Saturday, February 14, 2009

What Is Your Partner's Reason for Having You In Your Relationship or Marriage?

What is your partner’s REAL motive for having you around? The answer lies in their words and actions…

Another lovely morning with a big country breakfast, a huge mug of coffee, and a whole bunch of friends trying to find a way to make their lives together better. For me, that’s a great way to start a day, pleasure and productivity.

A quick note before we begin today’s lesson: One of you sent me a link to an article that is revealing, revolutionary, and for some, downright scary. Entitled “Mommy’s Little Secret,” it describes, among other things, statistical evidence that 10% of children in the western hemisphere think that their father is someone other than who their biological father really is, if you know what I mean.

DNA evidence is causing all manner of revelations of infidelity, and it’s so bad that the courts are now trying to figure out when people are bound to tell fathers and “duped dads” (the one who is paying the bills thinking it’s for his own child) and when they’re not.
I strongly recommend you read this article; even though it was published in 2002, it's still relevant and accurate.

As for today’s lesson, one of your cohorts said this in response to the issue where I talked about men using guilt and pity tactics to try to obtain sex, the article titled “Sex for Pity’s Sake.”

Meet Tanja K.:

In my eyes women who use guilt or pity for sex are pathetic.....my hubby and I have been married for almost 22 years and there's what real married for love partners call give and take....my hubby is like my kids, spoiled to death and well adjusted...2 in college and 2 in grade school, if you get my drift, sex is our way of being one with each other, and trying new thing together, is what makes our marriage so to die for, so if you got out of me somehow that I use guilt or pity, you better find some new info about real women, not this new age “I'll sleep with you if you'll pay for my hair cut, or my college ed”....those are the women that make good men say dumb hurtful things....my hubby has been my prince from day one, if he's guilty of anything it might be that he hasn't taken time to find friends to have fun with, besides me, but then again, neither have I, our kids have made our life busy and full....hope you find a real women w/real moral values....

Tanja

Tanja’s beef is with women who prostitute themselves, not honestly as professionals, but as surreptitious gold-diggers; those parasites who land a man to be kept, provide means to create and maintain babies and/or self-destructive habits, and use guilt, pity, and sex to keep the man engaged and thinking everything is peachy. Gentlemen, we should all protect ourselves against such a woman as well; fortunately for us, they are the minority.

There are many kinds of relationships that can exist between a man and a woman, but this kind, especially in its most extreme variant, the codependent relationship, is the most destructive. One partner sucks the life out of the other and wastes it in destroying themselves, effectively rushing both of them to ruination and even an early grave. How can you tell if you’re in one of these?

It’s not that difficult. Indeed, detection is the easy part; accepting the truth and acting upon it is where most people fail.

First, take a look at who is contributing what and how much to the relationship, and how those contributions are being distributed. If you’re working your butt off and she (or HE! – it can go both ways, Ladies, as you’ll see in my next book) is spending it faster than you can make it, possibly on things that you find you secretly resent, such as a lot of extras for her and the kids, like eating out a lot and designer labels on all their clothes while you have holes in your shoes and take a cheese sandwich and store-brand soda to work for lunch, that’s a big red flag.

There’s no need to keep a detailed score; it will either be equitable because the relationship is committed and tight or completely lop-sided because one partner is using the other, depending entirely on whether the partners truly love each other or one is using the other. Your status will be obvious if you merely open your eyes to what is happening around you, regardless of what is being said. “By your works shall you be known” is one of the greatest bits of wisdom to come from the Christian Bible, a tactic that has been working for well over a thousand years, right? Professing love and devotion is easy; faking it is not.

Next, take a look at language. Even the best liars screw up from time to time, usually when they are either too relaxed, too stressed or have had a drink or two and their guard is down. A partner who really loves you will tell you so for no apparent reason, and their body language and actions will confirm it. One who is indeed NEEDING AND USING you and not loving you will say that they love you in order to get you to tell them that you love them; the statement “I love you” is indeed the question, “Do you love me?” – a plea for confirmation that their ploy is still working. When it comes, it sounds forced, like the ritual “I love you” that ends all too many phone conversations with that hint of whining or desperation that makes what should be a profession into an interrogation.

You can also learn a lot from the nature of compliments and explanations that inappropriately follow or replace declarations of love. A woman who says, “I love you because you make me feel safe,” is most likely saying that she loves the feeling of being protected, not you; anybody with an alpha personality and a weapon (or a large bank account) could make her feel the same way. So can anyone who doesn’t place any demands on her for love and commitment.

Gentlemen, good women don’t need a caretaker any more than good men do. They’re “all grown up,” strong, independent, intelligent, and sexy, not a clingy, needy, neurotic ball of insecurity looking for someone to blame their entire miserable existence on or pay their way. Being able to take care of themselves, they want a real man who can take care of himself, to form a true synergistic partnership, in which the partners can achieve more together than the sum of what they could achieve separately.

Such a woman will enjoy watching you being strong and taking the lead, instead of depending on you to do it, and you’ll enjoy doing it with her, instead of resenting the whining and pressure. And she will hold your feet to the fire, constantly holding you to the standard “if you can’t stand up TO me, you can’t stand up FOR me.” Good women very seldom actually need you to stand up for them, but they need to know that you’re able to so that they can respect you, since respect is a prerequisite of both love and attraction.

If you feel like you’re being sucked dry by your partner, you’re in the wrong relationship. You can assess yourself, your partner, and your relationship, as well as have great contacts to help you get out of a bad relationship and find a great woman if you have to, with the information in “THE Man’s Guide to Great Relationships and Marriage.” Download your copy at
http://www.makingherhappy.com right now, read it, and get things on the right track. If they’re already on the right track, use the rest of the book to stoke that attraction boiler and kick things up to the stratosphere where problems just don’t happen! The woman in your life can be a ball and chain or a ball of fire, and the choice is entirely yours. Choose well, and choose NOW!

In the meantime, live well, be well, and have a wonderful day!

David Cunningham

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Great Valentine's Day Example of What Is Romantic in Relationships and Marriage

Since today is St. Valentine’s Day and the word “romantic” is going to be bandied about like opinions at election time, let’s look at a wonderful movie in which to see the personification of the proper expression of “romantic.”

Happy St. Valentine’s Day, to those of you who live where it is celebrated, and a wonderful day to the rest of you as well. Since St. Valentine’s Day is today held as a day of romance (it was originally a day set aside for old flames to get back in touch with each other, and it was okay on that day for women to let previous suitors know that they were again entertaining gentlemen callers, usually after a broken engagement or they were widowed, and therefore had nothing to do with existing couples), let’s take a look at a movie that gives a very clear picture of what “romance” and “romantic thought” is really about. It’s called “Don Juan DeMarco,” and it’s at all of the better movie rental houses.

For those who have not seen the movie, you have been missing out, especially if you are a man trying to get a grip on the rules of romance and attraction. In a nutshell, Johnny Depp plays the main character, Don Juan DeMarco, who is a 21-year old man who has decided that his life has been fulfilled as he has romanced the 1,000th woman of his lifetime. He climbs a billboard and says that he will throw himself to the street if he is not allowed to duel with another Spanish don who lived in the 17th century, a contemporary of the original Don Juan.

Marlon Brando is playing a psychiatrist who just happens by, talks him down off the billboard by posing as another don who invited him to come down and discuss life with him, and promptly admits him at a local psychiatric facility where he works. Brando thinks at first he is schizophrenic, until he starts to see that DeMarco’s not delusional at all, but dthat he merely chooses to look for the best, the greatest, the most heroic, and most enjoyable in everything he sees.

I won’t spoil the rest of the movie for you, but the way that DeMarco looks at things, seeing the mental hospital as the don’s villa instead of the doctor’s treatment center, seeing women as beautiful, sexy creatures who want to be wanted and who want to express their sexuality, focusing only on the best in everything is what I want you to see. He is taking it to the extreme, but there are times and situations when it is safe to take romance to this same extreme.

If you do so when it is safe, and let yourself be swept up in it when nobody can be hurt by it, it helps make you more acutely aware of the beauty, wonder, heroism, humor, and other things around you that you can still appreciate even when things are bad, so that you can see the proverbial silver lining in clouds and not let bad situations overwhelm you. Instead you can keep your chin up, shoulders back, and be inspired by the romance of even the worst situation and overcome it, instead of being swallowed by it and becoming a has-been who gave it up instead of a hero who gave his all.

This is something that everyone, especially the woman in your life, just loves to see. Indeed, the reactions of the women in the movie to the somewhat exaggerated romanticism is not at all exaggerated. I’ve seen them first hand, reacting to things I’ve done, and watched them grip tablecloths, napkins, sofa cushions, until their knuckles turned white as they fell under the spell of romanticism; while in my twenties, I watched one woman clench her fist until her nails dug into her palm and bled as I described an interpretation of a dance to her. When I saw the blood drip from her fist, I grinned a naughty grin and said, “You sprung a leak, there, didn’t ya?” She knocked me flat on my back, saying, "Yeah, and you're about to!" tore our clothes to shreds trying to get us out of them, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Women will literally kill to feel attraction, and if you can’t make them feel it at least sometimes, it doesn’t matter how much they love you, they will be driven to have somebody make them feel it or they will fall into a depression that can after a time become suicidal, and you cannot blame them for this in any way. Make no mistake, this need is 100% biological, and there is no amount of love, faith, religion, guilt, or even brute force or beating than can stop them from needing it and responding to either finding it or lacking it.

It may take a few years for them to gradually decline, and they may leave you before you ever see the full force of the decline as a survival mechanism takes over, but lost attraction and boredom are a major cause of midlife-onset depression, substance abuse, spousal abuse, and suicide, and since women don’t always recognize and treat their needs because they get caught up in the needs of their family, the drama of hardship, etc. It is YOUR job, as the man in their life, to recognize their need for this feeling and provide it; it is the price you pay for their nurturing and all the other things they provide for you. Anything you do that creates this feeling for them will be repaid many times over; it is the only sure thing that you are likely to ever encounter in this life.

Creating attraction is not difficult, IF you know how to create it, and not hard to maintain if you also know how to avoid killing it, which under some circumstances can be done with as little as a glance or a word. “THE Man’s Guide to Great Relationships and Marriage” was written for the sole purpose of making your long-term relationship all that it can be, by teaching you how to evaluate and manage a relationship, how to communicate with a woman on a level that will give you the answers to the ancient question, “What makes women tick and what do they really want?” and to give you that understanding of the nature, creation, and destruction of attraction. (In the unfortunate case that you are paired with someone who is a hopelessly bad match and with whom you can never be happy, it will also help you to figure that out, get out, and find someone infinitely more suitable so that you both can be happy.) Now, think about this for a second…

If you could buy dinner for two and have your dinner guest tell you what women really want, what makes them tick, how to talk to and listen to them, how to turn them on and off sexually, and how to make sure that they would be fun and exciting for the rest of your life, and if it turned out that you couldn’t or just plain didn’t use what they told you they’d send you the money for the check, would you do it? I’d have bought that dinner a hundred times over to get back the first umpteen years of my adult life, before I did the research to write this book. I’d be coming up on my 25th anniversary instead of my 12th, too, and would likely have been in my first marriage instead of my fourth, because I would have chosen well the first time and made it work instead of having to go through three false starts when I was probably too young and immature to be married at all.

It’s never too late to take corrective action, and it’s never too soon to start preventive maintenance. Just go for it. Right here, right now. Hop on over to
http://www.makingherhappy.com and download your copy, before you do another thing, because life is too short to settle for the mundane, boring, frustrating, and painful potential disaster (DIVORCE!) you leave yourself open to if you don’t.

In the meantime, live well, be well, and have a wonderful day!

David Cunningham

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Listen As a Woman Tells You EXACTLY What ALL Women Want in Their Relationship and Marriage

A major success story from a couple who went from dreadfully boring to acting like a couple of teenagers in the throes of honeymoon passion!

I hope you're having as great a day as I am! Yeah, I say something like that nearly every day, and every day really is that great, especially when I start going through the mail and find success stories. It’s true that I make part of my living from the sales of this book and others, and I’ll not insult your intelligence by saying I don’t enjoy the money, but when people take the time to write to tell me that something I spent a good chunk of my life creating has made a positive change in their life, that really hits home.

The sales tell me I’m successful selling the book, but the success stories tell me I’ve been successful in WRITING the book, because people are using it to create a better life for themselves. I don’t reprint as many of these reader letters as some authors do, because they can be both long and boring if you read too many of them, but this one really hit home.

By the way, I had to omit a few details from the original because they were a little too spicy. I’m dead-against censorship, but I don’t know whose kids might be looking over their shoulder as they read this, and I don’t want any reader having to answer embarrassing questions from their kids. Parents hate that… ;)

Here’s her letter, and I’ve enclosed edits in square brackets. Meet Amy:

Dear David,

I would like to make a strong plea to all men to read your book. Even if you think there is nothing wrong with your relationship reading this book can make for the relationship that everyone only prays to have as an adult. I am no longer just living with the father of my kids, I am with a man that women would kill to be with and I would kill to keep.

He used to just ask me what was for dinner, now he is in the kitchen cooking with me when we are not taking breaks to make out like we were teenagers. We no longer just have sex or spend time together. We are finally after 10 years a real couple and we can not get enough of each other.

Sex is not all there is to a relationship, but I would like to say that more women than you think want sex just as much as men do. The thing is most men do not know how to pick up on our body language and how to interpret the signals we are giving off. Yes, I admit it would be better to be blunt and just tell the guy what we want, but we all know women are not like that and that is not likely to happen any time soon. When Bill started picking up on mine and we started understanding each other better, we just started getting closer, then hotter as he started noticing the things he did that set me off and the other things he did that get me off.

Bill and I now find ourselves in all kinds of places doing all kinds of things. For example, we were out having dinner the other night and started playing around under the table. A couple of minutes past and he told me he was going to the restroom and to follow him shortly. I was more excited then I had ever been with this man. When I walked back to area of the restrooms he grabbed me into the Men's room and we kissed me so deeply I was dizzy. Before I thought about it I was on my knees giving him the kind of [naughty attention] that makes a man loose feeling in his legs. This is only one of the things we do now, anytime we are together we are turned on and there is not a place we go now that the only people we notice is each other.

So for all the men who think that woman are complicated and not worth the trouble think again. When a woman is really deeply attracted to her man nothing comes between them, not even in a public place. Trust me, I know what I am talking about and anyone will once they read your book and put it into action. I only wish your book had been around years ago and it would be a bargin at twice the price.

I have a new man and I am a new woman thanks to you!!

Sincerely,
Amy T.

Wow! Congratulations, Amy and Bill, for taking charge and making your life all you want it to be!

Judging from the spelling and grammatical errors and the way they multiplied as the letter progressed, Amy was getting so aroused she was losing focus just telling her story. Guys, There’s not much I can say here that Amy hasn’t already said, except that she bought this book for her husband a few months back, and if you look at what she’s saying, and how excited she got as she said it, I think you can expect, among other things, that she’s going to pounce on Bill when he gets home, because women thrive on anticipation.

Seriously, they love it!


Most of us, when we get turned on, pretty well stay that way until we get satisfied, and we don’t want that satisfaction to be too long in coming, either. But with women, they can put it on the back burner when they have to, but it creeps up on them later, and they savor that anticipation for a bit, and then let it cook in the back of their mind for awhile longer while they do other things, and it creeps back out all over again, creating this series of spicy little surprises throughout the day as they see or hear things that remind them of it and bring their fantasies back to the foreground to be savored again. By the end of the day, when she and her man get back together, she’s ready to explode, as long as he doesn’t hit the door acting like a whining wimp or a drunken abuser and spoil it for her.

Here are your lessons for today:

1. This stuff really works! (Gee, you’d never guess that one was coming, would you?)

2. Ladies want to be attracted to their men to the extent of doing things to help them become attractive, like buying this book and helping them get through it. Is yours trying to tell you something? Can you read signals, body language, and her spoken language full of unspoken wishes well enough to know if she were?

3. They know they use lots of non-verbal communication and appreciate it when you pick up on it – and you can pick up on a lot of it if you read any good book on the subject, mine included (so buy it already!)

4. They get excited when they talk about things that have excited them in the past, and they love anticipation of future delights, so the morning after something hot, even if it happened in the morning, before either or both of you leave for the day, make some sexy, pleasurable, and naughty comment(s) about it and promise her that if she’s a good girl, she might get to enjoy a surprise or two when you meet later. Give her a soft, sexy brush on the lips with yours and a gentle stroke somewhere erotic with your hand, forearm, or fingertips, or gently spin her around and do the same to the back of her neck, and then step away and walk off, letting her imagination run wild for the day (don’t spoil the surprise by telling her exactly what you’re going to do, and if she asks, tell her she’ll have to be there later to find out. I’ll spell it for you: A-N-T-I-C-I------------------P-A-T-I-O-N! (a la Tim Curry as “Frankenfurter” in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show!)

Ladies and gentlemen, you can be writing a letter like this one to me in a few days or weeks. I’ll tell you what, I won’t even call attention to your spelling and grammar if you do. Go to
http://www.makingherhappy.com, download your copy of "THE Man’s Guide to Great Relationships and Marriage" (and get a free copy of my “What Women REALLY Want” and “Break-Up Busting 101” reports when you do!), get with the program, and make your life all it can be, because life is too short to accept anything less, right?

In the meantime, live well, be well, and have a wonderful day!

David Cunningham

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Do You "Get It" When It Comes to What Women Want in Relationships and Marriage?

Some men just don’t get it, even when their wife beats them over the head with the truth. Don’t be one of these guys, because when a woman gets tired of beating you, she won’t just stop, she’ll go away…permanently.

Today’s edition will be short and sweet because it is so self-evident that a lot of explaining won’t be necessary. When somebody buys a copy of my book, signs up for the newsletter, or ends their newsletter subscription, I get an e-mail advising me of the activity. I get to create the forms for these tasks, and rather than just notify me of activity, I also try to use them to get feedback from readers about what they need to know, what’s important to them, and even why they end their subscription to the free newsletter as quality control measures. Here’s an example that just floored me:

From: zeusXXXX@yahoo.com [mailto:zeusXXXX@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 5:08 PM
To: David Cunningham
Subject: AWeber mhh_tips: This Lead Unsubscribed: zeusXXXX@yahoo.com


This lead has unsubscribed by following the link at the bottom of one of your AWeber messages, and decided to provide comments. Why did I receive this email? http://www.aweber.com/faq_messages.htm#messages6b

Name: Axxxxxx
Email: zeusXXXX@yahoo.com
Signup Date: XX/XX/XX 0X:XX PM XST


Comments:
Never signed up...EX-wife did...


I’ve sterilized the personally identifiable information to protect his privacy, so don’t be cute and try to send an e-mail to
zeusXXXX@yahoo.com because it won’t go anywhere. Now, look at the “Comments” portion, which is just the field name for a blank on the form that is captioned something like “Reason for ending subscription.” He didn’t sign up, “his EX-wife did…” What can you divine from this comment?

I’ll not get into the macho inference by his choice of the name “Zeus” in the e-mail address; it could be the guy is just likes Greek philosophy. Yeah, right. (His wife also subscribes and she said he really was that full of himself, but without any good reason.) His wife signed him up for it (and according to her, she wasn’t his EX yet, but was now looking forward to it), trying to tell him that he was falling short, and giving him an example of what he needed to be doing to help their relationship.

Rather than being glad that she was providing him valuable information and taking action (not to mention being glad that she was signing him up for a newsletter instead of having an affair with the perfect example of what she wanted and purposely getting caught in the affair to show him, as many women have done and written to me about!) he slams the door on her. Hence, she is now his “EX-wife” in his mind, and soon to be in reality, when she wasn’t looking for a divorce, she was trying to save their marriage.

Notice how he emphasizes “EX;” he resents being told that there’s something wrong, and let a fragile ego, which probably contributed to the wussy attitude and behavior she was trying to get him to change, cost him his marriage. There’s no telling how much or in how many ways she tried to communicate problems to him, but like most men, he didn’t understand that he was being given instructions on how to fix things, and it doesn’t matter whether she left because he didn’t fix anything or he left because things weren’t suiting him, it’s over, and it probably could have been fixed.

All it would have taken was a little less ego and a little better communication skills, and a little effort to follow-up and make the improvements, but “Zeus” here was too busy protecting his ego to develop some real self-esteem and appreciate the fact that his wife wanted him instead of an affair or a divorce. Now, instead of a loving wife who was interested in staying married to him, he lives alone with a big neon sign that says, “Hey, I’m an idiot who can’t see past the tip of my nose!” Don’t let this happen to you!

And there’s no reason you should! “THE Man’s Guide to Great Relationships and Marriage” is filled with the benefit of the real-life experience of 118 couples who helped with the research of the original version, my own experience, and the experience of hundreds of readers who have commented and shared since. Each point in it has been tested and proven to work in 90% or more of all test cases, and if you think about that, that’s pretty amazing. That means, among other things, that 90% or more of all the women involved in this have agreed on and responded to each of these things! Can you imagine that?

Waiting until you have a crisis on your hands is the worst time to start working on fixing it. It can still be done, but it’s a lot harder than if you just get things in order and keep them that way, not to mention a whole lot more of a pain in the neck, with all the frustration, boredom, fights, affairs, etc., that crop up before the crisis is evident – often in an attempt by the wife to MAKE it evident.

So do yourself and your family a favor. Go on over to
http://www.makingherhappy.com right now, before you do anything else, and download your copy of this truly amazing book. Get your house in order, and keep it that way, because life is too short to be living behind a big sign that says “OUT OF ORDER,” or even worse, “I’M AN IDIOT!”

In the meantime, live well, be well, and have a wonderful day!

David Cunningham

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Is Your Intimate Behavior Killing the Attraction in Your Relationship or Marriage?

When people are together long enough to get comfortable they start doing things exclusive to their relationship, like “baby talk” and wearing sloppy or goofy-looking clothes, that might be cute to them, but can kill attraction deader than a rock. Sometimes they get so comfortable with it in private that they give the rest of us a dose of it, too! (Yeah, YUCK! is right!) Look for signs of this in your relationship.

I had a visit from a couple of friends, Bill and Cheryl. It was a study in “what not to do” as they say. They’ve been married for about twenty-six years, and acted SO married it almost seemed scripted to watch them. They finished each others’ sentences, ate from each others’ plates, talked “baby talk” to each other (gag!!!), and were about the shabbiest dressed wealthy couple I’ve seen in a long time.


She was in an oversized men’s sweat suit (despite the 90+ degree F. / 32+ degrees C. weather) because it was “comfortable” and wearing no makeup. He was wearing baggy cargo shorts, an over-sized graphic T-shirt, and sandals (accentuating his bow-leggedness, very knobby knees, and extremely large feet sitting below his rather robust torso, a left-over from his college days as a football player, giving him the look of some sort of cantilevered rock formation found in the deserts of the American Southwest).

Eventually she excused herself to the powder room, and I asked him how things were going, ready to bet the farm that they were comfortable and bored stiff; I would have won the bet. They had started out very into each other, having a lot of fun together, and things had cooled off quickly not long after their marriage.

They had joined that large group of couples in long-term relationships that sleep together every two months – yes, that’s a sad but true statistic, at least in North America. Adult couples in mature married relationships (two years or longer) average six sexual encounters per year. Sad, isn’t it?

These two were a textbook example of what happens when two people get too comfortable with each other. Take a close look at what they were doing. Is there anything whatsoever sexually exciting in hearing your partner talk like they are addressing a baby? Or like they are one? Not unless you’re a pedophile. “Sweet” as the girls say, maybe, but no way it’s sexy.

As for the flour-sack-esque, nearly homeless-looking attire, she might as well have been in an over-sized bathrobe with curlers in her hair and a cigarette dangling from her toothless mouth, and he might as well have been holding up a sign that said “will work for food” and looking like he hadn’t bathed in a month or two, except maybe in a bottle of cheap wine. Just makes you want to snuggle right up to one of them, doesn’t it? It's a shame, because properly dressed and groomed, they're a strikingly good-looking couple.

I also noticed that as they talked, if they weren’t doing the “baby talk,” they acted a lot more like girlfriends than husband and wife, especially the business with finishing each others’ sentences and reaching over to touch each other every time they started a sentence. Now, Bill is anything but effeminate, and when he spoke to me it was very “mano-a-mano,” and I found myself staring at him as he switched modes every time he switched between talking to me and his wife.

Don’t let this happen to you! A man and woman should communicate, freely and openly, but not in a way that kills their attraction for each other. They should be comfortable around each other, but not in ways that make you dull, sloppy, uninteresting, or project an extreme lack of self-respect.

Your partner should be the most important person in your life (other than yourself – holding your spouse as more important than yourself makes for a good romance novel, but makes for a disaster in real life) if you have a great relationship, and as such, they deserve the best in you, not the worst, the most interesting, not the most mundane. That’s how life-long love relationships are enjoyed, by keeping in mind that all other relationships are likely to be transient, and are therefore less important than this one.

Many people would shrink back in indignation or jump on a stump and start preaching at the mere suggestion that your partner be more important than even your children, and I’m not going to debate that subject with anyone; however, I will ask you to at least take a logical – yes, entirely unemotional -- look at it for a minute.

Your children come along, and you live with them day after day for eighteen years, plus or minus a year or two. Then they’re gone except for weekly visits if you’re lucky, if you are the average parent. Your partner, if you manage your relationship properly, was there before the kids, and will be there long after the kids have gone, day after day after day, “until death do us part,” right? You don’t want your adult children living with you, but you want your spouse living with you for the rest of your life, at least if you have a good marriage.

So logically, who is more important to your life’s happiness, someone who by definition (early death notwithstanding) will stick around for 18 years and be gone, or somebody who (again, early death notwithstanding) could be with you day after day for 50 years or more, if you give them a good reason to stay, like loving them, being interesting and fun to be around, sharing their values and celebrating their achievements with them? Pretty obvious, huh?

Obvious or not, and whether you accept it or not, real-world experiences bear it out. Men will probably be comfortable with this much more readily than women because of (as usual) biological factors, but everyone should think about it and come to grips with it as self-evident truth, because it helps you to at least appreciate the full significance of a commitment to a life-long relationship.

(And for any of you women who are right now thinking, “How dare he? My kids are going to come first and he can just get over it!” get this: if you make your husband take a back seat to your children or anything else, you give up your right to be upset, hurt, mad, or anything else when he chooses to let you take a back seat to something. Double standards and hypocrisy don’t work any better in relationships and marriage than they do anywhere else, so get some perspective before you make a choice that the whole family will ultimately suffer over. Put your marriage first if you want it to last a lifetime, or accept responsibility for spending your retirement years alone after alienating your husband by treating him like a second-class citizen.)

This doesn’t have to happen to you. It’s your choice, and it doesn’t take much effort. Basic awareness of the potential causes of the problem and choosing to do something other than commit one of those causes is really about all there is to it. Baby talk, men acting like girlfriends instead of men, and dressing yourself and acting in a way that does not project self-respect are only a few of the ways in which you can kill attraction dead, and knowledge is power!

Know what kills attraction, and what creates it, and use that knowledge to make one of those relationships that has you happy to be together for fifty or more years! (You wouldn’t believe the things people buy you for your fiftieth anniversary! Just kidding…) I put that knowledge together for you in “THE Man’s Guide to Great Relationships and Marriage.” It’s there, tested, working and guaranteed. All you have to do is go to
http://www.makingherhappy.com and download it, and then USE IT. It’s just that easy, and life is just that short that you don’t want to spend it being part of some miserable statistic.

In the meantime, live well, be well, and have a wonderful day!

David Cunningham

Monday, February 09, 2009

Attraction in the News: Learn from the Famous and Notorious About Your Relationship or Marriage

The amazing power of attraction can bring a woman to do wonderful – or TERRIBLE – things, so learn how to wield it, competently and safely!

I’m sure that everybody in the Western Hemisphere and many of you in the Eastern Hemisphere have heard about the grand adventure and exploits of Navy Capt. and NASA Mission Specialist (astronaut, Space Shuttle Discovery) Lisa Marie Nowak trying to kidnap her lover’s girlfriend (she was married and having an affair) and eliminate her as competition (for the boyfriend) a couple of years ago. If not, the first two or three hits on Google when searching her name can tell you all about it. I got tons of letters about it and the news was lousy with it, and yet to this day, nobody seems to be understanding what made her do it.

Some say that “she loved him so much,” and that’s utter crap. Women who love men want them to be happy, no matter who they’re with. Women will kill to protect a loved one who is being threatened, but not a competitor.

Some say that she was crazy. They’re half-right.

Some say that she was obsessed. They’re also on the right track, but obsession is a symptom, not a cause.

Some say that the boyfriend was responsible. In part, but…

Others say that the husband was responsible. Also in part, but…

So what really happened, and what does it mean to you?

What happened was that her husband allowed her to become bored, and her boyfriend, a pilot and trainer in a position of authority and with alpha male personality traits, swept her off her feet in a wave of attraction, and she went nuts when she found out that feeling of being swept off her feet was at risk.

Nope, not an opinion. Cold, hard fact, and well-documented.

So what does this mean to you?

First, the obvious: If you create attraction for the woman you love, she will have that same swept-off-her-feet feeling that many women would kill for, and she’ll reward you in incredible ways, with nurturing, loyalty, fun, adventure, sex, etc., and will defend your relationship with her life. If you’re having problems, lost attraction is somewhere at the heart of it, within the core of your problems if not the entire core, and restoring it will fix things enough to create an environment where she will be motivated to work out all other problems, like communications.

Next, the maybe-not-so-obvious: If you fail to create attraction for her and she gets bored, she’s wide open to anyone else creating attraction for her, AND THEN SHE’LL BE DEFENDING HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM INSTEAD OF YOU! Another man will be receiving all the rewards that you would be receiving if you were being a man and a husband.

She’s going to find somebody to create attraction for her. Period. The only question is whether it’s going to be you or somebody else. And yes, it CAN happen to you, and every other man alive. Boredom isn’t such a big deal for a man, but it’s a survival threat to a woman, and they will invariably take drastic measures to relieve it if we force them to.

So what do you do about it? Do I even need to say it at this point? Okay, some of you may be reading this newsletter for the first time, so I’ll spell it out. Go to
http://www.makingherhappy.com and download your copy of "THE Man's Guide to Great Relationships and Marriage," wherein you will learn everything you need to know about whether you are with the right woman, how to really communicate with her and put a stop to all the eye-rolling and accusations of “You NEVER listen to me,” and how to create that mind-blowing, sweep-her-off-her-feet attraction that will have her going crazy for you instead of punishing you for things you don’t know you need to be doing.

Sound like a plan? You bet your ass it is, and I have testimonials to that effect that are so detailed and steamed up that if I were to try to print them, the spam filters would block the mail, but tomorrow I’ll be posting a “toned-down” version of one of those testimonials and an e-mail address belonging to a reader (Many of you will remember “Big Girl Panties” Kevin) who has volunteered to field questions about his own experiences, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, live well, be well, and have a wonderful day!

David Cunningham

Sunday, February 08, 2009

You Can't Kill Time Without Injuring Eternity: Problems in Relationships and Marriage Don't Just Go Away

What could it be costing you to put off dealing with your relationship problems until tomorrow? I’ll wager that it’s a lot more than you might think…

Don’t forget Valentine’s Day is this coming Saturday, and make sure that if you’re not already prepared for it that you read
my Valentine’s Day lesson immediately. (And if you think you already have it covered with the traditional box of chocolates and dozen roses, think again!)

Getting into today’s lesson, I was out running some errands one afternoon and noticed a sign in front of a church that read, “You can’t kill time without injuring eternity.” I don’t know how they may be looking at that sentence, or if they fully realize its meaning, but the instant I read it I was reminded of a bunch of letters I’ve received from people who were having problems. I’m not going to disclose their names or anything personally identifiable because being in such a predicament is stressful and embarrassing enough for them, but I want you to see the kinds of things that can happen when you let little problems go unresolved (each paragraph is from a different reader comment or letter):

I filed for divorce after he physically abused me, so poor choice in mate, he wouldn't take your site seriously, so wish you all the best of success. You have some great advice and wonderful readers.

Question: we split up and now she is seeing someone else ... any advice on how to win her heart back?

My wife has sex when she wants & not when I want this has gone on so long that I don't even bother trying to be sexy with her, once again we have spoken but this ends up in a shouting match

My wife and I have been married for 18 years. We haven’t had sex more than once every few months since our second anniversary, and I’m sick of it. Can you help us?

For years my wife won’t kiss me I tell her it hurts but she says there’s no need. My wife thinks I am odd because I want a kiss & cuddle from her but she won’t when I tell her how I feel she ends up shouting at me then crying then sayings things will change & they do for a day or two then she is the same cold person with me, can I go on for the rest of my live feeling so unloved by her, I am 42 after 17 years marriage.

After reading the above, even though I am not sure that I could leave her as we have 2 children but is there any point if feeling so low all the time & never seeing the light should I leave whilst I am able to start a new life, this would be the hardest ting that I have ever even thought about.

You need to know that my wife of 4 1/2 yrs (dated for one, lived together for one, then married) has decided to divorce me. We have a two year old son. She says she's lost her feelings for me, she doesn't hate me, she still cares about me, she still likes me as a friend, but the love is gone. There are some side issues, but nothing that I believe is the real problem. I have been coming to realize that I have been "weak" not asserting my "alpha male" thing. I suppose I have always wanted to please her, and when we have a problem (fight) I always give in, or she always "wins". I think that I need to get stronger, before this divorce is final. How can I win her back? How can I show her that I am attractive (physically, emotionally, etc.) How can I trigger the emotions I believe are still there? We had a fantastic dating life, we had a great marriage, then after my son was born I assumed the "father role" and quit all the romanticisms, and stopped helping out around the house and didn't help out with the child-care. I have come to grips with the fact that I lacked in those areas, and am willing to change, but I need to "win her back" first. What can I do before it's too late? Oh, I hope you can give me some good advice. I hope there is something I can do before it's too late. Please, help! I love my son, and my wife, I want this family to be unified again!

Do you see what’s going on here?

These people have let problems fester for months, most for years, and there are some things that should be jumping off the page at you. First, and most important, is that they steadily get worse; real problems never just “fix themselves,” so don’t be a fool and wait for them to do so. You’ll also notice that it doesn’t matter if the deterioration of their relationship is fast or slow, the result is the same; they are either terminally unhappy and holding on out of fear, or they’re divorcing, and it’s not so easy to get out of or get over a 20-year relationship and start over in your forties or fifties, and one of these readers is in his sixties, and the wife he refers to is his second wife.

They’re all reaching out for help now, and most of them have chosen or will choose to accept it (some will reject help because they find the solution unpalatable, choosing instead of seek a “magic bullet” that makes all the problems go away with no effort or responsibility on their part), but look at how many years they’ve spent being miserable that they could have spent being happy with each other if they had addressed their problems early and corrected them at that time. What’s the old saying? “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?

Financially speaking, with divorce and the burden of legal fees, settling estates that may value as high as in the millions and more, alimony, child support (that will end up going for something other than the children), etc., an ounce of prevention would seem worth hundreds or thousands of tons of cure. Anybody want to compute the return on investment there?

Emotionally, it’s the same story; you can make a few small changes and live happily or fail to maintain your relationship properly and live miserably for years before finally either trying to undo the damage you’ve done or getting so sick of each other you go to war, pronounced “divorce court,” and then have to start over, and be miserable and alone during what should be the prime of your life.

Every minute you spend putting off a solution holds the potential for one more mean-spirited and vengeful remark that can never be taken back, one more vengeful or stupid act that can’t be undone, one more toll of a bell that can never be unrung. And the more pain you inflict and endure, the harder it is to fix the problem. Any takers on the prevention offer?

The offer is this: Go to
http://www.makingherhappy.com/ and download your copy of “THE Man’s Guide to Great Relationships and Marriage,” and read it, learn a few really important things about relationships, women, and how to get along with them, and do a few cool and fun things as a result. Then watch what happens! It will save you years of misery and a small (or maybe large!) fortune that you’ll get to spend in your retirement with your wife instead of giving it all away to her and her lawyers to go somewhere else and enjoy while you sit around heartbroken, financially ruined, and wondering what happened.

Life is short, too short to miss a chance, and second chances rarely come around. If you’re reading this, you’re looking for a second chance, and it’s here, staring you straight in the eye. Jump on it.

In the meantime, live well, be well, and have a wonderful day!
David Cunningham