How to Keep Your Relationship Up to Date

Keeping your relationship up to date is as simple as making sure you read the patch notes! Knowing that change happens makes it easier to navigate when it does!

Any gamer will tell you how frustrating it is to buy a new game on release day, bring it home, and there’s already an update for it.  We have this notion that a game needs to be complete when it ships, most likely because that’s how it was in the…

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Healthy Conflict vs. Dirty Fighting

Conflict doesn't have to be a dirty word. If you and your partner focus on having healthy conflict, then you can make your fights work for you instead of against you!

I talk a lot on this blog about the difference between conflict and fighting, and I think that it’s high time I talked about the difference between the two.  I’ve mentioned that conflict is unavoidable in the past, but what is it that separates healthy conflict from dirty fighting? Healthy Conflict…

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Ready To Get Married? 5 Ways To Know

5 Ways to Know if You're Ready to Get Married. Getting engaged is not an easy decision, and there is no such thing as hard proof that you're ready. But here are 5 basic guidelines that can point you toward whether it's the right time for Player 2 to start playing!

Mawwaige. That bwessed awwangement. It can be a scary thing, especially if you’ve been burned before; but when it comes to commitment to your partner, it is one of the greatest expressions of dedication. It takes more than love, and it takes more than just finishing each others sandwiches. How…

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10 Ways to Say I Love You

It can be tough to find ways to say I love you. Often, the best way is also the easiest way! Learn more at the Couch Co-Op Relationship Blog!

This may come as a shock to some of you, but relationships are hard.  When two people spend any significant amount of time together, friction will happen.  And just like any other situation where friction can occur, the best way to prevent damage is by lubrication.  Oil for engines, water…

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Contentment: Loving What You Have

How can games teach us about finding contentment in relationships? This article from Couch Co-Op is about finding the answer that very question!

When I was a child, we had a Super Nintendo, a Sega Genesis, and a Game Boy.  While my brothers and I weren’t exactly starved for game options, what we had was what we had.  And I loved all of them.  I played them all to the point where I…

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The Subtle Song of Conflict

Conflict can spark deep intimacy if it is done well. Don't fear your differences in perspective!

Conflict: every relationship experiences it.  It’s what happens when two people can’t come to an agreement about an issue.  It’s not something that many couples look forward to, but it provides the most potent opportunity to grow our relationships. Anyone who has read this blog knows that I am a…

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Empathy: Listening to Understand

Empathy is a powerful relationship skill. Knowing where your partner is coming from can make all the difference in the world!

A strong relationship requires more than just two people liking each other.  It needs to fed a steady diet of understanding and respect; in short, it needs empathy.  So what exactly is empathy?  It is the ability to understand and share another person’s feelings, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.…

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Couchless Co-Op: Dealing with Long Distance

Making long distance relationships work is a challenge. But it is absolutely doable, if you do it together!

My girlfriend is out of town for a few days, which has me thinking about all of the relationships out there that do not have the luxury of being in the same zip code at any given time. In the US, there are an estimated 14 million long distance relationships,…

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Gratitude: The One Thing Your Partner Needs

Gratitude: The Co-Op player's secret weapon!

There are thousands of things competing for our attention these days.  Personally, I’ve been almost single-minded in my pursuit of completing the Age of Triumph in Destiny before Destiny 2 comes out (Which I’m pleased to say that I did just this week!)  In all the hustle and bustle of…

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Technology and Relationships: A Battle For The Ages

Are technology and relationships at odds with each other? Only if you allow them to be. Read more at!

It’s almost cliche at this point to say that technology and relationships don’t always mix well, but it bears repeating.  As with most things, there is a fine line between using technology and being used by it. That phone in your pocket has the power to keep you and your…

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