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Share Fondness and Admiration

Zach Brittle, LMHC reprinted with permission Gottman Institute The early stages of a romantic relationship is called limerence. Limerence is the easy, involuntary part of being in love with another person. It’s commonly associated with “having a crush” or “puppy love” or the “honeymoon phase.” The limerence phase is usually marked by a near-obsessive infatuation, […]

Keeping the Passion Alive when Children Arrive

reprinted by permission Gottman Institute Physical intimacy is an essential part of any couple’s relationship. But it takes work to maintain a satisfying sex life, especially after having children. This pandemic has made it even harder for new parents. You’re cut off from your village and limited where you can go to get away. Parents […]

Commitment in Our Relationship

What does it mean to be committed to your partner and to your relationship? We might have said the words “for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health”. . . but what do those words really mean? And how do they translate into our day-to-day relationship? This exercise below should […]

10 Science-Backed Tips For A Better Sex Life (That Don’t Include The Bedroom)

By Natalie Goldberg The concept of a “good” sex life is completely subjective. Sexual satisfaction looks different for every couple, so there isn’t one right answer—it’s important to discover what you personally need to be sexually fulfilled. However, researchers have identified some common patterns between couples who self-report great sex lives. That research shows that […]

The Truth: It Only Takes One And, You are The One

 by Joanna Shakti EcstaticIntimacy.com   You cannot wait for your partner to change.  It will never happen.  You cannot think, WE need to fix this.  That won’t likely happen either.  The more that you demand, expect, need your partner to change – even if you fear your relationship might be ending – the more they […]

3 Common and Avoidable Mistakes Couples Make

by Joanna Shakti ecstaticintimacy.com The things most couples think will keep them together are the very things that sabotage relationships. Too often, in your attempts to be a good partner, you’re actually the opposite. What you think is love is not love, it’s attachment, it’s expectation, and even demand. The strongest marriages form when two […]

What is True Intimacy?

by Greg and Priscilla Hunt Faculty Members, Online Relationship Academy   It’s never too early – or late – to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Here’s an idea – celebrate Valentine’s Day every day. We’re not just talking about the stars-in-your-eyes romance that the media promotes. That’s important in even the longest of marriages, but there’s more. […]

What Matters Most

by Dr. Linda Miles Faculty member, Online Relationship Academy What do you think matters most at the end of life? Decades ago, part of my work entailed performing psychological evaluations on people who had been handicapped by work accidents. Understandably, most of the people in this rehabilitation program wrestled with anxiety and depression. One test, […]

One Shot at Love

by Dr. Jackie Black Faculty member, Online Relationship Academy   What if you have one shot at creating the best relationship ever… The fact of the matter is that everyone would be much better off if we actually believed that we only had one shot to build the relationship of our dreams. Too many smart, […]

Rekindle your Relationship with Mindfulness

by Dr. Linda Miles Faculty member, Online Relationship Academy Do you recall the beginning of your relationship, when you first fell in love? What is it that made those butterflies in your stomach fade away? What happened along the way that made you lose those moments of staring into each other’s eyes and not getting […]