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Want to Stay Happily Married? Negotiate!

Marcia Naomi Berger | Posted 11.25.2015 | Weddings
Marcia Naomi Berger

Negotiation in a healthy relationship involves two people who relate as equals. Here are a few example of topics to discuss proactively, before they might become a source of conflict.

5 Ways Couples Can Face the Holidays Together

Ashleigh Slater | Posted 11.23.2015 | Weddings
Ashleigh Slater

When it comes to the joy and the stress of the holidays, how do you and your spouse approach it? As a united team? Or do tinsel, gift giving, and extended family get-togethers turn you against each other?

Do You Know the Six People in Your Marriage?

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Have you ever noticed that you and your partner keep having essentially the same fight over and over again? No matter what the topic, whenever you get into an argument, does it always seems to follow the same trajectory and turn out the same way? That's usually because you are shadowboxing with the wrong person.

How to Heat Up a Lukewarm Relationship

Amy Begel | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Begel

This snapshot of a therapy draws the curtain back on a dance that I see often in my office. Two caring people, inhabiting an unsatisfying relationship, and not sure how they got there. Discovering these tensions and bringing them into the open often helps break through the lukewarm temperature in these relationships.

3 Things To Consider When Divvying Up The Holidays As Newlyweds

Kristen Rocco | Posted 11.20.2015 | Weddings
Kristen Rocco

On Christmas Day last year, I boarded a plane along with my husband. Not to either one of our family's locations. We had decided to take a trip of a lifetime instead. Destination: Zurich, Switzerland.

Thanksgiving Satisfies Hunger to Be Appreciated

Marcia Naomi Berger | Posted 11.18.2015 | Women
Marcia Naomi Berger

Relationships thrive when compliments flow. So why not extend the concept of Thanksgiving beyond when we've eaten our fill and cleared the plates? How about giving thanks to your partner, saying specifically what you appreciate about him or her--every single day?

10 Tips For Surviving Thanksgiving With Your In-Laws

Sean Grover | Posted 11.10.2015 | Weddings
Sean Grover

If you adore your in-laws and delight in their company, consider yourself one of the lucky ones and read no further. But if the thought of spending time with your partner's family has you activating your body armor and bracing for impact -- then this one's for you.

Has the RelationSHIP Sailed?

Marika Lindström | Posted 11.04.2015 | Women
Marika Lindström

No one else can answer these questions for me. I know that. But if you have similar experiences I would be happy to hear how you've managed to continue or have you left the sinking relationSHIP. I feel like there's still a chance if we light up our fire and manage to really commit and trust each other.

A Couple's Repair Playbook

Thea and Duane Harvey | Posted 11.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Thea and Duane Harvey

What distinguishes successful couples is the ability to repair. How we handle the breakdown makes all the difference in the world. Don't be discouraged by conflict. Whether disconnections are frequent or few and far between, they can deepen trust if you step into the repair mode promptly.

The No. 1 Most Important Relationship Skill -- And How to Learn It

Nancy Colier | Posted 10.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Nancy Colier

I received an outpouring of feedback on my recent blog, "What We Really Want and Almost Never Get," about the profound importance of listening in rela...

Should Couples Embrace Conflict?

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC | Posted 10.22.2015 | Divorce
Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC

Learning to accept each other's differences, and strong convictions, can be a powerful tool that brings you closer together as a couple.

How to Start Feeling Sexy, Right Now

Marisa Leigh | Posted 10.14.2015 | Women
Marisa Leigh

We look in the mirror and wonder when that began to droop or think maybe we should have done crunches instead of eating that éclair. But all of this analyzing and self-criticism does nothing for us, except to make us want to put on a larger sweater and avoid contact with the opposite sex.

Keeping It Sexy: Your Personality Is the Best Accessory

Marisa Leigh | Posted 10.12.2015 | Women
Marisa Leigh

It's important to wear your heart on your sleeve because it keeps you aware of yourself. Let yourself be happy, sad, or angry now and then, but don't forget simple positivity. Keep your head up in bad times and let people see your magnificence always.

3 Meaningful Ways to Capture Your Love Story On Your Wedding Day

Kristen Rocco | Posted 10.06.2015 | Weddings
Kristen Rocco

These are just three meaningful ways to capture your love story on your wedding day. But there are many more. Use your unique creativity to uncover the perfect way to share your love story with your wedding guests and with your family.

I Should Have Married a Mind Reader!

Noelle Nelson | Posted 09.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Noelle Nelson

You awaken to the decidedly irritating noise of a vacuum cleaner or the lawn mower, take your pick. You squint at the clock. It's 6:30 a.m. on a Satur...

If You Have a Happy Marriage, Thank Granny

Dr. Rebekka Grun | Posted 09.12.2015 | Women
Dr. Rebekka Grun

How the emergence of grandmothers helped build monogamy You may remember the saving moment when granny arrived on the scene, a few days after the fir...

7 Good and Bad Surprises You Can Expect in the First Year of Marriage

BRIDES | Posted 09.11.2015 | Weddings

by Sandy Malone, BRIDES Photo: Courtesy of CNP Montrose Everyone tells you that things will change in your first year of marriage, but every couple...

What We Really Want -- And Almost Never Get: The Secret Desire That Makes or Breaks Relationships

Nancy Colier | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

We need to relearn what helping really means, and what we actually need and want from each other, and for ourselves -- the presence and love that we truly crave. Simultaneously, we need to be able to recognize and voice our real longing -- to be known deeply, really listened to, and not fixed. This experience, at its core, is love.

Ignite Your Passion

Marisa Leigh | Posted 09.10.2015 | Women
Marisa Leigh

With the years the definition of love has likely transformed into gentler more matured feelings laced with a sense of responsibility. But if you ever need to know what fire-in-the-belly passion feels like, just re-trace your steps to those first infatuations and their raw, pulsating power.

Millions Touched By Video Of Elderly Couple Reuniting At Airport

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.15.2015 | Fifty

Air travel is not a lot of fun. So when you get off a cramped flight, there's nothing like seeing your sweetie waiting for you in the airpor...

Money Prep for Prospective Parents

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 09.02.2015 | Money
Nathaniel Sillin

As adults start families later in life, financial needs for childcare, college saving and retirement seem on a tighter collision course than ever before.

The Differences Aren't the Problem

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

When we appreciate the value of our differences, we begin to see them not as a threat, but an enhancement to our relationship. We may even see that it was the differences themselves that initially attracted us to each other in the first place.

Tandem Surfing Couples Are The Definition Of #RelationshipGoals

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 08.28.2015 | Weddings

Surfing and romance, it turns out, go hand in hand.  In ancient Hawaii, catching the same wave on separate boards was considered a highly romanti...

How to Have a Healthy Fight

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 08.25.2015 | Women
Dr. Gail Gross

Too often in relationships you say you want peace, but find yourself creating war. The old adage, "sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you," is actually not true, and the memory of those hurtful words can sting for a lifetime.

How To Survive Your First Trip As A Couple | Posted 08.25.2015 | Travel

The reality is that spending countless days in the company of a single person can drive even the most loved-up individual to the brink of insanity.