Aug 262014
How to Deal With Marriage Doubts

Whether you call it marriage doubts or pre-wedding jitters – or you’re scared to get married even though you’re not even engaged yet – here are a few things to think about. The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy Keller and Kathy Keller will help you square with mistaken beliefs of modern culture. For instance, it’s a myth that everyone has a

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Aug 252014
The Consequences of Growing Up Poor on Your Relationship

The consequences of growing up poor don’t end when you’re a financially stable adult. Here’s how growing up poor affects your relationship or marriage, and how to stop money from destroying love. In The 5 Money Personalities: Speaking the Same Love and Money Language, by Scott Palmer and Bethany Palmer say that once you know your Money Personality, you can get to the root of money arguments and start improving your

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Aug 242014
3 Tips on How to Stop Ruminating About the Past

It’s natural to look back at your relationship and (hopefully) learn from it, but at some point you need to focus on your future. Here are a few tips on how to stop ruminating about the past, based on the results of recent research from Florida State University. The Secret of Letting Go by Guy Finley offers examples and stories that illustrate his concepts of how to let go of all the

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Aug 222014
How to Forgive Your Ex

You know you should forgive because forgiveness frees you from pain and increases happiness. Here are six tips on how to forgive your ex for lying, cheating, stealing, abusing or hurting you. In Mars and Venus Starting Over: A Practical Guide for Finding Love Again After a Painful Breakup, Divorce, or the Loss of a Loved One, John Gray writes, “To put our lives back together, not only do we

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Aug 152014
How to Deal With Anxiety in Marriage

If you know how anxiety affects relationships, you’ll learn how to deal with anxiety in marriage. These tips start with the ten best anxiety management techniques. In The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It, Margaret Wehrenberg addresses physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. She is a leading mental health clinician, and draws on basic brain science to highlight

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Aug 142014
How to Stop Resenting Your Husband

These tips won’t magically make the resentment you feel towards your husband disappear, but they might help you find freedom from anger and other negative feelings. Living and Loving after Betrayal: How to Heal from Emotional Abuse, Deceit, Infidelity, and Chronic Resentment by Steven Stosny PhD offers potent ways to heal, grow, and love again. We are more powerful when we’re compassionate and grateful than when angry or aggressive. True strength

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Aug 112014
How to Get Over a Breakup

These tips on how to get over a breakup begin with peace, healing, surrender, and acceptance. Take a deep breath, and know that your heart will heal. Love will find you again, and you’ll be filled with gratitude. I usually recommend books at the beginning of my blog posts, because I believe books are the best way to heal and learn how to get over a breakup. But there are

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Aug 052014
Break Up Advice - How to End a Relationship

Learn how to end a relationship without causing unnecessary pain to your partner. This break up advice is inspired by a reader who wants to know how to end her marriage gently and firmly. In The Breakup Bible: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Healing from a Breakup or Divorce, Rachel Sussman helps women heal, understand, and transform after ending a relationship. She offers new perspectives and advice from real, healed women at

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Aug 012014
5 Signs He Loves You

Does he run hot and cold on you, so you don’t know if he really loves you? Here are five undeniable signs of love, plus a description of Gary Chapman’s “love languages.” Different people show love in different ways – which is why Gary Chapman wrote The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts. That book is about giving and receiving love in a way that is meaningful

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Jul 312014
Questions to Ask Before You Get Your Boyfriend Back

You want to get your boyfriend back, but it may not be good for you long-term. Here’s what to consider before you get back together with your ex-boyfriend. In Reconcilable Differences: Rebuild Your Relationship by Rediscovering the Partner You Love – Without Losing Yourself, Andrew Christensen, Brian D. Doss, and Neil S. Jacobson describe how to avoid having the same fights over and over. They also teach readers how  how to problem solve

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