Archive for June 2010

Three simple steps to build a better relationship

June 23, 2010

Love and marriage couple huggingThe relationship between husband and wife trumps everything else. Here are three simple and practical steps you can do TODAY to build a love that lasts.

1. Be a relationship cheerleader. Be the number one cheerleader for your spouse. Support your spouse in every way you can. Let your partner know just how important he or she is to you and to the rest of the world.

2. Learn to compromise. Compromise is a part of daily living in a marriage. No one can have it all his or her way. Discuss how the two of you make decisions. Establish a plan to work through important issues until you both can find a mutually agreeable solution.

3. Share the burdens. Carry the burdens of your marriage on four shoulders, not just two. Learn to sense when your spouse needs help, even when they do not ask for it. Helpfulness should become such a matter of habit that you will feel and act like a winning team.

By America’s #1 Love and Marriage Experts
Dr. Charles D. Schmitz and Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz
For more marriage advice visit their website Simple Things Matter

Al and Tipper Gore’s marriage hits a wall

June 2, 2010

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The separation of Al and Tipper Gore after 40 years of marriage is a good illustration of the “why” question – why did their love affair end after all these years?

The Gores are now officially separated. Whether they ultimately end up getting a divorce is anybody’s guess, even theirs! But getting a divorce after 40 years defies the odds – it almost never happens!

So the question of the day is, “Why are Al and Tipper separating?” The second most important question is, “Did anybody see it coming?”

After studying successfully married couples on six of the world’s continents over the past three decades, we have learned a lot about why marriages succeed. We bet we could have predicted their separation by simply interviewing them on our time-tested interview protocol. And given the rarity of divorce after 40 years of marriage, we believe there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Read the article detailing the five reasons why long-term marriages like the Gore’s marriage fail.