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When One Spouse wants to Save the Marriage, and the Other Doesn’t

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Conflict, Intimacy, Marriage Health, Marriage Intensive, When Life is Difficult

Sometimes things go terribly wrong in a marriage relationship, and one spouse wants to save the marriage, but the other does not. Unhealthy relationships can fall apart quickly. They can go completely off the rails in dramatic fashion setting off shock waves that can leave one or both marriage partners in denial. Marriages can also drift into indifference. And couples …

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Loss Aversion and Marriage: Simple Ways to be a Winner

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Conflict, Connection, Criticism, Marriage Health, Reconnecting

Human beings really, really hate to lose. In economics, they call this concept loss aversion. Research shows that people feel worse about losing $10 than we feel good about finding $10 because we actually experience losses more intensely than we do gains.  In other words, we tend to focus more on negative emotions and setbacks more than we do on …

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6 Ways to Cultivate Oneness in Marriage

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Communication, Conflict, Connection, Date Night, Intimacy, Marriage Health, Quality Time, Reconnecting, Romance

Oneness in marriage means that after a few years, your spouse should probably know you better than anyone else. Because your spouse is the person who sees what you are really like when no one else is around. That’s part of the wonder of marriage. It’s vulnerable. Even scary. You might say it’s part of the wonder of oneness. And …

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Marriage and Family Loyalty

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Communication, Conflict, Connection, Family, Finances, Marriage Health, Weddings

In marriage, there should be no doubt about family loyalty. Because when you get married, primary loyalty shifts from family of origin to the new family unit. Your spouse becomes your immediate family, and your first loyalty. And while your spouse will not be your only friend in life, they really should be your best friend, and your closest companion. …

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Build Relationships and Grow a Marriage Ministry

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Connection, Dynamic Marriage, Faith, Marriage Courses, Marriage Health, Marriage Ministry, United Marriage

For Avon and Valorie Banks when you grow a marriage ministry it’s all about relationships. And they enjoy getting to know people. So they take couples on marriage retreats that focus on relaxation and building relationships. The retreats might take place at the beach or even on a cruise. And they don’t have a heavy agenda. Avon says their approach …

Dr. Robert and Stella Wilson are a power couple.

Power Couple Makes a Difference: Meet Robert and Stella Wilson

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Giving Back, Marriage Courses

What do you think of when you hear the term power couple? Do you think of couples who have a lot of influence? Do you picture a husband and wife who work as a team, with gifts that complement each other? Couples who are making a real impact in the world? At Marriage Dynamics, our power couples are all of …

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Is Your Marriage in Crisis?

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Conflict, Connection, Criticism, Hope, Marriage Counseling, Marriage Intensive

Sometimes couples are living in the middle of a marriage crisis, and one spouse doesn’t even know it’s happening. “My spouse just left and I had no idea she/he was so unhappy,” the caller says. “What do I do now?” The answer is simple, but not necessarily easy. Get help and make changes. Because just limping along and doing the …

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Marriage is a Journey, Not a Destination: Tips from Seasoned Travelers

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Communication, Connection, Contentment, Goals, Intimacy, Marriage Health, Romance, When Life is Difficult

Marriage is a journey. You don’t suddenly arrive at a great marriage. Rather, you discover it one day at a time. Sometimes it’s like a thrill ride! Other times it’s a strenuous uphill climb. No one can completely map out their marriage journey because life… happens. But there are things you can do to make sure your relationship is ready …

Charlie and Ida McClendon, married 63 years. They have taught and used the Dynamic Marriage "tools for a lifetime" to build a better marriage over 63 years together.

Tools for a Lifetime: Build a Better Marriage

Marriage Dynamics Institute Connection, Marriage Courses, Marriage Health, Reconnecting

For a lot of couples, 2020 was a particularly hard year for their marriage. But when Charlie McClendon received calls from distressed couples who had already taken a Dynamic Marriage course, he knew just what to do. “I told them to go home and get out their Dynamic Marriage books and go back through the material,” Charlie said. “And when …

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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 …