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39 Longtime Couples Share the Marriage Tips That Kept Them Together

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39 Longtime Couples Share the Marriage Tips That Kept Them Together

There’s a reason — or two — these couples have made it a decade or more together.

Marriage advice is tricky! Every couple is different, and what worked for your great-grandparents or your BFF and her husband may be the complete opposite of what helps you and S.O. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn from all the lovebirds! Each long-term marriage has its own secret to success, and hearing other couple’s tips may just inspire you to find yours.

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Benefits of Marriage Enrichment

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Marriage enrichment uses an educational approach to enhance couple relationships. The goals of marriage enrichment are to help couples become aware of themselves and their partners, explore their partners’ feelings and thoughts, encourage empathy and intimacy, and develop effective communication and problem-solving skills. Although many of the programs were created for couples that are functioning fairly well in their marriages, there is an increase in the programs being used with troubled and dysfunctional couples.1

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Marriage enrichment programs may differ in format ...

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9 New Ways to Deepen Your Relationship Bond

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A couple in love in the sunset on the beach

Happy relationships shouldn’t be hard work! That’s one of the upbeat findings from my landmark study of marriage, which has been following 373 married couples since 1986.[1] Here’s more good news for lovebirds: If you’re in a happy partnership, married or not, you can keep it that way or make it even better by introducing a few new behaviors and small changes into the relationship. While many relationship experts say you need to focus on fixing what’s wrong, Continue Reading →

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Married at First Sight expert reveals what it will take to make relationships work

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Married at First Sight's Brett and Angel seem to have figured out the key to communicating

OPINION: What is the secret to a successful relationship?

It feels like a complete cop-out and pretty unoriginal to say communication tops the list. And increasingly, people who hear that are disappointed, because they often hope for a quick and long-lasting fix. But it’s true.

If I was to say, “Skip twice on your right foot, once on your left, tap your head and rub your gut anticlockwise, whilst singing ‘If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends’ (Spice ...

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Is Infidelity Inevitable?

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Illustration by Sam Woolley/GMG

In 2009 a family friend I hadn’t seen since I was a kid came into Chicago for a work conference and took me out for drinks. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the conversation of a woman who was a little under twice my age at the time, but certainly not what I received: an oftentimes graphic recounting of her sexual exploits—many of which were with married men—and all while in an open marriage with a somewhat reluctant husband.

Amid ...

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Why more couples over 50 are cohabiting, not marrying

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For seniors Joe Cardillo and Lynne Rosner, of Decatur, Ga., being together without marrying just makes sense and didn’t involve extensive introspection. (Penny Rush)

Oprah Winfrey told Vogue magazine earlier this year that she asked longtime partner Stedman Graham only once about what would have happened had they gotten married. He replied, “We wouldn’t be together.”

Winfrey then added, “We would not have stayed together because marriage requires a different way of being in this world.”

The number of U.S. adults apparently agreeing with the celebrity has climbed to about 18 million in 2016, according to census data. That’s up 29 percent from ...

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What infidelity can teach us about ourselves and relationships: therapist Esther Perel

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'Affairs can break a relationship or remake a relationship,' says renowned couples' therapist Esther Perel who suggests rethinking infidelity can be powerful. (Shutterstock)

They may be agonizing, but affairs are here to stay, according to Esther Perel.

In her new book The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity, the renowned couples’ therapist argues affairs may have something to teach us about ourselves, our relationships and the state of modern marriage.

“Affairs can break a relationship or remake a relationship,” she tells The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti.

“You can’t predict the future, but you generally feel that you can remember the past. But when your past is ...

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Is a ‘beta marriage’ a better marriage?

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Would renewing a marriage contract be romantic or a pain in the rump? Photo: Pixabay

A new way of approaching marriage via a marriage contract is gaining popularity.

You’re in a relationship. Being with that special someone is more magical than you could have ever imagined. What’s next? Splitting the rent? A diamond ring? Or vowing to stay together “’til death do you part?” What if you could test drive marriage with a limited-time marriage contract?

How many relationships seemed to be destined for forever, but after two or three years, they fizzle?

A beta marriage is basically ...

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How ‘love hacks’ can make your marriage better: author

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One 'love hack' psychology professor Eli Finkel suggests is writing a gratitude list detailing a few things your partner has done to invest in your marriage. (Shutterstock)

Are marriages getting better or worse?

Psychology professor Eli Finkel, who has studied the question extensively, says both.

But he says, “in general people were a bit happier in their marriages in the 60s and the 70s than they are today. “

So why are people less satisfied now?

Finkel points out in his new book The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work, it’s because of the rising expectations people place on their marriages.

“We’re simply asking too much and the marriage can’t really ...

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‘Cheap sex’ is destroying marriage and faith in America: new book

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AUSTIN, Texas, October 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — “Cheap sex” is to blame for the marginalization of traditional marriage, says famed sociologist Mark Regnerus.

In his recently released book “Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage and Monogamy,” Regnerus examines the dramatic changes in American sexual beliefs that have led to an inability among increasing numbers of young men and women to marry, have children and be faithful to one another.

The answer, in short, is “cheap sex” — sex that carries ...

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