Happy couples often see each other through "rose colored glasses". They tend to see the positive things about one another. Here's a week's worth of ideas to think about and share with one another.
Day 1: Think about when you met. What made him or her stand out?
Day 2: Talk about a special romantic time in your relationship.
Day 3: Think about the secrets you have shared with your partner.
Day 4: Talk about a time your partner was very supportive of you. Share how it made you feel.
Day 5: Talk about one of your partner's characteristics that makes you proud.
Day 6: Think of one thing you both have in common. Day 7: Think of a difficult time you successfully weathered together.
You will be refreshed by all the positive feelings shared by the week's end.
Congratulations! You've made it through a year as partners in parenting. Take a few minutes to reflect on the good things that have occurred during the past year.
How you see things can make a big difference in your relationship. Do you usually see the "bright side" of your partner? Do you see him as "committed" or "stubborn?" Do you see her as "fun-loving" or "irresponsible?" Seeing characteristics in a positive way will make a big difference in how you feel about your partner and how they feel, also.
Seeing the positive is important, but we also need to think about how we respond to our partner if we want to make our relationship even stronger. If your partner comes home and announces he or she has just been promoted do you:
The first response adds to the pleasure of a good situation. It contributes to positive feelings and is a key to strong relationships. How do you respond to your partner's good news? Does your partner feel your enthusiasm and excitement?
People who report their mate reacts enthusiastically to their good news are more in love, more committed and have greater marital satisfaction. Keep in mind–it's how you handle the "good times" as well as conflict that can make or break your relationship.
In a consumer culture where we want the best cell phone or the largest TV screen, your marriage relationship may seem disposable. Before you look for a "newer model" check out this information from a recent research study:
Although not all marriages should continue, staying committed to a marriage through the rough spots often brings about change that can renew your relationship.
Buying the right life insurance can be a complicated matter. There are many companies with lots of options in policies. Sometimes we can be persuaded to buy a policy we don't need, or pay too much for what we do buy.
The purpose of life insurance is to protect your survivors from financial disaster when you die. Life insurance should help:
Not everyone needs life insurance. To help you decide whether or not to buy life insurance, ask yourself who would suffer financially if you died.
If you are a wage earner supporting your family, you almost certainly do need life insurance. If you are a full-time homemaker caring for children you may need life insurance. Your death could force your spouse to hire someone to do all the work you now do–which could be a considerable expense.
Buying life insurance for children is a questionable practice, since few people depend on children for financial support. The money you would spend insuring your child's life might be better spent in other ways.
For more information go to: http://www.ace.uiuc.edu/cfe/insurance/