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"Someone else's love story is never going to be yours. True love is woven out of honoring and understanding each other's unique gifts, vulnerabilites, and…
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"An Attitude of Gratitude" and the 5:1 Ratio During The Holidays
Taking time to each day to acknowledge and share your gratitude can shift your mindset & bring you more joy. There are no limitations to what you can be grateful for: a sunny day, loving relationship, hearing your favorite song, and so much more!
How to avoid roommate syndrome
Our romantic relationships usually start with a lot of passion and exciting intimacy, but often times that excitement can fade over time as the rigors of life kick in. "Roommate syndrome" is the term used to describe this dynamic in couples where the relationship has become an arrangement and lacks romantic love and affection.
Thanksgiving Rituals of Connection
Rituals are defined as meaningful activities that families create to bring connection and stability to the family dynamic. Rituals hold relationships and family life together and create cohesiveness within family identity.
Stress Reducing Conversations
The goal of active listening is to listen (not just hear) to the speaker’s words with empathy and without judgment. Try this active listening exercise and see how it affects the level of emotional attraction you feel for each other.
Perpetual Problems around Finances
A good way to approach any perpetual problem is having a conversation where the goal is to listen while finding the deeper meaning behind your partner’s side. Instead of only hearing what’s on the surface try to find the story or dream behind their position. Set aside some time to discuss things where each person gets the time to talk about how they feel.
The secret to a lasting relationship
Through their research on couples, Drs. Julie & John Gottman learned a lot about friendship and its role in romantic relationships. Here, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman explains the secret of lasting relationships.
Six Reasons Why People Turn to Tech and How to Turn Towards Each Other Instead
The next time you are sitting next to your partner and are tempted to look at your phone, turn towards your partner instead of a screen and have a conversation. Even if it is just a check in about how your day was, it can have a positive impact on your relationship.
Choose Love Over Fear
In the realm of relationships, our choices and actions can be driven by two fundamental emotions: love or fear. While fear may seem like a natural response to protect ourselves, operating from a place of love can have a transformative impact on our relationships. By consciously choosing love over fear, we can nurture healthy connections, foster growth, and create a harmonious environment for love to flourish.
The fear of commitment
"The fear of commitment can show up differently for different people, but at its core, it’s all about being afraid of getting too close, vulnerable, or dependent on someone else. People dealing with this fear often struggle with the idea of long-term commitments like marriage or even just opening up emotionally in a relationship."
Control & reactions
While trying to manage every detail what happens around you can feel like you're minimizing uncertainty, it can be emotionally and physically exhausting. As Hailey Paige Magee puts it, "Whether we’re 'helping,' 'generous,' 'saving them from themselves,' or 'doing it for our relationships,'" trying to control others instead of yourself just isn't worth the effort. If you or someone you know is in danger, or an abusive situation, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.
The truth about expectations in relationships
Dr. Donald Baucom, a psychology professor at the University of North Carolina, studied marital expectations for a decade. He found that people get what they expect. People with low expectations tend to be in relationships where they are treated poorly, and people with higher expectations tend to be in relationships where they are treated well.
For many neurodiverse relationships to thrive, it’s important to focus on understanding the differences in how each partner processes information and how this impacts their ability to understand each other. Honoring and meeting these basic needs for nervous system regulation can play a huge role in developing intimacy and bringing the relationship closer. - Yolanda Renteria, LPC, NCC
Understanding emotional disconnection
Sometimes when people feel disconnected from their emotions, it's harder to connect with others. It can be a survival response that has developed over time, like having a shield around their feelings to stay safe. And it's also important to understand that having that shield can make it difficult to have strong and happy relationships with others. To make things better, we need to understand why we built that shield in the first place and take actions to change it.
Saying no to your partner
There could be several reasons why you feel afraid to say “no” to your partner: fear of rejection if you do not comply, you feel like their love and admiration is conditional on your compliance, or you experienced abuse in the past. If you notice that you feel anxious when you say “no” to your partner, it could be something to look at very closely.