Couple Exercises: Page 2 of 3

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Knowing your partner, and feeling close to them, takes more than asking questions. It takes asking the right questions, and really listening to the answers. Better Marriages has several exercises that will have you and your partner finding out the details of one another’s lives, hopes, dreams, fears and more. These exercises will put you on a path to a deeper understanding of yourself, your partner, and your relationship.

Weekend Whims

Weekend Whims (PDF Version) Very often a clock tells us where we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to be doing Monday through Friday. Weekends usually bring blocks of relatively “unstructured” time for couples. When the weekend arrives, we […]

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Knee to Knee – Share Your Dream

Knee to Knee - Share Your Dream (PDF Version) Most of us have dreams or wishes that may never become reality but are close to our heart. Trusting our partner with a secret longing may feel risky or we may simply never […]

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Interviewing Your Partner

Interviewing Your Partner (PDF Version)  We never learn all there is to know about our partners. Take turns answering the questions. Give each other permission to skip questions.   Did you enjoy elementary school?   What were your best and worst subjects?   What book/movie/play or      author         most  influenced  […]

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I Feel Loved

I Feel Loved  (PDF Version) As pleasant as it is to feel appreciated and loved, many of us confess an uncomfortable awkwardness when  receiving verbal affirmation. Indeed, we often hear ourselves and others denying, belittling, or excusing compliments. Take time  to  write  down  […]

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Hugging Closely

Hugging Closely by David Banks, PhD (PDF Version) Dr. Banks will be speaking at the Better Marriages Conference , July 9-12, 2015 in St. Louis   When was the last time you really hugged one another? Do you just wave or call out “goodbye” to each […]

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Strengthen, Enliven and Energize your Relationship!

Virtual Marriage Enrichment Group (MEG) Did you miss your monthly MEG? Do you not have a MEG near you? Do you want to try something new? Join us for our monthly Virtual MEG (phone and/or webcast) on the first Tuesday of each month. Dial […]

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Sharing Life Together

Each of you think about your daily patterns and answer these questions. Then share your answers with each other. 1.  John Gottman in Principles for Making Marriage Work defines a "Love Map" as all of the relevant information about our partner's […]

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Achieving Your Goals. . . Together

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” Yogi Berra Part of being intentional about growth is setting goals. Goals help us get where we want to go. They should be realistic and clearly stated. 1. Clarify […]

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Nurturing an Intentional Relationship

in·ten·tion·al   /inˈtenCHənl/ Adjective Done on purpose; deliberate; purposeful. Growth in our relationship doesn't happen by accident. It happens when we make a decision and follow through with action. When we're intentional about our relationship, it grows. When our relationship is growing, we experience […]

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Feelings and Actions

Share with your partner which feelings are most meaningful for you personally – which feelings you’d like to experience more often. 1. I feel appreciated by you when. . . 2. I feel accepted by you when. . . 3. I feel understood by you when. […]

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