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Barbara Fontana, PhD - Psychologist & Imago Relationship Therapist
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Tips of the Week for Couples

  • Being vulnerable with each other increases feelings of emotional intimacy and attachment.

We are vulnerable when we express how we truly feel, when we share secrets, when we show our weaknesses.

  • We also bond emotionally when we are aroused.

Sharing an adventure with your partner/spouse will increase your arousal and your bond with each other. Try something new together.

  • Sometimes our lives are so busy that we have very little time together.

Increasing the time you spend as a couple will increase your feelings of intimacy. You might cook dinner together or do a project at home or go for a walk.

  • Laughter is good medicine for our relationships.

When we share a laugh, we feel closer. Try to keep your sense of humor and share a laugh with your partner/spouse.

  • Do something new together.

It's another way to feel closer to each other.

  • Forgive your partner/spouse.

Forgiveness helps the person who forgives as much as the person who is forgiven AND it strengthens your bond with each other. Often it helps to remember that we are all human and we all make mistakes; sometimes we do/say things unintentionally that hurts the other.

  • According to many studies, an intimate relationship/marriage is the single most important source of life satisfaction.

Almost all relationships can be the source of deep satisfaction if both people are willing to do the work. It is important to remember that relationships take work; good and great relationships don't just happen.

  • Thriving couples accentuate the positive in life.

Celebrate and focus on the happy moments.

  • Share good news and happy events with each other.

This is another way to strengthen your bond.

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