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Marriage Enrichment Articles

Marriage, like our spiritual health, physical health, and personal cleanliness requires constant investment and upkeep! The BFM regularly shares marriage enrichment articles and resources to help you and your spouse explore different ways to enrich your marriage.

Scroll below to find different marriage enrichment resources including articles, videos, recommended readings and more!

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Marriage Enrichment Articles

Article: Making Your Marriage a Priority in 2020

Many of us may have already made a few relationship goals or resolutions, but here are a few more suggestions to help you and your partner make deeper connections this year.

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Article: Making New Year’s Resolutions as a Couple

Start the new year out with a bang! Team up with your spouse, reflect on the past year, and make goals together for how you want to nurture and strengthen your marriage. Read Full…

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Video: What Happens Behind the Scenes at Christmas

Watch this video on what couples do and say around Christmas, and see if you recognize any of them!

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Article: A Couple’s Guide to Navigating the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be the most wonderful time of year for some, but not necessarily true when it comes to relationships. Here are some of the most common problems that come up for…

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Video: The Toxic Effect of On-Going Criticism in Marriage

In this brief clip, Marriage therapist Esther Perel discusses why on-going criticism has such a toxic impact on marriage relationships. She explains how it produces the opposite effect couples are looking for and offers…

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Article: Couples and Core Beliefs | Debby Gullery

Core beliefs are our deeply held beliefs about life, about what’s right and wrong, and what is important to us. Unconsciously or consciously, they guide our behavior and our decision-making. These beliefs can stem…

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Article: The Best 15 Marriage Tips You’ve Ever Heard!

This brilliant and helpful article is an abridged selection from psychologist Harriet Lerner's most recent book entitled, "Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up."

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Video: What is the Key to Lasting Love?

In this TEDx TALK, relationship coach Maya Diamond shares the surprising key to healthy and lasting relationships, and reminds us to look at ourselves first.

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Article: How Does Having Children Affect Marital Intimacy?

Having children can be the greatest joy in life–but it can also require adjustments for both partners, especially in the area of marital intimacy. How can couples maintain their emotional and sexual connection in…

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Article: Are We Having Fun Yet? | Debby Gullery

Let's face it, some of us have the fun gene and some of us don't. And if we've been in the Unification Church for more than a decade, we may also have an aversion…

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Article: Marriage is a Team Sport

Marriage works best when approached as a team sport, and miraculously, there are two simple words that can encourage defenses to come down and real problem-solving to begin.

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Article: How Owning Our Emotions Can Help Us Be More Vulnerable With Our Spouses

Drawing on wisdom from author Brene Brown, this article helps us to see how taking responsibility for our emotions, can help us to be more open and vulnerable with our spouses.

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Article: Forgiveness Trumps Anger in Marriage

In this article, the author explains how practicing forgiveness in order to reduce anger is one of the healthiest things couples can do for their marriages.

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Article: Friendship in Marriage | Debby Gullery

Friendship is one of the biggest expectations that people have for marriage. Most people hope that their spouses will become or remain their best friend. The problem is that we often don’t treat our…

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Article: What to Do When Your Spouse’s Behavior Baffles You

Anyone who has been married for more than a week has been baffled by their spouse's behavior at least a few times. In this article, Dr. Morgan Cutlip gives simple and powerful tips to…

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Article: How to Keep Your Marriage Strong During the Parenting Years

Author Asha Dornfest addresses the challenges of maintaining a strong connection as a couple while managing the details of life with kids.

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Article: Moving Past the Fear in Your Marriage

In this Youtube clip, marriage expert Jayson Gaddis explains why we get stuck in our marriages, and what we can do to break through our fear and continue growing together.

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Article: How to Interrupt Bad Behavior and Prevent Relationship Erosion | Debby Gullery

Every couple fights. It is inevitable. And everyone who is in a couple has experienced those moments of profound regret when they've said hurtful things to their partners. So, what can be done? How…

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Article: Dialing In To Your Partner’s Wavelength

Don't roll your eyes at the concept of 'love languages' just yet because when we use them with our spouses, it really works! It is an incredibly effective way to tune in to our…

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Article: The Happiness Expectation in Marriage

Richard Nicastro, PhD looks at finding “meaning over merriment” in marriage and challenges us to monitor our expectations that marriage “should” bring happiness.

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Article: The Difference Between Criticism and Complaint—And Why it Matters in Your Marriage

Marriage experts agree that habitual criticism can erode the very foundation of a marriage. This is why it's important to understand the difference between criticism and complaint, and to learn how to communicate our…

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Article: Giving Our Spouses a Confidence Boost

Marriage educators Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot suggest four areas to focus our attention, affirm our spouses and give them a confidence boost.

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Article: Talking Points | Debby Gullery

Remember that saying from our childhood: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Do any of us actually believe this old adage? Of course not. We all know…

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Article: Can We Talk?

Dr. Cutlip discusses how couples can speak their truth without causing World War III.

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Article: Revisiting Our Relationship Goals

In this article, Catherine Winter talks about the value of revisiting our relationship goals in order to encourage honest sharing and foster teamwork.

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Article: Getting the Spark Back

In this interview from The Science of Happiness, listen to or read what Ayesha Mattu has to say about how she brought the spack back to her marriage of ten years.

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Article: Safety First | Debby Gullery

When I ask people what the most important ingredient for good communication is, they almost always say “being a good listener”, and I agree that it is very important. But what I’ve come to…

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Article: Sharing Our Feelings: Too Much or Too Little?

Is it wise to share every single feeling we have with our spouses in hopes of connection? Is it healthy to keep our feelings and desires inside for fear of rejection? Author John Amodeo…

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Article: God-Centered Benchmarks for a Healthy Marriage

Sexual Intimacy is one of the most important aspects of a healthy marriage, but often one of the most problematic and misunderstood areas. In this video, authors Ryan and Selena Frederick tackle this topic…

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Article: Our Assumptions In Marriage Can Get Us Into Trouble!

Let's face it - we have assumptions about everything. But sometimes our assumptions can get us into trouble, especially in the marriage arena. This article highlights five unhelpful assumptions we often make that can…

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