Archive for September, 2012

Learning How to Manage Your Stress to Improve Your Marriage

Stress takes a toll on your mood, your health and your relationships if you don’t learn how to manage your stress level. It is important to recognize when your stress level is increasing. Learning how to manage your stress is imperative to improving your quality of life and maintaining the health of your marriage. Everyone […]

2 Steps to Increase Your Loving Feelings Toward Your Spouse

Ever heard a person say that they just “fell out of love?” When you hear someone say that do you think “Oh that can happen?” Or do you think something more like, “That’s too bad they didn’t work hard enough?” The truth is, love isn’t something that just happens on its own. It also doesn’t […]

When is it Appropriate to Seek Marriage Counseling?

Most couples don’t ever seek marriage counseling. Even many couples who end up divorcing report that they didn’t seek counseling prior to deciding to end the relationship. There is a lot of confusion about when marriage counseling should be considered. There are lots of times throughout the marriage (and even before) that it could be […]

Best Marriage Self-Help Books

Self-help books can be a great way to help enhance your marriage. Although they shouldn’t be considered a replacement for traditional marriage counseling, they can certainly be very helpful to people struggling with specific marital issues or for people who want to strengthen and enhance their relationship. However, it can be difficult to know where […]

What is the Purpose of Marriage?

Ask 100 people what the purpose of marriage is and you might get 100 slightly different answers. It’s a question that many people may have never considered. Instead, getting married is something most people do because they want to but have never really thought much about what the purpose of marriage is. How Your View […]

Four Areas that Can Predict Marital Success

There are four important areas that can predict long-term marital success. When couples agree on the basics about kids, money, in-laws, and faith, they are much more likely to remain happily married. They don’t need to agree on every aspect of these issues but sharing the same basic values about them can make a big […]

Enjoy a Romantic Off-Season Getaway in the Outer Banks

Like most seashore destinations, North Carolina’s Outer Banks region is beautiful in the summertime. The water is warm, the restaurants and stores are all open, and the sun seemingly shines every day. But, like most beach locations, it’s also crowded. June, July, and August are prime visiting time for families with children, and they come […]

How to Avoid Blowing Up at Your Spouse

Sometimes frustrations and anger can lead to a major blow up at your spouse. Often, people would never blow up at anyone else, however, their spouse gets the brunt of their anger. When people blow up, they may yell, scream, say rude things, or even make threats. When you blow up at your spouse, it […]

Handling Life’s Mishaps Together as a Couple

If there’s one thing for sure it’s that in life, there will be bumps in the road. How you handle life’s problems and stressors as a couple can make a big difference in the health of your marriage. Unfortunately, for some couples the stress of minor problems can tear their marriage apart. Take a look […]

4 Needs that Change Throughout the Marriage

Healthy people grow and change over time. As they learn new things, work toward improving themselves, and make decisions to better their lives, what they need from their spouse will inevitably change. Although it is normal for this process to happen, many people fear that the changes mean their spouse is no longer the same […]

The Dangers of Spying and Snooping on Your Spouse

Spying and snooping on your spouse can create a lot of marital discord. However, many people admit that they frequently check up on their spouse’s activities! It’s important to take a look at the damage that your behaviors may be causing to the relationship if you find yourself spying  on your spouse. What constitutes spying? […]

How Going to Bed Angry can Actually be Good for Your Marriage

There’s some age old advice that a couple should “never go to bed angry.” However, this may not be the best the advice. In fact, going to bed angry can actually be quite helpful to the marriage as opposed to staying up and resolving the issue right then and there. Emotions and Thoughts The more […]