13 Ways Marriage is Hard Work & Why It’s Worth It

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If marriage is hard work does that mean it isn’t working? There are a lot of folks out there who say marriage shouldn’t feel like work.  Or if it feels like marriage is hard work you’re doing it wrong.  I’m here to disagree. Some of the ways working hard in the marriage benefits you are: … Read more13 Ways Marriage is Hard Work & Why It’s Worth It

Love and Lust: How to Rekindle Romance in Your Marriage

Picture this. You and your spouse finally get a break away from the kids. You go to a nice dinner and then go out to see a play. But you could care less about how the play ends. What you really want—what you really need—is your partner. You put your hand on their thigh. They … Read moreLove and Lust: How to Rekindle Romance in Your Marriage

How to be Less Clingy in a Relationship

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Wondering if a clingy or needy guy can be successful in a relationship? No one likes being in a relationship that is smothering and clingy. We feel like our spouse is watching our every move and that we have to have every decision we make scrutinized or approved. In reality, while some spouses are super … Read moreHow to be Less Clingy in a Relationship

Empathy Listening Skills & Relationships – 9 Ways it Helps!

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Can empathy listening skills help your relationship? We all know we need to be better listeners. After all, listening and communication are the cornerstones of successful relationships. Empathy listening skills help relationships by allowing each partner to really feel and understand what the other is feeling and experiencing. By putting ourselves in the shoes of … Read moreEmpathy Listening Skills & Relationships – 9 Ways it Helps!

5 Amazing Ways to Help Your Relationship Grow

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Wondering how to grow your relationship to one that lasts forever? Anyone in a serious relationship dreams of having it last. We want this to be “the one”. The ways to make a relationship grow in a healthy way include making yourself happy and not looking to others for happiness, focusing on appreciation more than … Read more5 Amazing Ways to Help Your Relationship Grow

The 7 Stages of a Healthy Relationship and Why They Matter

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Wondering which of the 7 stages of a healthy relationship yours is in? Anyone who has ever been in a long-term committed relationship will agree with me that relationships change over time. Relationships, like people, rarely stay the same. We change, we grow and yes, sometimes we grow in different directions. But change and growth … Read moreThe 7 Stages of a Healthy Relationship and Why They Matter