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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, we wrote about how to laugh and rejoice in difficult times. These articles shed some interesting light on laughter.
Laughter: The Surprising Secret to Surviving Tough Times “Just 24 hours earlier, I was overwhelmed (three keynotes and four workshops in three weeks) and in pain (recovering from foot surgery).
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How to Laugh and Rejoice in Difficult Times

Phil: The end of this year leaves both of us feeling unsettled by the social divisiveness that extends right down to the question of what is true. Society only exists through shared agreements, and their absence creates a backdrop of tension that rumbles persistently like an approaching storm.
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Peace in Your Relationship and the World

We have written many times about the extraordinary peaceful and passionate nature of our relationship, and in fact our primary goal in all our writings, books and blogs is to spread peace one relationship at a time.
In these very disturbing times, it seems a good moment to focus on this central part of our message.
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Drifted Apart? How to Reconnect With Your Partner

Do you experience distance between you and your partner? Do you feel like you two have drifted apart? Are you missing that sense of union that created your relationship?
If you are nodding your head and answering yes to these questions, you are not alone.
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What Is the Difference Between Disagreeing and Arguing?

Couple arguing

When we tell people we never argue, they don’t call us liars to our face, but there is often a strong whiff of incredulity in the air. It’s not that we agree on everything, but these disagreements don’t descend into arguments.
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How to Avoid Power Struggles in Your Relationship

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about the discussions we’ve had recently concerning power struggles within a relationship. We’ve been talking about John Gottman’s book “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail“. He observed many couples in terms of their conflicts and issues with power.
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Two Aspects of Tranquility

Nearly every night we retire early enough to have time with each other.It may be conversation, the crossword or a movie, but whatever we choose, it acts as a zone of tranquility that restores us to the center. I attribute this in large part to how we speak, of which there are two parts.
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Finding acceptance

It’s pretty clear that one key to a good relationship is complete acceptance of the other. All their actions are OK; nothing is barred or criticized. By doing so, you offer a safe space for the other to be in. They have the option to express themselves however they want, without fear of criticism, and this freedom gives them the opportunity to be authentic, to find themselves, to live to the fullest.
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Is Conflict Inevitable in Relationships?

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We’ve been reading “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail” by John Gottman. After studying hundreds of couples, he concluded that all of them contained conflict, and successfully resolving it was the key to a lasting marriage.
We disagree. In the seven-plus years we’ve known each other, we have never had conflicts of the nature he describes.
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Learning to Be Together

We were talking last night, as we often do, about the ease between us. Whether going out, planning the day, working together or relaxing, there is a fluidity, a way of effortlessly choosing a path that works for both of us.
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