Are you Phubbing Me?

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Communication, Connection, Intimacy, Listening, Quality Time, Time Management

“What is phubbing?” you ask. Great question. Hold that thought. Now picture this. You are enjoying coffee with a friend and having a great conversation. Then you hear buzzing. And without saying a word your friend glances at their phone. Their expression changes and maybe they mumble “just a minute” and quickly type a text message. Then your friend sighs, …

Couple talking

Hallmark or Havoc? Four Guidelines for a Post Holiday Checkup

Melody Morris Christmas, Communication, Conflict, Connection, Holidays, Listening, Quality Time

Christmas is one of the most romantic times of year. At least that’s how it appears on Hallmark holiday movies and all the recent knock-offs. The plots are similar. Key characters are lonely. But there is a prospect for romance, either new or rekindled. Then some great challenge threatens to end the would-be couple’s relationship. But in the course of …

Couple working together

Make a Good Marriage Better: Ideas for the New Year

Marriage Dynamics Institute Connection, Intimacy, Listening, Marriage Health, Quality Time

Now that Santa is in the rearview, we get down to the business of making that list and checking it twice. “What list?” you may be asking. The list you are composing–mentally, electronically, or on paper–of your top priorities for this new year. So what’s on your list?  You might want to include one (or more) of these ideas to …

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 …

The Gift of a Strong Marriage (Part 1) — Fulfillment

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Communication, Contentment, Intimacy, Listening, Marriage Health, Patience, Quality Time, Selfishness

People get married for lots of reasons. But according to a telephone survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, the number one reason people marry is love. Shocker. Reasons two and three are also unremarkable. People marry because they want to make a lifelong commitment. And they marry for companionship. No surprises there. Human beings are created in the image …

Four Ways to Support Your Spouse in Tough Times

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Conflict, Listening, Marriage Health, When Life is Difficult

Ever been caught unexpectedly in a severe storm? There aren’t many things more terrifying. Even if you are not physically harmed by the wind or high water, the long term after-effects of a major storm can derail your life as you deal with damage to home and property. Forbes recently published a list of some of the worst storms ever …

Is Criticism Getting in the Way of Intimacy in Your Marriage?

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Conflict, Criticism, Goals, Intimacy, Listening, Romance

No marriage is perfect. And if we are honest, sometimes we all wish our spouse would speak or behave differently. In a healthy relationship, a husband and wife can communicate these irritations or frustrations in ways that don’t tear each other down. When there is mutual love and respect, such conversations can bring about positive results. By comparison, when spouses …