Couples Who Have Great Sex Do These 13 Things

What’s the old joke about how marriage can get in the way of a great sex life? While it’s not quite that straightforward, there is more truth to this statement than you may realize. Recent research published in BMJ Open looked at a 2-year period of people’s sex lives, and the results were very relevant Read More…

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When You Skimp on Sleep you’re Likely Harming Your Relationship

Most of us have had the experience of being irritable or cranky after a poor night’s sleep.  Research shows that poor sleep can lead to chronic health problems. It should come as no surprise then that sleep quality can affect relationships too. Researchers were interested in how poor sleep can lead to increased inflammation and Read More…

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5 Reasons why Simply Learning Communication Skills Won’t Help

When couples want to set up an appointment for relationship counseling, communication struggles are almost always included as one of their (sometimes numerous) problems. They typically point to an area of conflict around finances, parenting, or sex life. But they inevitably share how their communication needs dramatic improvement. They also often mention the need to Read More…

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Why Moving In with Your Partner Sometimes Leads to a Less than Satisfying Marriage

Cohabitating, or living with your partner before marriage, is sometimes regarded as a bad idea. There is even research that shows couples who live together and then marry actually have higher rates of divorce. However, how people decide to move in together can make a huge difference in the success or failure of their future Read More…

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9 Critical Conversations to Ensure a Happy Marriage

It’s well established now how frequently couples get divorced. Although many couples in the glow of their honeymoon phase think everything will be perfect, it often winds up not being the case. Here are nine critical premarital conversations to have before making this important step in life in order to ensure a happy marriage. Critical Read More…

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The Risk of Going to Bed Before Resolving Your Argument

The old adage, “never go to bed angry,” may have more meaning than originally thought.  Recent research from Ohio University examined couples mood, sleep, and overall health.   They discovered that those who went to bed angry had a higher chance of developing problems such as heart disease and even Alzheimer’s. How Does This Happen? Read More…

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Trying to Rediscover that Spark? How Puppies can Save Your Relationship

Couples face many hurdles and challenges, especially early on in their relationship. After marriage, trying to juggle jobs, kids, and financial stress can cause couples to lose their spark and personal connection to one another. Instead of falling out of “love” they often fall out of “liking” one another. Researchers from Florida State University wanted Read More…

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Insecurities can Damage Your Relationship

Having periodic doubts about your partner isn’t unusual, especially after a major argument has occurred. After these times, we do tend to question our relationships. However, new research shows that when concerns or doubts about our relationships exist – especially if we can’t count on our partner – it can lead to instability in the Read More…

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How Our Polarizing President is Causing Many Relationships to Break-Up

Typically, political differences in relationships haven’t had a negative effect on those in relationships. That’s mainly because most couples have learned how to compartmentalize their political views in their relationship. However, our current political climate is an entirely different animal. In a recent survey, researchers from Wakefield Research wanted to take a look at the Read More…

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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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