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Emeritus Zoom Conversation 4-1-21

Emeritus Members have contributed to the ongoing work of ACME/Better Marriages for years, first as couples and now as individuals. This group of energized, inspirational folks gathers regularly on Zoom to discuss ways they can continue to contribute to the ongoing work of couples building better marriages. They have some exciting projects in the works! […]

Its Almost Valentine’s Day—Have a Love Conversation

by Dr. Jackie Black Faculty member, Online Relationship Academy Is this a day you are looking forward to? Or dreading? In my experience, women are more triggered by Valentine’s Day forgetfulness or inattention than men. So, in the spirit of averting a Valentine’s Day disaster in your relationship, this advice is for the ladies! Are […]

I’m Thankful. . .

by Priscilla Hunt Priscilla is a Faculty Member of the Online Relationship Academy 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 […]

Deep Breathing to Relieve Stress

Deep breathing is step 1 in managing our stress. Take five or ten minutes once or twice a day to practice the abdominal breathing method below until becomes habitual. Once this breathing becomes routine, it can be used to reverse the stress response whenever it is triggered. Abdominal Breathing Method Sit upright in a comfortable […]

Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale

Based on research by psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe in 1967, this index scale examines the link between stress and illness. The body is a finely tuned instrument that does not like surprises. Any sudden change in stimuli which affects the body, or the reordering of important routines that the body becomes used to, […]

I Understand Everything

Leo Tolstoy said “All, everything I understand, I understand only because of love.” The goal of listening is to understand what the other person is expressing. Seems like a simple goal, but why is it so difficult? If we listen with love, truly opening ourselves to the message our partner wants us to understand, both […]

What Makes a Great Wedding Video?

By Viddedit.com Everyone wants to cover a wedding video but most of us end up failing miserably. On a wedding, you have only one chance to take the perfect shot. There are no retakes like in the other kind of shootings. Thus you have a noble duty. You have to make sure that you just […]

I Won’t Give Up

Lyrics by Jason Mraz “I Won’t Give Up” When I look into your eyes It’s like watching the night sky Or a beautiful sunrise Well, there’s so much they hold And just like them old stars I see that you’ve come so far To be right where you are How old is your soul?Well, I […]

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 […]

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 […]