5 Secrets of Lifelong, Joyful Marriage–Revealed!

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My book, The Exceptional Seven Percent: Nine Secrets of the World's Happiest Couples looks at the habits uncommonly happy couples practice to keep their marriages going strong and growing stronger day by day.  In a new study, gerontologist, Karl Pillemer,  has taken a similar approach, asking long-time happily married couples what makes their relationships work well.  His research uncovered common advice for couples walking down the aisle or decades into marriage. To capture the voice of lived ex … [Read more...]

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Men & Porn: New Study Finds 4 Reason Porn isn’t “Normal” For Guys

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Pornography is a huge industry.  In fact, it is difficult to wrap one's head around how big a business pornography is.  According to the Science of Relationships Blog, pornography use generates 13 billion dollars a year, "which is more annual revenue than Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, eBay and Netflix produce combined."Although we do know that pornography has negative effects on people, little is known about the specific problems associated with the use of pornography.  A new st … [Read more...]

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Something Borrowed, Something BLUE. What’s Behind, “Sad Bride Syndrome”?

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Not all brides are blissful after the wedding day.  Recent reports indicate a startling rise in post-wedding depression among some brides.  Although the old rhyme says "something borrowed, something blue" it's hard to imagine that's what the verse is referencing. According to The Science of Relationship Blog  a new study suggests that are three factors that potentially set new brides up to be "blue brides." Difference 1: It’s all about me. Blue brides, compared to happy brides, were far more l … [Read more...]

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Escaping the Blame Game: 5 Steps to Reclaiming Your Power

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When things go wrong, we love having someone to blame.  It's a seductive game that makes us think that blaming others will give us control, but in reality, as long as we play the blame game--whether serving or being served--we have no power to change anything.  We may manage to convince ourselves that nothing is our fault, but it also means that we won't be able to do anything to respond to our problems because taking action would be akin to taking back the blame."Who?  Me?"Blame is an ea … [Read more...]

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Your Cheatin’ Heart: This Risk Factor Doubles Chance of Infidelity

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From The Science of Relationships In a recent study of about 300 college students, researchers wanted to find out if individuals are more or less likely to cheat as a function of whether their parents ever knocked boots with someone that wasn’t ‘mom’ or ‘dad’ (while married to mom or dad). Students were asked whether or not they had ever cheated on a romantic partner (30% said yes) as well as whether their mom or dad had ever cheated on their other parent (33% said yes, with dads slightly more l … [Read more...]

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More Sex Doesn’t Necessarily Increase Couple’s Happiness, New Study Finds

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Despite what many popular authors propose, a new study finds that more sex does not necessarily lead to greater relationship satisfaction. In fact, in the particular study, couples who had more sex at the researchers request experienced a slight decrease in both sexual and general relationship satisfaction.  In the words of the authors of the study..."The couples instructed to increase sexual frequency did have more sex. However, it did not lead to increased, but instead to a small decrease, … [Read more...]

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The Pope Said WHAT About Marriage?!? Here’s the Surprising Truth About the Catholic Vision of Love.

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On More2Life Radio, Lisa and I often remind our listeners that "God wants to change the world through your marriage!"  In fact, the other day on the blog, I did a post titled, "Want to bring the world to Christ?  Strengthen Your Marriage!"Yesterday, in his weekly Wednesday address, Pope Francis took up this very theme...Pope Francis also reflected on another characteristic of marriage: the choice to “marry in the Lord.” This decision, he said, carries with it a “missionary dimension,” thr … [Read more...]

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Want to Bring the World to Christ? Strengthen Your Marriage!

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People seem to think that working on their marriage is somehow self-serving or selfish. But the Theology of the Body reminds us that people aren't converted by words and concept and arguments. They are converted by an encounter with the love the comes from God's own heart--the free, total, faithful fruitful love Catholic couples are called to witness to in their dynamic, passionate, joyful, grace-filled marriage and family lives.  Couples don't have to be perfect, but if they are committed to … [Read more...]

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