your marriage has fallen into a predictable routine and you wonder where the love has gone. You may lament that your husband never brings you flowers anymore or that he doesn’t surprise you by taking you special places like he used to when you were first in love. Read the rest of this entry »

Bad Relationships Gone Good

I was divorced at age 27 from a good man. Would you be surprised that despite having completed a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, I knew next to nothing about creating a happy relationship for myself? That understanding came years later.

You may be in the same boat I was all those years ago. In your work you may be an effective Read the rest of this entry »

Instant Gratification

A few words about instant gratification and how holding this as an important value can harm your relationship.

Marriage Maintenance

My two cents on how marriage maintenance can help your marriage to thrive and expanding your relationship tool box.

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Even Relationship Coaches Get the Relationship Blues

What a difficult day. I’m leaning sideways, trying to regain my (emotional) equilibrium. I love the saying, “This too shall pass.” No matter how happy you may be, it changes. No matter how sad, you cannot stay there forever. Our emotional states change. If they did not, we wouldn’t be able to stand the intensity of whatever emotion is present at the moment. Read the rest of this entry »

Relationship Success Skills: Flexibility, Playfulness, and Commitment

Keeping your relationship healthy, happy, and successful takes work. Having said that, not all of the work is hard. Some of it can be quite enjoyable.  You need many skills to make your marriage successful.  Three of them are flexibility, playfulness, and commitment.

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Conflicts and Problem-Solving: Sometimes the Solution is the Problem

In relationship conflicts, the problem is not always the problem. Often the solution is the problem. When you try to solve a problem and the conflict remains, the way you went about solving it created another problem. When your solution and your spouse’s solution are in conflict, the problem persists.  When you both believe that your solution is the only correct one, the problem persists.

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