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Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grantee Performance Measures

A new set of performance measures for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees have been proposed. An additional set of instruments for a cross-site evaluation with a subset of grantees have been proposed as well. Please see a short overview at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/11/06/2014-26320/proposed-information-collection-activity-comment-request. This notice has information on how to request a document containing all proposed measures, as well as information on how to comment on the proposal.

Gratitude . . . don’t take it for granted!

Everyday gratitude boosts romantic relationships and binds couples together. Check out these resources to learn more:

Why Does Gratitude Matter? Robert Emmons, the author of Thanks!, introduces the science of gratitude at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit* in June 2014. (Video)

It's the Little Things: Everyday Gratitude as a Booster Shot for Romantic Relationships.
Higher levels of gratitude after receiving thoughtful benefits (e.g., gifts, favors, etc.) predicted higher relationship connection and satisfaction. (Journal Article)

To Have and to Hold: Gratitude Promotes Relationship Maintenance in Intimate Bond. Couples who had ongoing reciprocal appreciation were less likely to break up within the next nine months and even reported being more committed at the end of that time. The researchers concluded that a nourishing cycle of encouragement and appreciation provides extra incentive to maintain our relationships. In other words, when we appreciate our partners, we develop trust and respect. When we feel appreciated, we also feel needed and encouraged. (Journal Article)

How Does Gratitude Affect Romantic Relationships? At the 2014 Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Dr. Sara B. Algoe describes her research into how gratitude affects romantic partners’ feelings for one another, as well as their style of relating to each other. (Video)

Love, Honor, and Thank Researchers Jess Alberts and Angela Trethewey have found that a successful relationship doesn’t just depend on how partners divide their household chores, but on how they each express gratitude for the work the other one puts in. (Essay)

Gratitude A group exercise from our popular Facilitator Toolkit. (Group Ice Breaker)

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.


Program Listing

Is your healthy marriage and relationship program listed on our websites? We have an ever-growing directory of healthy marriage and relationship education programs located across the country, with more than 80,000 combined monthly visits to our two websites. Search the program listings on Healthymarriageinfo.org and Twoofus.org to be certain your program is listed on these popular sites. Send program information and updates via email to info@healthymarriageinfo.org.

Program Assistance

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The manual is designed to help practitioners and administrators create an MRE program that meets the needs of their target audience. The manual draws from previously developed resources created by the NHMRC and also incorporates new tools and strategies suggested by those working in the MRE field.

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