Marriage Hack: Mastering Gottman’s Magic Ratio

Marriage Expert John Gottman is able to predict divorce with 95% accuracy with his magic ratio of 5:1 positive to negative interactions. Sounds like we should  learn how to cultivate more positive interactions. Our theme for the month is marriage hacks- helpful tips and tools for your marriage.  Recent posts: Marriage Hack:  Put Yourself Through Therapy  Marriage Hack: Write a Marriage Manifesto Marriage Hack:  Fill Yourself Up With Love This hack comes from John Gottman, king of marriage research.  Astonishingly and against all odds in social science, Gottman is able to predict divorce with 95% accuracy.  That does not happen in… Read More

How to Heal a Broken Connection

By Celeste quoting from Hands Free Mama I initially had another post intended for today, but I read this on my Facebook feed today and it just struck me as so powerful and just incredibly helpful. This Facebook post was written as advice for moms to repair broken connections with their teenagers or pre-teens, but it applies so well to a marriage relationship as well. If you need to repair a broken connection, no matter how big or small the break- try out some these suggestions- they are so easy to do, yet so effective. Please see the full post… Read More

Supporting a Spouse Through Depression Part 2

What Everyone Should Know About How to Support a Spouse Through Depression

By Brad Tuft I introduced the Tufts and this topic in Part 1 here.  In Part 1, they explain their story and struggle with depression.  In Part 2 below, they offer some advice and life lessons from their experiences.  – Celeste So, as a loving husband or wife, what do you do if you feel like your spouse is being swallowed up by depression? What do you do if they weep for hours of the day, or when they lock you out of the room, or storm out of the house and don’t tell you where they have gone? What… Read More

Supporting a Spouse Through Depression Part 1

What Everyone Should Know About How to Support a Spouse Through Depression

By Brad Tuft A few weeks ago I received an email that totally made my day.  It was from my friends the Tufts offering to write a guest post about supporting a spouse through depression because they thought it was an important topic and that their story could help others struggling with the same thing.  I was filled with gratitude at this email because I’d been wanting to discuss this topic, but gosh what a tough one to ask someone to write.  Depression is SO prevalent and such an important topic for marriages, I knew it needed to be addressed. … Read More