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4 Relationship Attributes to Develop: Lessons from Advent
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4 Relationship Attributes to Develop: Lessons from Advent

Advent is the season Christians observe leading up to Christmas.  During this season, Christians traditionally focus on hope, peace, joy and love.  These very same themes can also be important things to focus on in our relationships in order to enhance our relationship whether it is at the beginning early stage or is more mature.  This focus can occur during Advent or can be something that is worked on by a couple at any time.  For each of these ideas, here is two lessons you can take from Advent to understand the

4 Sugary Sweets & 4 Bah Humbugs of Gift Card Giving
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4 Sugary Sweets & 4 Bah Humbugs of Gift Card Giving

Remember the last time you were carded? Stop. We mean gift-carded! Most people in this land of plastic have either given or received at least one gift card. The National Retail Federation reports that 6 of 10 consumers say “they’d like to receive gift cards this year.” The to-give-or-not-to-give debate rages on, but all of The 5 Money Personalities™ may benefit from buying gift cards for others.  The Flyer c

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You love him...but you don't necessarily love his taste in gifts. Here's how to deal.
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How To Gracefully Receive A Gift You Hate

Yes, 'tis the season for the coupled-up among us to swap holiday gifts. And, apparently, 'tis the season for females to be rather displeased with the presents their partners choose. According to a recent Match.com survey, nearly 75 percent of women have been disappointed with a gift from a boyfriend in the past (meanwhile, only 47 percent of men are as finicky).

And Baby Makes Three
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And Baby Makes Three

  I used to think that if something didn’t turn out right (cake batter or laundering a stained blouse, say) the way to apply a fix was to add something.  More flour to the batter.  An applique over the stain.  I’d like to say those solutions worked, but we both know better. So why do we seek to add a BIG COMPLICATION to an already-complicated situation?  I’m not talking returning a dog to the pound because he digs under the fence.  Or changing your mind about that four grand worth of furniture.

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The couple that learns how to shop together stays together.
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The Black Friday Survival Guide For Couples

Planning on venturing out with your partner on Black Friday to make a dent in your holiday shopping? Congratulations: you're braver than me. Shopping with your significant other can be a difficult task even in the best of times; holiday shopping under pressure — with frantic shoppers shoving you aside to nab the last $2 countertop appliance — can be a recipe for a relationship disaster. Have you seen Walmart at midnight on Black Friday? It's enough to drive even the most loving, centered couple to the brink of bitter, nasty bickering.

5 Communication Habits That Lead To Divorce [EXPERT]
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5 Communication Habits That Lead To Divorce

Studies show that a lack of communication is the number one reason couples break up or get divorced. Nagging is a major culprit — relentless reminders, suggestions and advice on how, when and why we should do things. But what are some of the other bad communication habits that erode away at couples?

Why You Live with a mate that is unemotional
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Why You Live with a mate that is unemotional

Living with a mate who doesn’t express emotions can be one of the most difficult challenges of your life.  No matter how much you try to speak to your mate, it’s like you’re speaking to a wall. As one mate said, “Living with my unemotional husband is like living in two different worlds.”  Another said, “It’s worse than living in a prison or taking care of another child.” If you wonder why you live with someone who does not fulfill your emotional needs or you work so hard to make the relationship work with little to show for it, he

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Don't drink the poison of a toxic relationship.
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Is It Time To Call It Quits In My Relationship?

The right relationship can be an extremely happy and fulfilling part of your life, but the wrong one will have you feeling just the opposite. If you're feeling emotionally or physically drained, bored or unsatisfied in your relationship, you might need a reality check.

Why Do So Many Marriages End In Divorce? [EXPERT]
Are people really meant to be in a monogamous relationship?
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Why Do So Many Marriages End In Divorce?

With the age of technology, and younger couples opting for life partners rather than marriage, it seems that times are changing. A couple can be in a relationship for years and then decide that it is over, not stating that the relationship failed, but it was time to move on.

Relationships A to Z
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Relationships A to Z

When you are in a relationship you value, it is important to subscribe to the ABCs of Relationships and to mind your P & Qs and everything else from A to Z. Secrets of Happy Couples A = Accepting When in a relationship, it is important to accept your partner as he or she is, instead of always trying to change him or her. If you want to embark on a self-improvement plan, start with yourself. When you don’t like something about your partner, it’s experiences as criticism.

Things to Think About Before Moving In With Your Partner
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Things to Think About Before Moving In With Your Partner

In the good ole days, marriage came before moving in together. While there are some couples that still recognize and believe in this tradition, many other couples have no problem with testing the waters before putting a ring on it. Whether you agree with living together before marriage or not, it's becoming much more acceptable these days. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Jumping into this type of commitment unprepared is the quickest way to put a potentially great relationship onto the rocks prematurely.