7 Simple Summer ideas for strengthening your relationship

7 Simple Summer ideas for strengthening your relationship

You can’t force your relationship to be better or change the other person. But, there are things you can do which can help your relationship improve and stay healthy. Here are 7 simple ideas that can be helpful. Hopefully these will spark your creativity and you can add many more to enjoy over the Summer months.

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5 Pointers for a more intimate and connected life

5 Pointers for a more intimate and connected life

One of the recurrent issues couples complain about is diminishing intimacy. And by that, they usually mean less time, frequency, and satisfaction with their sexual life. Today I want to give you a few ideas for rekindling your intimacy.

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3 Common communication mistakes that hurt your relationship

3 Common communication mistakes that hurt your relationship

Many couples have communication problems. Here are the three most common mistakes couples make.

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8 Quick Tips to Keep Joy in the Holidays with Your Spouse (Including navigating family drama)

8 Quick Tips to Keep Joy in the Holidays with Your Spouse (Including navigating family drama)

Seven simple and short suggestions for making your life easier during the holidays.

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What to do when things are not going your way

What to do when things are not going your way

It's easy to be happy when things are going your way. But what to do when they are not? Is it ok to mope, make a tantrum, say hurtful things, or stop talking for a week?  

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Is your smartphone harming your relationship?

Is your smartphone harming your relationship?

Just how much does technology interferes with your relationship? Today’s smartphones enables you to constantly be in contact with everyone, with the office, and access the Internet or the cloud for needed information on the fly. That's good, right?

"It depends" is the answer.

Constant and easy access to technology can often overwhelm the positives and make these devices harmful to your relationships and life. More and more texts, tweets, FaceBook messages, and Candy Crush or other games tend to crowd your time together.

Today I'm going to share how devices can be harmful not only to your relationships, but also to your health.  Then I will offer some tips on how to use your smartphone to your advantage, instead of to your detriment.

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The power of two little words to keep your relationship fresh.

The power of two little words to keep your relationship fresh.

There are two simple words that are so powerful it amazes me they are not used more often. The two words are “Thank You.”  I want to challenge you to use them more frequently this month.

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Savor the present

Savor the present

Stop squandering the precious seconds of your life in worrying about the future and ruminating about what's past. Instead, savor each moment to the fullest.

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Winter Morning Joy

Winter Morning Joy

The joy is in the experience

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From Victim Thinking to Joyful Victory

From Victim Thinking to Joyful Victory

Tips on how you can get out of victim mentality and return to joyful victory. Choose to empower yourself to be happy.

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Be friends!

Be friends!

It's February, a good month to think about friendship in your relationship. Give your partner the gift of friendship and see your relationship blosom! 

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Love in Action

Love in Action

Love is not enough. It needs to be shown with actions. On this post you can gather some ideas about how to share your love in actions.

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Choose Gratitude

Choose Gratitude

Yet, the surest way to joy is through gratitude. Learn why it's important to express gratitude to your partner.

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Don't Worry your Joy Away

Don't Worry your Joy Away

It seems like worry is a very widespread “illness” in our society. Almost everyone seems to worry that this and that may happen. A lot of people are worried about their future, their financial situation, that their husband or wife may leave them, that they may get ill, have a terrible accident… and there are surely a hundred other possible worries. The big question is how to stop worrying. Today we share some suggestions.

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Don't cry over spilled milk. Grab the camera!

Don't cry over spilled milk. Grab the camera!

Many times we let joy escape us and create a big drama for things that in perspective are not worth the high emotionality and negativity. Don’t let small things that go wrong rob you of joy.

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Laugh Your Way to Joy

Laugh Your Way to Joy

Laughter can cover a multitude of mistakes.  It can ease the pain of many failures and it can cut through a tense moment turning it from potential hurt and restoring a threatened relationship. Don’t take yourself too seriously.  Lighten up.  Relax.  As a couple, look for things to laugh about together and intentionally work to bring laughter into your home. Today I share some suggestions on how to laugh more.

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Independence, Dependence, and Interdependence

Independence, Dependence, and Interdependence

Independence, Dependence, and Interdependence are three important words for couples to consider. As with everything else each of these words has an upside and a downside. Let's consider what each of these words mean for couples.

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Hugs, Kisses, and More

Hugs, Kisses, and More

Hugging and kissing someone you care about can ease stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure and even boost memory. It's good for the health of your body and relationship. Do more of it! 

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Words matter

Words matter

Nice words, ugly words, kind words, curse words, thankful words, sad words, positive words, negative words. . . What kind of words you use, said with what tone of voice, at what time, and how many of them. . . it all matters in bringing joy of misery.  

Whether the environment of your home is joyful and uplifting or negative and miserable depends, in great measure, on the words you use.

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Learn to enjoy small things

Learn to enjoy small things

Sometimes joy escapes us because we are waiting for something big. In reality, the smallest things in life can bring the largest amount of joy if you “stop and smell the roses.” Look around you. Be in the moment. Take the little details in. Be thankful for pockets of joy.

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