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Community Spotlight: Is Casual Sex Good For Women?

"One of the things that I've noticed is that older women are more prone to engage in this type of behavior simply because they have already figured out that the dream of meeting the handsome prince is only a fairy tale. They've been hurt, used and mentally/physically abused so they want to feel like they are in control. They are okay with simply getting their freak on and calling it a day." Do you agree? Are women resorting to casual sex, because they're jaded about love? Join the conversation.

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Is Your Weight The Secret To A Successful Marriage?

It's no secret that a walk down the aisle most often brings about a weight gain of about six to nine pounds. But what's been a secret or a misinformed public opinion is that your weight gain is a key factor in determining marriage satisfaction. Actually, marital satisfaction is better determined by a wife's weight gain relative to her husband's. University of Tennessee psychologist Andrea Maltzer's team tracked 165 couples over a four-year timespan. The couples completed questionnaires every six months to determine their level of satisfaction. Findings? Husbands that were satisfied at the time of marriage remained so over time, to the extent that their wives maintained lower BMIs than their own, researchers reported.

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Do Loved Ones Help Our Injuries Heal?

The medical community has long debated the extent to which the power of touch, even the power of presence, can help someone recover. They've noted that in Gabrielle Giffords' case, the consistent support of her love ones has ostensibly contributed to her consistent progression toward recovery. It's difficult to measure how much love, interaction, and encouragement is needed to summon someone from the brink of death. There isn't a standard dosage of emotional support required for countering physical injuries and health problems. People can't even handle medication the same way, let alone subjective experiences like love and familiarity. At the same time, countless studies have shown that love and intimacy can improve your health. Here's how.

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Taking The Plunge

So you’re thinking about getting married? Congratulations because your in for the ride of your life. The wedding plan process first begins with the Ring. Yes, that shiny sparkler can seal the deal or break your heart. The average male will spend two months pay on an Engagement Ring. So where do you begin? First and fore most educate yourself. There are four extremely important factors when investing in a precious stone: Cut, Clarity, Carat, and Color.

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10 Signs Your Spouse Is Really A Stranger

It can be difficult to stay connected to our loved ones in today's hectic world. We struggle to keep friendships strong with coffee dates and quick emails, and we diligently pencil in phone calls to our grandparents even when we're swamped. But our romantic relationships rarely receive the same type of attention that our friends and families do, and the results can be devastating. Imagine looking across the kitchen table at the familiar contours of your husband's face… and realizing that the man you married now feels like a total stranger.

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How To Compromise For Christmas

My husband cannot shop. He’s awful at buying gifts. He tries really hard, but it’s just not his thing. One year, I got socks. Then there were the years where I got electronic gifts – fun for him, but not for me (and no woman really wants a clothes steamer as her big Christmas gift, no matter how useful it is). Once I got a fishing pole. He’s tried to buy jewelry, but I never like it.

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Does Thinking About Cheating Count As Infidelity?

A disgruntled husband in Italy filed to annul his marriage after his wife told him she may want an open marriage. No word on how long the couple were married, what context her "open marriage" musings took place and whether the marriage was basically finito anyway, but the Italian court system ruled in favor of the man, the marriage dissolved and the former wife isn't even allowed to receive alimony.

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How A Serial Killer Helped Our Marriage

I married a man who invented the strong-silent type. He is quiet, logical and often taken aback by my less logical more emotional responses to issues such as him eating the last cookie or telling me that maybe I might look better in another outfit. And while he gets how to do our taxes and exactly how dew point relates to airplanes leaving trails in the sky, he doesn't get that sometimes, I need to know how he feels about an issue and "nothing" is not an emotion. Curiously, it took a mutual affection for the show Dexter, which chronicles the life of a serial killer trying to function in a normal relationship, to get my husband to open up.

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My Mother-In-Law Made Me A Better Wife

My husband's brothers are fundamentally different from me. They talk guns, hunting, fishing, baseball and the intricacies of making lures. I like to talk about books or tell the story I heard about an old woman hiding her scandalous photos in her safety deposit box (true story). To bridge that communication gap, I make my brother-in-laws pies. An apple pie is the universal language for, "I think fishing lures are boring, but you are awesome."

2 Types Of Marriage That Make Women Happiest
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2 Types Of Marriage That Make Women Happiest

According to new research on happy couples, whether or not your enjoy a happy marriage (which consequently affects your future happiness) has a lot to do with (gasp!)…who you marry. Yes, shockingly, happy couples lead happier lives, according to a German study. So why are we bringing up this completely obvious finding? Glad you asked. You see, an essential part of a happy marriage is your husband or your so-called, better half. So if you're looking for a lifetime of happiness (or at least not a whole lot of misery followed by a big old divorce), you better pick your hubby right. And these German researchers did discover some interesting news about the type of husband that will keep you happiest for the long haul.

Would You Fast For Your Husband?
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Would You Fast For Your Husband?

A North-Indian festival, Karva Chauth is where thousands of married Hindu women fast all day in hopes of increasing their husband's life span. According to a blog published on the festival in the Wall Street Journal, wives dress up in colorful clothes with matching bangles and jewelry, sport henna on their hands," and fast until they see their husband in the flesh or photo form.

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Tips That Make Living Together Easy

Whether you're getting hitched or embracing the modern tradition of premarital cohabitation, moving in with your significant other is a big deal. From fighting for the covers every night to waking up with the person you love each morning, this new chapter in your life may be rife with happy moments and potential conflicts. While there’s no foolproof plan for avoiding relationship complications after you move in together, following these tips will help make the transition that much easier.

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Poll: You Feel That Way About Sex, Too?

Poll: You Feel That Way About Sex, Too?: I feel like my sex drive must be a distant relative to a bear, because it's in hibernation. I feel like Charlotte was right when she said, "My vagina's depressed." I feel like the only drive I have left is in my car. Because the bedroom one, that's MIA. I can't remember the last time I had sex in an interesting place. I wonder how my husband could possibly want sex after a long, tiring day. I have a wandering mind before (and during) sex. And thinking about errands or who will win Idol just kills the mood. I would rather burn calories at the gym than in the bedroom I love my baby, but had no idea that loss of interest in sex (plus leaky breasts) was part of the deal. I feel like Alanis Morisette's "Ironic" is my theme song -- it's crazy that birth control pills can diminish my sex drive!

Your Marriage Is More Important Than Your Kids
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Your Marriage Is More Important Than Your Kids

Children are most definitely a blessing. They require a substantial investment of our time, attention and resources, but return joy that can’t be measured. However, parents must not lose their relationship in the midst of the overwhelming nature of parenting. Spouses can be intentional about their marriage so the whole family can thrive. After nearly 15 years of marriage, I’m still learning this. Small improvements in your family can make a big difference. Don’t feel guilty when you are taking time for your marriage. Remind yourself that you are benefiting your children as well. The alternative is to do nothing, and continue the almost imperceptible drift apart.