Here's the pattern: I see many perfectionists; people who work hard, give a lot to others, and don't ask for a lot in return. They may not self identify as a perfectionist, but there is fear of failure or disappointing others under the surface which looks like perfectionism from above. When they get to my office, they are weary and worn out. They cannot understand why they don't get anything back from the people to whom they're giving. So they continue to give, do, be, and turn themselves inside out to try to get something back.Read More
You’re wondering if this is another gimmick… can couples actually achieve happiness? When you’re unhappy with your relationship, it may seem like happy couples are in your face, walking hand-in-hand everywhere you go. You may roll your eyes covertly (or even overtly) and think to yourself, “I wonder how long it will be before the honeymoon ends.” Cynicism about relationships can grow like a cancer, fed by resentment and avoidance. Ok… So how do the happy couples sustain it?
As with most things in life, marital satisfaction/happiness is a practice that we need to work on every day individually and as a couple. So yes, it’s totally possible with an open and accepting perspective. Here are some secrets that the happiest couples know (and practice) to earn their title.
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Admit it- you sometimes analyze the hell out a text message exchange with your partner, the person you’re dating, or a friend. What does that even mean? Why did she say it that way? We react at lightning speed and defend something that wasn’t intended to be offensive.Read More