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Valentines celebrating their bond

Valentine's Day is the day for celebrating your relationship, actual or desired. Rituals are important in any relationship, and Valentine's Day gives all of us lucky enough to be in a relationship that works for us to make a fuss of ourselves.   A friend sent me this today: "Just…

Building resilience into relationships

When something happens in a person's life, a key feature to ensuring that they will get through it in the best way possible is how they habitually think about the issues they are faced with. In particular, how can it be that when presented with the exact same situation, some…

No sex?

I have just read this article by Emma Mayhew in The Times:   Helen Mirren says sex isn’t essential to a lasting union. But can happiness prevail without it? I can’t remember which relationships counsellor it was — it could have been the second we went to, or it might…

Daily bickering can bring love to a marriage?

 A happily married couple for 70 years in Britain has revealed their secret of marital bliss -- "have a blazing row every day". Edwin and Mary Daubney met in 1942. The chance meeting took place over an argument between Edwin and a friend about who should ask Mary for the…

Kissing witticism circa 1954

Found in The Public Speaker's Treasure Chest by Herbert V Prochnow and Herbert V. Prochnow Jr., first published 1954: A kiss is a peculiar proposition. Of no use to anyone, yet absolute bliss to two. The small boy gets it for nothing, the young man has to lie for it,…