Does Your Marriage Need a Makeover? Five Practical Solutions

Could answers to your relationship problems be right under your nose? Kathy Dawson, author of Diagnosis: Married, has practical solutions to prevent stress and create a healthier environment -- and a happier marriage. Take a look at her theory -- then try it for yourself!

A relationship is no less fraught with potential difficulties than an airplane that has instruments that can fail, a crew that can make errors, or can find itself in an unpredictable weather pattern.

Marriages inevitably will encounter their own forms of turbulence. Although many partners think they are going to spend a lifetime together and not have conflict, I can guarantee there will be problems over finances, in-laws, job loss, illness, parenting styles, communication differences, or an array of other minor to major situations. No marriage is safe from disagreements or discord.

However, being told marriage brings with it a lion's share of stress and anxiety is no reason to commit yourself to the single life. In fact, the problems you encounter with your mate are not only surmountable, they are a blessing. The difficulties that are inherent in any marriage are precisely what give your relationships the glue, the guts, and the stamina to withstand the test of time. A marriage isn't a chronic condition to endure, it's a blessed vehicle for sharing your life with your mate. The bumps and potholes you encounter on your journey together don't have to be viewed as aches and pains, but rather as opportunities for growth.

Next Page: The Marriage Improvement Movement

Excerpted from Diagnosis:Married by Kathy Dawson © December, 2000,Perigee Books. Used by permission.

Diagnosis: Married is designed as a preventive guide to help you deal with, and in many cases, head off marital strife. It addresses a wide array of relationship topics -- from dealing with in-laws, to grappling with money matters to igniting your love life.

The purpose of Diagnosis: Married is to propel you into a "marriage improvement movement." Change can only occur when you act upon new information. If you do what the "Just Do Its" tell you to do, your relationship will move in a positive direction, even if making that move feels awkward or painful at first.

Try five of Kathy's &quotJust Do It" exercises for everyday solutions to relationship dilemmas:

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Excerpted from Diagnosis:Married by Kathy Dawson © December, 2000, Perigee Books. Used by permission.

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