This blog is dedicated to providing research-based marriage tips to encourage marriages and families, including my own.
For the last several years I have interviewed couples who have used adversity to improve their marriages. The result is FIRST KISS TO LASTING BLISS: HOPE & INSPIRATION FOR YOUR MARRIAGE. In it, I share couples’ experiences with drug addiction, infidelity, military separation, opposing religions, stranger rape, life-threatening illness, differing races, financial crises and much more. Not only did these couples “stick with” marriage, they used their experiences as an impetus for transformation, creating inspiring love stories that offer hope to others going through difficulties. One interviewee sums up the challenge of remaining united in marriage: “You see the fireworks and chemistry, but there is an earthquake coming that you don’t see. You have to find your way through it—it’s a journey.” Follow me at www.Facebook.com/LastingBliss.
As a marriage researcher and writer, I frequently come across interesting studies, opinions and tips that I find valuable in my own life. I share them here and on Twitter @LoriLowe as well as in articles for other publications. Sign up for free updates on the home page, either via email or RSS subscriptions. (I never share your email, and it takes one click to opt out if it’s not your bag.)
I live in Indianapolis with my husband of 17 years (a pilot who keeps me grounded), two children, one crazy cat, and two aquatic frogs. As a busy mom, I try to make my posts as relevant as possible to help people living in the real world. I have a master’s degree in journalism, and I’ve run my own marketing and PR consultancy for more than a decade, specializing in health care. I’m a GenXer and a child of divorce, someone who personally understands the impact of divorce on children. I’m pro-marriage and an advocate for the needs of children. I’m a contributing writer for WTHR.com (NBC’s local affiliate), Hendricks County ICON newspaper, and The Coalition for Divorce Reform.
I most enjoy: the scents of fresh white gardenias, egg nog crème brulee, campfires, and, especially, my children’s heads after they are freshly showered; the rhythmic sound of ocean waves crashing to shore; the feeling of uncontrolled belly laughs, deep-tissue massages and the keyboard under my fingers. I dislike crafts, clutter, and reaching the last page of a fabulous book.
I’m a journalist not a marriage counselor, so I don’t offer advice for specific couples. However, I share my findings and interviews with marriage experts whose advice you may find helpful. And, check my resources page for recommendations on counselors, blogs and books. Contact me if you’d like to have your marriage book reviewed here. If you have topic suggestions or questions, you can email me at loridlowe [at] gmail [dot] com.
Following are a few of my most popular posts; please join the discussion in the comments section.
We all married the wrong person
More on marrying the wrong person
Is love a decision or a feeling?
Read this if you EVER have conflict in your marriage
Stay self-focused to repair marital problems
For a happier marriage, date your spouse
Happy marriages are not carefree
What’s a pro-marriage counselor and how do you find one?
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