Relationships

Insights into Loneliness

7 Ways to Stop Time

Experts are warning us that we are in midst of a loneliness epidemic. In fact, the U.K. has recently appointed a minister of loneliness to deal with what Prime Minister Theresa May says is a “sad reality of modern life.” Our mobile society (with people increasingly moving away from family and friends), our technologically wired culture (where people are engaging ...

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3 Ways to Repair and Rebuild Your Relationships

7 Ways to Stop Time

When trying to repair a relationship — even with yourself — take these intentional steps. In my last blog, I shared the five stages of relationship demise that we tend to unintentionally engage in when we encounter challenges in our relationships. The good news is that there is an alternative. Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems from the same mindset ...

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9 Ways to Work Through Your Next Fight About Money

9 Ways to Work Through Your Next Fight About Money

Couples should talk about a lot of things before getting too serious or long-term. One of those very important topics is money, and unfortunately too many couples don’t have a frank discussion about it. The problem with avoiding talking about each of yours approach to finances and money is it never gets an airing. You could find yourself in a ...

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Does Your Relationship Have Positive or Negative Power Struggles?

7 Ways to Stop Time

Relationships can be complicated. Ultimately you hope to have a balanced relationship where each person cares about the other and all is equitable. Often, however, couples find themselves engaged in power struggles with each other within the relationship. Depending upon how these are handled they can either result in growth, or stand in the way of being truly connected and happy. ...

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Kindness Counts

Kindness Counts

“My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.”- the Dalai Lama Kindness is: “a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and a concern for others,” according to Wikipedia.  It implies that other people matter as much as we do to ourselves. It indicates that we are not alone on the Big Blue Marble and that what affects one ...

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How to Be a Real Friend

How to Be a Real Friend

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” – Walter Winchell If you can count the number of real friends you have on one hand, you’re rich, indeed. If you have more than five, perhaps you’re even more blessed. But what if you don’t think you have any real friends, people you ...

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What So Many of Us Get Wrong About Assertiveness

What So Many of Us Get Wrong About Assertiveness

Most of us are familiar with the term “assertive.” We have a general idea of what being assertive means. But that doesn’t mean we fully understand it. And, in our society, many myths still abound, which adds another layer of confusion. Which is a problem, because these misconceptions can lead us to stay silent about our needs, stew in our ...

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Building Healthy Boundaries: 14 Different Ways to Say No

Building Healthy Boundaries: 14 Different Ways to Say No

Learning how to say No is incredibly important in our lives. Doing so helps us maintain healthy boundaries and relationships with others and ourselves and also allows us to be more thoughtful and committed to the things we say Yes to. In spite of understanding the benefits of being able to say No when needed, many people (myself included) continue ...

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How to Slowly Wean Yourself Off Your Smartphone

7 Ways to Stop Time

Cell phone addiction may not be formally recognized, but for many people the thought of going somewhere without their phone is inconceivable at best. It can cause a lot of anxiety, stress and worry. As we become more and more dependent on cell phones to connect with others, organize our time, and track down information, it can seem impossible to ...

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9 Exercises to Better Understand Yourself — And Make Better Decisions

9 Exercises to Better Understand Yourself — And Make Better Decisions

Having a deep understanding of ourselves is vital for everything we do. It’s vital for our well-being. It’s vital for building close, sincere relationships. It’s vital for creating a meaningful, fulfilling, satisfying life. Because it’s hard to make good decisions if we don’t know what we want, if we don’t know who we are, if we don’t know what’s important ...

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