The Beauty of the Pause

Written by Beverly Willett   So many people I know seem caught up in a non-stop roll — constantly e-mailing, tweeting, Facebook status posting, Blackberrying, texting.  Me included, at times. Whatever comes into our heads seems to move straight through our fingers and out into cyberspace. It seems we simply don’t have time to think anymore; in other cases, however, we don’t […]

Beginning at Home

Written by Jason Williams   We are a nation in crisis. Our great-grandchildren are already in debt, nearly ten percent of the American workforce is still unemployed, and the stock market makes Charlie Sheen look like Mr. Rogers. But if the economy improves, everything’s going to be okay, right? Well…no. America’s greatness does not lie […]

A Look at Legislation and Policy to Strengthen Marriages and Prevent Unnecessary Divorces

Written by Alan J. Hawkins, Ph.D.   This past summer a team of research assistants here at Brigham Young University helped me collect information about government efforts to help couples form and sustain healthy marriages and relationships. We collected information on legislation and government-supported educational initiatives in all 50 states (and Washington D.C.), including funding […]

Does Marriage Decline Mean Society’s Demise?

Written by Krsnanandini Devi Dasi & Tariq Saleem Ziyad   The verdict is in; the diagnosis given.  Marriage is in trouble in America.  Marriages everywhere are ailing or failing to take place.  The remedy adopted by too many troubled couples is divorce.   The trouble we’re in also applies to those who cohabit, break up and then […]

Help Teens Learn To Build Relationships

Written by Mike McManus   Although teen birth rates have fallen by a third over a decade, one in three U.S. teenage girls still get pregnant.  And teenagers account for half of all first out-of-wedlock births. Few of those girls will ever marry, and only 30 percent of those who do are in their first […]

Ten Truths About Affairs

Written by Michele Weiner-Davis   In my three-decade therapy practice with couples, I wish I had a penny for each time I heard someone say, “If my spouse ever has an affair, I’m outta here.”  But then reality happens.  His or her spouse strays.  John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens to you while […]

What Can You Do With A Busted Marriage?

Written by Abigail Hirsch, Ph.D.   You just found another text message from him to another woman.  Or maybe she did it again, spent far too much on things that are definitely not in the budget.  Perhaps it simply feels like it’s been forever since there’s been any romance and “I love you” feels like […]

In Sickness and in Health

Written by Chris Gersten   I broke my foot eight weeks ago. Not something you want to do when you are having trouble recovering from hip replacement.   At first I thought it was a sprain. My physical therapist was certain it was a sprain. A physician I spoke to on the phone thought is was […]

“Should I Stay or Should I Go?” : The Easy Question to Answer

Written by Michele Weiner-Davis   Are you sitting on the, “Should-I-stay-or-should-I-go” fence, endlessly considering the pros and cons about ending your marriage? Here’s some advice.  Stop waffling. Don’t get divorced! In my three decades of work with couples I have seen hundreds of thousands of couples fall in love again, many of which reconnected at […]

What Does Divorce Look Like from the Eyes of a Child?

Written by Lori Lowe   Although I’ve been blogging about research-based marriage tips for nearly three years, I’ve never written about my personal experience as a child of divorce. When I was asked to write about it, I hesitated, because I don’t want to focus on a negative past or hurt my parents. But I […]