Why Couples Friendships Improve Your Relationship

Many couples enjoy spending time with other couples. In fact, for many, spending time with two or more couples tends to make up most of their social engagement, particularly men. Stereotypically, unmarried or single males might socialize a little more, but not by much.  Research shows that there are benefits for couples who socialize with Read More…

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Turning Towards, Not Away:  If You’re Not Doing This Then Your Relationship Could be in Trouble

So you’re engaged and set to be married in a year. Your aunt pulls you aside to say that she has the secret to a successful marriage. She goes on to say that the secret is even supported by scientific research. The question is, would you listen?   The Research It turns out your aunt Read More…

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Five Ways to Solve Sexual Desire Differences

Unless you are still in the honeymoon stage of a relationship where sexual desire is at its peak, you’ve probably experienced sexual desire differences with your partner. However, if you are no longer in the honeymoon phase, but have noticed either you or your partner is not interested in sex at times, this can signal Read More…

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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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