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Material Wealth Increases Marriage Odds

By Margarita Nahapetyan Individuals who have no personal wealth such as financial assets or a vehicle are significantly less likely to get married, researchers from the United States reported this week. Statistics have demonstrated that for the past few decades, most people in America have been starting a family later in life and that they are becoming more likely to give up the idea of getting married altogether. Between 1970 and 200

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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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Marriage from the Heart - Listening to the Still Voice

Excerpted from Marriage from the Heart; Eight Commitments of a Spiritually Fulfilling Life Together By Lois Kellerman, Nelly Bly The most creative levels of communication are achieved by drawing an ever-widening circle of receptivity to new ideas and new sources of insight. Listening involves not just hearing the telephone ring or even just having a good conversation. It's also using our mind and senses to attend to messages from deep within. Unexpected sources of under

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Financial Infidelity Increases During Recession

By Margarita Nahapetyan One in every four married people in the United States would not tell their spouse if they were having financial problems, found a poll conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). The survey's goal was to give an idea of how married couples deal with financial difficulties in a period of bad economy and recession. According to study respondents, the reason for some of them to keep a secret

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Materialistic Couples Less Happy In Marriage

By Margarita Nahapetyan Married couples who dwell too much on money and possessions could harm their marriage, says a new study suggesting that people who prioritize money are less likely to be satisfied in their matrimonial units. In a research conducted by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, scientists found that materialism in a person was linked to lower levels of responsiveness to the spouse, as well as less emotional maturi

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Preoccupation with Money

Excerpted from Love is No Guarantee: What you Need to Know before You fall in Love By Peter Hector One of the major causes of unhappiness in people's lives is money. "Money can't buy happiness." "Money can't buy love." "Money is not everything." Everyday, people are in a mad scramble to earn more money. Yes, we need to earn money to provide for our survival, but for most people, the more they have, the more they need. Many people across North America spend at least 40 hours a week at jo

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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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Marital Satisfaction Depends On Perception

By Margarita Nahapetyan A new Northwestern University study suggests that dating couples who include marriage in their future plans will experience higher relationship satisfaction if they believe that a partner will always be there to support them after they tie the knot. For many years researchers have been wondering what makes a marriage work in long-term, taking into consideration the fact that, just in the United States alone, th

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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 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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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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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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Living Married

Excerpted from The Thoroughly Modern Married Girl: Staying Sensational After Saying I Do By Sara Bliss Part of leaving your single days behind means adjusting to the fact that you now share a space, perhaps a very small space, with the love of your life. After you move in with Your Guy, you will need to make a few changes to your daily routine. While certain habits may have been perfectly acceptable when you lived on your own. they might be horrifying to your live-in lo

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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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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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Obese Men Have Less Chance To Get Married

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to the new report that was presented this week at an international conference on obesity in Amsterdam, men who were extremely overweight at the age of 18 years, were 50 per cent less likely to get married by reaching their 30s and 40s. The findings, which held true even when other factors such as socio-economic status or intellectual abilities of men, were taken into account. This could only suggest t

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Cohabitation Before Marriage Not Linked To Divorce

By Margarita Nahapetyan The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a marriage survey and found that living together before getting married is not necessarily a factor of poor chances for a successful and happy matrimonial unit later. There used to be a common belief that cohabitation before tying the knot is associated with extra risk of divorce, but now the government experts say that this is not a case anymore. Accord

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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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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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Modern Brides Don't Care About Husband's Money

By Margarita Nahapetyan Many women these days are "marrying down" rather than "marrying up" or, in other words, they opt for husbands from their own social class or lower, a new British study of marriages by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has found. The research, which had been carried out for the last 40 years and analyzed how women's aspirations have been changing throughout decades, came to the conclusion that men

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Education Can Boost Women's Chances of Getting Married

By Margarita Nahapetyan NYU Sociologists Paula England and Jonathan Bearak claim that college-educated ladies these days are as likely to get married as their less educated counterparts, even if the nuptials happen at an older age. A new report, which has been prepared for the Council on Contemporary families and is based on a national sample of people who were born between 1958 and 1965, contradicts previously dominating idea that w

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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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Marriage Positively Affects Men's Behavior

By Margarita Nahapetyan It has been known for a long time that married men, when compared to single ones, are more responsible, work more, make more money, are less aggressive and are less likely to get involved in something illegal. However, it remained unclear whether it is the marriage itself that is responsible for turning antisocial men into well-behaved husbands, or whether fewer antisocial men get married. The answer, according to a Michigan State Univ

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Happiness In Marriage Linked to Balance and Stability In Life

By Margarita Nahapetyan Married people are more likely to be happier in the long run when compared to their single counterparts, according to U.S. scientists from Michigan State University. The new findings, published online in the Journal of Research in Personality, suggest that although matrimony is not a guarantee for a blissful life and does not make people happier than they used to be when they were single, it may provide a prote

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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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