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Younger Wife - Key To A Happy Marriage

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to the experts from the Geneva School of Business, marring a younger woman who belongs to the same cultural background could increase a couple's chances for a long and happy marriage by a fifth. One couple that seems to serve as a model is the Queen of England and Duke of Edinburgh. At the age of 83 years, Queen Elisabeth is four years and 10 months younger than her husband prince Philip and they shar

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Young Couples Prefer Cohabitation to Marriage

By Margarita Nahapetyan It has been already known for some time that fewer and fewer individuals are willing to get married, and a new research just confirmed how much the marriage rate has dropped down in the last century. According to a new Family Profile from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) at Bowling Green University, the marriage rate in the United States is continuing its decades-long downward slide,

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You Need to Fix Yourself, Not Your Spouse

Excerpted from Emotional Infidelity: How to Affair-Proof Your Marriage and 10 Other Secrets to a Great Relationship By M. Gary Neuman Whenever I finish speaking to a group about marriage, a few people always say to me, "I wish my spouse could hear this. He/she is the one who really needs to hear it." These are the same people who constantly shake their heads while I'm speaking. They're thinking, "My spouse, my spouse, my spouse." Instead, they need to be thinking, "Gran

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Women Who Are Fed Up and the Men Who Love Them

Excerpted from It's (Mostly) His Fault: For Women Who Are Fed Up and the Men Who Love Them By Robert Alter, Ph.D I don't know what you're feeling now that you've read It's (Mostly) His Fault. You could be feeling angry at the book for pointing out the inadequacies of your husband and the unsatisfactoriness of your marriage; or you could be feeling confused as new ideas and old ideas about husbands and wives and marriages grate against each other in your mind; or you cou

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Winning the Marriage Game

Excerpted from Super Bowl Marriage: From Training Camp to the Championship Game By Terry Owens The winning team in football is the one that scores the most points in the game. How does a couple determine if they are on a winning marriage team? What standard can they point to and say, "We are winning the marriage game because ..."? How about simply staying married? With so many couples divorcing, shouldn't preserving the union count for something

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Will We Ever Get Over Your Affair?

Excerpted from Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage By John M. Gottman, Ph.D., Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D., Joan DeClaire Maybe it was good fortune that David wanted most in a wife. That's certainly what attracted him to Candace when they first met at a church youth group when they were both sixteen years old. "We were playing poker and Candace drew four aces and the joker," David recalls. "That really made an impression on me!"

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Why Young People Don't Rush To Marry? They Fear Divorce

By Margarita Nahapetyan U.S. demographers have finally found out what prevents many young couples in the United States to take the plunge and get married these days. The reason is simple- they fear divorce. With the share of married individuals at an all-time low in the USA, the new research by Cornell University and the University of Central Oklahoma scientists came to the conclusion that among cohabitating partners, nearly 70 per ce

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Why You Should Ask Questions Before You Get Married

Excerpted from Don't You Dare Get Married Until You Read This! The Book of Questions for Couple By Corey Donaldson To boast of knowing an individual, time must be spent together having fun, sharing intelligent conversation, meeting family and friends, participating in spiritual and emotional moments, surviving tough times, and asking the right questions. Often, asking the right questions is not recognized as a significant element in getting to know the person you are go

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Why You Need a Prenup

Excerpted from Prenups for Lovers: A Romantic Guide to Prenuptial Agreements By Arlene G. Dubin Statistics are scare in the prenup area. Anecdotal evidence suggests that 5 to 10 percent of couples and 20 percent of remarried couples now enter into prenups. By 2020, I predict that more than 50 percent of couples will be preceded down the aisle by prenups. Here are two dozen reasons why: 1. You're living in the real world. Since 1960, as a result

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Why Be a Couple and Free?

Excerpted from How to Be a Couple and Still Be Free By Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. Why did you pick up this book? Are you intrigued to think it is possible to be a couple and still be free? How can you be true to yourself and true to your partner at the same time? If you honor yourself, will your partner leave? Can you and your partner have a loving, committed relationship without compromising - without each of you giving up some of who you are and w

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Wedding Planning Using The Internet

Excerpted from Laptop Bride: Using The Internet To Plan Your Dream Wedding By Cathy Lynn Congratulations! He has asked and you said yes. The two of you have made one of the most important decisions of your life and the next step will be to plan your dream wedding. Planning your wedding will be filled with the most wonderful and stressful moments of your life. It will be time consuming, yet wonderful. It will be exciting at times and frustrating at other times. In the en

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Wedding - House of Worship or Not?

Excerpted from Wedding Vows: Beyond Love, Honor, and Cherish By Susan Lee Smith Another important consideration - one that will strongly influence your selection of a ceremony location, the vows you exchange, and many other elements of your ceremony - is whether or not you plan to have a religious ceremony. Religion is one of those topics that some people are uncomfortable discussing outside the context of their own spiritual (or nonspiritual) life. However, if you're p

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Walking Down the Aisle

Excerpted from I Do but I Don't: Walking Down the Aisle without Losing Your Mind By Kamy Wicoff WEDDINGS are, and always have been, the primary method of communication between a society and its individuals about what adult women and men are supposed to do and be. The first reason all brides are "like that," i.e., like hormonal twelve-year-olds? Being a bride is like being sent back to the seventh grade, and not just because you are supposed to keep a scrapbook and try o

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The Rules for Marriage

Excerpted from The Rules for Marriage: Time-tested Secrets for Making Your Marriage Work By Sherrie Schneider, Ellen Fein Rule #1: Continue to Be a Creature Unlike Any Other (a CUAO) When you were single, being a "creature unlike any other" was all about attitude-having the self-confidence to weather a bad date and holding on to the conviction that you would one day find the right man, the man who would love you for the unique person you are. We

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The Right Makeup For A Wedding Day

By Margarita Nahapetyan WeddingChannel.com's beauty expert and celebrity makeup artist, Eve Pearl provides all the brides-to-be with a few easy beauty tips that are based on the frequently asked questions about choosing the right makeup for the most important event in life - the wedding day. According to the expert, women want a flawless, the most natural look and are looking for trends that will enhance their inner beauty. In between

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The New Physics of Love: A Spiritual Approach to Relationships

Excerpted from Mindful Loving: 10 Practices for Creating Deeper Connections By Henry Grayson, Ph.D. The Illusions of Counterfeit "Love" Like the Golden Buddha, we are all made up of layers of clay. The body and the ego cover our loving core, and we are usually only given rare glimpses of the infinite potential inside of ourselves or others. Stuck in this limited perspective of the counterfeit self, we think that our clay ego body and its counter

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The Feelings of Love

Excerpted from The First Years of Forever By Ed Wheat, M.D. As newlyweds or an engaged couple, you undoubtedly qualify as experts on the feelings of love. Since few parents today are in the business of arranging marriages, most couples marry because the feelings of love draw them together in an almost irresistible fashion. You know for yourself the euphoric wonder of new loveā€”the magic, the mystery, the miraculous sense of well-being (often described as walking on air)

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The 7 Best Things Happy Couples Do

Excerpted from The 7 Best Things Happy Couples Do... plus one By John Friel, Ph.D., Linda Friel The Man, the Woman and the Sea In The Soul of Adulthood, we wrote of the simple, extraordinary magic that comes to couples from their unconscious minds when they are in tune with themselves and each other in this true story about a couple we know. This man and woman had been together for several years and were creating a deep and abiding love for one

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Strain In Marriage? Blame The Kids

By Margarita Nahapetyan There is now a scientific confirmation of what many married couples and parents have been aware of for years - having a child comes with a cost of a drastic strain in a relationship and a sudden drop in marital bliss. For 90 per cent of couples, marital satisfaction decreases within a year after the birth of the first child in the family, the experts found. However, they say that staying childless is by no mean

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Secrets Of A Happy Marriage

By Margarita Nahapetyan To maintain a happy marriage is far more complicated than most couples realize. Marital researchers have found that couples who help each other cope with stressful situations outside the marriage have much stronger, healthier and happier relationships than those who are unable to do that. A poll of 4,000 couples discovered that spending at least 22 periods of "quality time" together every month, such as going f

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Same-Sex Marriage in History

Excerpted from Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con By Andrew Sullivan Whatever effect these liturgical ceremonials were intended to achieve, it is clear that they used ecclesiastical formalities to make two men "brothers," and employed various rituals and symbolic claims to confirm this relationship within the confines of the church. All of Boswell's documents relate to practices rooted in the societies of Greece, the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean between the twelfth

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Retirement - Freedom, Choice, and New Opportunities

Excerpted from Retirement for Two By Maryanne Vandervelde, Ph.D. For many of us, this is the first and only time in our lives that we can make really significant choices. We may not have youth any longer, but we likely have gained some wisdom. If we want to, we can reinvent ourselves. We can live wherever we want. If we have enough money, we can work-or not. We can volunteer and give something back-or not. We can take classes and learn something new-or not. We can ski o

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Relationships: The Unilateral Decision-Maker

Excerpted from Wake Up or Break Up: 8 Crucial Steps to Strengthening Your Relationship By Leonard Felder, Ph.D. Now we come to a third tricky behavior that disrupts the balance of a relationship and creates substantial friction between partners. When you have to make a major decision about your career, vacation plans, weekend plans, or the purchase of a home, a car, or something less expensive for around the house-a sofa, lamp, barbecue grill, lawn ornament, video equip

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Relationships Made Easy: How to Solve Conflicts, Save Your Marriage

Excerpted from We Can Work It Out; How to Solve Conflicts, Save Your Marriage By C. Notarius, Howard Markman Do you remember when you were first getting to know your partner? Most of us have very fond memories of these times. Think about how the two of you met, out of all the people in the world. When was the first time you saw each other? The first time you spoke? What was the first "date" like? The first time you kissed? Made love? Even if thi

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Relationships - How We Connect Emotionally

Excerpted from The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships By John M. Gottman, Ph.D. When you turn toward a bid, it helps the bidder to feel good about himself or herself, and about the interaction you're having. Consequently the bidder welcomes more interaction, typically leading to more bids and more positive responses from both sides. I like to compare such exchanges to an improvised jazz due

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