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Tips of the Month for Couples are regular tips for building strong relationships and healthy families. If you would like to sign up to receive these monthly tips, scroll to the bottom of the page and leave your email address.

How Children of Divorce Can Have Successful Relationships

In this study, participants whose parents had divorced had more negative attitudes toward marriage, more positive attitudes toward divorce, and in general a weaker commitment to marriage than participants whose parents hadn't divorced.

Let Your Partner Know You're Hurt

Research published in Psychological Science (September 30, 2010) reveals that men apologize less often than women.

How Meaningful Conversations Can Benefit Your Relationship

Research out of the University of Arizona and reported in the April 2010 issue of Psychological Science revealed that the happiest people spend about 70 percent more time talking to others in comparison to the least happy people. The happiest people also engage in small talk one third less time than the least happy people. In fact, the happiest people had twice as many substantive conversations as the unhappiest people.

How to Show Your Partner Your Gratitude

In studies conducted out of Florida State University, psychology researcher Nathaniel Lambert has found that expressing appreciation to a spouse increases one's dedication to that spouse's well-being.

4 Ways to Express More Empathy & Improve Your Relationship

Few things are more comforting than the experience of being understood by our primary partner.

How to Approach a Tough Conversation

Studies reveals that couples who get their tough conversations and arguments "off the ground" poorly face a surprisingly high likelihood of divorce. What gets them into trouble? The harsh start-up. It's when the opening lines of a complaint feature a hostile tone and raised voice, put-downs, disdain or contempt for a spouse's traits — all the ways we trigger hurt and fear, along with the defensiveness that follows.

How to Improve Your Relationship?

Marriage researcher John Gottman tells us that the happiest couples are the ones who make five times as many deposits as withdrawals from their marital (relationship) bank account.

Why Spontaneous Couples Are More Stimulated

Research conducted by psychologist Arthur Aron, PhD, and reported in The New York Times (February 12, 2008), reveals that new experiences trigger the release of norepinephrine and dopamine, two brain chemicals that stimulate feelings of pleasure.