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Ever feel like your partner or co-worker doesn't listen? Sometimes do you think he or she will "freak out" no matter what you try to say? Do you ever wonder what you might have said that got him ...
SHOULD. Should is a four letter word. It is hard to use the word “should” in a sentence in a kind and loving way. When we “should” on our loved ones, our employees or our children, we shame them. --Amy Fuller
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For kids, the holidays are supposed to be filled with joy and excitement. However, for some children who have suffered a recent loss, the holidays can be especially hard.
This is a good article about helping children during the Holiday season cope with grief.
The biggest thing parents, teachers and grief counselors can do is listen to kids and let them know its is alright to grieve. especially during these sad times. Helping children cope with grief is best done through new rituals or expressions during the Holiday season. A memory box is an excellent example found in the article.
in the end, remember, children greive like all of us over the loss of a loved one and not to ignore their grief.
If you are interested in how to become a grief counselor, then please review our program.
There are certain things in life you can't fully understand until you've been through them yourself. And marriage is definitely one of those things.
nice list...helps debunk some myths we have about "happily ever after."
Two new studies reveal how marital bliss won't just keep you happy; it'll keep you living longer, too.
The sociologist and bestselling author at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center provides specific, research-tested tips for staying calm when fighting with someone we love.
By Adam Hoffman
Empathy can be painful.
Or so suggests a growing body of neuroscientific research.
When we witness suffering and distress in others, our natural tendency to empathize can bring us vicarious pain.
Is there a better way of approaching distress in other people? A recent study...
Pairing empathy with compassion helps us cope with difficult emotions.
Wisdom 2.0 2013 by Wisdom 2.0 on Livestream - Livestream.com
This video introduces the app "GPS for the Soul" and how it uses biological infomation in real time to measure stress and provides practices to "course-correct" by activating compassion, gratitude and love. Informative video...
If you have real concerns about the health of your marriage, here are 7 reasons to begin Marriage Counseling NOW! 1. If you haven’t been able to improve the relationship on your own, it’s time to t...
Ignoring problems does not make them go away. Sometimes people fear being open about negative feelings will cause irreparable damage to the relationship. But how does hiding true feelings about valid concerns help the marriage? There’s a chance these hurts will resolve in time, but at what cost? When it comes to close relationships, open closeness always feels better in the long run. With love, healing is always possible!
Its important to recognize problems in relationships and get help! Friends and family members may not always be able to give guidance. Professional guidance can help figure out negative patterns in relationships.
25 funny marriage tips for a successful marriage! Learn how to make each other happy, and how to put first things first, to build a fulfilling relationship.
Put active listening together with empathy to improve your relationships ..
To become an effective communicator, you need to learn to listen just as much as you need to learn to speak. Unfortunately, most people focus more on the speaking than they do on the listening. Whether in a one-on-one conversation or a group meeting or classroom, focusing on what others are saying allows you to present yourself more effectively. When you listen correctly, you also learn more.
Being an actively empathic listener means, then, that you not only make sure you're actively paying attention but that you let the speaker you know you are. You ask questions when you're not clear on what the other person is communicating, you try to infer what the person is feeling, and you let the person know that you remember what he or she actually said.
by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
Wise words about how to more effectively put your ears to work for you.
Communication is vital in all of our relationships. I believe many times a misunderstanding occurrs when are ready to respond to another before they are even through sharing. This article brings out three good points. Sensing, Processing, and Responding. I would like to add the significance of validating before responding.
The 5 Love Languages®
Take the quiz here to find out your love language.
This 30 item survey will tell you your primary love langage. It is super easy to email to your spouse.
What is your love language?
For most families, life is about to get crazy. If you have children from preschool through high school, you're probably bracing for the onslaught of homework, projects, sports, lessons and activit...
Marriages face their greatest trials when kids are in their school years...so it's important to make intentional choices to stay connected. here are some inice deas for how to do that from the Calm Healthy Sexy Blog.
This is excellent manifesto for parents to know what divorce is like for kids.
So grateful to The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts) for inviting me to speak in London this year and to animator and illustrator, Katy Davis, for this amazing short on empathy!
Lovely illustration of empathy and connection
A new survey confirms what your premarital counselor knew all along: the trick to staving off divorce lies in how effectively you and your spouse communicate.
Communication!!!! First of all communication MUST be inside ourselves, with our inner self! The "outside" is simply the reflection of the inside!
You change the inside.... thw world around you is going to change!!!
By Dr. David Schnarch
One of the most important things in life is becoming a solid individual. And another important thing is to have meaningful relationships. Two of the most powerful human drives are our urge to control our own lives (autonomy), and our urge for relationship with others (attachment). One of the biggest tasks of adulthood is being able to balance these two urges, and one of the most common problems is having too much of one, and not enough of the other. People often feel claustrophobic or controlled in committed relationships, or feel like they can't be their true self in their relationships, or feel like their sense of self is starting to disappear and they don't know who they are any more. Others are constantly worried about "abandonment," or "safety and security," and constantly press their partner for "commitment," and "unconditional love."
The 4 points of balance are: 1) a solid flexible self, 2) Quiet Mind and Calm Heart, 3) Grounded Responding and 4) Meaningful Endurance.
Schnarch offers a simplified understanding of differentiation and how to build healthy relationships through fostering a healthy sense of self when in close proximity to loved ones.
Here's the thing about love: it's hard to put into words. Love brings up emotions that run the gamut from agony to ecstasy. Here are 50 of the best quotes that ever passed the lips of famous lovers. We couldn't have put these better ourselves.
Recently there was an article in several marital journals as well as SmartMarriages.com suggesting that if only one of the partners of a troubled couple came to therapy it could save the marriage.
Wise Advice for women from Mary Jo Rapini
Lissa explains how to renegotiate a scared contract with those we love.
This is such a beautiful idea about how to go about mending important relationships in our lives. Great idea.
Practical Tips for Productive Living
Writing the perfect love letter can be quite a challenge. After all, love is an emotion, and it can be extremely difficult to accurately transcribe your emotions into a meaningful set of words. It’s easy to spell out the phrase “I love you”, but those words are relatively hollow without a little contextual substantiation.
Simple tool with great potential...
by: Atiya (TheMarriageTree) Recently, I received a letter from a man who has been married for five years. He and his wife are very well educated, career-driven African-Americans with dynamic jobs. ...
Guidelines for fighting fair from the marriage tree
Relationships and people require intimacy in order to thrive.
Research suggests people in long-distance relationships often have stronger bonds from more constant and deeper communication.
Here's to long distance relationships!
Cooperating with your ex for the sake of your children can seem overwhelming in the early stages of the divorce. Try to put aside your relationship issues, your hurt and your anger towards one another and put your children’s needs first. Your marriage may be over but your family is not and your children need to know and feel that you will both continue to love them and be there for them despite the break up.
Knowing how to coparent after a divorce is a very difficult to navigate...here are some tips for beginning from a family mediator