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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

Deep listening for couples

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

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How to Heal a Relationship After a Fight

Handling Hurt and Painful Feelings in a Relationship (Video) Fighting with your partner hurts so much! It’s so hard to handle all the hurt and pain that comes after arguing with your spouse or partner. How do you fix a relationship when bringing things up causes another fight? Emotions seem to beRead More

Being with others helps when you are sad or depressed

Am I Sad or Depressed? Being Sad vs Depressed and What to Do About It

5 Ways to Help Yourself When You’re Sad, or Suspect You’re Depressed We all go through periods of times when nothing feels right. We have days when we are sad, lack motivation, or prefer being alone. It is okay. This is a normal part of life. But if the bad days outnumber the good ones,Read More

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How Emotions Make or Break Relationships

  Almost nothing is worse in a relationship than feeling unappreciated or invisible to your partner. Couples experience this awful disconnect in many different ways. It seems the smallest things can touch it off: You’ve asked your partner to pick up his or her dirty dishes or dirty clothes, butRead More

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5 Self-Esteem Struggles That Cause Suffering, and How to Get Unstuck

Imagine you’ve just finished a job interview. You really want this job. But, as you leave the room, the emotional storm begins. You start thinking of all the reasons why you won’t get chosen. “I bet I looked nervous. I had to explain why I was let go from myRead More

Calming anger as a couple

Calming Anger As a Couple

No one likes to admit it. But even for the happiest of couples, anger sometimes gets the better of us. Partners have different ways of showing it. Some erupt in angry outbursts. Others withdraw into stony silence.   Of course you and your partner don’t want to yell at each other,Read More