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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Improve Your Relationship's Communal Strength

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Expressing gratitude can strengthen how much you care for your partner and desire to meet their needs. Click to start now! 

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Social Support

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Having social support in relationships is a major bonus! Learn what this support can do and how best to give it! 

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Do You Engage In Relationship Maintenance?

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Fan that flame! It's important to practice these top 5 relationship maintenance strategies for a happy, nourished relationship. 

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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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Can a Bad Romance Hurt Your Health?

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Taking care of your relationship is part of taking care of yourself. Learn how relationship health and physical health are connected.

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Relationship Sacrifice

Natalie Pennington

Is it worth it to give in to your partner all the time? 

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Topics:
  • Commitment
    The role of commitment in romantic relationships and how to navigate it
    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
    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
    Relationship Maintenance
    Ways to keep your relationship working and healthy
  • Ways to Love Freely Without Losing Yourself

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    Boundaries in relationships don't have to ruin the romance. They provide protection for our hearts and also free us up to love more fully. Check out these 5 steps for setting up healthy boundaries in relationships. 

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    Topics:
  • Commitment
    The role of commitment in romantic relationships and how to navigate it
    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
    Maintaining Self in Relationships
    Balancing personal and relationship identity development
    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
  • U.S. Divorce Trends Based on Age

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    The 50% divorce rate is not exactly what it seems. Susan Brown from Bowling Green State University speaks to the rise in divorce among Baby Boomers and the fall of divorce rates among younger people. Learn how age, income, and other factors play a part. 

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  • Separation & Divorce
    The many facets of witnessing, considering, experiencing, and recovering from separation & divorce
    Socioeconomic Context
    The influence of socioeconomic factors (e.g., income, education) on relationships
    Preventing Relationship Distress & Instability
    Factors that decrease risk and increase protective factors of romantic relationships
    Re-Partnering & Remarriage
    Re-entering romantic relationships after the ending of a serious relationship or marriage
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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