California Marriage Organization Name Change Reflects Expanded Vision

California Healthy Marriages Coalition is capitalizing upon its prominence as a national leader in Relationship and Marriage Education in a name change to Healthy Relationships California (HRC). “Since all relationships can benefit from the skills taught in Relationship Education classes,” says HRC’s president Dennis Stoica, “we hope our new name will inspire all Californians to bring these benefits to their relationships with their spouse, kids, family, friends, colleagues—everyone in their lives.” “The skills taught in [...] Read more »

Take Control of Your Anger or It Will Control You!

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Be honest, does your anger get the best of you at times? Does it seem to take over when things get heated with your partner or your kids? Gary Chapman, marriage expert and author of The Five Love Languages says, “Anger is like FIRE. Control it. Use it. Be motivated by it. Whatever you do, don’t ignore it.” Why? Because anger is toxic. For those who stuff their feelings and keep it from coming out, [...] Read more »

How to Change Your Partner

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How many times have you tried to “change” your partner? Do you hint, nag, complain, guilt trip, intimidate, threaten, or give ultimatums? We all do it! My husband used to use humor during serious conversations or sensitive moments. I would ask him to stop, but that would cause him to do it more. With a stronger tone, an angrier face and with firm posture I would tell him to stop. But that would make him [...] Read more »

How 3 Women Treated Their Depression and Improved Their Marriage Too

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Three women treated their depression that didn’t involve a doctor, therapy or drugs.  It was a Relationship Education class of all things. The following women recently attended a Relationship Education class sponsored by Healthy Relationships California: ✦“Relationship Education helped me with my husband because I was seriously depressed before. When my husband would tell me something I would get very angry and yell. Before I was very jealous and we fought a lot and now [...] Read more »

Those Aren’t Fighting Words, Dear (NY Times)

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“Let’s say you have what you believe to be a healthy marriage. You’re still friends and lovers after spending more than half of your lives together. The dreams you set out to achieve in your 20s — gazing into each other’s eyes in candlelit city bistros when you were single and skinny — have for the most part come true. Two decades later you have the 20 acres of land, the farmhouse, the children, the [...] Read more »

Daily, Monthly & Yearly Ways to Keep Your Relationship Alive

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In a Sonoma Valley Sun article, “The ecology of marriage,” Dr. Jeffrey Low has several recommendations to “keep (your) relationship loving and healthy.” He gives some daily, monthly and yearly things you can do to keep your relationship alive. His suggestions: Daily – It takes just fifteen minutes a day to maintain the connection between two people. This is not just some random number, but the result of scientific studies demonstrating that if two people [...] Read more »