When Your Ex Bags On You

Think before you speak harshly about your ex, especially if you have kids, because there are no secrets in families and they will hear and feel it all. If your ex is saying things to make you look bad or even damage your reputation, there are some things to do and not to do.

If You Want Your Relationship to Flourish, Speak Up

You may not want to distract your partner from the tasks at hand even if you are feeling neglected. That being said, if you are feeling like you want to be closer to the one you love, you need to speak up. Many times, just a few words are all it takes to help your partner remember to take some steps in your direction.

There Is Life After Divorce

You can’t rush back into the dating scene before making the necessary realizations about what happened in your previous one. Doing so is just foolish. The old saying holds true here, that if you don’t learn from your mistakes you are doomed to repeat them.

In Love and Life, Keep a Sense of Humor

We cannot travel through life without hitting a few speed bumps. When you can find the humor in it, things will go much easier for both of you. Sometimes that may take a little effort, and perhaps you will find something amusing and your partner will not, or the other way around, and that’s OK. A sense of humor may be your best friend (next to your mate).

10 Ways to Create a More Loving Relationship

Expressing your love shouldn’t be reserved for special occasions like Valentine’s Day. It should be a constant in your relationship—and that means doing more than just repeating the “three little words.” Here are some tips to get you started.

Ten Things To Remember After a Break-Up

We have all been through it and, at best, a breakup is a difficult situation. Here are some tips and advice to help you make it through this rough patch. I hope these tips will help you get through the hard parts. Remember that your heart is still whole and you will find your soulmate.

10 Simple Ways To Be a Happy Person

Happiness and fulfillment are within your grasp, but sometimes just out of reach. Understanding what works best for you is the first step in finding more of them. We all want to feel happy, and each one of us has different ways of getting there. Here are 10 steps you can take to increase your joie de vivre and bring more happiness into your life.

Positive Self-Talk for Personal Growth

Using Positive Self-Talk on a daily basis is something I could never do without. Regardless of what method you use, focusing on the positive is better than focusing on all the negative stuff that has happened to you or may be going on in the world.

6 Reasons We Don’t Chase Our Dreams

You have the talent, the energy, and the gifts to fulfill your dreams. Don’t let yourself or anyone else talk you out of going for them.

New Year’s Breakups

The month of January has been dubbed by some as “National Breakup Month” because it’s the time of year when most divorces are filed. People want to avoid upsetting their families during the holiday season, but the second life gets back to normal (whatever that is), all bets are off, and in some cases, so are the gloves.

That Which Does Not Kill You... May Give You PTSD

It was Nietzsche who said, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” But in reality, something that does not kill us can leave us seriously traumatized. When you go through a life-shattering experience, a very scary or tragic event, it can leave you with serious depression or anxiety issues—or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

When You Are Feeling All Alone

Life is about balance, and it is important that we learn to take care of ourselves and of each other. When you are done with your reading, pick up the phone and call a friend or a relative and make some plans to get together. You and the person you reach will both be better for it.

Tips for Living with a Depressed Person

Fortunately, most depressions do end, but some take more time than others, and it takes a lot of grit to get through a year with a partner who is in the grips of this sometimes debilitating disease.

Happiness Comes From Moving Toward Your Goals

We tend to give ourselves more grief than anyone else does. Some people may believe that beating themselves up will help them achieve their goals, but I wonder if they are actually enjoying the journey or trying too hard to get to the end.

When Things Get Really Bad

When your mind is filled with thoughts that scare you or make you sad, it can be harder to figure your way out of a problem, but it’s important to avoid denial and to deal with the issue head-on. Getting out in front of a problem is one of the best ways to make it go away. Remember that being proactive is often the best approach.

Putting Some FUN Into dysFUNctional

Most dysfunction is temporary. Dealing with one thing at a time, as well as learning to get in front of your difficulties, helps. For example, if you know that your partner is crabby at the end of the day, allow him or her some time after coming home to unwind. Simple acts like that can make a big difference in relationships and maybe even put an end to the pattern.

Seven Things On My Gratitude List for This Year

Someone once said that one of the greatest gifts was an unanswered prayer. If you are questioning your self-worth and what your purpose on the planet is, make this a season of not only gratitude but also self-rediscovery. The passage of time and a little thought can change many things. There’s a saying that fits here: “Don’t give up five minutes before the miracle happens.

Seven Signs That You Are Healing Emotionally

As you continue to heal, you will also grow as a person and your relationships will deepen. One can get used to feeling down. Don’t let that happen to you, but hold fast to the positive events and changes that you feel as you become more empowered.

Does Getting Older Make You Pickier?

Life has a lot to offer. Whether you allow yourself to experiment with new things or you choose to complain about how nothing ever changes—or that there aren’t any “good ones” out there—is up to you. It’s perfectly okay to be picky. Just make sure you pick something to get involved in, and don’t let life pass you by.

When Your Relationship Becomes a Power Struggle

You each need to have input and to take in what is needed by your partner. If you are unable to find this balance, it will affect your intimacy, and your relationship will become a power struggle instead of a safe harbor.

Honesty Can Make or Break a Relationship

Honesty is a way of life, not just a behavior. Keeping it paramount in your relationship will bring in more good and keep the bad stuff at bay. Knowing you can totally trust one another brings a type of freedom and comfort that helps your relationship work in the best way possible.

When Your Heart Hits the Wall

If you don’t want to put yourself out there again, don’t think that this makes you a loser. If you’ve made a conscious choice to stay away from dating and mating, then so be it. If your friends try to fix you up, say “no thanks.” Stay off of dating web sites, and do things for yourself that you might not be able to do in a relationship, like pampering yourself.

10 Ways to Make YOUR Life Better

If you are just sitting around and letting the world pass you by, it’s time to get up and start moving. Getting the most out of life is a matter of putting one foot in front of the other and making it happen.

Keys to Dealing with Entitlement Issues

We all want things. But some people feel they are entitled to whatever it is they want, and they feel they deserve it all now. That can make for very difficult relationships, a lot of disappointment, and never receiving what is most important in life.

Emotionally Supporting Your Partner

I cannot overstate the value of having someone in your corner when you are dealing with a difficulty. Trying to take on the world, your boss, or a lawyer can drain all your strength. Having that person there, who has your back, can make all the difference in the world.

5 Ways to Argue Appropriately

Disagreements are a part of communication and a part of life. Acknowledging that it’s okay for each other to express differing opinions—rather than expecting each other to always feel the same way—is a sign of a mature and nurturing relationship. In the long run, differences can make for more interesting and intimate conversation.

7 Questions That Can Strengthen Your Relationship

When we get caught up in daily activities, even couples with excellent communication skills can forget to ask our partner what he or she needs or wants. If you get good at asking the right questions, your relationship will be better for it.

12 Ways to Prevent Relationship Breakdowns

You have the knowledge and experience to build the skills necessary for a secure and comfortable existence. It starts with a mutual desire to end the bickering and to communicate.

Interdependence - Finding Balance & Harmony in Love

People can live in unbalanced relationships for a lifetime. What they don’t see is that by making some simple realizations and changes about the way you relate to your partner, you can change your entire life for the better.

Avoiding the Biggest Dating Mistakes II

Dating, relating, and mating can be a challenge in modern times. You can avoid some painful mistakes if you apply a little common sense and refuse to settle for less than you deserve.