thankfulness

730: EXPRESS THANKFULNESS AND GRATITUDE

“Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.” —Jefferson Bethke Expressing thankfulness is a simple yet powerful way to strengthen your marriage. Gratitude builds emotional intimacy, the workhorse of The 6 Pillars of Intimacy®. Because all the pillars are connected, expressing gratitude can strengthen more than just your emotional pillar, depending on the topic.
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dog

728: IT’S ME OR THE DOG

“Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them and filling a void they didn’t know they had.” —Thom Jones Owning a pet can add joy and happiness to your marriage. There are plenty of benefits, such as spending time with your spouse while walking the dog, sharing the responsibilities of caring for…
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ways to show gratitude one extraordinary marriage

3 WAYS TO SHOW GRATITUDE TO YOUR SPOUSE

There are many ways to show gratitude to your spouse throughout the year. But when life gets busy, thanking your spouse can fall by the wayside. Showing gratitude is so important to your marriage, and it’s easy to incorporate it into everyday life. Start today. You and your spouse will both reap the benefits of…
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confidence

727: LACK OF CONFIDENCE

“Nothing holds you back more than your own insecurities.” —Anonymous Confidence is an essential element of marriage. Feeling confident and capable is empowering. When you feel confident in your marriage, you can take action to help your marriage thrive. But when you aren’t confident, fear of rejection or failure can hold you back. Insecurity and…
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controlling behaviors

725: THOSE CONTROLLING BEHAVIORS

“You cannot control other people. You can only control your reactions to them.” —Anonymous Control is an interesting concept in marriage. According to Merriam-Webster.com, the definition of the word control as a verb is: to exercise restraining or directing influence over to regulate OR to have power over, to rule
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wanna quit

724: I WANNA QUIT

“Quitting because you don’t want to be uncomfortable will prevent you from growing.” —Amy Morin I wanna quit. I don’t want to do this anymore. It’s too hard. I don’t think we can fix this. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. What happened to us? When helplessness and hopelessness collide, it can lead couples…
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flirting

723: WHO ARE YOU FLIRTING WITH

“Flirting while married is highly disrespectful. While it may seem harmless it can be very hurtful to the person that loves you.” —Anonymous Extraordinary couples are mindful of those things that can be detrimental to their marriage. These couples also notice shifts in the marriage dynamic so that they don’t set themselves up for failure.…
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information overload

721: INFORMATION OVERLOAD

“The result of information overload is usually distraction. It dilutes your focus and takes you off your game.” —Zig Ziglar It’s easy to fall into a cycle of information overload. Listening to multiple podcasts on marriage. Reading a few books at a time. Scouring the internet.
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