There's new evidence that depression is not just a disorder of the mind.
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How challenges can strengthen your relationship
Linda and Charlie Bloom
The act of lovemaking can be a great way to shift from a focus on the destination to one on the journey.
Vows are the cornerstones of the foundation of a committed partnership and taking vows is a practice that defines the context, expectations, and values of that relationship.
Intimacy requires a conscious intention to make space in our busy lives for the experience...
Part of the process of being authentic with our partner is to feel the feelings and to be transparent, allowing them to see our inner experience.
Most of us have been brought up to think in either/or terms.
Researchers claim that our happiness is made up of 50% genetics, 10% the circumstances of our lives, and 40% our beliefs and attitudes.
When the love that a couple enjoys is robust and full, it demands a wider arena for expression...
Belle was an appreciative wife, praising Dutch’s work on their house, but she experienced a growing sense of frustration because they weren’t connecting.
Some couples get caught in a highly conflictual style of communication where fighting is commonplace.
No matter how hard we try, there are sure to be breakdowns, broken agreements, and unhealed wounds that can create conflict in a relationship.
Many of us have lost the means by which we experience the ecstatic, yet still long to be taken outside of ordinary reality...
When we interviewed the happiest couples we could find, we clearly saw that they were among the group keeping passionate romance alive.
When it comes down to it, we marry for one reason: we think that we’ll be happier than we would be being single.
What is it that extraordinarily happy couples are doing?
When the time comes for letting go of a relationship, most people don’t do it very well.
Since the perpetuation of the species is the force that drives the longing for connection, it seems that we’d be wired to get along with ease. But sometimes that is not the case.
In the couples’ counseling session, when I inquired of Candice how long she had been unhappy in the marriage, she announced that she had been dispirited for 5 of their 12 years.
To become a great lover requires being able to acquire the voice of love, but some people are quite inhibited about giving voice to the love they feel.
It drove Sandy nuts when Robert repeatedly came home from work late.
It can be hard to own up to how we get in our own way of having the kind of partnership that we dream of.
It is often difficult to tell when we are doing that which does not serve our self-interest. Perhaps we have not had good role models for handling differences...
“I married my college sweetheart in 1970, and we were together for 28 years while raising a son..."
“My first marriage with Clydine was a traditional one of raising our children..."
To those of the Jewish faith, Yom Kippur is considered the most sacred of all the holidays; it literally translates into "Day of Atonement."
Taking care of yourself may be the best thing that you can do for your relationship.
Most of us know that there are certain kinds of experiences that nurture our souls and other that don’t.
One major challenge for couples is to see how they can offer their pain and anger to each other in a way that lets them connect, rather than disconnect.
There is no statute of limitations on hurt feelings or wounded trust; the pain of unfinished business can linger for years.
Just as a space shuttle burns about 90 percent of its fuel during the initial moments of flight, marriage requires its greatest expenditure of energy during its early stages.
Relationships can be a major key to professional success.
Linda Bloom, L.C.S.W., and Charlie Bloom, M.S.W., are the authors of Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truths from Real Couples About Lasting Love.