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Winifred Reilly
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Wedding experts say that the four-month stretch between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day is prime time for proposals. With the sparkle of Christmas and the promise of the new year lending an air of romance, nearly thirty percent of couples choose this…

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New Posts And Details — plus previews — from my forthcoming book about how one partner can be a powerful agent for change in a marriage. Finally, after many months of work, I’ve finished my manuscript, and have sent it off to my publisher. So, once I…

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How many people do you know who would wholeheartedly say that their marriage is great? How many would say that they’re happier now than when they first got together, that their marriage is one of the most satisfying parts of their life? Five? Ten? None?…

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We’ve all heard the jokes: The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret. I married Ms. Right. I just didn’t know that her first name was Always. Marriage is talked about as if it’s a jail sentence, a ball and chain, the mistake of a lifetime. Some have…

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A few years ago a client gave me a refrigerator magnet that reads: Yep. I agree. Especially when one of the chores involves the word garage. That’s how our garage ended up looking like a scene from the reality show where they bring in five guys in hazmat…

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One of the best parts of my job as a couples therapist is that I get to deliver good news. Couples come in fearing that their marriage is too far gone to fix, and I get to tell them it’s not. Yes, some people are in serious trouble and if they keep going…

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It’s that time again — Valentine’s Day. The holiday of romantic love, chocolate hearts, and passionate feelings about whether Valentine’s Day should be celebrated, or banned. Yes, a dozen red roses, plus dinner, will cost as much as your car payment. And…

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Every day we hear yet another bit of advice about what it takes to have a marriage that lasts. The latest: Find a spouse who can be your best friend. Seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it? Kindness, companionship, a special someone to come home to… For many of…

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How to Have a Happier Marriage — Without Changing a Thing

January 1st. The day of fresh starts and new beginnings. The day we vow to eat more green vegetables, actually use our gym membership, and try, once again, to lose those hard to lose pounds. As we look to the new year, we often focus on ways to be…

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Next week, my husband and I will celebrate our 36th anniversary. Some years we’ve gotten dressed-up and gone out to dinner. Other years we’ve simply marked the day with a kiss. Once, we were both sick with the flu and I vaguely remember clinking our…
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