More2Life Hacks—Bouncing Back from Tough Times in Marriage

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the various problems we all experience in marriage Sometimes, we can get so focused on the problems that we think things will never be different.   Here are three More2Life Hacks that will help you bounce back from tough times in your marriage and re-experience the love and joy you crave!1. Check your Commitment--Happy couples know that recovering from marital struggles starts with being even more committed to their vows than they are to each other.  Wha … [Read more...]

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Unhappy Marriage? New Study Reveals 1 Simple Trick Can Turn Things Around.

According to a new study by the UK's Marriage Foundation, 70% of couples who said they were in unhappy marriages reported being happy 10 years later.  Of those, 30% of the formerly unhappy couples were "extremely happy."  This was especially true for couples who were feeling the strain a growing family can put on the marital relationship.  If you're unhappy in your marriage today, it turns out that the one thing that is almost guaranteed to turn it around is to just stay put!Of course the EVE … [Read more...]

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Making MARRIAGE Great Again: 3 Ways to Supercharge Your Relationship

Working on your marriage isn’t some selfish enterprise that just benefits you and your spouse.  In his Theology of the Body, Pope St. John Paul the Great reminds us that marriage plays a critical role in God's plan for saving the world and that creating a beautiful marriage is the primary way that married people can bring people to Christ!  By putting energy into making our marriages strong, loving, understanding, and holy, we not only satisfy the deepest longings of our heart to feel truly lov … [Read more...]

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3 Ways To Unleash the Spiritual Power of Your Marriage

 What’s the point of marriage?  Do we even need it anymore?  If so, what for?If you ask a dozen people these questions, you may get a dozen answers, but the Catholic answers to these questions reveals a depth and spiritual power to marriage that many people don’t fully appreciate.  Simply put, Catholics believe that when a Christian couple gets married they are promising to be each other’s best hope for becoming everything God created them to be in this life and getting each othe … [Read more...]

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Alternative Facts? 3 Ways to Solve Conflict When You Can’t Even Agree on What Happened

This past weekend saw  a lot of discussion about "alternative facts." Whatever you think of the crowd-size kerfuffle between the Trump Admin and the press, the phrase, "alternative facts" points to a problem I often encounter in counseling; namely, how can you help two people solve a problem when they can't even agree on what really happened?  Is the other person lying?  Are they stupid?  Exactly what is wrong with them anyway that they see things in such a radically different way than you do? … [Read more...]

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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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