10 Tools for Your Weekly Family Meeting

Holding a weekly family meeting will be one of the highest return investments you will ever make. I believe that parents have two jobs: to teach their children how to love, and to teach them how to live without their parents. The family meeting will help you accomplish both of these goals.

Subdue Sadness With Mindfulness and Positive Thinking

Keeping your thoughts moving in a positive direction not only makes you feel good in the moment but can also considerably reduce your sadness factor. In addition, it can give you the one thing that we all need to keep our lives moving forward: hope. The more you employ positive thinking, the longer the effects last.

10 Ways to Feel Better About Your Life, Today

Appreciating your life is not supposed to be work. It’s a way of allowing yourself to forgive any transgressions and make the promise that you won’t go down that path again. It’s easy if you do things that you know will be appreciated.

When Love Hurts - The ABC's

If you and/or your partner are engaged in any of the ABCs of relational suicide, don’t go into denial. Take a good look at where you are and where you want to be. If you don’t like where you are, now is a good time to change it. If you don’t like where you’re going, there is time to make a course correction. It is never too late to have a good relationship.

Top 10 Parenting Tips

The mystery of what your children will be and how you can affect that outcome is what family life is all about. Give all you can, keep your cool, and stay in the game. Raising a family while keeping your life balanced is an art form. Here are 10 tools that make life in the family lane a much nicer ride. The results and your own joy will surprise and reward you.

Reduce Your Stress With The Power of Breath

You would be surprised at how many people hold their breath when they feel stressed. Feeling tension can create anxiety, and holding your breath is one of the things that can happen when you are nervous. But by not breathing regularly, you cut off the oxygen supply to your brain and body, and you can’t think or respond as well.

Putting Your Feelings Where They Belong

When something gets stuck in your brain and you find yourself obsessing, you need to clear a path for your mind and body to function properly. If you continue to ruminate, you may damage your physical and mental health. Regardless of your condition or situation, this is something you can do. Really.

10 Ways You Can Let Your Partner Know That You Care

Caring and closeness make life worth living, and anyone can improve upon how they treat the people they love. Remember that showing you care is more powerful than just saying it.

Want Your Relationship to Work? Give Up Yelling

By giving up yelling, you are giving a gift to those around you, and you are giving a gift to yourself, because yelling actually sends uncomfortable feelings throughout your brain and body. Now you can relax and enjoy your days, knowing that you have removed this destructive habit.

When Life Turns To Sh*t - Look For The Pony

One of the most powerful positions you can take in life is to know that if you were to lose everything, you could find success once again. I pray that you never have to go through anything so difficult, but if you do, you can trust that you have the inner strength and confidence to make your world whole again.

10 Ways To Make Your Life Better, Starting Today

Changing your life for the better is about picking a destination and taking one step at a time to get there. If you try to take shortcuts, you may end up making your journey long and arduous. Being serious about making improvements is a great start. Now put it into action.

Summer Is the Most Depressing Time of Year

I know most everybody thinks that the winter holidays are the most depressing time of year, but that isn’t true. More suicides happen from the end of July through the month of August than at any other time—and we don’t know why.

Writing Your Way Through Emotional Pain

It’s a very simple process and one that you can do totally on your own, but it’s surprising how few people take advantage of this wonderful healing technique.

10 Better Ways to Talk to Your Partner

Miscommunication is the number one reason most people don’t get along. Whether it’s from a lack of understanding or something misspoken, you can use your emotions to help you heal the hurt with a thoughtful conversation.

People Are Not Disposable

Relationships and friendships take effort, and no one is perfect. Although it may be difficult for you to discuss your feelings with someone who has hurt you, and you may be scared to open the discussion, it is the only way to resolve your issues. A few well-chosen words and taking the time to listen to one another could easily save your friendship or your marriage.

Healing Hints for When Love Fades

When loves fades, our feelings vacillate between sad, uncomfortable, and angry. It is our right and responsibility as human beings to try to fix it. And we all have the ability. Unfortunately, many people are too afraid to work on their relationships.

10 Ways to Increase Satisfaction in Your Relationship

Understanding the need for feeling satisfied and contributing to that necessity in your relationship will make both of you happier people. These tips will help you and your partner maintain a fulfilling relationship, and will prevent both of you from feeling that you “can’t get no… satisfaction.”

How to Savor the Moment - In Life and Love

Wonderful memories and special moments are the stuff of live that inspires artists to paint and singers to write love songs. These times are important to relationships because they not only let us know that where we have been is nice, they also tell us that where we are going could be even nicer.

Love and the Emotional Roller-Coaster

We all go through millions of emotions in our relationship, and those emotions create brain chemicals that change the way we feel. Sometimes we are in a positive frame of mind (hopefully most of the time), and other times we can be neutral or even having negative feelings about our partners and ourselves.

Age Difference and Love

People raise eyebrows at couples who are far apart in terms of age. Anything over ten years apart is subject to question. The real truth is that there are so many other things that matter more when it comes to long-lasting love than how old the two of you are.

Living a Social Media Life

If social media is your main way of relating to other people, I strongly urge you to look in your own backyard. Even talking face-to-face with a neighbor is more heartwarming than receiving an instant message.

Dating and Mating in an Online World

Internet dating can create anxiety for some people. And there is nothing wrong with trying to meet someone the old-fashioned way. It just takes a lot longer usually. If going online is uncomfortable for you, then perhaps you could be introduced to someone through a friend or meet someone by getting out in your community. There still are singles dances and get-togethers. Ju

5 Ways to Protect Your Relationship From Moodiness

By self-processing and discussing your feelings in the right way, you will calm yourself and create an added sense of safety in your relationship, because your partner will see that you have the strength to deal with anything.

These 6 Time Wasters Can All Be Avoided

These time wasters are taking away tiny pieces of our lives. Some are easier to avoid than others. Ultimately, you will save the most time, and will enjoy your life more, by not getting caught up in negative emotions about it.

Don’t Give Up On Finding a Companion

Dr. Abraham Maslow, who created the hierarchy of needs, listed “belonging” as our next need after food, safety, and shelter. For almost everyone, this need pulls at your heart, and even if you have given up in your head, that other organ still yearns for the company of another person.

How A Dog Can Change Your Life

No matter how lowly the cur has been treated, they always bounce back to loving someone who treats them with kindness and gives them a little food. But I totally get that, because I’m kind of the same way.

10 Proven Ways to Make Love Last

By being loving and supportive, you can keep your foundation strong and build your dreams for the future. Here are some ways to help make that happen.

When You Feel Like a Hot Mess

Ever feel that you were a hot mess? I guess that’s the new way of saying, “I think I’m having a nervous breakdown.” All around you Murphy’s law is in full force, and you are honestly having a hard time believing that so much could go wrong so quickly. This year could only be better, right? But you’re still having a hard time.

10 Tips to Balance Work and Life

You owe it to yourself and your family to create a balance between what you do and whom you love. Many people put work before family and relationships. At times, doing this may be a necessity. If the wolf is at the door, it’s understandable. But if you find that work has become your life, here are some tips to help you find your balance again.

Setting Goals As a Couple Gets Results & Builds Your Bond

Creating goals as a couple is one of the most powerful and connecting things you can do. Have fun with it and see where it takes you, there is nothing better than sharing your success with someone you love.