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Spreading Peace One Relationship at a Time
Affirmations For a New Year
If you like ritual and celebratory activities, here’s one we find really good for starting a new year. Why not speak some affirmations of love, as well as your belief and intention toward peace in your relationship. Have fun making up your own. Here are some we like:
  • We are always on the same side.
  • Solutions only work when they are good for both of us.
  • I accept you as a complete separate individual.
  • I intend and believe that we have a relationship dedicated to love and peace.
  • I see you, hear you, accept you, appreciate you and will acknowledge you.
  • I will not take you for granted.
  • I will talk with you and share myself 
2016 promises to be an exciting year for us. We are looking forward to a number of big moves in our work spreading peace through relationships. We will be publishing our new book How Two: Have a Successful Relationship in the early part of 2016 in print, ebook and audio formats.

We are also talking about an entirely new project which we think will be fun and support those interested in experiencing relationships imbued with peace. We are developing an educational course which we hope to have ready to offer in 2016. We refer to it as educational as opposed to informational because it will be interactive and not just finished presented materials. Beyond that, it would be great to make time for going away overnight and having dinner parties; activities that have fallen away while we were writing the book.

So that’s our vision for 2016. What are the projects you are excited about? We all need passions in our lives – they make the difference between living and just existing. They put love and meaning in our lives.

Survey Results Are In
We are happy to announce that the results of the survey are in and we want to share them with you. It was fascinating to find out what you all thought were the most helpful posts and we so appreciate you taking the time to reread and to give us your feedback. We want our blog posts to offer the most to the reader, so this information is really helpful. Here are the three winners. Click on the links to read the full articles.
  1. How to Reach Agreement Without Compromise
    The very principle behind compromise suggests that it is necessary to give something up in order to get something else, so loss or defeat is an intrinsic aspect of the process. There is nothing wrong with this approach, but it is very different from ours. We do not use compromise for making decisions and reaching agreement. Instead, we have found a process by which neither of us winds up giving anything up. Neither does one of us wind up getting “their way”, as it were.

  2. How to be Successful in Your Relationship: Good Communication
    Another very critical aspect of successful relationships, especially long term relationships, is to develop and maintain deep and ongoing communication.

  3. How to Avoid Power Struggles in Your Relationship
    The issue of power, of who has it and how it is exercised, doesn’t play a part for us, and there is a very good reason. Our relationship is based on a foundation of celebrating and honoring the uniqueness of each of the partners. This practice obviates the need for any one-upmanship. Each partner is complete as they are.

Many of you have joined the newsletter family in the last period of time and have perhaps not read many of the past newsletters. 
Here is a link to the archives if you would like to see videos and articles from the past year.

Spreading peace one relationship at a time,
Phil and Maude
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