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National Awards*

Mace Medal - Given in honor of David and Vera Mace, founders of ACME/Better Marriages.  This highest award is granted to a person or couple for distinguished service to marriage enrichment at a national or international level. This award is […]

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Marriage Moments Compilation

Members of Better Marriages receive a weekly “Marriage Moment” delivered to their inbox.  Not a member? You can join at https://www.bettermarriages.org/members/join. Please enjoy this complimentary compilation. Download PDF here: Marriage Moments Compilation 3-31-18.

Fitting Together – Now Available in our Bookstore

Fitting Together Connecting Couples in Conversation by Bea Strickland https://www.bettermarriages.org/shop/books/fitting-together-connecting-couples-in-conversation   In Memory of Jim Strickland August 18, 1936 – May 26, 2016 "I love you I love you I love you I will always love you I will keep you in my heart forever" Connection-Disconnection Cycle It feels good […]

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I Won’t Give Up

Lyrics by Jason Mraz "I Won't Give Up" When I look into your eyes It's like watching the night sky Or a beautiful sunrise Well, there's so much they hold And just like them old stars I see that you've come so far To be right where you […]

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My Celiac Story

by Chad Shaffer, co-chair of Step Beyond Celiac Just sitting here in bed taking it easy before my next gamma infusion.  Infusion #117 is only a few days away. Thinking about the past few years and the upcoming Step Beyond Celiac […]

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NC Conference: Do You Hear Me Now?

Download PDF:  NC Conference 2018 save the date March 9-­‐10, 2018 at The DoubleTree Inn RDU Join us for time to learn some new skills, appreciate your spouse/partner, and celebrate the love that you have for each other. Michael and Myra Holmes, […]

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Is Negativity Hurting Your Relationship? Ways to Be More Positive

by Sheri Stritof (adapted) Negativity can come in the form of cynicism, criticism, whining, attacking, pessimism, discontent, perfectionism, and hyperintensity. All of these behaviors can push people away, including your partner. "Research indicates you can get mad as hell or avoid conflict altogether. […]

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Can Simply Being Positive Improve Your Relationship?

from National Healthy Marriage Resource Center The impact of positive thinking has been touted by generations of business leaders, athletes, psychologists, and self-help gurus. One would think with all the emphasis on positive thinking, we would be flooded with positive thoughts. […]

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Is Your Smartphone Coming Between You and Your Spouse?

By Greg Smalley How much do you love your smartphone? Probably not as much as the California man who married his phone in a Las Vegas wedding chapel during the summer of 2016! OK, so the ceremony in Vegas may have been […]

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Seven-year Itch? Boredom Can Hurt A Marriage

Science Daily 2009 Boredom, not only conflicts, causes couples to lose interest in their marriage, new findings indicate. Researchers at the University of Michigan and Stony Brook University interviewed 123 couples in their seventh year of marriage and again nine years later. "These […]

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