Does Marital Happiness Always Decline Over Time?

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Not all marriages experience a decline in relationship happiness. Learn what 3 things couples are doing to stay happy over time.  

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Texting and Face to Face Communication

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Ever wonder the dos and don'ts of texting in relationships? Here's a look at the breakdown for different levels of couple commitment.

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Interracial Relationships

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Learn trends of interracial relationships and how location and generational context relate to these numbers. 

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Envisioning Your Future

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Become a vision builder with your partner. Follow this brief activity to help you and your partner articulate a vision for the future. 

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Technoference: How Technology Can Hurt Relationships

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How often is technology interfering with the quality of couple relationships? Find the stats here, and learn more about ways to prevent this interference from compromising your own relationships. Thanks to Brandon McDaniel and Sarah Coyne for highlighting this research! 

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Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Media & Technology
    The influence of media and technology on romantic relationships
    Preventing Relationship Distress & Instability
    Factors that decrease risk and increase protective factors of romantic relationships
  • Writing to Heal: The Impact of Expressive Writing on Individual and Relational Well-Being

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    Grabbing that pen and paper could make a difference for you! Writing about yourself and your relationships has the power to help you understand more about your experiences and yourself as found in research. Check out this article at the Science of Relationships blog to learn more about how exactly to engage in this helpful practice as told by Dr. Jessica Moore. 

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Maintaining Self in Relationships
    Balancing personal and relationship identity development
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Preventing Relationship Distress & Instability
    Factors that decrease risk and increase protective factors of romantic relationships
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
    Trauma
    The influence of past and current traumatic events on romantic relationships and vice-versa
  • No Yelling...And 9 Other Rules for Fair Fighting

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    Such an important topic as conflict is totally normal and expected in all relationships. If we are bound to have conflicts, we can at least be prepared for how to handle them in the best manner possible. The Relevate team loves this advice and the follow up steps offered by Michelle at the #staymarried blog. The way in which you fight has a lot of influence on your wellness.

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    Topics:
  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Violence
    Preventing, identifying, reducing, ending, and recovering from all types of relationship aggression (physical, emotional, and sexual)
    Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
  • Anger and the Couple's Bed

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    Couples that share a bed can find themselves in a heated argument at the inconvenient time before a night of sleep. What do they do? Stay awake and talk it out, no matter how long it takes or how tired they are? Sleep on it? Make a brief connection before going to bed even if it's unresolved? See what different couples said they do in this situation as told by Dr. Paul Rosenblatt.

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  • Cohabitation
    Understanding living together: the ins, the outs, and the how-tos
    Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Forgiveness
    Understanding and navigating forgiveness and atonement in romantic relationships
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
  • The Behavior That is the #1 Predictor of Divorce. Do You Do This?

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    You might be guilty of this damaging behavior in your relationships. Although we can often see this used in a humorous fashion on our favortie shows, eye-rolling and heavy sarcasm can set your relationship up for trouble. Read more to learn just how much of an impact these behaviors have on a couple's future as discovered by one of our favorite researchers, John Gottman. 

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  • Breaking Up
    What we know about break ups. The process of leaving and recovering from the ending of a relationship
    Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
  • Are You Turning Towards Your Partner?

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    The act of "turning toward" your partner will do wonders for the success of your relationship. The more often this happens the more you will nurture a positive relationship experience. It might even save your relationship! Learn more about what this act is and how to check if you're practicing it or not. 

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
  • Your Face: The Window to Your Love Life

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    Your face is a powerful part of you and has a lot to do in your communication with others. Learn more about just how much facial expressions do influence communication in relationships and how you can take advantage of this in your love life. Thanks Dr. Jason B. Whiting for this insight! 

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Mate Selection
    The process of choosing a partner
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
  • 4 Tips to Help You Stop Arguing With Your Spouse

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    Conflict is inevitable in relationships, but unnecessary conflict is not worth wearing down your relationshp. See these suggested tips for having better conversations in conflict. 

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Preventing Relationship Distress & Instability
    Factors that decrease risk and increase protective factors of romantic relationships
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
  • Practice May Not Make Perfect: Relationship Experience and Marital Success

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    More is not necessarily better. Having more relationship experiences prior to marriage may make it more difficult to have success in marriage, especially considering amount of sexual and cohabiting partners. Learn what specific experiences contribute to difficulty in marriage and reasons why this is so. 

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    Topics:
  • Breaking Up
    What we know about break ups. The process of leaving and recovering from the ending of a relationship
    Cohabitation
    Understanding living together: the ins, the outs, and the how-tos
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
  • Single and (Not?) Lonely: How Socially Connected are Married vs. Single People

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    Being single is not actually a lonely status like the stereotype suggests. In fact, single people often have more contact with family and friends compared to those in relationships! Read on as Dr. Benjamin Le at Science of Relationships busts this myth. 

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  • Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Maintaining Self in Relationships
    Balancing personal and relationship identity development
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Mental Health & Personal Development
    Understanding and maximizing what each person brings to their romantic relationships and how relationships impact our mental health
  • Sleepless in Seattle

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    Could better sleep help our relationships? Read what was learned from tracking 78 couples over a 2-week period who were asked to make notes daily about their sleep quality and any arguments they had as a couple. Would you believe that even one night of poor sleep was associated with increased conflict in the relationship the next day? Yet another reason sleep is important. 

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Parenting/Transition to Parenthood
    Recognizing the interaction between parenting and romantic relationship quality and how to sustain your relationship throughout the life stage of parenthood
    Physical Health
    Physical health in romantic relationships
    Preventing Relationship Distress & Instability
    Factors that decrease risk and increase protective factors of romantic relationships
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship
  • 5 Myths About Happy Relationships, Debunked

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    The Gottman's do it again! These relationship researchers (and experienced married couple) bust 5 myths people often hold of marriage. Instead of buying into these myths, read what Julie and John Gottman have to say about what does lead to better marriages. 

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Preventing Relationship Distress & Instability
    Factors that decrease risk and increase protective factors of romantic relationships
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
  • Couples Who are Fair About Housework Have More Sex

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    What do household chores have to do with sex? Some researchers have evidence that couples who share more housework have less sex. Newer research offers a different perspective, however. It seems that people in egalitarian marriages are actually having more sex now as things are changing regarding how sexual roles are viewed in partnerships. Check out the research on this difference.

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    Topics:
  • Decision Making in Relationships
    From every day moments to large relationship transitions: understanding and improving decision making in romantic relationships
    Gender Identity & Roles
    Gender identity: how it develops over time, how it plays out in romantic relationships, and strategies for negotiating roles in relationships
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Sexuality
    Development, culture, and values related to human sexuality and talking about sex in relationships
    Values
    Recognizing and understanding how partners’ values (e.g., adventure, commitment, humor, etc.) influence expectations and behaviors in romantic relationships
  • Can You Find Your Soulmate?

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    Media will certainly have you believing that your soulmate exists if you didn't think so already. Although compatibility is often set as a gold standard for relationships to thrive, researcher, Dr. Ted Hudson found in his study that unhappy couples and happy couples had no differences in their degree of compatibility. Read on to learn what actually made the difference.

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Mate Selection
    The process of choosing a partner
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
    Values
    Recognizing and understanding how partners’ values (e.g., adventure, commitment, humor, etc.) influence expectations and behaviors in romantic relationships
  • What Research Tells Us About the Most Successful Relationships

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    This fun article is a must read for people in and out of relationships. Click to reveal 6 trending research findings that contribte to successful relationships. 

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    Topics:
  • Communication & Conflict
    The delicate art of communication in romantic relationships
    Dating, Courtship, & Relationship Development
    Understanding relationship development and strategies for successfully beginning and fostering a romantic relationship
    Social Pressure & Support
    Understanding and managing the influence of friends and family on romantic relationships and vice-versa
    Marriage
    The civil, religious, and relational aspects of marriage and how to make it successful
    Preventing Relationship Distress & Instability
    Factors that decrease risk and increase protective factors of romantic relationships
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
    Stress, Resilience, & Coping
    How to manage stress coming from outside or inside a romantic relationship