The Gottman Institute's Posts

Gifts from the Heart

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Give your relationship gifts that keep on giving.

What is The Sound Relationship House?

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This foundational theory of The Gottman Institute gives couples the tools they need to have a healthy secure relationship.

Rituals of Gratitude

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Create rituals of connection around thankfulness using these four ideas.

Printable Feeling Wheel

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What are you feeling? Discover more about your feelings and increase emotional intelligence with this handy, printable resource.

24 Dates You Can Try at Home

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Whether you're social distancing or quarantined together, during stressful and uncertain times, it's more important than ever to prioritize rituals of connection with your partner.

Gottman Relationship Recipes

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Try these relationship recipes out at home—you probably already have all the ingredients you need!

The Little Things You Do

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We asked our followers to share some of the “small words, small gestures, and small acts” their partners do for them. Our hearts were so warmed by the responses, we’d love to share some of them with you.

Top 10 Gottman Relationship Blog Posts of 2019

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In 2019, we took a look at the things that challenge relationships, and ways to ultimately make the relationships we choose stronger.

Gottman Love and Sexuality Glossary

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Our guide on combining forms used to express different types of love and relationships, and how you may see them used.

The Science of Love

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In his TEDx Talk, John Gottman explains how his scientific research has created a new understanding of love relationships.

World Peace Starts at Home

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In her TEDx Talk, Julie Schwartz Gottman explores how to create peace in the world using findings from studies on love and diplomacy.

July 2017

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Read about all the exciting happenings at The Gottman Institute in July!

June 2017

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Read about all the exciting happenings at The Gottman Institute in June!

May 2017

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Read about all the exciting happenings at The Gottman Institute in May!

April 2017

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Read about all the exciting happenings at The Gottman Institute in April!

January 2017

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Check out what happened at The Gottman Institute in January!

November 2016

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Check out what happened at The Gottman Institute in the month of November.

October 2016

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Check out what happened at The Gottman Institute in October.

September 2016

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Here's what's happening at The Gottman Institute in the month of September, including trainings, workshops, and new articles.

July 2016

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Here is what's happening at The Gottman Institute this month including trainings and new blog articles.

June 2016

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Here is what's happening at The Gottman Institute this month including trainings and new blog articles.

April 2016

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See what's happening at The Gottman Institute

January 2016

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See what's happening at The Gottman Institute this month, including new articles, trainings, and announcements.

December 2015

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“Month in Review” is a feature on The Gottman Relationship Blog that gives you the opportunity to recap the news and events of the last month.

August 2015

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This month we were featured in an 8,000 word essay from The Huffington Post, presented 16 couples workshops and professional trainings around the world, and Dr. John Gottman was named "the Einstein of love" by Psychology Today.

July 2015

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July was another busy month at The Gottman Institute. We were featured by AARP and Yahoo Health, presented 14 couples workshops and professional trainings all over the world, and hosted a very successful Seven Principles Program Educator Training in Seattle, WA. 

June 2015

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June was an active month at The Gottman Institute. We were featured by Politico Magazine and The Washington Post, presented 21 couples workshops and professional trainings around the world, and released a teaser video for The 2015 Summit!

May 2015

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May was another busy month at The Gottman Institute. We were featured by Oprah.com, Dr. John Gottman spoke to a sold out crowd at Town Hall Seattle, and the revised edition of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work reached #2 Best Seller in Marriage on Amazon.com in it's first week. 

April 2015

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April was an exciting month at The Gottman Institute. We were featured by The New York Times and Forbes, we launched a board game for couples, and we announced a completely revised and updated edition of The Seven Principles
 

#AskGottman: Sex Answers

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The Gottman Institute answers your questions about sex, lovemaking, and communication on this installment of #AskGottman.

8 Myths About Relationships

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We'd like to separate the fact from the fiction and explode the eight most common myths about relationships.

Assignment: Turning Towards

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When you honor and respect each other, you can appreciate different points of view.

Homework Assignment: Have Great Sex

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It had been a while since we last discussed sex on the blog, and as Dr. Gottman recommends making a habit of talking about the subject, we decided it was time to sharethis quizwith you on Wednesday!

Homework Assignment: Six Seconds to Happy Couplehood!

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Today on The Gottman Relationship Blog, we share an article written by Theo Pauline Nestor of Match.com that offers to help you "find out how just a few minutes a day doing little things differently — like saying 'hello,' 'goodbye' and sharing a kiss — can change the course of your relationship for the better."

Homework Assignment: Have A Bit Of Fun

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According to Dr. Gottman, sharing humor with your partner is one of the most effective ways to strengthen your relationship.

Using Humor to Build Relationships

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Humor is pretty complicated, and if we want to use it in a way that builds and maintains healthy, loving, and strong connections, we must be mindful.

More on Humor and Being Human

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Since the dawn of the Digital Age, humans have been puzzling over their electronic devices and asking themselves basic questions, like:

The Siegel-Gottman Summit

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Today on The Gottman Relationship Blog, we break from our regularly scheduled programming to make a very important announcement.

Homework Assignment: Q&A and Review

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This Friday on The Gottman Relationship Blog, we reach the end of our series on The Four Horsemen and Self Care!

Toddlers, Poop Detectors, and Choosing Your Battles

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In this playful offering, authors James and Audora Burg hone in on a compelling connection: choosing your battles in caring for your toddler and caring for your marriage.

Homework Assignment: Building a Culture of Appreciation

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Like the rest of us, "Masters" of relationships are only human. There are moments at which they feel driven to distraction by their partner's personality flaws, and the little hairs on the backs of their necks stand up (yes, they have those t00).

Support Each Other’s Dreams

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We've spent a lot of time this week on The Gottman Relationship Blog discussing conflict in relationships from a theoretical perspective, focusing particularly on the destructive nature of contempt and criticism.

Summer Romance: Love Maps

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As promised in last week’s posting on The Gottman Relationship Blog, we continue ourSummer Romance blog series today with an exercise to help you build connection with your partner by updating your "Love Maps."

Spring Clean Your Marriage

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Spring clean your marriage with these relational tips that will clear out the cobwebs and refresh the love and romance.

The Research: The Still Face Experiment

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The Still Face Experiment illustrates the power of emotion coaching and the importance of turning toward your child's bids for connection.

Announcement: The Research

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Here are answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Dr. Gottman’s research on couples.

New Year’s Relationship Resolutions

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The New Year can be your and your partner's opportunity to make resolutions for better communication and a healthier relationship.

Avoiding Loss Aversion In Arguments

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Loss aversion is what happens when partners invest so much into their disputes that neither one can stand the thought of losing.