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I’m Thankful. . .

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Gratitude can play a crucial role in managing our mental health and strengthening our relationships. Don’t let stress and anxiety steal the […]

3 Ways your Childhood Impacts your Relationship

prepare-enrich Let’s go back in time. Think about when you were a kid. Are there things your family did that you were later surprised to learn was not how everyone else did it? Did you keep butter in the fridge or on the table? Were birthdays a week-long celebration or not that big of a […]

Supporting Your Spouse Through Addiction and Recovery

By Dr. Sarah Toler, CNM, DNP www.addictions.com Coming soon: Online Relationship Academy https://close-companions.teachable.com Being married to a person who is addicted to alcohol or drugs is hard. When you entered into a marriage, you did so with the expectation of always putting each other first. When a spouse becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, the […]

Love Your Partner More

by Belinda Luscombe Time Magazine May 20, 2019 Parents’ love for their children can make them do peculiar things. Like staying up until 1:00 am gluing glitter on a second-grade class project. Or driving 40 miles to deliver a single soccer cleat. Or, perhaps, bribing their teenagers’ way into a fancy college. But one of […]

Raising Socially Competent Kids

By Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane   No doubt you have seen your kids with their eyes glued to a computer screen, television or mobile device. And you may have wondered how technology is affecting them. The moving pictures on television, in video games and in apps are extremely stimulating, and a child’s brain is […]

Surviving Well-Intentioned (Overbearing) In-Laws

by Malini Bhatia www.marriage.com I didn’t just gain a husband when I got married. I gained his entire family. I’ve heard people say they didn’t marry the family, they married the man. I suppose I’m a little confused at that statement, as I didn’t realize there was an option there. I mean, come on, family […]