Marital Bliss 101

Hope Springs is a romantic comedy that focuses on a middle-aged couple that has lost the spark. Kay (Meryl Streep) and a reluctant Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) seek the help of a couple’s specialist (Steve Carell) for a week of marriage therapy.

Will they reignite the flame? Find out when Hope Springs rolls into theaters Aug. 10. In the meantime, if your relationship has plateaued and it's feeling a bit dry, take a look at these Hope Springs-inspired marriage tips and splash some life back into love.


How to look sexy
for your husband

If you want to maintain the spark in your relationship, try bringing sexy back. When playing sports, show him you can get the ball in the hole. Don’t be afraid to order a steak once in a while. And if you really want to spice things up, why not try a game of bad cop? Cuffs are optional. Your hubby will never get tired of these surprises.

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See Hope Springs' funny take on marriage here >>

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I'm not someone who commits an illegal act in a movie theater

Put some passion back into your relationship by turning up the heat with your hubby. There's no need to go all Fifty Shades of Grey on your man, but it never hurts to spice things up in the bedroom. Find new ways to be creative and experiment with your partner.

Learn how to keep it interesting in the bedroom >>


What to say to your wife

Ladies, we all know that men cannot be trusted to say the right thing all the time. They need a little direction. Hand your man these simple 'what to say to your wife' guidelines and put to rest any confusion they have about which thoughts they should keep to themselves.

Quick tip:

In a marriage, both parties must put forth the effort. After all, a relationship is about give-and-take. And if you don’t give each other time and attention, you’re going to be taking a lot of marriage counseling sessions in the future.

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Comments on "Love lessons from Hope Springs"

Shannon August 14, 2012 | 9:40 AM

I saw this movie with my husband when it came out. It's depressing, but sadly, it's probably true for a lot of couples out there. I think the problems stemmed from them never communicating well when they were first together. My husband and I hope to never be in their situation, and our plan to avoid that is to constantly communicate.

Michelle June 28, 2012 | 3:08 PM

Oh how I would LOVE to give my husband the "What to say" guide. He always means well, but it definitely doesn't always come out right. This movie looks hilarious! My hubby is a huge Steve Carrol fan so luckily he will go with me without me having to drag him! Thanks for the laughs :)

Emma June 28, 2012 | 12:23 PM

As hilarious as these tips seem, I think there is definitely some validity to them! Both parties have to put forth effort to keep the relationship running smoothly, and we as women have to know what really speaks to the men, and vice versa.

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