Commitment is rarely discussed but when it is, it is usually being threatened. Take action now and make it a point to talk about it

Commitment is not just a verbal exchange; it is a way of living out your relationship through meaningful actions that honor your verbal exchange. If you are engaged, notice the ways in which your commitment to your partner and your relationship are on display for others to honour. If you are married, acknowledge that the … Continue reading Commitment is rarely discussed but when it is, it is usually being threatened. Take action now and make it a point to talk about it

Commitment is the foundational agreement of a relationship stating, “no matter what comes our way I will always be here for you.”

It’s crucial to understand your partner may be trying to show you they are committed, and you may just not be seeing it. Your partner’s level of commitment and your opinion or observation of their commitment could easily be two different things. Showing commitment in a variety of ways can help confirm your commitment, whether … Continue reading Commitment is the foundational agreement of a relationship stating, “no matter what comes our way I will always be here for you.”

Showing commitment in a variety of ways can help confirm your commitment, whether it is formally spoken or not

Commitment is the foundational agreement of a relationship stating, “no matter what comes our way I will always be here for you." We’ve all heard the cliché “actions speak louder than words,” and in the case of commitment, it may be true. The discrepancy between what we say and what we do comes when we … Continue reading Showing commitment in a variety of ways can help confirm your commitment, whether it is formally spoken or not

Commitment can be clear when we say statements like, “’till death do us part,” but the way in which we show commitment to our partner is much less clear

If you took an assessment or are working through aspects if your relationship, or just reading this blog, not only are you committed to strengthening your relationship, but you are committed to your partner. Maybe you formally committed to each other by accepting a proposal six months ago or by exchanging vows at your wedding … Continue reading Commitment can be clear when we say statements like, “’till death do us part,” but the way in which we show commitment to our partner is much less clear

When you put effort towards something, it can be helpful to foresee outcomes

Whether you work through your CoupleCheckup results in its entirety or section by section, articulating outcomes now, being mindful of them along the way will help guide you and your partner to find success through the journey. Accountability (or lack of it) can be the reason you reach (or fail to reach) a particular outcome. … Continue reading When you put effort towards something, it can be helpful to foresee outcomes

Married people tend to have healthier lifestyles, live longer, have more satisfying sexual relationships

Whilst Australia has seen a declining rate of marriage since 1947 - similar to other western nations - today more than 70% of women will marry in their lifetime, 1 in 5 marrying at least twice, with 4 in 5 couples living together before marriage (an increase from less than 1 in 5 in 1975). … Continue reading Married people tend to have healthier lifestyles, live longer, have more satisfying sexual relationships

Daily Compliments, guaranteed to increase intimacy

Daily Compliments help you focus on the positive things you like about each other. Every day give your partner at least one genuine compliment. These can be general (“you are fun to be with”) or specific (“I appreciate that you were on time for the concert”). Communicate techniques to increase intimacy: Give full attention to … Continue reading Daily Compliments, guaranteed to increase intimacy

Communication, conflict resolution, couple closeness and couple flexibility were the four foundational skills found to be most predictive of a successful relationship.

An important goal of all Relationship Education is to help build new strengths by resolving current issues. A national survey in the US of over 21,501 married couples identified these four important relationship skills that are key components for a happy marriage (Olson and Olson, 2000). Since then research has consistently found communication and conflict … Continue reading Communication, conflict resolution, couple closeness and couple flexibility were the four foundational skills found to be most predictive of a successful relationship.

Keep practicing what you have learnt: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity

They say practice makes perfect, but when it comes to our relationships, we are likely to make mistakes. The key is building awareness and developing skills and practicing those skills. Be aware of the ineffective ways we resort to when there is conflict and understand the physical signs that give us an indication that things … Continue reading Keep practicing what you have learnt: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity

Validate what your partner says: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity

Having an argument does not mean that your relationship is in trouble. By listening and speaking in a non-defensive fashion, avoiding criticism you can help foster healthy discussion. Disagreements and differences are an inevitable part of life but by speaking non-defensively, this positive posture will benefit your relationship. The following four strategies from relationship guru … Continue reading Validate what your partner says: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity