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How Important is Sexual Fulfillment?

Low Sex Marriage

Is sexual fulfillment important to your happiness? If it is and if it is an issue in your marriage, how have you dealt with the issue of differing sex drives?

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Have a Picnic Together

Wednesday April 23, 2014
You may not be able to schedule a picnic on a weekday to celebrate National Picnic Day today, but try to have a picnic this weekend. Or, you could wait until June when the British celebrate National Picnic Week. Or, if you really want to procrastinate, July is National Picnic Month. But I don't recommend putting it off. Have a picnic together soon!

McMinville Oregon Picnic

Why?

Picnics, or as our kids used to call them, Quicknics, are inexpensive, fun, and another way to build intimacy.

More to Read:
     10 Ways to Create More Intimacy
     Solutions For a Time-Starved Marriage
     Seven Ways to Get Your Marriage Out of a Rut

Photo Credit: Sheri Stritof

Be a Supportive Spouse

Tuesday April 22, 2014
Being a supportive spouse can be both a rewarding and a difficult role. Although the dictionary definition is quite clear, living out being supportive in your marriage isn't always so well defined.

Be Supportive

We put showing respect for your spouse's personal decisions on our list of ways you can be more supportive in your marriage. Some other ways include helping to maintain balance in your lives and not being threatened by your spouse's accomplishments.

Related:
     More Ways to Support Your Spouse
     Compliments in Your Marriage
     Ways to Be Positive
     Five Love Languages

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Strengthen Your Marriage

Friday April 18, 2014
Are you wondering how you can strengthen your marriage?

A starting point is to talk with each other about these lists of things some husbands and wives want from marriage.

Here are a few more things you can do to enhance your marriage.

  • Cuddle, snuggle, hold hands, hug, and kiss your spouse.
  • Walk together -- both physically and emotionally.
  • Eat at least one meal a day together.
  • Talk with one another during dinner.
  • Commit to having date nights.
  • One of the keys to great sex is communication. If you are having sexual problems, discuss them.
  • Share your feelings with your spouse.
  • Leave love notes and special messages somewhere to be found by your spouse.
  • Continue to build intimacy in your marriage.
  • Put your spouse first on your priority list.

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Do You Believe in Soul Mates?

Wednesday April 16, 2014
Comments about individuals believing they are marrying their soul mates are often mentioned in press releases and stories about long lasting marriages. Soul mate movie themes are popular, too.

We heard engaged couples on Engaged Encounter Weekends talking about how they found their soul mates. Advertisements for match making services try to sell the idea that you can find your soul mate by taking their tests.

If you believe in the idea of only one soul mate for each person, you may assume that a partnership of two soul mates should be able to handle challenging times easily. That may not always be the case.

Douglas LaBier, Ph.D., describes a soul mate as an "idealized lover", an "unattainable ideal", and a "flawed pursuit". But he also believes that by having a mature love relationship with openness, letting go of control, and making time for each other, you can have a soul mate experience with your spouse.

"I think there's a way to grow and develop the soul mate experience with your partner. It's attainable in reality, but only when it's part of mature adult love. That is, it emerges from a sustainable adult relationship -- a blend of erotic desire, friendship, and respect and support of each other's growth and development as independent, different human beings."
Source: Douglas LaBier, Ph.D. "Your Soul Mate Fantasy: How to Make It A Reality." PsychologyToday.com. 4/19/2010.

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