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How to Make Christmas Truly Miserable

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Here are some ways people make themselves miserable at Christmas time, just in case you would like to avoid them and boost your happiness level: Ask your very busy husband or wife to join you for caroling or Aunt Maggie’s Christmas Eve eggnog tasting without mentioning that sharing such events with your mate matters far more to you than a pile of gifts under the tree or help with the gift...

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

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One of the most widely read and cited books on marriage is The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman, Ph.D., and Nan Silver. Gottman can predict whether a couple will divorce after watching and listening to them for only five minutes. His predictions are correct 91% of the time. He watches for four things as they try to resolve an ongoing disagreement. Here’s what...

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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