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Financial Infidelity: 4 Steps for Healing Marriages Torn by Finances

by  Brian Robson The Simple Dollar “…for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer…” Millions of Americans make those vows each year, but an alarming number of marriages end in divorce. In fact, it’s been estimated that the percentage of marriages ending in divorce could be as high as 40-50%. Of those unfortunate outcomes, a […]

8 [Financial] Things to Think About Before You Get Married

www.thesimpledollar.com One of the most upsetting and painful arguments that my wife and I ever had came a few months before we got married. We had been dating for six years at that point and had been planning our marriage for more than a year. I was fairly apprehensive about getting married. I had been […]

Bits of Advice from Happy Couples – 10,000 Ways to Say I Love You

By: Gregory J.P. Godek Do silly stuff like going trick-or-treating together on Halloween. Celebrate every single day. Quit being so damn selfish! Sometimes a simple hug says more than words possibly can. Count to 10 before expressing anger. Don’t believe the cynics: You can keep love alive for a lifetime. Be the most romantic couple […]

10 Tips for Managing Stress

Want to learn how to manage stress together 24/7? Try this self-paced, on-demand, online course – https://courses.closecompanions.org/p/managing-stress-together-online-course Develop self-awareness and learn to effectively identify your stress. If you’re flying through life, barely stopping to breathe, you might not even be aware of the stress you’re experiencing. If you’re unaware of it, you’ll be unable to […]

5 Retirement Questions Every Couple Should Ask – and Answer

By: Merrill-Lynch/Bank of America Even newlyweds can benefit from having this conversation. The sooner you come to agreement, the easier it will be for you to put a plan in place to pursue your goals. PLENTY OF DIFFICULT FINANCIAL DECISIONS will come your way as you approach retirement, including questions about Social Security and Medicare, […]

Is Negativity Hurting Your Relationship? Ways to Be More Positive

by Sheri Stritof (adapted) Negativity can come in the form of cynicism, criticism, whining, attacking, pessimism, discontent, perfectionism, and hyperintensity. All of these behaviors can push people away, including your partner. “Research indicates you can get mad as hell or avoid conflict altogether. But the positivity must outweigh the negativity by five to one.” Source: John […]

Millennial Mind: Marriage Affected by Mindset

by Dr. Mike Ronsisvalle, for Florida Today   Let’s take a little marriage quiz to get a quick check on the status of your relationship. Think back to the early days of dating and consider what it was like to date, fall in love, get married and live as newlyweds. Did you guys have fun […]

Can Simply Being Positive Improve Your Relationship?

from National Healthy Marriage Resource Center The impact of positive thinking has been touted by generations of business leaders, athletes, psychologists, and self-help gurus. One would think with all the emphasis on positive thinking, we would be flooded with positive thoughts. Unfortunately for most people, that’s simply not the case. How can we learn to […]

Is Your Smartphone Coming Between You and Your Spouse?

By Greg Smalley How much do you love your smartphone? Probably not as much as the California man who married his phone in a Las Vegas wedding chapel during the summer of 2016! OK, so the ceremony in Vegas may have been ridiculous, but this man made his point about how connected people are to […]

Seven-year Itch? Boredom Can Hurt A Marriage

Science Daily 2009 Boredom, not only conflicts, causes couples to lose interest in their marriage, new findings indicate. Researchers at the University of Michigan and Stony Brook University interviewed 123 couples in their seventh year of marriage and again nine years later. “These findings show directly, for the first time, that not only conflicts but […]