Month: April 2019

Why Core Values are Important for a Successful Relationship

Flower

We frequently mention core values in our writings without giving much explanation, so let’s discuss what they are, why they’re important and how they serve as the foundation for a good relationship.
Whether you have been aware of yours or not, they underlie all your behavior.
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Phil and Maude’s Friday Feature: Karen Haddigan

Book cover: Dating after Fifty

Today we’re pleased to feature Karen Haddigan, author of  Secrets of Dating After Fifty: The Insider’s Guide to Finding Love Again.
Karen writes and does presentations on online dating for those just returning to the dating scene. She offers up-to-date information on its changes, and works with people in the area of reinventing themselves after crisis like loss or divorce of a partner.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

This week we blogged about how a successful relationship easily handles time apart. We wrote a very personal story, but here are some articles on the topic time together, time apart.
Be Apart to Stay Together “No one expected the typically close-mouthed Barbra Steisand to share something so personal on Katie last month, the new TV talk show.
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A Successful Relationship Easily Handles Time Apart

Heriot Bay, B.C.

MAUDE: I’ve been away for 5 days at a wonderful gathering with 30 women, called Sisters in Spirit. Just got back this morning, and Tuesday being our blog planning and forming day, Phil and I shared and looked at what is happening for both of us right now.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

This week we blogged about total acceptance. Here are a few articles that discuss different aspects of this topic.
Is ‘Radical Acceptance’ the Key to a Lasting Relationship?  “I had been perpetuating the turmoil in our relationship by continuing to focus on Sanjay’s flaws.
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Why You Need Unconditional Acceptance in Your Relationship

Two people on sofa

PHIL: How many couples do you know who criticize each other? Try to control the other? Try to change the other? Nearly everyone behaves like this at times.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Imagine making no demands on the other.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

This week we blogged on the truth of the “we” at the core of relationships. Here are some fascinating articles sharing studies about the use of “we” versus “I” in relationships.
How to Improve Your Relationship With One Simple Word “… check this out: Researcher Robert Levenson and colleagues at University of California, Berkeley, have been eavesdropping on our relationships and found couples who use the word “we” when talking, especially about difficult things, are happier, calmer, exhibit more positive emotional behavior, have less negative automatic arousal (i.e.
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The Truth of the “We” at the Core of Relationships

Two people kissing

A core aspect of our relationship is the “We”. And yet we are each separate individuals.
Herein lies a paradox we referred to in last week’s blog about seeing differences as an asset. As well as making the “we” central in our relationship, to be an unquestioned baseline, it is also necessary for us to have the knowledge and experience that we are honored, respected and supported unique individuals.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, we wrote about seeing differences as an asset in your relationship. Since ours is a very uncommon point of view, we didn’t find articles talking to precisely what we shared, but these all offer useful information about differences in relationships.
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