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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! How can our emotions fuel healing instead? 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 thingsRead More

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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

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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

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Want to Stop Arguing? Why Kindness is the Key

“It feels like we have the same arguments over and over again.” “I know deep down that I love him, but too often, I just don’t feel it.” “Why does it take so little to set her off? I barely walked in the door before she started in on meRead More

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Our List of Best Relationship Books and Reading for Well-Being

The best relationship books can provide new ways to view our challenges, and allow us to try on new ideas. They help us discover new ways for relationships to grow, and inspire us to work for what we value in life. Good self-care is also key to loving relationships. Another benefit: Reading aRead More

When You Want to Make Family Time Special

Do create rituals or carry on meaningful ones, which anchor our lives in the rhythm of theRead More