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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.

Overcoming Pain in the Bedroom

Money. Power. Sex. Three of the trickiest topics for couples to discuss. Sex, in particular, can stir feelings of embarrassment and shame, leaving us tongue-tied. For instance, a great many women experience physical pain during intercourse — and find it tough to talk about.

Grow and Stretch Together in Your Marriage

You don't have to be a classic film star to offer a quip about marriage. Seems we all have an opinion — light-hearted or otherwise — about its challenges, heartaches and joys.

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.