Marriage Laboratory’s Best of 2018

2018 has been an AMAZING year here at Marriage Laboratory.

Here are some highlights:

  • We started our podcast, Marriage Theraoke!! We launched our podcast giving therapy to love songs in August, and Rich and I have loved the challenge as well as all the positive feedback you guys have given us- thanks!
  • I finally joined the Instagram party (only 8 years late!) by starting the Marriage Laboratory instagram page. I now spend a lot of time there and this community has made me feel like I people actually read what I write and comment on it!
  • We grew our email subscribers from 1600 to 7000+ this year!! Woo!!! Thank you so much to those who respond to my monthly emails! I always read them and appreciate them (even if I don’t respond!)
  • And we kept up a steady income from our partnership with MediaVine (thanks for tolerating the ads on this page- it keeps us maintaining and growing Marriage Laboratory!)

What a great year! Thanks so much for being a part of it! (See 2017’s year re-cap here)

Best of Marriage Laboratory 2018

The Year of the SELF

2018’s theme has been the year of the SELF here at Marriage Laboratory. Not in the “treat yo’ self” sense (although, occassionally, yes, treat yo’self)

But more in the “become more emotionally and psychologically healthy and mature so you can have an amazing life and relationship” sense πŸ™‚

We had a whole month’s worth of posts on each of the following categories:

Those links will take you to the first post in the series on that topic, click “next post” at the bottom of each post to read through all the posts on that topic (there should be four posts per topic).

Most Popular Posts of 2018

1. Why Date Nights Aren’t Saving Your Marriage

Just waiting to be voted off the marriage blogger island for this one πŸ˜‰ This post is the introduction to why this year has been the year of the self and describes Celeste’s Big Philosophy of Marriage. Complete with graphs!

2. 15 Crucial QuestionsΒ to Regularly Ask Yourself if You Want a Better Marriage

Questions to ask yourself if you want a better relationship. Click through to take a self-inventory of how good a partner you are.

This post was for self-confronting month. Ah, self-confronting, everyone’s favorite topic πŸ™‚

3. How Mature is Your Value System? (and how your values might be ruining your relationship)

I’m thrilled this post did well. It was one of my favorites to write this year.

4. Are You Focusing on Your Spouses Attributes or Flaws? (How to flip the switch)

I really liked this one too, and it includes my stick figure drawings as a bonus πŸ˜‰

5. 10 Lessons I’ve Learned (the hard way) in 10 Years of Marriage

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This is kind of like four years of my blog summed up in one post πŸ™‚

My Favorite Posts of the Year

Those were the posts with the most page views, but I like to include my personal favorite posts as well in these yearly reviews.

Why “Being Happy” is a Pretty Crappy Life Goal (and three better alternatives)

Happiness man. It’s making us miserable! I just like everything about this post and people’s feedback from it was just the icing on the cake.

6 Practical Ways to Develop the Skill of Self-Love (even when you feel unlovable)

How to develop self-love: what does healthy self-care

I just think this post is important. Self-love is the antidote to shame. Shame lies at the heart of most of our marriage problems. Ergo, self-love –> better marriage always.

Most Popular Podcast Episodes

1. Episode 14: Who is Responsible for Your Pain? Featuring Rachel Neilson

When you have a rock star guest like Rachel on, it’s bound to be good! But also the topic is just so important for a healthy relationship.

2. Episode 12: Professional Partnership Featuring Kyle and Allie Spinder

work with your spouse podcast

This episode was so fun to record. We interview professional ballroom dance couple Kyle and Allie Spinder on how they make their professional and private relationship work.

3. Episode 5: Weekly Marriage Check In Featuring Jershon and Shelly Lopez

Weekly Marriage Check In

In this episode we share our #1 marriage tip: the weekly marriage check in. Shelly and Jershon first off are freaking marriage rock stars and second off, also do the weekly marriage check in so we talk about what that looks like for both of us.


Well lab mates, its been one heck of a year and we couldn’t do what we do without YOU! Thank you, thank you thank you for reading, listening and giving us all those clicks, downloads, comments, encouragement, love and support.

Can’t wait to see what this year holds! Happy New Year!

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