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How to Make ALL your Relationships Successful

The ways that we behave in our personal relationships are a pretty good approach to all relationships, whether BFF or your bank teller.

Recently Maude was relating an experience with a beloved long term friend of hers. She was bemoaning the fact that this friend never reaches out to make contact and overall does not do much to maintain the friendship, even though she states it is one of her most treasured and intimate relationships. We were discussing Maude’s mixed feelings about this, and were struck by how important it is to apply the same principles to long term friendships as we suggest for intimate romantic ones.

The issue here causing Maude difficulties was the one of accepting and even celebrating the difference.

Click here to find out how she solved this issue.
Click here to hear Phil read the solution.

The secret to living longer may be your social life

The Revolutionary Healing Potential of Entheogenic and Psychedelic Medicines

Jacqueline Lopez, who with her life partner Michael Russer interviewed us a while back, is sponsoring an event next Saturday in Santa Barbara that may interest you. Here's are more details about the event:

Where & When: Unity of SB, on Sat, March 3rd - From 6-9pm. 
Who is it for? Anyone who is interested in discovering ground-breaking new research into therapeutic advantages of plant medicine in treating PTSD, end-of-life-anxiety, and even the #1 condition afflicting humanity: the distortions and false beliefs of the human ego.
Presenter: Martin Ball, PhD., is the the author of “Entheogenic Liberation”, “Being Infinite”, and “Being Human”.
Download PDF flyer. Learn more about this event here

Successful Relationship Reading Corner


In this week's blog, we wrote about how to make all your relationships successful. Here are some fascinating articles that speak to this topic.

Why Positive Relationships Are Needed for Emotional Health "It’s always good to see research that reveals how and why positive human connection in essential for emotional-physical health, wellbeing, and growth — especially when you experience adverse circumstances. A new study, reported in Personality and Social Psychology Review adds to that knowledge."

5 Benefits of Healthy Relationships "Humans have an inherent desire to be close to other people. To connect and build relationships. While a man stranded on an island, talking to a volleyball (you remember the movie!) isn’t necessarily “healthy,” his compulsion for company is. That’s because the fact of the matter is, healthy relationships (romantic relationships, friendships, familial relationships -- they all count!) can help make for a healthier overall life. But what exactly does a healthy relationship look like?"

Social Relationships and Health: A Flashpoint for Health Policy NIH paper with links to research "Studies show that social relationships have short- and long-term effects on health, for better and for worse, and that these effects emerge in childhood and cascade throughout life to foster cumulative advantage or disadvantage in health. This article describes key research themes in the study of social relationships and health, and it highlights policy implications suggested by this research."

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