© 2016 by Kory Floyd, PhD

 

May 11, 2016

 

 

The church I grew up in had a strange habit: Whenever a prospective new convert was introduced, members would virtually smother that person with affection. They would say repeatedly how much they love the person and would shower him or her with gifts, favors, and oth...

May 11, 2016

 

Men may not be from Mars, but their ways of showing affection are different from women’s. Both approaches—men’s and women’s—have value in close relationships.

Specifically, men are less likely than women to verbalize their affection. Study after study finds that men’...

May 11, 2016

 

The next time you plant a kiss on your sweetheart, you may be improving your health in the process. The science of smooching tells us that we benefit from puckering up.

People in most cultures kiss as a way to share affection with romantic partners, children, and oth...

May 10, 2016

 

We’ve all known someone we’d characterize as highly affectionate. Indeed, many of us—myself included—would describe ourselves that way. That doesn’t mean we are affectionate with every person or in every situation, but in the right time and place, we are inclined to e...

March 16, 2016

 

 

Many of us have had the frustrating experience of being in the middle of a conversation with someone, only to have that person answer a phone call or respond to a text. It can be discouraging to feel like you’re competing with a cell phone for someone’s attention…and...

January 1, 2016

 

At a time when many of us resolve to lose weight, save more money, and live a more disciplined life in the new year, it is helpful to take stock of what’s most important to many of us: our relationships. You can improve your own relationship in the coming year by taki...

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