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Audit Marriage Behaviors to Weed Out the Unprofitable Ones

Excerpted from 5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage from Good to Great By Terri L. Orbuch, Ph.D. In the previous chapters, I have shared with you four simple steps you can use to take your marriage from good to really great. I know these strategies work because they are based on a winning combination of sound research, common sense, and experience. They also work because they approach the most basic aspects of your marriage in unexpected ways. It is the presence of thes

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Good Sleep Can Improve Marriage

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to the results of the two latest studies, being stably married may improve your sleep, and a good night's sleep may, in turn, improve your marriage. The research from an 8-year study found that women who are married or who have a good and stable relationship with their partner, appear to sleep better, compared to their counterparts who have never got married or broke up with a partner. The study also

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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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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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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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Feeling Dull And Bored Can Be Fatal For Marriage

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to the researchers from the Stony brook University, USA, problems do not hurt a marriage to that extent as do dullness and feeling bored, which can lead, in turn, to significantly less marital satisfaction, even seven years later. A new study's lead investigators, Irene Tsapelas and Arthur Aron, who carried out their research in collaboration with Terri Orbuch, an expert at University of Michigan, rec

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Childhood Photos Predict Happy Marriage Or A Divorce

By Margarita Nahapetyan Psychologists came up with a new evidence that a successful marriage or a divorce may depend on how much people smiled in old family photographs. Scientists at DePauw University in Indiana, USA, say that it is quite possible to predict whose marriage will succeed or fail, based entirely on childhood photos from as young as age 5. They found that individuals who smiled a lot as children, were more likely to be h

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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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Bad Marriage Affects Women More Than Men

By Margarita Nahapetyan Stressful marriage turns out to increase only women's risk of heart problems, a new study claims. According to experts it is women, and not men, that are the ones to suffer from increased levels of blood pressure, obesity and cholesterol, when a relationship gets strained. For a study, the researchers from the University of Utah, invited around 300 married couples with the ages between 40 and 70 years. The part

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Midlife Challenges and Relationships

Excerpted from The Marriage Benefit: The Surprising Rewards of Staying Together By Mark O'Connell, Ph.D. This is a book about marriage, but it's not the kind of "how to make your marriage better" book that we have come to expect. This is a book about how stretching the boundaries of what we imagine to be possible can turn our intimate relationships into remarkable opportunities for growth and change. This is a book about how our relationships can me us better. 

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Deciding On Marriage Counseling

By Margarita Nahapetyan Marriage counseling is becoming more and more popular these days. Many couples going through a tough time in their marriage automatically consider marriage therapy as a possible way to help the relationship survive. Institution of marriage is something special that has become a part of every society since the beginning of human race. Marriage is a social, spiritual, or legal union of two individuals who usually

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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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Marriage: The Revealing Question You Need to Answer

Excerpted from How We Love: A Revolutionary Approach to Deeper Connections in Marriage By Milan Yerkovich, Kay Yerkovich For years, Milan and I danced through marriage, each with two left feet, tripping each other and stepping on each other's toes. Little did we know we were each moving to songs we knew by heart-and the melodies didn't match. Had we known the significant impact one little question about our early lives would have on our marriage

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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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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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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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A Necessary Person - Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife

Excerpted from To Hell with All That; Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife By Caitlin Flanagan Crawford adored the royal family in the kind of near-hysterical way that senior-level servants often do. Their smallest tokens of affection and esteem meant everything to her, so the question of why she decided to betray them so spectacularly - her book is fawning, but it is also the first of the intimate exposes that have long since become the bane of the royal family - re

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Married Sex

Excerpted from Grown-Up Marriage: What We Know, Wish We Had Known and Still Need to Know About Being Married By Judith Viorst "Routine" is a word that is often heard when married-a-while wives and husbands discuss their sex lives, even when their sex lives are as enjoyable as hitting a good golf shot. "There is no way around routine sex," says thirty-something Betty Jane. "It's reliable but predictable and routine," says Kim, after fourteen years of marriage. And Albert

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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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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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Divorced Under Thirty

Excerpted from The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony By Pamela Paul Americans are afraid of divorce. We fear it because we've assigned a host of social ills to its fallout. We fear it because it runs against our deeply ingrained idealism. If marriage means everlasting love between two fabulous, accomplished individuals; a two-car, four-bedroom home; obedient children and happy, multigenerational family gatherings, then divorce means all that is lost forever.&

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Gay and Lesbian Wedding Planning

Excerpted from Gay and Lesbian Weddings; Planning the Perfect Same-Sex Ceremony By David Toussaint, Heather Leo None of you reading this book needs a lesson on bravery, but you will have to deal with the unknown. Emily Post doesn't give tips on gay receiving-line etiquette, and there are a lot of factors in your wedding that you can't simply ask your parents about. In the following chapters, we'll address many of those concerns. We'll inform you of traditional wedding c

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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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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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