Marriage

Being married for more than 50 years rekindles a couple’s sex lives

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A study revealed that newly-weds are not the only ones who could enjoy having vibrant sex lives, as couples who have surpassed 50 years of marriage may experience a slight pick-up in how often they share their intimacy with each other, according to a report by the Huffington Post on February 19. During the study, which involved 1,600 adults in their late fifties and older, researchers from the Louisiana State University noticed a minor surge in how frequently long-married couples were having sex. Researchers believe that couples who are married longer have a deeper sense of permanency, commitment, and trust that inspire them to invest more in every aspect of their relationship, including the intimate part. Marriage can be a source of comfort, happiness, and pleasure. However, a great marriage takes commitment and work. Marriage counselor Kathleen Snyder can share with you tips for a longer, happier marriage. Call her at 512-659-8600 to schedule an appointment with...

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Three communication tips that could make you a better partner

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Cornell professor Karl Pillemer recently released a book entitled “30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage.” The book serves as a compilation of interviews from more than 700 Americans with different backgrounds, and whose marriages survived for an average of 43 years. The interviews extracted relationship lessons on different key issues, including on how to nurture good communication. Good communication between spouses could be fostered through these three steps: Speak out. Expressing your thoughts about something that is bothering you is important. Learn proper timing. Introducing an arguable topic at a wrong time (while hungry or stressed) could lead to further arguments. If you feel that a conversation is not going anywhere, learn how to take a break from it. You can always go back to it when both of you are in the right mood and mindset for a discussion. Communication problems between couples could compromise a relationship. Kathleen Snyder helps Austin couples renew their love for each other by helping them learn the art of good communication. Call her office at 512-659-8600 to schedule an appointment with...

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New study says friendship is the link between marriage and happiness

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A new study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research connects the happiness of marital relationships to friendship, Business Insider reported on January 8. The study found that people who regard their partner as their closest friend are about twice as happier and more satisfied with their lives and marriages compared to others. In particular, the study highlighted middle-aged people, asserting that this demographic stands to benefit the most from the support that a healthy relationship can give. In general, the specific support that a romantic partner can offer potentially helps both people through life’s great challenges. Friendship between partners, it seems, is key to this equation. Marriage and life-satisfaction have always been profoundly intertwined. Marriage counselor Kathleen Snyder can help you learn the tools you need to keep the friendship and support within your relationship thriving. Call her Austin office at 512-659-8600 to schedule an appointment with...

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Study suggests honeymoon phase is real

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A new study published in a recent issue of Social Science Research explores the truth behind a period in a marriage called the “honeymoon phase,” where couples report an unmatched period of happiness with their marriage and partner, a Huffington Post article reported on December 12. Assistant professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University, Spencer James, tried to determine patterns of marital quality by evaluating data from a survey that included questions about satisfaction within marriages. He found that almost all marriages start out on the highest point, during which support from friends and family is at its maximum. Through time, however, marital happiness declines, but with rates that vary based on a wide range of different factors, such as ethnicity and income. Establishing and accepting the fact that marriage may consist of surprises and challenges, not just bliss and delight, contributes greatly towards a longer, happier union. Marriage counselor Kathleen Snyder is willing to help Austin couples maneuver the challenges that married life has to offer. Call 512-659-8600 to schedule a consultation with...

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Troubled marriages may cause heart disease, study concludes

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The lead researcher of a recent study that correlated negative marriages to heart disease risk asserted that older couples, not just younger couples, could benefit from marriage counseling, the Huffington Post reported on November 24. Although there have been many studies establishing links between low-quality marriage and the risk of heart disease, a new population-based study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior confirms this connection. The study analyzed five-year data on 1,200 married individuals between ages 57 and 85, and found that older couples whose marriages were unhappy had an increased risk of heart disease compared to those who were happily married. Researchers also discovered that the effects of low-quality marriages tended to have a greater impact among women, likely because they were more likely to internalize negative feelings than men. A happy marriage could mean a lot for your health. Consult with Austin-based marriage counselor Kathleen Snyder to learn how to reap the benefits of a happy, healthy marriage. Call 512-659-8600 to schedule an appointment with her...

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Couples of the same age more likely to stay together

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An online report by The Atlantic published on November 9, presented a study that showed marrying someone your age may contribute to a longer, happier marriage. The study, which collected data from more than 3,000 polled couples in the U.S. who were recently married and divorced, found that couples with smaller age gaps were more likely to stay married than couples whose ages were far apart. According to the report, decreased age differences may mean more shared cultural reference points and familiar life experiences. Although age difference is considered one of the many predictors of how long a marriage might last, experiencing a long and happy marriage requires not just an understanding of statistics and science, but a deep, profound intention to love and care for each other, no matter what the circumstances might be. Marriage counselor Kathleen Snyder from Austin can help you maintain the strong, loving connection that keeps your relationship alive. Call us at 512-659-8600 to schedule an appointment...

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