marriage

One Key to Being Happy When You’re Single – Happiness Article

Significant changes have been taking place within the institution of marriage over the last couple of decades. People are getting married later. More people are actively choosing not to get married. It is more common for people to have children without getting married. But how is this affecting our well-being? To start to examine that question, a recent study in Applied Research in Quality of Life compared the behaviors and the happiness of married and unmarried people. It found that…

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Beware of People Who Promise You the World – Self Improvement Article

A friend recently asked me, “What’s a red flag that most people wrongly interpret as a positive thing?” It was a great question and an answer immediately came to mind: those who promise too much. I see people fall for the “over-promising trap” very often. They meet someone who is super nice to them, treats them well, and promises the world to them. Then they inevitably get burned and blind-sided… They think, “I never saw this coming! He was so…

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What No One Tells You About Becoming a Mother – Happiness Article

You can find plenty of practical information out there about pregnancy and parenting, but what about the emotional rollercoaster and identity shift that occurs for many women and their partners when they have a child? We don’t talk much about it—and if we do, it’s usually in the context of postpartum depression. We need a new model to think about the transition to motherhood. That’s the focus of the new book What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your…

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Elderly man filmed surprising his wife with flowers at airport has gone viral – Positivity Article

Please share our story on: The airport is probably one of the most interesting places that you could ever be in – not because of the place itself, but because of the people who are in it. unsplash When you’re in one, you are surrounded by individuals from all walks of life. The airport is also where the most heartbreaking separations and the most joyous reunions happen. A daughter moving to another country to build her new life, a soldier…

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How to Uncomplicate Relationships + 5 Ways to Infuse More Love into Them – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river.” ~Malagasy Proverb Relationship status: Complicated, is what gets seen around more and more on social media these days. When we think of relationships, immediately the word “complicated” seems to get formed in our minds. I recently met a friend after a really long hiatus, and when I asked her how things were going with her Husband…all she could say was “let it be, it’s complicated…”. Just…

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10 Tips for a Long and Happy Marriage – Self Improvement Article

There’s no master plan for how people maintain their marriage. There’s no formula to follow or equation to calculate. Every relationship is different and each couple faces distinct circumstances. You can’t deliver the magic love formula for the same two couples. Yet, there’s a wealth of knowledge out there from those who understand what it takes to thrive. For one couple, it might be a simple passion or activity they both enjoy, something that no one else can understand. Humor,…

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Creating the Perfect Wedding Photo Book – Self Improvement Article

Are you still going gaga over your recently concluded wedding? While that special day has come to pass, you can relive the magical moments at your wedding in a lot of ways. The most classic way of reminiscing those moments, for example, is through a personalized wedding photo book. If you want to know how to create the perfect photo book for your wedding, here are some tips to make it stand out. Decide Whether You Want a Photo Book…

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Why Physically Connecting With Others Improves Well-Being

Human touch is a necessary component to anyone’s happiness, mental health, and well-being. One of the most famous experiments in psychology is Harry Harlow’s experiments on rhesus monkeys in the late 1930s. He put young monkeys in various forms of social isolation (away from their mothers) to see how it influenced their development. While the studies are highly controversial and unethical by today’s standards, they reveal a lot about our need for social connectedness and touch. In one study, Harlow…

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The “Silent Treatment” Is A Sign of a Toxic Relationship

Communication is one of the most important factors in any healthy relationship – whether it’s with family, friends, loved ones, coworkers, bosses, or whomever. And much of the social conflict we experience in our lives is due to some type of miscommunication or lack of communication. One study published in the journal Personal Relationships has identified one pattern that’s common in most negative and toxic relationships. Psychologists looked at over 100 married couples in the U.S. and had them keep…

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Conscious Uncoupling: Healthy Breakup 101

Just because a relationship ends, it doesn’t mean it’s over. When we take a lover, it’s as though we breathe this person into the very center of our soul, inviting them to take up residence and root down within us. In the bloom of romance, this joining can be one of the most beautiful experiences we’ve ever had. You and your partner may begin thinking one another’s thoughts, sensing one another’s feelings, merging your worldviews, and assimilating each other’s preferences…

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