The Best Marriage Advice Around

THE BEST MARRIAGE ADVICE AROUND

Nurturing Marriage

It’s true. We have gathered some of the best marriage advice around – from ordinary (and amazing) people just like you. People who are living proof that this kind of advice helps. People who are experiencing the ups and downs of married life, just like you. We wanted to know what married people, who are in the thick of things, would share with other couples, and we were blown away by the plethora of deep and wise advice that these folks shared. This is the kind of advice that helps nurture marriages, friends.

So, enjoy reading all of this awesomeness. And don’t be shy – leave your best marriage advice in the comments, please!

“Marriage is not a 50/50 give/take way of life it is a 100/100 give/take situation.” – Don

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10 Things to Remember When Everything You Want is Out of Reach

10 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN EVERYTHING YOU WANT IS OUT OF REACH

Marc Chernoff

10 Things to Remember When Everything You Want is Out of Reach

Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.

That’s the super-short version of my advice for those moments when nothing seems to be going as planned—when everything you want seems out of reach.

Yes, just be right where you are, with an open mind.

Let go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and sincerely appreciate it for everything that it is.

Easier said than done of course, especially when tragedy strikes.  And although Angel and I have coped and grown through our fair share of real tragedies, let’s be honest about something: 98% of the time we create tragedy in our lives out of fairly minor incidents.  Something doesn’t go exactly as planned, but rather than learn from the experience, we freak out about it and let stress become us.

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The #1 Thing Couples Fight About Based On 40 Years of Research

THE #1 THING COUPLES FIGHT ABOUT BASED ON 40 YEARS OF RESEARCH

Kyle Benson

Most often couples fight about nothing

Do you know Angelina Jolie?

She’s that beautiful actor who adopts Asian babies, and married the world’s most gorgeous man. They even had their own movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Well, I’ve never met her. She sounds like a deadly assassin with a secret identity.

But I do know Christina.

Like Angelina, Christina is an admirable and beautiful woman. She also happened to marry a beautiful man named Brad.

When they first met, he was something different. Mesmerizing. Passionate. But now there is a huge space between them, and it keeps getting bigger.

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The true and sad reasons why ‘bad men’ are so addictive to women and how to break away from them

THE TRUE AND SAD REASONS WHY ‘BAD MEN’ ARE SO ADDICTIVE TO WOMEN AND HOW TO BREAK AWAY FROM THEM

Rita Luciano

Are women addicted to ‘bad men,’ or is there something else going on?
“What is a bad man?” you ask. We’re talking about men who destroy women’s self-esteem or well-being, and emotionally abuse them. These bad men could be felons or gang members, but they’re often just average men who treat women poorly and emotionally abuse them.

These men don’t usually start bad. They might have a past of being nice – or pretending to be nice. Women fall for them, and they love them dearly. These women recognized the ‘bad men’ weren’t perfect from the beginning, but they convinced themselves they could ‘fix’ these men and make them better.

The true and sad reality is that women in emotionally abusive relationships often suffer from low self-esteem and feel trapped in these relationships – they’re not addicted. These women might not think they can do better, and they might not think they deserve better.

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7 Effective Ways to Let Go and Move Forward

7 EFFECTIVE WAYS TO LET GO AND MOVE FORWARD

Angel Chernoff

You are changing. The universe around you is changing. Just because something was right for you in the past doesn’t mean it still is. This could be a relationship, a job, a home, a habit, etc.

It happens to you slowly as you grow. You discover more about who you are and what you want out of life, and then you realize there are deliberate changes you need to make to keep up with the changes happening around you and within you.

The lifestyle you’ve been living no longer fits. Specific people, places and routines you’ve known forever no longer align with your values. So you cherish all the memories, but find yourself letting go and moving forward with your life.

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3 Toxic Behaviors that Drain Your Mental Energy

3 Toxic Behaviors that Drain Your Mental Energy

3 TOXIC BEHAVIORS THAT DRAIN YOUR MENTAL ENERGY

Let me share three quick stories and some life-changing lessons with you…

    • “On my nursing shift at the hospital this evening, I was forced into a moment of clarity when I got off my phone, utterly flustered after having an argument with my husband, and my 8-year-old patient who’s dying of leukemia asked me if I was OK.”
    • “Today is the 10-year anniversary of the day I had planned on ending my life.  It’s also the 10-year anniversary of the day I found out I was pregnant with my now 9-year-old son.  He’s the reason I changed my mind.  And he is so worth it!  But perhaps most importantly, I now realize I am worth it too.”

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Understand the factors that make children brilliant

UNDERSTAND THE FACTORS THAT MAKE CHILDREN BRILLIANT

This is a long article but you can’t really raise smart kids if you won’t read.

Every parent I have met wants a brilliant child and I have also met some who would get enraged if a child comes back with a below-average report card. They would even go as far as beating a child who isn’t doing very well in class. I always wonder why they do that because the truth is there are a lot of factors that make a child brilliant and very few of them depend on the child.

In fact, I can say the only factor that depends on the child is concentration and seriousness. Every other thing, including the ability to think, assimilate, read, memorize, prepare and a host of others fall under the purview of the parents, whether consciously or unconsciously.

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One Thing Unhappy People Refuse To Do For Themselves

ONE THING UNHAPPY PEOPLE REFUSE TO DO FOR THEMSELVES

Angel Chernoff

Life is hard sometimes.  There’s no escaping that reality.  It’s impossible to live well without encountering some level of struggle, and there are some seasons in our lives that are especially heartbreaking.

For Marc and me, one such season occurred over the course of 15 months when we were in our late 20’s.  It was a period of profound loss, beginning when we lost our jobs and our house in the downturn of the economy.  It started out as a financially scary and uncertain time for our family.  Worry seeped into everyday life.  “Unhappiness” is the simplest word to describe it.

Then, as we were learning to navigate our new reality, we were hit with a devastating loss: the death of a mutual best friend from sudden cardiac arrest.  The loss of such a key figure in our lives was intense!  We were absolutely devastated and knocked down to what seemed like the lowest of lows for weeks on end.  And just as we were beginning to get back on our feet, my older brother committed suicide.

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The role of spouses in making decisions

THE ROLE OF SPOUSES IN MAKING DECISIONS
Os Hillman

“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” – Proverbs 12:15

When John Benson decided to make some financial investments in a new business venture, he was very excited about the possibilities for a handsome financial return. His business and financial background had served him well. John felt strongly that his wife Jenny would not understand the complexity of his investment, so he casually mentioned it to her. When she asked a few simple questions, John became defensive and justified his plans for investing in the venture.

A year later, after investing a large sum of money, John received a phone call from the investment company. All the investors who had put money in the company were going to lose their investment with no ability to recoup it.

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The Role of Spouses in Making Decisions

THE ROLE OF SPOUSES IN MAKING DECISIONS
Os Hillman

“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” – Proverbs 12:15

When John Benson decided to make some financial investments in a new business venture, he was very excited about the possibilities for a handsome financial return. His business and financial background had served him well. John felt strongly that his wife Jenny would not understand the complexity of his investment, so he casually mentioned it to her. When she asked a few simple questions, John became defensive and justified his plans for investing in the venture.

A year later, after investing a large sum of money, John received a phone call from the investment company. All the investors who had put money in the company were going to lose their investment with no ability to recoup it.

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