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Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

Dr. Les Parrott is a clinical psychologist and his wife, Dr. Leslie Parrott, is a marriage and family therapist. They work together as a team to offer marriage and parenting help through their popular speaking engagements and writing. They address audiences in 40 cities a year and are New York Times best-selling authors whose books have sold more than two million copies. Their works include The Good Fight, Love Like That, Real Relationships, and the award-winning Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts. Learn more about the Parrotts by visiting their website, lesandleslie.com.

Fighting fair is key to resolving conflicts in marriage. A young couple sits on the couch with their backs to each other.

Learn to Fight Fair in Your Marriage

If you cultivate a cooperative attitude with your spouse, you will save yourself a lot of grief. And you will have found the secret to fighting a good fight.

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Friendship in Marriage

You can find volumes on romance, intimacy and passion in marriage — not much on being good friends as husband and wife. But couples can ignite their love life by boosting the quality of their friendship.

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Making Your Marriage Happy Now and Later, Part 6

Celebrating your spouse shouldn’t just happen on anniversaries but as part of your everyday life. Through simple acts of kindness, your marriage can go to the next level. John, Greg and Erin talk discuss the importance of celebrating your spouse.

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Making Your Marriage Happy Now and Later, Part 5

A happy marriage is made up of two people serving each other. By seeking out opportunities to bless your special someone, you’ll find greater satisfaction than if you only chase happiness. John, Greg and Erin talk about ways to be a blessing to your spouse.

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Making Your Marriage Happy Now and Later, Part 4

Even if you were anxiously looking forward to it, becoming an empty-nester is still a time of transition that can put stress on your marriage. John and Greg give advice on keeping your attitude positive. Featuring Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Making Your Marriage Happy Now and Later, Part 3

Even if you were anxiously looking forward to it, becoming an empty-nester is still a time of transition that can put stress on your marriage. John and Greg give advice on keeping your attitude positive. Featuring Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Making Your Marriage Happy Now and Later, Part 2

Being grateful seems simple enough but are you showing your spouse how grateful you are for them? Featuring Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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Making Your Marriage Happy Now and Later, Part 1

Being grateful seems simple enough but are you showing your spouse how grateful you are for them? Featuring Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. Find us online at focusonthefamily.com/marriagepodcast or call 1-800-A-FAMILY

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How to Fight Fair (Part 2 of 2)

Husband-and-wife counseling team Les and Leslie Parrott illustrate how healthy conflict can strengthen marriage and offer practical advice for couples on learning how to fight fair. (Part 2 of 2)

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How to Fight Fair (Part 1 of 2)

Husband-and-wife counseling team Les and Leslie Parrott illustrate how healthy conflict can strengthen marriage and offer practical advice for couples on learning how to fight fair. (Part 1 of 2)

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Making Your Marriage Happy Now and Later (Part 2 of 2)

Best-selling authors Les and Leslie Parrott offer couples practical suggestions for heightening the joy of their relationship, no matter how long they’ve been married. (Part 2 of 2)

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Making Your Marriage Happy Now and Later (Part 1 of 2)

Best-selling authors Les and Leslie Parrott offer couples practical suggestions for heightening the joy of their relationship, no matter how long they’ve been married. (Part 1 of 2)

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Saying ‘I Love You’ Without Uttering a Word

Kissing, holding hands and hugging communicate love and romance to your spouse. Giving simple acts of affection shows deep appreciation and devotion, expresses support and builds intimacy.

Become Your Spouse’s Publicist

Few things boost a person’s self-esteem more than hearing that his or her spouse has been saying positive things to others about him or her. When a couple does that, they reap a double dose of love.

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6 Ways to Make Your Marriage Happy

Happiness is in short supply for too many couples. And the reason may be that they don’t work at it. Happiness, after all, is not something that happens; it’s something you make.

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Humor in Marriage

Laughter bonds people. Any good friend will tell you that laughter is the shortest distance between two people — especially in marriage.

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Why Laughter Is Good for Your Marriage

Laughter is good medicine, having an important physiological effect on you and your soul mate.

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Bringing Laughter Into Your Marriage

The more you laugh together, the more you love your spouse.

A Final Thought on Humor

Learning to laugh a little more just may save your life, not to mention your marriage.