Check out our collection of Marriage Tips from our weekly newsletters. There a many good ideas here. Why not try one today?
Valentine's Day gets overbooked, so reserve ahead at your favorite restaurant. At dinner, talk about your own love story.
What does it take to build and maintain a loving marriage in today's busy and fast paced life?
The reality of pressures from daily living and work often don't fit within personal, family or societal visions of "the perfect marriage." This often puts couples in the middle of a firefight. In the midst of the hectic schedule, it is often the simple and practical things to do that escape them.
Growing and fostering a healthy marriage should include these essential components:
It is often said that "a marriage takes a lot of work". Perhaps it is better said in this way, "a marriage needs a lot of attention". The attention that two people give each other while falling in love should never really go away. While certainly the needs and demands of family and life are incorporated into a married couple's relationship, why would anyone replace the attention they gave to the love of their life, with attention to other things? And besides, it's fun!
Taking a class, a workshop, or even an at home study for your marriage on a regular basis is crucial to experiencing a growing and loving marriage.
In our busy lives, all too often we don't make time for the most basic of social functions -- eating together! Be sure to make time to sit down together and share a meal for two. Try to even share the preparation -- and the clean-up! If you haven't got time to cook, how about a take-away, or a romantic meal at a local restaurant? Take the time to eat face to face, not in front of the TV!
What does your daily communication as a couple consist of? Organizing the family and home, questions about the kids, what needs to go on the shopping list? Or perhaps some of the big decisions of life -- whether to move, what new car to buy, your health or ailments? When was the last time you sat down and just talked about "you" -- the challenges of life, what's motivating you, what's dragging you down, how it feels to be you -- or perhaps your hopes and dreams for your future together? Make some time this week to sit down together just to "talk"!
When we first fall in love, life always seems to be full of fun -- but as the years go by, sometimes we forget to play together! Why not make some time to do something together you both enjoy --something as simple as going for a walk, watching a movie together, taking a dance class, or spending an evening in your local pub or a jazz club. For the truly adventurous, think para-gliding or a zip line! Maybe just curl up together in front of a fire, and read stories to each other. Whatever it is, try and find something you can both take part in, and which will remind you of the fun times in your relationship!
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Regular Date Nights with your spouse are proven to improve the quality of your marriage!
Plan to go out to dinner next week, or do something fun—just the two of you— bowling, a museum, a local theatrical production. Keep the conversation positive and productive with these quick tips:
"10 Great Dates to Energize your Marriage" by David & Claudia Arp
Do you remember early on, loving your spouse so much that your heart ached? Did you wonder what in the world could ever dampen your excitement? If you feel those emotions weakening, don't resign to the notion it's inevitable. That deep, soul-satisfying connection can (and will!) be yours again with this updated and expanded edition of "10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage", a proven plan to revive the awe and attraction that once kept you inseparable. Click
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A Valentine's Great Date with "10 Great Dates"
Put the sizzle back in your relationship with a fun Valentine Great Date! Claudia & David Arp, authors of the popular "10 Great Dates" book series, have put together a one-page dating guide that is sure to energize your marriage with fun, intimacy and romance! FREE download. Visit their website for more info: http://www.10greatdates.org
Great Marriage Music
There are very few really thoughtful songs about marriage. Chuck White has written the best. Click here to check out his songs now.
The price is normally $35 per couple and typically is reduced to $19.95 on www.couplecheckup.com during the week of Feb 7- Feb 14 in honor of National Marriage Week USA.
Any couple (dating, engaged, or married) can take this nationally renowned "Couple Checkup" assessment, developed by PREPARE/ENRICH, which will generate a report for you about your relationship. This is a productive way to have a conversation and move forward with growth and change in ways to strengthen your marriage. Maybe use the results as a topic for discussion on a special weekend retreat or date night--even Valentine's Day!
Take the Five Love Language Quiz!
Take this free, simple quiz, based upon the New York Bestselling book, The 5 Love Languages® by Gary Chapman, with more than five million copies sold. The 5 Love Languages® has helped countless couples identify practical and powerful ways to express love, simply by using the appropriate love language. Many husbands and wives who had spent years struggling through marriages they thought were loveless discovered one or both spouses had long been showing love through messages that weren't getting through. By recognizing their different love languages, they witnessed the rebirth of the love they thought had been gone for good. Take this quiz and share it with your spouse to identify your primary love language. Click here.