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10 Ways Couples Can Put the THANKS Back in Thanksgiving

This November, one of the things I am most grateful for is the opportunity to visit with dear family members in (not-so) sunny Florida! While I am enjoying them, please enjoy this Thanksgiving encore! With Thanksgiving as its finale, November is a great month to focus on the many people and things there are to...

5 You May Not Have Thanked Your Spouse For

There are some things we just don’t think to thank our spouses for – but maybe we should. For instance, you know how in the movies people wake up morning-fresh with tousled hair? Well, in real life, it’s morning breath and bed-head. Yet our spouses love us through it and in spite of it. And...

Married With Gratitude – a 30-Day Challenge!

November is a great month to be intentional about expressing your appreciation for the dearest person in your life. We say ‘thank-you’ to our spouses throughout the year for specific actions and do little nice things on occasion “just because.” As we should! But how often in between those moments are we taking them for...

7 Common Mistakes Married Couples Make

Little changes can have big impact. Case in point: You write a lovely note to somebody you like and tell them how pretty they are. Except you accidentally leave out the ‘r’ in pretty. Such a little mistake. Such a big difference in how your letter is received! Here are some common mistakes that married...

How to Get Along With Your Spouse – 5 Simple Tips

Want to get along with your spouse better? Here are 5 simple tips that can help – from the divorce lawyer who doesn’t like divorce!     BONUS!  

Getting Reel About Marriage

Watch a movie, save a marriage? Maybe. According to the results of a recent study from the University of Rochester,  watching and discussing movies about relationships with your spouse is as effective in lowering divorce rates as more intensive marriage counseling programs. While the study was done with couples married 1-3 years – one of...

Marriage Chuckles

Happy marriages don’t just happen – it takes two spouses committed to honing those skills that enhance the relationship. Today’s Friday Five focuses on five such skills.                         Related:   Marriage:  5 To Make You Smile      5 Links to Laughter

Five More With Broken Pieces

The previous post addressed how although a marriage may be cracked or fragmented, it still has potential to evolve into sea glass. Weathered, polished pieces of glass that are used to create enduring beauty. Several friends and readers noted that same analogy applies in our other relationships: parents, siblings, friends – even with ourselves! Today’s...

Marriage - troubled waters
Marriage: Troubled Waters or Sea Glass?

Have you ever experienced troubled waters in your marriage? Periods of time when you felt it was broken? Or had events occur that caused so much damage it seemed like the marriage was beyond repair? If you have been married any length of time, odds are good you’ve experienced some hurts, challenges, or obstacles to...

10 Car Habits That Make Your Mate a Defensive Driver

In spite of being told over and over that we ‘shouldn’t sweat the small stuff,’ that’s exactly what what many of us do. And it’s those petty things that seem to cause the biggest rifts between spouses. Having previously discussed annoying bathroom habits that can drain a marriage and obnoxious kitchen habits that can bring...

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