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Tending Love's Fire

Christian de la Huerta | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Christian de la Huerta

Though its initial spark might be as simple as lighting a match, maintaining a relationship is a complex endeavor requiring effort and attention. Using a bow, string and spindle stick to make fire is not easy, and neither is keeping a relationship alive.

Love In The New Year: Happily Ever After Is A Possibility

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.28.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Happy ever after is possible after all -- if we tally the reasons for it in one another's eyes. And remember why we started to keep that tally. And remember to keep on doing so. And remember to remember.

Couples That Play Together, Stay Together

Sadie Dingfelder | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Sadie Dingfelder

In his book Play, psychiatrist Stewart Brown says that play is key to keeping relationships from hardening into drudgery. But once you're coupled up and having regular discussions about who did the dishes last, play may not come as easily.

4 Surprising Ways To Improve Your Relationship

Douglas LaBier | Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

Paul Simon's song "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" may come to mind here, but I'm referring to a different kind of "leaving": Departing from how couples typically relate to each other in day-to-day life -- struggling over power and control while also longing for greater mutuality and equality.

Want A Killer Relationship (And Sex Life)? Try 'Radical Transparency'

Douglas LaBier | Posted 10.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

Radical Transparency is a way of relating to your partner in which you reveal your inner self, your true experience. That means exposing your vulnerabilities and fears, as well as your desires and points of view about whatever issues you're discussing.

The Hidden Issue That Could Affect Your Relationship

Dr. Shannon Kolakowski | Posted 09.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Shannon Kolakowski

Depression can take a happy, healthy relationship and create a cloud around your ability to enjoy the person you love. But you can stop this cycle before it damages your relationship. Here are simple, manageable tips to help.

3 Ways To Keep The Fearless (Love) Flame Burning

Terri Cole | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

Expecting to magically know how to create a healthy, loving, functional, committed relationship if your parents had an unhealthy, dysfunctional one is like expecting to suddenly become fluent in Chinese simply because you really want to be.

This Could Help To Reignite The Flame In Your Relationship

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

Whether you implement curiosity expressly, or do so without mentioning it to your spouse, you will quickly find that the care, attention and interest you display toward him or her will naturally be returned to you.

Finding Success Together

Loren Ridinger | Posted 05.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Loren Ridinger

Growing your business and personal life together is a challenge that will forever require attention and work, but will also deliver rewarding feelings and memories, while undoubtedly filling your heart with love.

How to Stop Your Discussions From Turning Into Arguments

Sophie Keller | Posted 05.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Sophie Keller

If you ever talk over each other, if your discussions have a tendency to turn into arguments or if you feel you are not being heard, then the talking stick is an excellent way to communicate and can save enormous amounts of time, energy and heartache within your relationship.

Be My Valentine

Allan Lokos | Posted 04.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Allan Lokos

Life is amazing, mysterious, miraculous and extraordinarily complex. Joining two lives together can enhance the joys and multiply the complexities. Being part of a meaningful relationship is an ongoing, and at times, challenging adventure.

Marriage: Class in Session

Sarah Henson | Posted 03.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Sarah Henson

For all of us still showing up to marriage class (some of us more prepared than others) taking tests, failing quizzes, learning new things or bored with the same old material, remember that as sure as the sun will set on this day, life is guaranteed to change.

10 Habits Of Happy Couples

Laurie Puhn | Posted 02.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Laurie Puhn

As Leo Tolstoy once said, "All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." We can smile at that quote or it can inspire us to ask ourselves some wise questions.