Lean Into Marriage Issues


Some folks scream bloody murder when things don’t go their way in a marriage. Others avoid conflict. Neither works. Both of these involve pulling away from your marriage, distancing yourself from your partner in life. Harder to do, but much more likely to succeed: lean in. Get closer. State your case and affirm your love. Be sexier (not pushier) when you ask for more sex, even if it risks a...

Make Yourself Happier: Imagine Never Having Met


The How of Happiness author Sonja Lyubomirsky explains one way to add some delight to your relationship. Take the next 15 to 20 minutes to describe in writing how you might never have met your partner, how you might never have started dating, and how you might not have ended up together. What little twists of fate might have kept you two from becoming a permanent couple? If you can’t see...

My Spouse Acts Like He (She) Hates Me!


My article, My Spouse Acts Like He (She) Hates Me! When You No Longer Feel Loved, in the Summer issue of Going Bonkers? The self-help magazine with a sense of humor, will be in bookstores on July 3rd. Which bookstores? Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books-a-Million, Hastings Books, and independent bookstores like Doylestown Bookshop. Some outlets may not carry the magazine, and some may run out...

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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