In the past, marriage was primarily about property and procreation whereas today the emphasis is on egalitarian partnership, companionship and love. In the past, the state and most religions did not recognize divorce, remarriage, interracial marriage or the equality of the marriage partners.
Should you marry that guy? Should you take that job offer in Seattle? Should you go back to school? For many people, important decisions like these are sources of dread and anxiety. They dominate our thoughts during the day and keep us up at night.
I always knew that after I had finished up a good romp in the hay with my husband, I glowed. The increased blood flow, the exertion, the release of endorphins. But what I didn't know was that having sex was helping me stave off the effects of aging.
It's an interesting experience, this being the partner with lower desire in a long-term relationship. In my case, the way this played out over two decades is that I fell into a routine of only having sex with my husband when he initiated.
You and your partner have a unique relationship. So why would you want to have the same marriage everyone else has?
Before the 20th century, only the wealthiest of the wealthy could afford diamond rings. One of the first recorded examples of a diamond ring was in 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave one to Mary of Burgundy. After that point, diamond engagement rings became a symbol of wealth and prosperity, and accordingly, limited to the furthest arches of the upper class.
Compersion is an authentic feeling of pleasure that can't be faked, forced, or conjured up. It happens organically. It's like the spontaneous feeling I have when I see my kids thrive--I am overjoyed when they come home exuberant after having ventured out into the world.
We want to be the best mothers, partners, professionals. We have high standards we can't always meet. Making time for ourselves is a small choice that has a watershed effect on all other areas of our lives.
I figured there would be comments left and right about me, the terrible mother and person. "My daughter would end up not liking me," I thought, letting the worst thoughts run through my head. How could this go well? Guess what... It did.
Let's celebrate love and marriage for what it can be. Let's understand there are many different types of love to be experienced before you feel you've reached the ultimate love in your life. Forever can be a beautiful thing.
Mr. Jindal is telling corporations and small businesses "don't waste your breath," when the economy in Louisiana under his watch is failing. His economic development strategy combined with his backward worldview on social issues does not show that Louisiana is open for business.
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States is hearing arguments about whether or not I have the right to marry a person of my choosing irrespective of whether or not they are "male" or "female."
Gary Hall, the dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., spoke this morning at the Unite for Marriage rally on the steps of the Supreme Cour...
I used to be so busy I didn't have time to pee. My email inbox was so overloaded that NBC's IT department gave me special dispensation for more storage. I had two phones and a pager, and sometimes they beeped all night. It was exhausting. And it was exhilarating.
We're no longer on an even playing field. We haven't been for some time now. The ground seems slanted, the court warped,the turf tainted. Whatever sports analogy you conjure, things are far from even. And the "call" is in the eye of the beaten-down beholder.
"Sports fantasy camps are based on the idea of being around the players you idolized as a kid," Lindenman says. "So we thought, why not do a camp around the idea of marriage? Because for a lot of us, the reality has fallen short of the ideal."