How Family Traditions Can Strengthen Marriages

Some of my fondest memories from my childhood are connected to various traditions we had. I remember having hot chocolate in our santa mugs with marshmallows on Christmas morning. I loved carefully searching the house for eggs on Easter morning. I looked forward watching fireworks on Independence day. On Valentines my parents would get me a large sugar cookie with my name on it. These and other family traditions stick with me because they remind me of those I love and the good times I have had … [Read more...]

What couples can learn from the Olympics

As we observe another Olympic season, I feel the excitement and disappointment of the athletes. I see the heartbreak of those who miss a gate, fall down, or come up shorter than they had hoped. In contrast, I see the faces of others light up when they earn a medal. However, there are two groups that I feel I learn the most from: Those who thought they deserved to win and didn't. Sadly, I have heard a few in interviews who lean on excuse after excuse to explain why they didn't win. They seem … [Read more...]

How did you fall in love?

One of the concepts I discuss with those receiving couples counseling is falling in love. I frequently ask them to tell me why they fell for the other when they first got together. They report on things such as: Kindness Sense of humor Connection they felt Physical attraction Enjoyment of time together Similar interests How they compliment each other Feeling important' Similar goals in life Etc. I then ask them to share with me the types of things they did to … [Read more...]

How do I save my marriage?

As the new year begins, it offers the time-old tradition of setting resolutions. You might resolve to exercise more, learn a new skill or talent, be more diligent in something, eat better, or get enough sleep. We set these goals to save our health, save our happiness, and to save our potential. All of these are worthy goals. However, the goal that may have the most lasting impact on your long-term happiness and health may actually be focusing on saving your marriage. "Does my marriage need to … [Read more...]

Where has the loyalty gone?

I have always been a bit of a news junkie. I typically enjoy staying caught-up with the things going on here in Utah, around the country, and in the world. I find myself struggling to find enjoyment in the climate that seems to have become the norm in the media. Self-centeredness seems to be at the heart of so many problems surfacing across the country. This self-centered norm exists largely because too many in society are focused on "what's in it for me?". Selfishness is at the root of so … [Read more...]

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