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Better Marriages Conference 2013 – Looking Back

“Attending Better Marriages international conference is a no-brainer for our relationship. Every time we attend it brings us closer and strengthens our relationship in ways that nothing else can. 2013 in Raleigh was no exception!”   With over 450 participants from 7 countries, the […]

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5 Simple Tips for a Happy, Lasting Marriage

by Susanne M. Alexander, Marriage Educator (www.marriagetransformation.com) Susanne Alexander spoke at the Better Marriages Conference 2013 in Raleigh, NC.   You’re smart—you know that marriage is a complex relationship. So, when you read tips, hints, and suggestions for making your marriage work better, […]

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Rules for Fair Fighting

by Priscilla and Greg Hunt, PhD Adapted from Ground Rules for Handling Conflict, John A. Larsen, PhD     In a close relationship, conflict is inevitable. In fact, if handled well, conflict can result in our becoming even closer. (see How to Use […]

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Conversation and Moments of Connection

by Bea and Jim Strickland Bea and Jim Strickland will present a workshop titled Have a Great Conversation!  at the Better Marriages Conference July 11-14, 2013 in Raleigh, NC How delightful when your spouse listens intently to your story about a childhood event! Isn’t it […]

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You’re in the Right Relationship

by Corey Allan www.SimpleMarriage.net   What does healthy growing up look like in marriage? There are two challenges or dilemmas that have major roles in relationships. The emotional reactivity/rationality challenge and the togetherness/separateness dilemma. These two forces intermix in various and subtle ways to […]

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25 Tips for Valentine’s Day

by Greg and Priscilla Hunt 1. When you and your partner re-unite at the end of the day, greet each other with a lingering kiss (count to 10 slowly). This not-necessarily-sexual touch will get you on the same page more quickly […]

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Having Tender-Hearted Talks

by Susanne Alexander Susanne Alexander is speaking at the Better Marriages Conference July 11-14 in Raleigh, NC Store up a heart-full of love from Valentine’s Day and hold it throughout the rest of the year for all your conversations together! When you talk […]

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The Essence of Valentine’s Day

by Lavern Nissley So, what comes to your mind when you hear “Valentine’s Day”? Roses? Cupid’s arrows? Chocolates? Hearts? Lingerie from Victoria’s Secret? Terror because you overlooked it? While these elements have become part of the “wrapping paper” of Valentine’s Day, they are […]

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Managing Stress Effectively within the Couple Relationship

by Priscilla and Greg Hunt, PhD Want to understand how to manage stress more effectively? Check out the self-paced, on-demand, online course: https://courses.closecompanions.org/p/managing-stress-together-online-course/ Stress – it’s a concept with which we are all familiar. As individuals living in 2012 we each have […]

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Investing in your Marriage Pays Big Dividends

By Greg & Priscilla Hunt  We’ve all read the headlines:      Unemployment Rates Continue to Rise      Foreclosures are Up      Job Layoffs are Increasing Inevitably, stress on marriages is also on the rise. Research has shown that financial pressures are the number one cause […]

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