Episode #143 Date Your Spouse
Why do we so often allow the temporary to dictate our relationship with the permanent? This week, newlywed Russell Catania and thirty-years-wed Dr. Michael Brown offer their tips for developing and maintaining intimacy.
I just don’t like anything more than hanging out with my wife.Russell Catania
- When it comes to marriage, coasting is always backwards.
- Stretching ourselves too thin is an act of pride that harms our most important relationships.
- It often feels safer, easier, and less vulnerable to invest our energy in work than to cultivate intimacy with another human being.
- Marriage requires ongoing investment and continued commitment, not merely initial effort.
- We will never outgrow the need for fun activities, meaningful conversations, and intentionally intimate connection.
- The health of a marriage is defined by the accumulation of each partner’s choices.
- Relational routines breed consistency, and structure often precedes spontaneity.
- Sometimes the healthiest step we can take in our marriage is to change our career or reduce our working hours.
- If we feed and nurture the fire of our relationships, it will continue to burn brighter and stronger rather than fizzling out.
- We are just a few great dates away from developing deeper connection and reclaiming the passions of yesterday.
- When your marriage begins to feel stale or otherwise difficult, return to the activities you most enjoyed when the relationship first began.
- Go on a date every two weeks, schedule a weekend getaway every two months, and spend an entire week together every two years.
- Evaluate your priorities by asking yourself, “What am I willing to sacrifice in order to deepen my relationship with my spouse?”
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Make Less Money
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