Author Archives: Les and Leslie Parrott

It’s My Marriage and I’ll Cry If I Want To

It’s My Marriage and I’ll Cry If I Want To

“Don’t cry!” “It’s okay to cry,” Leslie whimpered. We were having lunch at a favorite restaurant, talking about I don’t know what when out of nowhere, or so it seemed, Leslie’s eyes flooded with tears. Only moments before they were sparkling. “I know it’s okay to cry,” I confessed, “but can’t you wait until we

The Secret of Happy Couples: Joseph and Mary

What makes happy couples happy? Dr. Allen Parducci, a prominent UCLA researcher, asked this question and found that money1, success, health, beauty, intelligence, or power have little to do with a couple’s “subjective well-being” (labspeak for happiness). Instead, research reveals that the level of a couple’s joy is determined by each partner’s ability to adjust

Two Communication Rules That Can Save Your Marriage

  All the important communication tools can be reduced to six basic skills. If you learn them and use them, you will be able to give more love to your spouse, and your marriage will become super-charged with positive energy. They are: 1. Make “I” statements, not “you” statements. 2. Practice reflective listening. 3. Understand

Marriage Myth: My Spouse Will Make Me Whole

The old saying “opposites attract” is based on the phenomenon that many individuals are drawn to people who complement them — who are good at things that they are not, who complete them in some way. The book of Proverbs says, As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. — Proverbs 27:17 Our incompleteness

Love Always Protects

Love… always protects. – 1 Corinthians 13:7 Security comes when I’m in love with somebody who loves me back.  – Shelley Winters Immature love says: “I love you because I need you.” Mature love says: “I need you because I love you.” Erich Fromm Several years ago we were speaking in Washington, D.C., at a national

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