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Marriage - Separate Your Who from Your Do

Excerpted from Help Me, I'm Married! By Joyce Meyer Besides this deep desire for peace, another major breakthrough for me was learning that I had a root of rejection which I share of in my book, The Root of Rejection. That problem kept me from communicating with Dave. I didn't know what in the world was wrong with me. We were okay as long as we both thought the same way about something, but if Dave had his own opinion on how something should be that was conflicting with

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Marriage as a Transformative Experience

Excerpted from The Good Marriage: How and Why Love Lasts By Judith S. Wallerstein, Sandra Blakeslee As I come to the end of writing this book, I think about my own marriage, as I have so often in the course of the study. I am aware of the physical changes of aging in my body: my right knee is getting stiff with arthritis, and I walk more slowly than before. When my husband and I walk together, as we do daily, I notice that he has slowed his pace because of my infirmity.

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People With Low Incomes Marry Less But Divorce More

By Margarita Nahapetyan Individuals with lower incomes and lower socioeconomic status value the institution of marriage just as much as their counterparts with higher incomes and have the same romantic standards for marriage. However, when compared to those with higher socioeconomic status, low-income populations in the United States have lower marriage rates and higher divorce rates, a new study has revealed. According to the researc

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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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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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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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Is Cohabitation Better Than Marriage?

By Margarita Nahapetyan When it comes to comparing the overall well being of married couples versus cohabiting Valentines, those who are married have just few advantages in psychological well being, health and social ties, according to a study, titled "Re-examining the Case for Marriage: Union Formation and Changes in Well-being." The Cornell University researchers, led by Kelly Musick, associate professor of policy analysis and manag

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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 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 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: 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 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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Buying the Ring - Getting Engaged and Married

Excerpted from Life Sentence : The Guy's Survival Guide to Getting Engaged and Married By J. D. Smith Buying an engagement ring is, for most men, a terrifying experience. As well It should be. You've probably bought some jewelry for women in the past, specifically avoiding rings of any size or shape. One friend bought his girlfriend every piece of jewelry imaginable, beginning with a pair of earrings, followed by a bracelet and so on, until he'd seemingly exhausted all

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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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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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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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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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Marriage Boosts Women's Mental and Men's Physical Health

By Margarita Nahapetyan Both men and women can benefit from marriage, claim British experts, suggesting that stable, long-term committed relationships boost women's mental health and men's physical health. David and John Gallacher from the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, Wales, analyzed nearly 150 published studies into the benefits of marriage, and came to the conclusion that the reason men benefit physically when married is

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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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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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Divorce Could Be Predicted By The Way Married Couples Fight

By Margarita Nahapetyan Disagreements and arguments are quite common among married couples, even among those who are very happy in their relationships. However, conflicts can be approached in different ways, and the style the couples use when they fight may have an impact on their happiness in the long run. In other words, conflict patterns can predict divorce, a University of Michigan study has found. Commenting on the new findings,

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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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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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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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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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