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Make a Date with Your Girlfriends

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 13:52
Whether your ideal girlfriend date is at the coffee shop, the mall or cross-country skiing, make time for each other. E-mailing, although sometimes necessary, does not count! Set aside a half an hour this week, and give your girlfriend an old-fashioned phone call.A little effort will better your relationships, but there are other rewards of friendship too. Gallup Poll Organizer Tom Rath says we glean habits, emotions and work ethic from our friends.   "If your best friend eats healthily, you are five times more likely to have a healthy diet yourself. Married people say friendship is more than five… Read more...

Questions to Deepen Your Relationships

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:15
Do you remember the first movie you saw in the theater? Do you know the first movie your husband/boy friend/significant other saw in the theater? Trivial as it may seem, questions like this and those below demonstrate significant caring. Invest in each other and in your relationship by spending time getting to know the things that are commonly overlooked. What is something you admire about me? Would you rather live on the beach or in the mountains? Where were you ten years ago, and what were you doing? What was your favorite toy growing up? Name one thing you like… Read more...
Columnist and editor Barbara Graham knows first hand the fragile relationship between mothers-in-law and daughters-in law. Graham travels speaking on the subject, among other familial things, and above all she tells women in order for a mutually happy relationship, both parties must abide by certain rules. Graham says it all comes down to respect. Daughters-in-Law Respect your husband's relationship with his mother. No matter your opinion of your mother-in-law, do not let negatively seep into the conversation, especially when your children, her grandchildren, are listening. Respect your mother-in-law's right to spend time with her grandchildren. Even allow for times when… Read more...

Gloves Off for a Healthy Relationship

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:08
Sometimes it is necessary to take a step back from your relationships and analyze what is going right and what is not. There are some qualities in a relationship that cannot be compromised. In any relationship, mutual respect is paramount. A relationship is made up of two individuals who have just that, individuality. By allowing the other person to maintain and even develop his or her identity, you prove that you value that person's personality and originality. You don't always have to be the same or like the same things, in fact, in any relationship, there is a give and… Read more...

Reinforce Positive Behavior in Your Children

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 11:48
No matter the age, background or culture, the desire for attention is universal. Attention can be sought in positive or negative ways, but ultimately, sticking to the positive is a more effective way to achieve the desired response. You can prove to your children that they are significant by acknowledging their positivity and useful contributions. Do not spend time acknowledging negative attention seeking. In this way, you will exemplify the uselessness of behavioral misconduct. "Attention should never be given on demand, even for positive acts, because doing so reinforces their inappropriate desire for attention," says Etienne Gibbs, Management Consultant and… Read more...

Focus on the Positives

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 10:43
Having a positive quality of life is directly related to the strength of relationships. You can develop a pattern of optimism when you let go of trying to control the way others think and feel and focus on the good that already exists in them and in your relationships. When a relationship is distressing, don't look at it as if the other person has something to change. Rather, try modifying your own behaviors. Think about a relationship you have. Do you commonly think about the other person's faults? Do you often notice the things about them that annoy you?  When… Read more...

Maintaining Healthy Relationships

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 10:02
Stop the deterioration of your relationship before it starts by avoiding miscommunication and unnecessary arguments. Read theses tips and implement them in any relationship: Admit when you are wrong. You can't be right all the time, no one can, and admitting when you have made a mistake will prevent frustration in your relationships. Apologize. At one point or another, you will need to say you are sorry. Even if your mistake seems small to you, it may not be so to your partner. Apologizing is an important first step in solving a problem in order to cultivate a healthy relationship.… Read more...

Picking Up the Pieces

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 09:31
Married couples struggling to maintain their relationships can seek help through counseling. What was once stigmatized is now more acceptable for those who wish to reform the deep bonds of marital love. Dr. William Stroo counsels couples in the West Michigan area. He says most often, couples come to him out of desperation, trouble and pain. He compares counseling to an emergency room saying husbands and wives come to him with their marriage in critical condition "wondering if (the) relationship can be kept alive." The male dilemma is most often feeling inadequate which leads to shame and attack in the… Read more...
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