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The Beatles’ relationship advice that money can’t buy you love is true. A recent study by Brigham Young University asked over 1,700 couples across the country to complete a marriage study where one question asked them to rate how much they value “having money and lots of things.”

Relationship Advice: How to Save Your Marriage If You Have Kids

January 27, 2016 by

You might think your marriage is strong, but after you have children, many things are bound to change. How can they not? Your priorities are different. Instead of spending quality time with your spouse, you’re changing diapers, waking up in the middle of the night for feedings, and stressing about your lack ...

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Portland Marriage Counselor: Making Up Quickly Key to a Good Relationship

January 13, 2016 by

If you are involved in a relationship, eventually you are going to get into a fight with your significant other. It’s just human nature. We all have individual needs and desires, and sometimes those desires metaphorically butt heads with what our partner wants.

You’ve probably heard something along the lines of, “It’s ...

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Relationship Help: How to Avoid Holiday Family Drama

December 23, 2015 by

Does the thought of gathering around the table with all of your family around the holidays or swapping gifts by the tree bring about heart palpitations? Do you find yourself rehashing last year’s drama and hoping that this year won’t be as bad?

Often, the holidays are a double-edged sword for people: ...

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Relationship Advice: 7 Secrets to Being a Better Listener for Your Partner

December 9, 2015 by

“You never listen to me!” Is this a common complaint you hear from your partner? Or one that you frequently level at them? We want to believe we are good listeners in a relationship, but listening isn’t always an innate ability.

Communication is a key component in any relationship, but communicating with ...

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Portland Marriage Counselor: Two Words Key to a Happy Relationship

November 25, 2015 by

They’re two simple words that can do a world of good. They can make you feel appreciated, proud, and connected all at once.

What are they? “Thank you.”

We’re all guilty of failing to express gratitude at times in our life. Yet studies show that couples that express simple thanks to one ...

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Portland Marriage Counselor: Why Men Should Make Women Laugh

November 11, 2015 by

Marilyn Monroe once said, “If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.”

While the “anything” part is certainly debatable, new research from the University of Kansas supports that the more times a man can make a woman laugh, the more likely she will become romantically interested in ...

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A Portland Marriage Counselor on the Power of Gratitude

November 4, 2015 by

“Thank you”. “I appreciate you”. “That means a lot”.

We’ve all felt the warmth of gratitude. When someone expresses thanks for our hard work and sacrifice, it often makes all of the effort worthwhile.

But we’ve also felt the sting of an absent “thank you”—that terrible feeling of underappreciation that comes when ...

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