To have a successful relationship requires daily effort and attention, and the following video from Practical Psychology (featuring some fun illustrations) reminds us of ten habits that characterize healthy relationships. Take a look and you'll be encouraged to make some changes to your habits. … [Read more...] about Ten Habits of Healthy Relationships
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In episode 20 of the STANDcast Dwayne Hayes, editor in chief of STAND magazine, is joined by Mitch Nobis and Jeff Wenzel to discuss advice they'd give to a guy who is struggling in his marriage. They recommend focusing on self-care, avoiding the need to be right, and share additional words of … [Read more...] about The STANDcast 20: “Dour” Advice to a Guy Struggling in His Marriage?
How many times have we heard the phrase, “All men want is sex?” When I was 17 years old I was sure it was true. When I was 37 years old, I suspected it might not be true. And now that I’m 73 years old, I know it’s not true. Now don’t get me wrong, sex can be wonderful at any age, but there’s … [Read more...] about The One Thing Men Want More Than Sex Is The One Thing Women Find It Hard to Give
As you know, this past year, your mother and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. Though the media failed to put this important accomplishment in the headlines or to put our picture on the cover of a magazine, I consider this one of the greatest achievements of my life. Years ago, when you … [Read more...] about Advice to My Sons About Marriage
So, you've found "the right person" and you are making plans to pop the question and embark on a life of marital bliss. Before you do that, though, you face the daunting task of purchasing an engagement ring. Not to worry. The handy infographic below (produced by Barry Kerwin and team at Loyes … [Read more...] about A Guy’s Guide to Getting an Engagement Ring
Out and About Dad Jim Joseph talks with Gays With Kids Brian Rosenberg about the impact of Marriage Equality on their long-term relationships and their families. I remember the exact moment when I saw the news. I was riding in a cab in Manhattan, on my way to Costco to load up on groceries. Our son … [Read more...] about Suddenly Married
The STANDcast is for men who give a damn about being better men, and features unscripted discussions & reflections on manhood, masculinity, fatherhood, marriage, and much more. In episode 12 of the STANDcast Dwayne Hayes, editor in chief of STAND magazine, is joined by Mitch Nobis and Jeff … [Read more...] about The STANDcast 12 — Do Women Really Want Sensitive & Vulnerable Men?
It’s said that we teach what we want to learn. For more than 40 years I’ve been teaching people how to have successful marriages that remain passionate, loving, and creative through the years. Being a marriage and family counselor has been a satisfying career and I’ve helped thousands of couples. … [Read more...] about The Enlightened Marriage
Yes, dating a co-worker is common and according to some studies as many as 40% of workers have experienced an office romance. A flirtation at work can certainly make it more interesting to come into work on a Monday morning but there are also some dangers involved and before embarking on dating a … [Read more...] about Romance in the Workplace: Dos and Don’ts
Many men’s magazines, as I’m sure you’re well aware, enjoy featuring profiles of women—often beautiful celebrities—accompanied with photos of the subject in various states of undress. At STAND we’ve decided to add a regular profile of a woman we admire for reasons other than how she looks in … [Read more...] about The Chromosome of Love
Seventy years later, he still grins and blushes when he talks about how much he loves her. He describes their relationship using words like “equality” and “respect”. And he didn’t hesitate to lean in for a smooch when the Atlanta Braves Kiss Cam found them last fall in the stands … [Read more...] about “We always turned to each other”: A Tale of Two Presidential Marriages
November 2, 1856 I already love in you your beauty, but I am only beginning to love in you that which is eternal and ever previous – your heat, your soul. Beauty one could get to know and fall in love with in one hour and cease to love it as speedily; but the soul one must learn to know. Believe … [Read more...] about Leo Tolstoy’s Letter to His Fiancée, Valeria Arsenev
July 14, 1861 Camp Clark, Washington My very dear Sarah, The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days—perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more…. Sarah, my love for … [Read more...] about Excerpt from a Letter by Major Sullivan Ballou to His Wife Sarah
We spoke with Father Figure founder Andrew Bentley about the importance of teaching his son to love by modeling affection with his wife, along with the power of hugs and the "Double K". What is the "Double K"? Watch the video below to find out. Father Figure is a life style brand to support … [Read more...] about Andrew Bentley on Teaching His Son to Love & the Power of the Double K
In episode 06 of the STANDcast Dwayne Hayes, editor in chief of STAND magazine, is joined by Mitch Nobis and Jeff Wenzel to discuss some of the lessons learned about making a marriage work and dealing with all the baggage brought to a relationship. In addition, they discuss dumb household accidents, … [Read more...] about The STANDcast 06: Is Marriage a Melancholy Indie Flick or a Romantic Hollywood Blockbuster?
1/2 cup of KINDNESS Be generous without expectation a dash of BRAVERY Courage to be emotionally vulnerable 2 tablespoons of CURIOSITY Desire and willingness to continually learn more about your partner 1/4 cup of TEAMWORK Collaborate on something … [Read more...] about A Recipe for a Successful Relationship
When Jessica and I married in 2007 it was the second marriage for both of us. Surely the second time would be easier, right? Not so, apparently. Studies show that nearly two-thirds of all second marriages end in divorce and after several years it seemed we were on that path, too. Fortunately, … [Read more...] about Five Strengths that Make a Relationship Successful
Editor in Chief Dwayne Hayes previews STAND 05, focused on Men, Love, and Marriage. Jed Diamond and The Enlightened Marriage Masculinity 101 Two Presidential Marriages Recipe for a Successful Relationship Suddenly Married The Lovers, photos by Lauren Fleishman Ethical … [Read more...] about Preview STAND 05 on Men, Love, and Marriage
I recently attended a conference for dads and, in one session, a man described a bitter divorce, resulting in him losing all contact with his young daughter, now 26-years-old. He expressed the pain and powerlessness of not being able to reconcile with her and of his daughter’s refusal to connect … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Reconcile with an Irreconcilable Someone
When I married my wife in 2007 I fully expected to be in the running year in and year out for the “husband of the year” award. After all, this was my second marriage and certainly I’d learned a great deal over the years from my divorce. I was also now forty years old and I think it’s … [Read more...] about My Wonderful Wife and the Quest to Win a “Husband of the Year” Award