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Caring for our Couple Relationship By Working Through Conflicts

by Carl and Nancy Terry Conflict in a close intimate relationship is inevitable. This statement is probably even more true today when we are dealing with COVID 19, and racial and social justice issues.  We are living in a difficult time of stress and change; we do not know what the future will bring.  One […]

I’m Thankful. . .

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Gratitude can play a crucial role in managing our mental health and strengthening our relationships. Don’t let stress and anxiety steal the […]

Caring for our Couple Relationship: Handling Stress

by Carl and Nancy Terry certified Better Marriages Leader Couple   Stress is always present.  But more so now with the COVID-19 virus and less opportunity to socialize and be with family and friends.  There is also more awareness of racial and social injustice and how that has impacted our lives in the past and […]

3 Ways your Childhood Impacts your Relationship

prepare-enrich Let’s go back in time. Think about when you were a kid. Are there things your family did that you were later surprised to learn was not how everyone else did it? Did you keep butter in the fridge or on the table? Were birthdays a week-long celebration or not that big of a […]

6 Tips for Having a Productive Couple Conversation

Agree on a time and place for your conversation. Choose a time when you are not in a hurry and won’t be interrupted. Choose a place where you can have some privacy. Eliminate distractions. Turn off the television, set aside your smart phone, etc. Make eye contact. Connect physically by turning toward each other, holding […]

Supporting your Partner During Stressful Times

Instructions Reflect on questions 1-3 and jot down words and phrases that come to mind in response. Refer to Instructions for Your Couple Conversation, then share your responses with your partner. Respond to question 4 following your couple conversation and discuss with your partner. Refer to 6 Tips for Having a Productive Couple Conversation Consider […]

Tips for Quarantining Together: Claim your Space

Stay-at-home orders have led to a whole lot of togetherness, for better and for worse. Shared space can begin to feel like a prison if you don’t take proactive steps to carve out a space for yourself. You used to have time to “decompress” in the car commuting to and from work. You used to […]

Top 20 Stay-At-Home Date Night Ideas

by Fawn Weaver happywivesclub We all know how important frequent date nights are for keeping the fire burning with our spouse. But when money is tight, or a babysitter is nowhere to be found, keeping a regular date night can be a challenge.  We’re here to help! We’ve scoured the web, looking for the best, […]

Tips for Quarantining Together: Cut Each other Some Slack

These are highly stressful, unsettling, anxiety-producing times. Under these conditions, it can be more difficult to present the best versions of ourselves. So help each other through it by cutting each other some slack – even more than usual. Tension and conflict are normal reactions to this abnormal situation. It’s important that we muster a […]

Tips for Quarantining Together: Date Night

We know that date night is important. An hour a week together – just the two of us – can keep us connected, get us out of a rut, and continue to spark the romantic flame. But what happens when we’re quarantined together? Must we give up date night? Movie theaters and restaurants are closed. […]