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How Can 'Doing Lent' Together Benefit Your Relationship?

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Can making a Lenten "resolution" together strengthen a couple's bond?
YourTango Expert The Rev. Christopher Smith discusses what couples can do to observe Lent.

Of course, there are challenges when doing a spiritual act as a couple, says Rev. Smith. Sometimes, one person gets frustrated and gives up on the whole idea, while the other doesn't. It's difficult to move forward as a couple when one of the partners is not totally there. Also, while some people end up forming a habit that becomes a lifelong change at the end of Lent, others go right back to their bad habits. "I'd say it can be both ways with couples."

Will I keep up my yoga promise? We'll see, but my Lenten track record is pretty good. One year I said good-bye to celeb gossip blogs, and another I stopped eating red meat. Both have worked out pretty well: I now do both in low-key moderation. Maybe I'll become a regular morning yogi! Fingers are crossed.

Are you giving up (or taking up) anything for Lent? How about together with your partner?

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