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What makes a good marriage?

Chances are, if you’re like most people, you fell in love and couldn’t imagine life without your partner. So you got married. Simple, right? Except you are binding yourself to a person for a lifetime and after awhile you begin to wonder. Yes, you’re happily married. Yes, you’ve endured, taken the good with the bad. The really great moments when…

Learning to Live with Conflict

There’s good news and bad news about long-term relationships. The bad news first: Many problems in a relationship cannot be solved. Ever. Problems like traits your partner has that bug you. Or certain hard-core beliefs he has that conflict with yours. There are just some issues that are unsolvable, and every couple has them. The good news? You can learn…

How to Get Along with Political Opposites

So you’ve survived Thanksgiving dinner and your family is still intact. Or maybe it isn’t. Either way, it’s difficult to navigate social situations when friends and family have opposite political affiliations. Studies show people not only disagree, sometimes unpleasantly, but also discriminate against those whose party affiliations oppose their own. You are bound to encounter family and friends with conflicting…

How to Deal with a Passive-Aggressive Person

If you suspect a friend, co-worker, family member or partner is behaving in a passive aggressive manner, it’s time to take stock. Is your relationship with this person worth the aggravation you’re going to suffer? It’s possible you should give them another chance. Maybe their complaining is harmless and not designed to making you miserable. Or maybe they are going…

Lasting Love: How Do You Do It?

Falling in love is easy. It’s getting up, brushing yourself off, and making an effort to sustain a relationship that’s the hard part. Yet it’s so worth it because lasting love is its own reward. There is nothing sweeter than a committed relationship that stands the test of time. But all relationships go through peaks and valleys. And sometimes they…

7 Things to Do When Mass Violence Gets You Down

It seems like every time you see the news, some new and horrific violent act—like the shooting in Las Vegas—has taken too many lives. Even if you weren’t involved and know no one who was killed or injured, it’s upsetting. It can leave you feeling sad and hopeless. And that’s understandable. But how do you cope? 1 Know you’re not…

How to Break with a Friend

When a friendship causes you more pain than joy, when it drains you of energy instead of enhancing your life, then consider what you are doing. If it’s just a temporary rough spot, and all relationships have them, then hang in there. But if you are still in a relationship because you hate conflict and don’t want to face confronting…

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