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Know You Are on the Same Side in Your Relationship

Recently we’ve had our share of challenges to work through. They have not been challenges to our relationship, but rather life’s occurrences we faced together. It had us both thinking about some of the basic underlying principles that help us to be with each other, go through such things, and not become separated or estranged from one another.

It feels like we are two players on the same team. Yet even players on the same team can squabble or worse. The relay runner may complain about the fumbled handover. A bridge-playing wife shot and killed her husband over a misplayed hand. These people are failing to realize they are on the same side, and energy expended internally does not help the cause.

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Successful Relationship Reading Corner


In this week's blog, we wrote about knowing you are on the same side in your relationship. It was surprising how difficult it was to find articles on this topic. Here are some good ones.

Dramatically Improve your Relationships by Becoming a Team "I once had a totally commonplace, uneventful thought that transformed the way I viewed relationships.... It was the notion that when two people in a relationship think of themselves as on the same team, things get much easier. Positive feelings grow freely. Score-keeping and resentment are nonexistent."

A Healthy Team and a Healthy Relationship "Over the last three decades, marriage specialists have researched the ingredients of a happy marriage. As a result, we know more about building a successful marriage today than ever before. The cool thing is ... team building experts have researched the ingredients of an effective team for about the same amount of time. And their findings are quite similar. What makes a happy marriage tends to make an effective team and vice versa."

5 Ways To Improve Your Marriage With Teamwork "For some couples the wedding has just ended and you are settling into your marriage routine. For others, you have been married for several years, you are all consumed by your kid's activities and barely have enough time to sleep, let alone work on your relationship. But this question pertains to both sets of couples. Do you consider yourself a team?"

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Phil and Maude
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