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Cohabitation: Why not live together?

The Art of Relationships Podcast - October 12, 2016

Doesn’t it make sense to test the relationship or to save money by living together before marriage? According to research, cohabitation actually has negative consequences on the longevity of the relationship. In this episode, we share fascinating insights on the differences between people who are cohabitating and married, and also how to walk alongside those who are struggling in this area.


Am I Ready to Get Married? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Considering Marriage

Aundrea Paxton - October 11, 2016

There are many things that should be considered at a deeper level BEFORE considering marriage. Oftentimes we place our focus on evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the other person, but it is also important to look inward and evaluate your own emotional health. Read this blog by Aundrea Paxton to find out 3 important questions to ask yourself.


Top 3 Barriers to Effective Listening and How to Overcome Them

Tim Muehlhoff - October 4, 2016

While we may understand why speaking before listening–giving our opinion without first gathering the facts–is folly, it is interesting that the ancient writer of Proverbs would suggest that speaking before listening is shameful. Read this blog by Dr. Tim Muehlhoff to discover the top 3 barriers to effective listening and how to overcome them.


Gottman's Best Relationship Advice, Pt. 2

The Art of Relationships Podcast - September 28, 2016

If you want to know what makes relationships thrive and what tears them apart, learn from John Gottman, one of the leading marital researchers in the world. In this episode, we’ll continue sharing some of his best research-based tips for happy and healthy marriages.


Before You Save the Date: 21 Questions to Help You Marry with Confidence

Paul Friesen - September 27, 2016

In his book, Before You Save the Date, author and speaker, Dr. Paul Friesen poses 21 questions dealing with Convictions, Character, Compatibility and Chemistry to help couples assess their decision to move forward with marriage. Whether you are engaged, pre-engaged or just dating, you can use these questions to help you grow closer together and to clarify your relationship. 


Are Feelings of Shame Causing You Pain? How Grace and Love Overcome this Toxic Emotion

Chris Grace - September 20, 2016

Complex emotions like shame, embarrassment and guilt are often the source of deep relational pain, disconnecting us from the ones we love. In this blog, Dr. Chris Grace shares how we can overcome the power of shame and actually use it to strengthen our relationships.


Gottman's Best Relationship Advice, Pt. 1

The Art of Relationships Podcast - September 14, 2016

Today’s episode dives into a discussion about one of the leading marital researchers in the world – John Gottman. We’ve highlighted some of his best research-based tips for happy and healthy marriages and relationships, including the 5:1 ratio, the magic of 5 hours, love maps, and more!


5 guidelines on how to fight fair in front of your kids

Willa Williams - September 13, 2016

Having healthy conflict, a fair fight, in front of your kids can actually be a wonderful teaching moment! To make sure your healthy conflict is instructive for your kids, keep in mind the guidelines that Willa shares in her blog.

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