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Daytime Date Nights


Date nights help you stay close, replenish your passion for each other, and grow in the same direction over time. But they don’t have to happen after dark. Some of the best daytime date nights bring you transcendent experiences, the sort where you rise above yourselves, feel your inner selves expanding, sense your spirits lifting. Take an Introductory Ride at Your Local Flight School Aerial...

Hold Onto Happy Times a Little Longer


Whether your marriage is good or bad today, I am sure you can recall times when it was happy. Perhaps on your wedding day or the day you moved into your first house. Maybe you two gave birth to a child with those tiny little fingers gripped around one of yours and a smile you just knew was real because those baby eyes were locked on yours when it happened. Happiness shows up during vacations, job...

Did I Write That?


I was feeling rather low this morning, so I started reading old posts, looking for inspiration. Instead, I ran into a few nice surprises, posts I had forgotten I wrote, very nice ones. They surprised me and cheered me up. I thought I would share a quote or two from each of them with you. The titles link to the posts, in case they grab you, too. What Would a Great Marriage Feel Like? I think a...

Flow and Your Marriage


I never saw it this way before. Maybe you didn’t either. Have you heard of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s research into the state he calls flow? It’s a wonderful state, reached by artists as they create, rock climbers as they climb, writers as they write, mothers as they play with their babies, even by wallpaperers as they transform a room. Jeremy Dean gave a great summary of flow...

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Significant Other


Happy Fourth of July!! Folks in the US celebrate Independence Day today. This has me thinking about the phrase “significant other.” Give me a moment to make the connection. Independence is a big deal here, and we’re well into yet another upswing in its importance. Americans do not like to be told what to do. In World War II, most folks gave up a whole bunch of personal...

Patty Newbold

I am a widow who got it right the second time. I have been sharing here since February 14, 2006 what I learned from that experience and from positive psychology, marriage research, and my training as a marriage educator.

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