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Try a Little Kindness

Try a Little Kindness

Kindness is an essential virtue in a healthy and happy marriage. A recent study conducted in various cultures around the world asked people to name the trait they desired most in a mate. For both sexes, people overwhelmingly wanted their mates to be kind. What does kindness in marriage look like?


Help Your Marriage to Thrive

Help Your Marriage to Thrive

Why do some marriages–even long-term marriages–fail, while others grow and flourish? Marriage expert Susan Vogt offers some ideas for helping your marriage to thrive.


Marriage: The Later Years

Marriage: The Later Years

After 40 years of marriage, former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper announced their separation. Although still unusual, the breakup of long term marriages is becoming more common. Sometimes, couples are not prepared to renegotiate a relationship of just two people. What should you know about marriage in later life?


I Promise To Be True To You

I Promise To Be True To You

Fidelity is not easy, but it is possible with God’s help. Married life often presents trials, conflicting choices, a partner’s inattention or worse. Faithful love persists. Spouses lay down their lives for their beloved every day.

Learn more about the virtue of fidelity and what it looks like in real life.


The Courage to be Married

The Courage to be Married

It may not take courage to make a promise, but it can take a lot of courage to keep a promise. This is especially true for the promises we make on our wedding day.


Household Duties

Household Duties

The Situation It’s not just the ‘uns’ that irritated Heidi: the unmade bed, the un-emptied dishwasher, the un-folded laundry. It was the fact that Sam had been home all day and was asleep when she returned from her extra weekend shift at the hospital. She was tired and resentful and felt that he hadn’t done […]


When Your Marriage Hits the Boredom Rut

The Dilemma After 16 years of marriage Bill and Betty find themselves in the marital doldrums. Although neither would say it openly, each feels their marriage has become lackluster and is in a rut. “Boring” was how Bill explained it to his closest friend. Although Bill and Betty have two children who keep them busy, […]


Stages of Growth in Marriage

Stages of Growth in Marriage

Social scientists have observed that marriages typically move through a series of at least four stages. Each stage presents unique learning opportunities and blessings, along with challenges and obstacles.


The Marital Sexual Relationship

The Marital Sexual Relationship

What initially begins as a positive and rewarding sexual relationship in a committed couple’s marriage can slowly diminish in sexual desire and frequency. Making time for intimacy between the demands of work and family.


Making Love On a Budget

Making Love On a Budget

The authors share some of their favorite free and inexpensive date ideas.


Not Tonight, Honey: Dealing With Desire Discrepancy

Not Tonight, Honey: Dealing With Desire Discrepancy

Are husbands and wives doomed to frustration if one spouse wants to make love more frequently than the other? As with most things in marriage, it’s a matter of loving effort and compromise.


If Opposites Attract, How Can We Get Along?

If Opposites Attract, How Can We Get Along?

Opposites may attract but how on earth can we get along? Quite well if we understand the value in personality differences.


Internet Porn by the Numbers

Internet Porn by the Numbers

Surprising statistics on internet porn use.


Women and Online Pornography

Women and Online Pornography

Few articles discuss women’s involvement with online pornography. Are there women who, like many men, are addicted to online pornography?


How To Strengthen Your Marriage After Porn Addiction

How To Strengthen Your Marriage After Porn Addiction

Dr. Arthur and Laraine Bennett of the Alpha Omega Clinics, authors of “The Temperament God Gave You” and “The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse,” describe six essential areas in which healing will be needed in order for couples to recover from a sexual addiction


Whose Job Is It?

Whose Job Is It?

Most people have been raised to expect that certain jobs are done primarily by one sex or the other. Despite these stereotypes job assignments aren’t written in stone. Many couples shift their roles and responsibilities several times throughout the years of their marriage. Is it time for some job reclassification in your marriage?


Yours, Mine, Ours

Yours, Mine, Ours

Surveys identify money as one of the top issues over which couples have conflicts. Therefore, developing a couple-style of managing money is crucial to the health of a marriage. If a couple can’t work through their money issues together, the relationship will face problems of distrust, resentment and insecurity.


How the Financial Downturn Affects Marriage

How the Financial Downturn Affects Marriage

The economic downturn is putting stress on marriages at every income level. Whether it’s a job eliminated in an automobile plant or stock losses in the retirement portfolio, unwelcome lifestyle changes have become necessary for many people. Major economic worries affect both individual well-being and the couple relationship.


When Rain Drenches a Marriage

When Rain Drenches a Marriage

All marriages have their stormy seasons and years. The blissful days of early marriage succumb at some point to disillusionment. Given the inevitable bad weather in marriage, how can couples survive disillusionment and create a marriage that is still satisfying on their golden anniversary?


Career Conflicts

Career Conflicts

Julie and Jason recently welcomed a new daughter into their life. Julie is finding it hard to imagine leaving when her three month maternity leave is up. But Jason knows their mortgage is based on both of them working full time.


To Work or Not to Work

To Work or Not to Work

“But a family just can’t make it on one income anymore!” This is a complaint that I hear more and more from both engaged couples and families with young children as they consider whether both parents will continue to work outside the home after the birth of their child.


Are Faith-filled Couples Happier?

Are Faith-filled Couples Happier?

David and Amy Olson did a national survey with a sample of over 21,000 couples in 1999. Part of their survey was questioning couples regarding their spirituality and how it affected their relationship with their spouse. According to their survey, one’s spiritual life does have an impact on their marriage.


How Much Does Faith Matter?

How Much Does Faith Matter?

It certainly is painful when something important, indeed something core to one’s being like faith, is not shared by your spouse. It is difficult enough when a spouse belongs to a different faith tradition, but even more so when he or she not only rejects organized religion, but also does not seem to value a spiritual life.


Every Marriage is a Mixed Religion Marriage

Every Marriage is a Mixed Religion Marriage

Pam is an active Catholic attending Mass every Sunday, while Joe comes from a “Christmas, Easter, and funerals” family. They are both Catholics, but theirs is also a mixed religion marriage. Although they were both baptized in the same faith tradition, they are coming to realize that the similarity of their religious practice ends there.


Recognizing the Invisible in Our Midst

Recognizing the Invisible in Our Midst

Some couples say that they strongly believe that God intended them to be together; even that God had a hand in their coming together. For our marriage, it seems that God is like the air that surrounds us. God sustains us even though much of the day we take that presence for granted.


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