Month: April 2018

Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, Phil writes about optimism in life and relationships. Here are some links that are clear about the benefits of an optimistic outlook.
The Benefits of Looking on the Bright Side: 10 Reasons to Think Like an Optimist “Having a cheery disposition can influence more than just your mood.
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Optimism Makes Your Life Better

I think optimism is an essential part of a happy life and a happy relationship, and I want to share several aspects of my past to illustrate why.
When I was younger I trashed several good relationships by repeatedly being dissatisfied, leaving, feeling alone to the point of physical pain, getting back together and then repeating the cycle.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

This week’s blog discusses acceptance, compromise and active listening, so we’re offering some links with views on all three topics.
Is ‘Radical Acceptance’ the Key to a Lasting Relationship? “I believe radical acceptance is the key to making a relationship not only work — but thrive.
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How to Practice Acceptance in Your Relationship A Conversation

Last week we blogged about active listening. This week we would like to share from our book, How Two: Have a Successful Relationship,  which includes a conversation on acceptance, active listening and compromise.
Acceptance Does Not Mean Compromise
Often when people think about the issue of acceptance, they think it is about compromise.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, we wrote on what active listening can do for your relationship; here are some articles that help with understanding what is involved.
Deep Listening in Personal Relationships “One study conducted by Faye Doell (2003) showed that there are two different types of listening: “listening to understand” and “listening to respond.” Those who “listen to understand” have greater satisfaction in their interpersonal relationships than others.
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What Active Listening Can Do For Your Relationship

Maude: We recently participated in a course for couples at our local Adult Education center. It’s fun to interact with a group of couples discussing and sharing their direct experience. One of the techniques for listening that the instructor had the participants try was what is called “mirroring”.
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