"There are a hundred paths through the world that are easier than loving. But, who wants easier?" - Mary Oliver

The past thirty years of marital research has shown overwhelming evidence that a healthy marriage can provide several important benefit to spouses. These benefits include a decreased chance of suffering from depression and anxiety, living longer and healthier, and increased wealth.

Believe it or not, marital researchers claim that typically there are about the same number of differences and/or issues in every marriage, whether the marriage is good or bad. Successful couples tend to be the ones that have learned how to discuss and embrace their differences in ways that actually strengthen their relationship and improve intimacy. Successful couples also have the tendency to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for the long-term commitment that marriage requires. A healthy marriage does not just happen by luck. It takes a lot of knowledge, skill, and determination.

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Recommended Books

The Five Love Languages – by Gary Chapman
How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. (Northfield Publishing, 1995)

Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage – by John M. Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman, Joan Declaire
America's Love Lab Experts Share Their Strategies for Strengthening Your Relationship (Crown Publishing Group, 2006)

The Verbally Abusive Relationship – by Patricia Evans
How to Recognize it and How to Respond. (Adams Media Corporation, 1996)

The Divorce Remedy – by Michele Weiner Davis
The Proven 7-Step Program for Saving Your Marriage (Simon & Schuster, 2002)

Fighting For Your Marriage – by Howard J. Markman, Scott M. Stanley, Susan L. Blumberg
Positive Steps for Preventing Divorce and Preserving a Lasting Love. (Jossey-Bass, 2001)

How To Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It – by Patricia Love, Steven Stosny
Finding Love Beyond Words. (Broadway, 2007)

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