The Myth of the Honeymoon Phase

There is a common misperception that couples are happiest at the start of marriage, however, recent research challenges that assumption. An Australian study showed that newlywed couples scored lower on satisfaction surveys compared to all married couples, including couples married for over 40 years. Researching Happiness in Marriage Researcher Dr. Melissa Wineburg said that decreased Read More…

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5 Reasons Why Women Cheat

With the advancement of technology, the ability to have an emotional or romantic affair has become easier than ever. This is due, in part, to sites such as Ashley Madison or apps like Tinder. Both of which are setup to allow you easy and secret engagement in an illicit affair with very little effort. But Read More…

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The Other Kind of Trust Issue

The most common kind of trust issue I see in my practice doesn’t involve infidelity. While I do see many couples and individuals who are recovering from betrayal, the most common trust issue showing up in my practice involves the lack of faith partners have in one another. Unfortunately, it’s an all-too-common situation. Partners are Read More…

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5 Ways to Avoid the Pitfalls of Remarriage

Although about half of all marriages end in divorce, the challenges for second marriages are greater. According to the National Center For Family and Marriage at Bowling Green State University, research shows that 60% of second marriages end in divorce. The divorce rate for third marriages is even higher at 65%. So why does remarrying Read More…

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7 Ways to Rekindle the Passion in Your Relationship

Has your relationship hit a plateau or is it in need of a spark? It’s not uncommon for most of us in long-term relationships to feel uninspired or stuck in some form of a relationship rut. Too many people mistakenly conclude that we will always feel the magical passion that exists at the beginning of Read More…

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Do These 4 Things to Be Happier and Improve Your Relationship

Our understanding of emotions keeps growing thanks to scientific research. This includes the work of Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at U.C. Berkeley. He has investigated the topic of what makes us happy and also examined relationship satisfaction.  From this research, he developed some ideas we can all follow in order to increase our happiness Read More…

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Why These Two Personality Traits Help Create Long-Lasting Relationships

There are tons of blog posts and articles out there that claim to provide the magic formula for creating satisfying and long-lasting relationships. Some focus on keeping your passion alive or finding the secret to love. However, few of these claims are supported by scientific research.  One important exception is research conducted by John and Julie Read More…

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Why “Phubbing” is Hurting Relationships

It’s now 2017 and technology is everywhere. Forget “fast,” everything is about NOW in the instantaneous era of the digital age. With new technology and apps we have more ways to communicate and connect online. It’s a fascinating time, but there’s also a downside to technological advancement.  That’s because there are truly many ways that Read More…

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 7 Benefits to Premarital Counseling

It’s generally accepted that premarital education programs help clients learn skills that are beneficial and contribute to the overall health of relationships. There is also some research that suggests premarital counseling helps prevent divorce as well. Premarital counseling is frequently conducted through programs affiliated with a particular faith or religion. Often religious leaders will require Read More…

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How to Prevent Financial Disagreements from Destroying Your Relationship

Financial disagreements can not only be damaging financially, they often expose deeper relationship problems. When it comes to harmful relationship problems, conflict over finances is right at the top of the list. There is even some research showing that compared to all types of conflict, financial disagreements are the top predictor of divorce. However, by Read More…

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