Your Unhappiness Quotient

Your Unhappiness Quotient

How do you feel when your partner makes a small change that you have been asking for? Suppose you have been unhappy about your partner’s shoes piling up by the door. What would happen if he or she stopped doing that? It’s logical to think that if something makes you...
Healthier Ever After

Healthier Ever After

Almost everyone wants a good relationship. We want to live “happily ever after.” If we create a good relationship with our partner, research finds that we will live “healthier ever after,” too.  There could be many reasons why good relationships lead to good health....
Five A’s of Relationship Repair

Five A’s of Relationship Repair

Conflict is inevitable, but relationship damage is not. Knowing how to make up after a fight is called relationship repair. If you learn how to repair your relationship after a fight, you will build trust and security. You also will make it more likely that your...
Smart Relationship Apps

Smart Relationship Apps

While it may not seem romantic, relationship apps can make it easier to remember to do the little things that build your relationship and keep it strong. One app, called Smart Couple (download link) lets you create a profile of the things that make your partner feel...
Handling Defensiveness

Handling Defensiveness

Sometimes, no matter how nicely you tell your partner about a problem, your partner gets defensive. Your partner’s defensiveness always has the same goal: to avoid taking any responsibility for a problem. Perhaps these common defensive reactions sound familiar:...