SL eNews – February 2013

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Love and romance will be working overtime next week with St Valentine’s Day (Feb 14). To celebrate, we’re featuring ‘gratitude’ this month – how it can heal depression and transform your life and your relationships. It’s a hot favourite in the happiness movement. Check out the latest SmartLoving @Home issue on the topic – it’s loaded with practical tips for amplifying the impact of gratitude in your life.

And speaking of gratitude – why not buy your honey one of our St Val’s special gifts?  Our Passion Pack is a great way to together refocus your love on the one that means more to you than anyone else. Or sign up for the 40 Day Gratitude Challenge with our custom set of Gratitude cards – a simple way to speak your gratefulness to the one who loves you most.

Make sure you check out our posts over the coming week as we share the love!


Francine & Byron Pirola
Directors | Marriage Resource Centre


From the blog

Smart Dating #1: The Serial Relationship Trap | The unspoken rules of 21st century dating are that sex is expected, commitment and fidelity are optional, and marriage is a dirty word.

The Soul Mate Quest | The truth is the soul mate quest is more fantasy than reality…. and holding onto this myth will more often deliver disillusionment and pain than the promised ecstasy of perfect, unending love.

Complaint to Request | Often, the very characteristics that first attracted you to your partner become the most infuriating ones of all!

Boundaries | When people know the limits of what they can demand from a relationship, it allows all parties to enjoy it.

It Takes One to Tango | While it is ideal is to have both spouses fully invested and contributing to the marriage, it is not necessary to make a positive and substantial improvement. You can make a difference on your own.

The Sleep Deprived Marriage | Lack of sleep makes us more argumentative, more gloomy in our outlook and less generous with our love. 

The Commitment Challenge #3 | Sex, culture and committed relationships.

The Commitment Challenge #2 | The dilemna for dating couples is the confusion between ‘public displays of affection’ and ‘public displays of commitment’.

The Commitment Challenge #1 | At the core of a person’s willingness to commit to a relationship, is their willingness to accept limitations and restrictions on their options.

Success Breeds Success | Rather than experiencing a few failed relationships, being in a successful one is a better learning opportunity.

NEW: Fr. Chuck Gallagher’s: The Two of Us Series

Two of Us: Topics of Conversation | A couple exercise to examine the patterns of our communication

Two of Us: Affection | Understanding the role of affection in marriage

Two of Us: Fault Finding | On criticizing your spouse


Featured Resources

Passion Pack

Passion Pack | An ideal gift for St Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or a wedding,
the Passion Pack has something to tantalize all the senses!

Gratitude Cards

Gratitude Cards| Sign up for the 40 Day Gratitude Challenge.


SmartLoving @ Home

A series of DIY sessions you can use at home or in a small group. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can download the file at the time of purchase and use the material on your computer, mobile device or make a print copy.

SL@Home Grateful

Grateful | When gratitude is present in a marriage, the couple’s good humour and welcoming generosity make their homes places of hospitality and warmth for all their visitors.

Responsible Honesty | It’s more than not telling lies; in marriage it requires an willingness to share deeply and vulnerably.

Sexuality as Gift | Learning to appreciate our sexuality and build the sexual atmosphere between us.

The Ambitious Couple | What is the role of ambition in marriage?

Hear Me Know Me | It is often said that we cannot love what we do not know.

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February 2013

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How gratitude can set your kids up for life and can transform your own!
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About the Author:

Francine & Byron Pirola
Francine & Byron Pirola are the founders and principal authors of the SmartLoving series. They are passionate about living Catholic marriage to the full and helping couples reach their marital potential. They have been married since 1988 and have five children. Their articles may be reproduced for non commercial purposes with appropriate acknowledgement and back links.

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