The New York Times reported that over half of the births to US women younger than 30 occurred outside of marriage in 2009. Most of the ongoing rise of births to unmarried women occurred to couples living together but unmarried. So why don't these young women want to get married? New York Times experts speculate on a number of economic reasons in a follow-up article in the Motherlode section. They reported that many young parents said “they would like to be married but not now and not to each other.”
Year after year we enjoy dissecting the cornucopia of colorful characters seeking love Bachelor style. After all, they're cast no differently than the consciously composed ensemble of a Hollywood movie. Film producers wish to cash in on their featured collective with highbrow awards, while Bachelor producers along with the network make calculated choices designed to rake in a windfall of captivated viewers and extraordinarily lucrative advertising dollars.
One of the most “popular” mind games that so many of us play is also the game that causes destruction and pain. This is the game that nobody wins. It's called... The Comparison Game. You might play it too. Do you compare yourself to others? At a party, do you look around at the other men or women and judge how attractive/thin/fit/muscular/successful you are compared to them? This can make or break your night!
Celebrity figures are speaking up about the high cost of bullying. Adding to the voices of those who have been bullied or had loved ones take their own lives over bullying, many famous names are now taking a stand against bullies and those who deliberately humiliate others. In a plea during an appearance on the Ellen Degneres show recently NFL Football great Drew Brees had this to say:
Even though they all didn't win the Oscar awards this weekend, the nominees have already touched our hearts and minds. While enjoying five of this year's favorites, I found some great relationship advice.
Not every little girl turns to her parents and says, "Mom, Dad...I'm going to win the Daytona 500 someday!" Most little girls are too busy playing with Barbie® dolls and other childhood toys. Well, not Danica Patrick! On Monday, February 27th, 2012, forty-three of the top drivers in the world will compete in "The Great American Race"—NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious motor-sports event.
In my work as a life coach, psychotherapist and energy healer, I have plenty of opportunity to talk to people about the stresses of everyday life and the resulting anxiety, fear and depression that they are feeling. Whether personal, such as job loss, aging parents, poor health, family issues, etc., or global, such as weather related losses, world politics or environmental concerns, we are all affected in some way. I help people to calm their anxiety, face their fears and begin to create lives of greater joy, purpose and well-being.
Do you want to be happier? You can be. And you don’t have to overhaul your life to do it. In fact, you can be happier in the next ten minutes without actually changing a single “thing” in your life!
From your first interaction with a man you’re telling him whether you are just a Fling, or a woman who might one day be his wife, possibly the mother of his children, in other words a Potential Wife. When a man meets a woman, he is wondering which category to put you in – Fling or Potential Wife. We’re not really that complicated.
We’re all aware of the sobering statistics that tell us that 50% of marriages end in divorce. We know that the modern marriage is vulnerable to a myriad of obstacles that couples must learn to navigate if their partnership is to succeed. We want to do everything we can to divorce-proof an impending marriage. Our culture supports premarital counseling for the couple to learn essential tools for conflict resolution but it still fails to prepare each person as an individual for the life-altering transition of getting married.