Surprise! 2 Things Happy Relationships and Christmas Have in Common

shutterstock_237646648

If you had to pick two qualities that characterize the spirit of Christmas, you could hardly do better than kindness and generosity.It turns out that kindness and generosity are the two qualities that, more than any other, distinguish happy couples from the also-rans.   New research by the Gottman Relationship Institute says that happy couples exhibit significantly higher degrees of kindness and generosity than less happy couples.  Of course, you might be tempted to say "Well, that's o … [Read more...]

For Better or Worse: You’ll Be Surprised at These 4 Ways Marriage Changes You!

We all know that marriage changes us, but new research in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships looks at exactly how that process happens and the specific changes we can expect to see based on the way we respond to the ups and downs of married life.  According to the study, there are 4 ways couples change as a result of their marriage, two of which are positive and two are negative.Positive Marital ChangesSelf-Expansion:  Is the tendency to develop new, positive qualities (e. … [Read more...]

Healthy Marriage Habit #5: Caretaking in Conflict

divorceoption

Each day, in celebration of the release of my latest book, When Divorce Is Not An Option: How to Heal Your Marriage and Nurture Lasting Love, I’ll look at one of the 8 habits that separates “marriage masters” from “marriage disasters.”  Last week, I summarized all 8 habits and we’ve looked at the first four habits in greater detail already.   Today, I’ll describe the fifth habit, Caretaking in Conflict.  After a brief explanation, you’ll have a chance to take a quiz that can help you evaluate how … [Read more...]

Healthy Marriage Habit #3: Emotional Regulation

divorceoption

Each day, in celebration of the release of my latest book, When Divorce Is Not An Option: How to Heal Your Marriage and Nurture Lasting Love, I’ll look at one of the 8 habits that separates “marriage masters” from “marriage disasters.”  Last week, I summarized all 8 habits and we've looked at the first two habits in greater detail already.   Today, I’ll describe the third habit, Emotional Regulation.  After a brief explanation, you’ll have a chance to take a quiz that can help you evaluate how he … [Read more...]

Healthy Marriage Habit #2: Emotional Rapport & Benevolence. Take the Quiz!

divorceoption

Each day, in celebration of the release of my latest book, When Divorce Is Not An Option: How to Heal Your Marriage and Nurture Lasting Love, I’ll look at one of the 8 habits that separates “marriage masters” from “marriage disasters.”  Monday, I summarized all 8 habits and yesterday we looked at Rituals of Connection.  Today, I’ll describe the second habit, Cultivating Emotional Rapport & Benevolence.  After a brief explanation, you’ll have a chance to take a quiz that can help you evaluate … [Read more...]

Healthy Marriage Habit #1: Rituals of Connection. Take the Quiz!

divorceoption

Each day, in celebration of the release of my latest book, When Divorce Is Not An Option: How to Heal Your Marriage and Nurture Lasting Love, I'll look at one of the 8 habits that separates "marriage masters" from "marriage disasters."  Yesterday, I listed all 8 habits.  Today, I'll describe the first habit, Rituals of Connection.  After a brief explanation, you'll have a chance to take a quiz that can help you evaluate how healthy this habit is in your marriage.Healthy-Marriage Habit #1: Ri … [Read more...]

Is YOUR Spouse Holding You Back?

Image Shutterstock.  Used with permission.

As much as we might try to leave personal lives at home, the personality traits of a spouse have a way of following us into the workplace, exerting a powerful influence on promotions, salaries, job satisfaction and other measures of professional success, new research suggests.When it comes to pay raises, promotions and other measures of career success,  the husband or wife at home may be exerting a bigger influence on workplace performance than we think, suggests new research from Washington … [Read more...]

Believe It Or Not, Study Actually Says, “Happy Wife, Happy Life!”

shutterstock_217008835

Proverbs 18:22 says, "He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD."  A new study from Rutgers and the University of Michigan proves how true that is!When it comes to a happy marriage, a new Rutgers study finds that the more content the wife is with the long-term union, the happier the husband is with his life no matter how he feels about their nuptials."I think it comes down to the fact that when a wife is satisfied with the marriage she tends to do a lot more … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X