Thriving Marriage Series

Loving Smart

Everyone experiences love differently. Biology, upbringing, personality and experiences all influence the way an individual likes and needs to be loved.

Being different in this way isn’t a problem. In fact it’s one of the things that makes relationships a rich and wonderful experience. What is a potential problem is that both you and your spouse (or fiance, date, friends etc) will instinctively give love in the way that you most like to receive it. So if affirmation and verbal expressions of devotion are important to you, you’ll tend to express love this way, irrespective of whether that is important to the other. Similarly, your spouse will tend to express love in ways that he/she best encounters love.

Sometimes, there is a strong overlap in your ‘Unique Love Profiles’ (that is, the pattern of Love Needs and Love Busters that is unique to you). Most couples find that there are also significant differences. And it’s in these differences where the potential for disappointment lies. You both may be trying really hard to express love to each other, but just not delivering it in the package that really speaks “LOVE” loud and clear to your spouse.

In order to be effective in your efforts to love, you will need to learn how your spouse wants and needs to be loved; to love by intention rather than by instinct.

When you understand what is important to your husband or wife, then you can choose to give love to your spouse in exactly the way he or she best experiences it.

This is SmartLoving: giving of yourself to your spouse in the way he or she most likes and needs to be loved.

SmartLoving is genuine loving because it’s other-centred and focused on loving your spouse on their terms rather than your own.

It is also smart because it’s effective. It helps you to target your efforts to love towards what will truly communicate love. And let’s face it, who can afford to waste precious time or energy loving in a way that doesn’t hit the mark?

The Marriage Kit Online Course

Building healthy, fulfilling relationships through practical strategies, insights and a dash of humour.

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Lesson Modules:

Lesson 1 - Mission Marriage

1.1 Why Marriage?

1.2 For Better or Worse?

1.3 Attraction and Sexual Difference

1.4 Affirmation

1.5 Daily Appreciation

1.6 Making Marriage Your Mission

1.7 Date Night – Your Dream

Lesson 2 - Love Deconstructed

2.1 The Science of Love

2.2 Love is a Choice

2.3 Love Needs

2.4 The Love Tank

2.5 Respect and Cherisment

2.6 SmartLoving

2.7 Date Night – Romantic Memory

Lesson 3 - Let's Talk

3.1 Levels of Communication

3.2 Emotions and Needs

3.3 Speaking from the Heart

3.4 Listening with the Heart

3.5 Let’s Talk – Gender Differences

3.6 Communicating for Effect

3.7 Date Night – Love Letter

Lesson 4 - Let's Talk... About Sex

4.1 Why Sex Matters

4.2 Just an Activity

4.3 Desire Discrepancy – Part 1

4.4 Desire Discrepancy – Part 2

4.5 Love Choices

4.6 Date Night: Sensate Focus

Lesson 5 - Couple Decisions

5.1 Personal Decisions

5.2 Couple Decisions

5.3 Debunking Decision Strategies

5.4 Values Based Decision Making

5.5 Stop-Reflect-Connect

5.6 From Worse to Better

5.7 Date Night – Dance to Connect