A loving relationship can be an oasis in uncertain times, but nurturing it requires attention, honesty, openness, vulnerability, and gratitude.
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It is a luxury to spend time in a safe, non-judgmental, confidential space with someone whose only interest is in getting to know and understand you.
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Gratitude fights depression, counteracts toxic emotions, and increases happiness. It can also help you challenge your inner critic.
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When you and your partner communicate with each other by speaking personally about yourselves, many of the trivial issues between you will vanish.
We can actively express our love and affection and be more accepting of our partner’s love and affection by taking these three princliples to heart.
Tamsen Firestone is a writer and book editor on the topic of relationships among other areas; her book Daring to Love is published by New Harbinger.