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Can this marriage be saved?

By Anna Miller for American Psychological Association With up to 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce, new research by psychologists is delineating the factors that make love last. Ask any young couple how long their marriage will last, and chances are, they’ll say forever, says Clark University psychologist Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, PhD, an expert […]

5 Steps to Beat Boredom in Your Relationship

Psychology Today By: Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D. It’s common for couples to feel bored at some point. Here’s what to do about it. Over time, couples inevitably find that they slip from out-and-out lust into a more comfortable steady state in which their friendship matters as much, if not more, than their sexual passion. In […]

Are You Feeling Distant from Your Partner? Four Ways to Rekindle Your Love

By: Kim Von Berg  www.thrivinglovingrelationships.com Can you relate to this scenario in any way?  Your alarm goes off – and you glance over to see your spouse lying next to you – and the first thought you think is, “Who the heck is that?!” But then, your memories come flooding back & you remind yourself […]

25 Tips for Keeping it Fun

by Greg and Priscilla Hunt, Certified Specialists in Marriage Enrichment When you and your partner re-unite after a day apart, greet each other with a lingering kiss (count to 10 slowly). This not-necessarily-sexual touch will get you on the same page more quickly than a one-second peck. When dining alone or with friends, play footsy […]

Developing Intimacy

Respond to the following questions individually and then share your responses with your partner. 1. What things am I aware of that make me feel close and intimate with my partner? 2. What things am I aware of that hinder our intimacy? 3. What things am I aware of that are definite barriers to our […]

Intimacy: Shared Privacy

One simple and useful definition of intimacy is “shared privacy”. David Olson, co-founder of Prepare-Enrich, family specialist and member of Better Marriages Advisory Board, has identified seven aspects of marital intimacy. Consider your own relationship and score each area from 1-5, (5 being the highest) representing where you think you are right now in each […]

Intimacy: Where Are We?

These questions will explore the degree of intimacy you experience in your relationship and identify where you would like to grow. Read the statements individually and then share your responses with your partner and discuss together. Elaborate on each of these ten affirmations giving examples of when you experienced these feelings or what behaviors by […]

3 Quick Tips to Handle Holiday Conflict

www.prepare-enrich.com   Imagine you are sitting at the outrageously decorated holiday table that your sister spent all morning setting.   Your most loved relatives are sitting around you, chatting, laughing, and grazing.  Your uncle starts up a conversation with your husband about politics from across the table.  He makes a comment about an immigration policy and […]

Unplug!

by Corey Allen www.simplemarriage.net   If you are like me, you spent a good deal of your day with your computer on, Gmail (or whatever email service you use) running in the background, several browser screens going throughout the day, as well as a few other programs thrown in for good measure. To top it off your phone […]

Holidaze Eminent

by Eddie and Sylvia Robertson adapted from Wonderful Wednesdays We are experiencing the most holiday packed time of year. It is a time filled with activities and emotions. We each have expectations, and others have expectations of us. There is a whirlwind of activities from Thanksgiving travel to Christmas parties for every group where we […]