Communication

A Portland Marriage Coach Shares 4 Tips to Improve Your Communication with Your Partner

June 15, 2016 by

Why didn’t anybody ever mention that romantic relationships and marriage would be so hard?

Actually, they probably did! But as a young person, newly in love, most of us tend to overlook those comments as "bitter" or assume they don't apply to us.

But every couple has struggles, and every couple argues. ...

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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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Relationship Advice: Do You and Your Partner Need a Code Word? Part 1

October 14, 2015 by

Nobody is at their best when they argue. Most couples can acknowledge that at some point during an argument, things escalate past the point of reason, and the inertia of arguments often builds beyond our ability diffuse the situation. Translation: sometimes we’re just too hotheaded to calm things down—even when we know ...

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Check out our Facebook Listing for continuing updates

April 12, 2011 by

Portland Relationship Center is now a part of Facebook!  Keep an eye out for updates and articles from Norene and other Portland marriage counselors on our new Facebook page.  You can also now share any of our blog postings with your Facebook friends with a simple click of a button below the ...

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Published in Marriage Education