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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Finding the Perfect Wedding Gown

Excerpted from Bridal Guide Magazine's How to Plan the Perfect Wedding Without Going Broke By Diane Forden When you get engaged and contemplate your wedding day, the phrase, "What will I wear?" takes on a whole new meaning. The wedding gown you select will be the most emotionally significant-and probably the most expensive-garment you will ever own. Though you want to surrender to the emotion, you should view the process with open eyes and make smart decisions, as you w

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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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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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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 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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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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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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