Every Friday Sam Malone takes a break from his show's political focus to discuss with Robert Cossick the sanctity and beauty of marriage. The discussions are lighthearted and the advice is practical and encouraging. Listen to past discussions here, then join us each Friday at 8:35 CST for another great discussion.
Only the Lonely || Pilots & Control Towers
#319: As we head into Thanksgiving, there will be good food, good times, and possibly even a good nap. There will also be a spirit of thankfulness for our families and the other blessings in our lives. At least that’s how it’s supposed to go.
A survey of couples found 40% felt lonely at times in their marriage. Not because their spouse wasn’t there physically, rather because he or she wasn't present emotionally. When this happens, even in a room full of people, you can feel lonely and abandoned.
So, this Thanksgiving, let’s all take time to re-connect emotionally with our spouses.
I Love You...But || No Buts About It
#318: Exposing your ‘but’ the wrong way may generate a different reaction than you expected. The most common way to use your ‘but’ is to divert someone’s attention away from what you just presented them and get them to focus on what follows after you’ve exposed your but. To be clear, we’re not talking about your ‘B-U-T-T’, we’re talking about your ‘B-U-T’ While the first is a great thing to show your spouse in any situation, exposing the second can be disastrous. Here’s why…
Promises Kept, Broken, Renewed || Technically Speaking
#317: Marriages that fall apart mostly do so because a Promise or a series of Promises were not kept. While the broken Promise is an issue, the real issue is the misunderstanding couples have about the original Promise...the wedding vow.
The Seven Dwarfs || He's Lost His Mind
#316: Much like the personalities of the seven dwarfs, each of us has our own unique combination of qualities and characteristics. When building a great marriage it's important to understand those differences so that they can be leveraged to strengthen the marriage rather than weaken it. Leveraging Our Differences: Differences = Completeness; Misunderstanding = Misinterpreting; Overuse = Weakness
Shut Up, Man || Ogling
#313: While the opinions were all over the map regarding things that were said during this week’s debate, there were two phrases we can probably all agree we should never use when ‘debating’ with our spouse. “Shut Up, Man” and “You’re a Clown.” If you want your spouse to shut up…Stop Responding. We also discuss ogling...what it is and how to do it.
Pet Names || Hidden Gems
#312: A recent study with 1,000 couples found that 90% of those who use pet names said they were highly satisfied in their relationship while only 56% who did not use pet names felt the same way. The study further found that 16% of couples indicated an increase in satisfaction after they began using pet names. It’s not rocket science, terms of endearment are often used by those who love and enjoy each other.