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Keep Love Alive in your Marriage: Four Habits to Consider

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Communication, Connection, Date Night, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Marriage Health

Want to keep love alive in your marriage over the long haul? Develop behaviors and habits that feed your love one day at a time. Healthy marriage habits prevent feelings of loneliness and disconnection and help you grow a strong, resilient relationship that can survive the decades. This could be a much longer list, but here are four habits to …

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The Joys of Marriage Maintenance

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Communication, Conflict, Connection, Contentment, Date Night, Gratitude, Intimacy, Marriage Health, Reconnecting

If you are a home owner, you know about maintenance. Unless your house is newly constructed, and sometimes even if it is, something always needs repair. Or a little touch of paint.  Or a battery in the smoke detector. Or….whatever. And spring cleaning is a thing becauses houses get dirty. Once a year or so they need a good going-over …

Multiply Your Healthy Marriage Legacy

Marriage Dynamics Institute Celebration, Faith, Giving, Gratitude, Marriage Health

  A legacy is something passed from one generation to the next. Often, we think of legacy in financial terms. But legacy is about more than just money. Over the past 25 years, generations of couples have participated in marriage courses and workshops offered through Marriage Dynamics Institute. And as lives and relationships change—as couples find joy, meaning and purpose …

You can move forward even when the world is in limbo.

Living in Limbo but Still Moving Forward

Marriage Dynamics Institute Conflict, Connection, Faith, Gratitude, When Life is Difficult

Simple things—like going to the grocery store or spending time with friends—may seem more complicated these days. Depending on where you live, stores and restaurants may be operating at limited capacity with curbside service or takeout only options. Businesses you rely on may have closed temporarily, or for good. If you have been to the doctor lately, you probably had …

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Melody Morris Gifts, Giving, Gratitude, Holidays

It was Thanksgiving weekend many years ago, and my sisters and I were at mom and dad’s house for the holiday. We were sitting around talking and my dad said, “I know what gift I want for Christmas this year.” That stopped the conversation. Dad rarely asked for anything. And selecting a gift for him was always a challenge. “I …

Why #GivingTuesday Matters for Marriages in Crisis

Marriage Dynamics Institute Giving, Gratitude, Marriage Health

#GivingTuesday provides an opportunity to support things you value. Causes that are important. Marriage Dynamics Institute exists to support marriage, which is the most intimate of human relationships. Marriage is beautiful. But it’s also challenging.   And even the best relationships require tune ups and tweaks. They need to be nourished along the way to become strong and resilient, able …

A Thanksgiving Love Letter

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Gifts, Gratitude, Holidays, Romance

How long has it been since you’ve written a love letter to your spouse?  We found this sweet letter from a wife to her husband, and it inspired us. Because there’s something about an actual old-fashioned letter that is undeniably romantic—even when it’s written on a computer. In an age when too much communication comes in the form of a …

Grateful for the past—Anticipating the future at MDI

Marriage Dynamics Institute Gratitude, Marriage Health

An open letter from our Executive Director: Fall classes are winding down, and we have one more A New Beginning workshop on this year’s calendar. It’s hard to believe, but very soon we’ll say goodbye to 2019 and launch into a new year. So much has happened! Marriage Dynamics celebrated 25 years of ministry this year. Recently, I sat down with our …

Gratitude: It’s Good for your Marriage

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Connection, Contentment, Family, Gratitude, Holidays, Listening, Marriage Health

When someone mentions Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Turkey defrosting in your refrigerator? Traveling to see extended family? Preparing your home for out of town guests? Perhaps you think about watching the big games on television. While enjoying another slice of pumpkin pie. And after that the annual backyard football game with your siblings or cousins. Thanksgiving is marked by …