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Being Friends

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Being friends is a unique choice to be connected and share time and experiences together. When you are friends, you bring honest perspectives and mutual encouragement to each other. You share an often unspoken commitment to accompany each other for a stretch of time. When the commitment blends with a romantic or marriage relationship, it […]

Flexibility with Change

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We live in a world that changes quickly. However, some of us are more adaptable than others. Flexibility with change may not be easy for you. Change sounds exciting and fun for some! For others, it is something to resist and dread. How does this play out in relationships and marriage? In the early stages, […]

Pace Your Relationship

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When I travel, I occasionally pick up a light-reading romance novel that I can leave behind in airplanes or hotels. After reading one, I notice I am feeling resistant to the popular notion of “instant relationships”. It is the norm in these books for the couple to be physically intimate after barely being introduced and […]

Powerful Partner Prayer

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Individuals have their own experience of prayer, that personal conversation we each have with God. This means that learning how, when, and why to pray together in powerful partner prayer as a couple formed of two individuals can often be challenging. A place to begin can be sharing with each other: •  Why you pray • […]

Laugh Together, Stay Together

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Your ability to be playful with one another and laugh together are vital facets of your relationship or marriage. Does this mean you both have to laugh all the time with each other? No, you could both have serious tendencies. And…couples who enjoy each other’s company, which often includes fun, laughter, and dating, may just […]

Online Relationship Marriage Education

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Online relationship and marriage education courses for individuals and couples for marriage preparation and marriage strengthening are available every few weeks through the Wilmette Institute (http://wilmetteinstitute.org). All courses are based on the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and also include content from relationship and marriage educators. Courses are open to all. Course details can be found […]

Four Healthy Relationship Essentials

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How we conduct relationships has changed constantly for decades, sometimes for the better, and sometimes in unwise directions. In a constant search for a healthy relationship, we are often finding it more difficult to end up happily married. (See this article from the New York Times about changing practices: End of Courtship.) Successful dating is not particularly […]

Unity in an Interfaith Relationship

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There are often different approaches to an issue before and after marriage. Having different beliefs as a couple is one of them. Building unity when you are in an interfaith relationship can seem challenging, but it’s possible. Before Marriage Before marriage, the issues to consider can include: Can you pray together? Will you worship together? What values […]

Having Tenderhearted Talks

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When you talk with your loved ones, you need to pause to ensure that you are speaking tenderly from the heart and talking from a place of love. Conversations go best when you carefully consider the possible effect of your words on the heart of your loved one. Are you prepared to be gentle, compassionate, […]

Match Made In Heaven

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Susanne M. Alexander speaking  in a Match Made in Heaven on her transition from being a widow to dating again, and the challenge of finding a good match. Online dating with a global selection of opportunities was an interesting challenge. Being a dating widow is both tough and funny.

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