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A healthy relationship takes effort, including good communication, conflict resolutio, and stress management.

Long-term, committed, intimate relationships are a source of joy and well-being for many people. People in healthy long-term relationships report higher levels of happiness, fewer health problems, and longer life spans. Their children also do better, with lower rates of substance abuse and greater success in school and in their own adult relationships. Although an estimated 45% of marriages end in divorce, remarriage is common and support is available for couples and their children going through this transition.

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Coming Home: What the Future Holds for Our Veterans and their Families

The men and women who serve in the U.S. military are a dedicated and determined collection of individuals. They are young and not so young. They are single and married, with children and without. They are straight and gay, financially stable and barely scraping by. And they are from all races and all communities. They are highly skilled, well trained, and impressively hard-working. They withstand a level of physical and psychological strain that most of us would neither choose nor be able to tolerate. They witness brutality and suffering that we can barely imagine.

The Pursuit of Happiness: Your Inalienable Right

Over the course of the past two years, This Emotional Life has invited us to consider happiness in our lives. The definition of happiness most agreed upon by neuroscientists, psychiatrists, economists, positive psychologists and Buddhist Monks is not of happiness as the state of bursting with glee but of happiness as a sense of well being, contentment, the feeling of living a meaningful life, of utilizing one’s gifts, of living with thought and with purpose.

How To Make Your Marriage Divorce-Resistant

The average wedding in the U.S. costs around $30,000. You would think that such an extravagant ceremony would reflect a high level of commitment among married couples. Yet, roughly 50% of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce.

Do You Thank Your Partner? Recognizing Resistance-Understanding Benefits

"Why Can’ t You Just Say, Thanks?"

If this sounds familiar it is because most of us have said it or heard it.

How To Manage Depression Without Meds

What a difference a few years makes.

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Jean Fitzpatrick, LP, MA

Jean Fitzpatrick has worked with couples and individuals in the New York area for over fifteen years. Busy New Yorkers tell her that in...

Lysa Parker, MS, CFLE, CEIM

Lysa is a cofounder of Attachment Parenting International and a co-author of Attached at the Heart: Eight Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and...

Barbara Nicholson, MEd, CEIM

Barbara is a cofounder of Attachment Parenting International and a co-author of Attached at the Heart: Eight Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and...

Kathy Morelli

Kathy specializes in helping women cope with prenatal and postpartum anxiety and depression. For thirteen years, she has worked with pregnant moms, helping them...

Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D

Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist at Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology Associates in Arcadia, California, where she sees children and adolescents, as well as...

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Racing Hearts

Your browser does not support the video tag. Dr. Art Aron, an expert on relationships, social cognition, and social neuroscience, recounts the findings...

When Chevy Met Jayni

Your browser does not support the video tag. Actor Chevy Chase and his wife Jayni share their story of how they met and...

The Rituals of Courtship

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Marc D. Hauser, author of the highly acclaimed book, Wild Minds, What Animals Really Think,...

Love’s Antechamber

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Elizabeth Gilbert describes infatuation as "love’s antechamber, a place where you wait to see if...

The Roots of Love

Your browser does not support the video tag. Dr. David Buss, an evolutionary psychologist who studies mating strategies, gender conflict, social status, and...

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