Month: March 2019

Why Stay In An Unhappy Marriage Instead Of Getting Divorced?

By Mary Ellen Goggin / March 22, 2019
Unhappy couple sitting on a bench struggling with the question of why stay in an unhappy marriage.

From bliss to boredom, from soaring hopes and dreams to wondering why you ever got married. You may be asking, “Why stay in an unhappy marriage instead of getting divorced?” You may even have one foot out the door. Plenty of couples stay in marriages that look miserable from both the inside and the outside.…

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How To Get Your Spouse To Communicate With You

By Mary Ellen Goggin / March 18, 2019
Adoring couple who have found the secret of how to get your spouse to communicate.

You talk about work. You talk about the kids. You talk about rush-hour traffic. But you don’t know how to get your spouse to communicate with you about things that make you a couple. You live in the same home, sleep in the same bed, share the same anniversary. And yet, your communication has lost…

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6 Tips For Surviving Infidelity As The Cheater & Making Your Marriage Work

By Mary Ellen Goggin / March 13, 2019
Man sadly wondering if surviving infidelity as the cheater is even possible.

If you have had an affair, you may still be in a conundrum of guilt, shame, and indecisiveness. Surviving infidelity as the cheater rarely elicits empathy or help from his/her circle of influence. That outreach is usually reserved for the betrayed. It’s difficult to get an accurate count of just how many people cheat on…

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What Constitutes An Unhappy Marriage

By Mary Ellen Goggin / March 11, 2019
What constitutes and unhappy marriage is more than sitting together, but separately as this couple is.

Yes, it’s possible to feel unhappy in your marriage without even knowing what constitutes an unhappy marriage. Unless you’re living in extreme misery, living in an unhappy marriage can be like slowly putting on weight, one Twinkie at a time. Before you know it, you’re taking an inspecting look in the mirror, dusting off your…

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What You Need To Do Before You Attend A Marriage Healing Retreat

By Mary Ellen Goggin / March 10, 2019
A mature couple admiring the view and feeling great after attending a marriage healing retreat.

The idea of swapping some of your vacation time and money for a marriage healing retreat may be new to you. You may not even remember where the idea came from, but here it is. And now you and your spouse are blocking off time on your calendars and wondering what this blind date of…

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How To Communicate With Your Spouse About Money

By Mary Ellen Goggin / March 4, 2019
Couple happily working on their finances because they've each discovered how to communicate with your spouse about money.

It’s not about the money. It never is.And if you’re wondering how to communicate with your spouse about money, this needs to be your mantra. Funny thing about the green stuff — it’s at the root of so much consternation and discord. It makes the world go ‘round, and yet there’s never enough of it…

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8 Things You Need To Know Before You Decide To Attend A Marriage Retreat

By Mary Ellen Goggin / March 1, 2019
Couple cuddling after attending a marriage retreat.

Deciding to attend a marriage retreat is one of the most powerful investments you can make in your marriage. Whether you are motivated by the promise of enrichment or the urgency of crisis, a marriage retreat pays big dividends. Many couples who are veterans of the marriage retreat format swear by it. Many even recommend…

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