Category: Healthy Relationships

 
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5 Fun Things to Do On a Winter Day

Do you have places you like to go, just because it feels good to be there? We thought about the places that make us smile when we visit. These are our personal choices. They don’t cost anything. They aren’t complicated. They are close to Alexandria, Virginia, where we work. EnjoyRead More

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5 Mindset Shifts that Make Love Stronger, Happier

Love feels so good when it starts, it’s hard to imagine feeling any other way. But if your loved one says two nice things and one criticism about you, guess what sticks in your mind? Humans naturally focus on what’s wrong. It’s called the negativity bias. It’s likely a survivalRead More

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3 Ways to Take Care of Yourself at Dysfunctional Family Gatherings

How do you feel about the holiday season? Many of us have emerged from dysfunctional, chemically altered, abusive, negligent or toxic family relationships. Merely the thought of facing these people again can set off a firestorm of triggers. You may feel guilty about avoiding family during holidays. You may dreadRead More

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My Partner Doesn’t Understand Me: How to Fix Relationship Problems (without fighting)

When you try to talk with your partner, you may find yourself saying: We don’t understand each other. Everything I say is taken the wrong way. My husband doesn’t understand me emotionally. I can’t talk to my wife about how I feel. Sometimes it’s true: we just don’t understand. ItRead More

Tips for when a partner is defensive

7 Tips When Your Partner is Defensive

Does happen to you? When you try to talk with your partner, do you think: “I can’t talk to him without him getting mad” “Why is my wife so defensive?” “My husband gets defensive when I tell him how I feel” When you’re in a relationship, you have an extraRead More

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Transform Your Daily Stress into Happier, More Open-Hearted Living

Recently, we asked ourselves, what is the best thing we can do to help you? And we decided to do something unusual and bold to support you. We are very excited to offer you high quality one-on-one biofeedback sessions completely free. Learn a Powerful Stress Management Practice Free (until DecemberRead More

Afraid of being vulnerable

Top 5 Reasons We Fear Being Vulnerable and How to Overcome Them

We all have a deep hunger to be known, respected and loved. But we fear being vulnerable. Why is being vulnerable so hard? Our need to belong is essential to our wellbeing. But asking for the kind of connection we want is scary. It means we have to be vulnerable.Read More

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Deep Listening: How to Create More Intimate Connection

When we want to show empathy, most of us have a good feel for the basics. We can say, “You sound mad,” or “…glad,” or “…frustrated,” depending on what we hear. Empathy does go a long way to help your relationship. When you help name another person’s experience, it’s veryRead More

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How to Make Your Partner Feel Special: What to Say to Build Emotional Intimacy

“Here’s what I love about you…” Have you ever longed to hear your partner open up about feeling touched or moved in being with you? Do you sometimes wonder what your loved one’s experience is like at certain moments? You may feel the urge to tell your partner how muchRead More

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Relationship Care That Works: 10 Tips for a Happy Relationship

Build a Stronger Love With These 10 Tips Think of your relationship as a garment you want to last a lifetime. To keep it looking and feeling great, you would strengthen the seams, mend any small rips, and avoid damage to the fabric. Here are 10 ways to help refresh,Read More