Newlyweds Gain Weight

Young newlyweds who are satisfied with their marriage gain weight in their early years together, putting them at increased risk for various health problems related to being overweight in the long term. That’s the finding of a study on marital satisfaction and weight gain at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a reminder to couples that healthy eating and exercise (more…)

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Excessive Social Media Can Harm New Relationships

A recent study at the University of Missouri, found that excessive use of Facebook can harm romantic relationships, leading to emotional and sexual cheating, conflict, breakup and divorce. Especially among newer partnerships of less than three years, spending a lot of time connecting with other people, can undermine your new relationship by causing jealousy, anger and arguments, that can lead to divorce. (more…)

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Styles of Distorted Thinking

Every couple has important discussions with different points of view. Intense talks often break down because one or both parties engage in thinking patterns and arguments that are unfair, biased, inaccurate or illogical. This very useful summary by Eastern Washington University can help you identify where your discussion might be going wrong and help get you back on track to a fair, positive, constructive exchange. (more…)

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Are Married People Happier than Those who Live Together?

A study published in the ‘Journal of Marriage and Family’ reports that couples experience few advantages for well-being, health or social ties compared to those who just live together. Based on over 2700 people, the difference between marriage and cohabitation tend to be small. For some couples, living together may bring fewer obligations than marriage, which some prefer. (more…)

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Don’t Ignore Doubts about Getting Married

A UCLA study of 464 newlywed couples published in the ‘Journal of Family Psychology,’ found that women who have doubts about getting married are right to be concerned. 19% of women who had pre-wedding jitters were divorced four years later, compared with 8% of those without doubts. And those with pre-wedding concerns were significantly less satisfied than those without worries. (more…)

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Prayer Can Lead to Cooperation and Forgiveness

Praying for a romantic partner can lead to more cooperative and forgiving behavior toward the partner, according to a study done at Florida State University. The study showed that prayer changed actual behavior, which was apparent to the partner, the subject of the prayer. (more…)

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Love Quotes

This list of love quotes can come in handy when thinking about your partner and finding words to use to express those hard to share emotions, when it comes time to write that Valentines, Anniversary, Birthday, Mother’s or Father’s Day card. Here’s a brief sample from a long list found at the site linked below:

The best proof of love is trust….Dr. Joyce Brothers

Love is friendship set to music….Pollock

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself….Jean Anouilh

Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away….Elbert Hubbard

Love creates an “us” without destroying a “me”….Unknown

One of the characteristics of love relationships that flower is a relatively high degree of mutual self-disclosure — a willingness to let our partner enter into the interior of our private world and a genuine interest in the private world of that partner. Couples in love tend to show more of themselves to each other than to any other person….Nathaniel Branden

Love simply cannot spring up without that self-surrender to each other. If either withholds the self, love cannot exist….Dr. E. Stanley Jones

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How to Identify Emotional Manipulation

Some people are emotional manipulators who make you feel guilty, drive you crazy, fight dirty, refuse to take accountability for their actions, and control the emotional climate in order to dominate you. This helpful description of 8 ways people emotionally manipulate others can arm you with an understanding of tactics that might be used against you, and help you protect yourself, possible leading toward healthier self-esteem, and more positive communication and relationships. (more…)

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Skills Making Us Good Partners Also Make Us Good Parents

A study of 125 couples with children aged 7-8 years, looked at the way couples are attached toward each other, the parenting styles they use with their children, and their ‘caregiving responsiveness.’ Caregiving responsiveness is the “capacity to be ‘tuned in’ to what the other person needs,” says Abigail Millings, author of the study published in the ‘Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.’ (more…)

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Thoughts during Arguments Affects Satisfaction

People unhappy in their relationship spend more time during disagreements focusing on their anger and frustration. In happy couples, when one partner has a lot of emotion the other tends to balance things out by focusing on understanding their partner and resolving the conflict, according to Prof. Anita Vangelisti at the University of Texas, Austin. (more…)

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