The Two Shall Become One: Married People Become BIOLOGICALLY Similar, New Study Says.

In a study presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, University of Michigan researcher Shannon Mejia and her team looked at health indicators from 1,568 married couples across the United States. The couples were separated into two groups: those who had been married for about 20 years, and those who had been married for about 50 years. Overall, Mejia found that the couples had striking similarities in kidney function, total cholesterol, and grip strength.Mejia a … [Read more...]

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Relationship Problems? Be Careful Who You Talk To!

New research in the Journal of Personal and Social Relationship shows that talking to your best friend about your relationship problems may very well lead to even bigger relationship problems!  According to the authors of the study,There appears to be link between discussing problems with your partner and greater romantic love. This could mean that discussing problems strengthens feelings of love. Of course, it could also be that couples who are more in love are more likely to discuss p … [Read more...]

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More2Life Hack: 3 Tips for Staying Close Through Conflict

Today on More2Life radio, we looked at ways husbands and wives can grow closer not just in spite of conflict.  Here are three things happy couples know about managing conflict...gracefully. Avoid catastrophizing conflict--couples in happy marriages argue as often as couples in unhappy marriages.  The difference between happy and unhappy couples is not how often they argue, but how they manage their conflict.Keep Calm in Conflict--The most important thing in conflict is s … [Read more...]

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Imagining the Future Helps Couples Resolve Present Arguments More Easily

A new study published in the journal  Social Psychological and Personality Science found that thinking about the future helps couples focus on their feelings and reasoning strategies. “When romantic partners argue over things like finances, jealousy, or other interpersonal issues, they tend to employ their current feelings as fuel for a heated argument. By envisioning their relationship in the future, people can shift the focus away from their current feelings and mitigate conflicts,” said re … [Read more...]

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Just THINKING About Marriage Inspires More Responsibility in Young Adults

Sociologically, we know that marriage, itself, socializes people.  For instance, very few violent crimes are  committed by married men as opposed to single or cohabiting men.  It turns out, however, that new research shows that even the thought that "I want to be married in the next five years" inspires greater responsibility and maturing in young adults."This is a reminder that marriage still matters," said Claire Kamp Dush, co-author and professor of human sciences at Ohio State. "Just … [Read more...]

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What’s Up With All Those Catholic “Rules” About Marriage?

My latest for OSV Newsweekly...I recently received the following question about the Church’s requirements for weddings and marriages:“My girlfriend is a Protestant, and her mother recently asked her a question that I haven’t been able to find much information on. She asked, ‘Why can’t a Protestant and a Catholic have a Protestant marriage recognized by the Catholic Church?’ My understanding is with the proper dispensation, it is possible. I couldn’t really explain, though, why a dispe … [Read more...]

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Twice As Much Sex Makes Relationships About Half As Good.

Sorry, guys.CARNEGIE MELLON RESEARCHERS FIND MORE SEX DOESN'T LEAD TO INCREASED HAPPINESSBy Shilo ReaCountless research and self-help books claim that having more sex will lead to increased happiness, based on the common finding that those having more sex are also happier. However, there are many reasons why one might observe this positive relationship between sex and happiness. Being happy in the first place, for example, might lead someone to have more sex (what researchers call … [Read more...]

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Antidepressants for a Bad Marriage Yield Depressing Results.

New research shows that doctors regularly diagnose patients as "depressed" when they complain about marital and relationship problems.  The problem is, being sad about a bad marriage isn't depression, and anti-depressants can't treat marital woes.From PsychCentralNew research finds that psychiatrists nearly always respond with prescriptions for antidepressants when clients complain of bad marriages.The medical definition of depression does not support the assumption that people stru … [Read more...]

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