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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

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This week, we wrote about how to transcend today’s turmoil with inner peace, and we have found some very interesting articles that complement ours and have a range of approaches.
Living Peacefully in a Time of Turmoil “As a theologian and ethicist, my research focuses particu­larly on how people find meaning and purpose in their existence.
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How to Transcend Today’s Turmoil with Inner Peace

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PHIL: Welcome to the changed world. Buckle up; it’s currently a wild dystopian ride. The only way to enjoy it is to let go of any hope of earth returning to the way it was and find fascination and joy at the unfolding of events.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

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This week, we said that you should avoid making lists and keeping score in your relationships. Here are a few guides on how to do that.
Keeping Score in Your Relationship Makes You Lose “With all of these things competing for your time and attention, people often end up looking to their partner to save the day, help out and “pull their weight.” You start watching everything they do and comparing it to what you do.
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Avoid Making Lists and Keeping Score in Your Relationships

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This week Phil had a medical procedure. He needed a Covid-19 test early in the week, so we had to quarantine. It was so hot that we took our walks very early in the morning when few people were on the street and before the sun was blasting.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

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This week, we wrote about how to nurture intimacy in your relationship. Here are some articles with a variety of suggestions on what you can do.
Nourishing the Different Types of Intimacy in Your Relationship “When we talk about being intimate in a romantic relationship, we often equate it to sexual intimacy.
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How To Nurture Intimacy In Your Relationship

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PHIL: In one relationship, I felt that sex created intimacy, but my partner needed intimacy to precede sex. (This is what programmers call the bootstrap problem, from the expression “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps.” How do you read the first program into a computer when it needs a program in the computer to do the reading?)
In another relationship, my partner traveled often, and on return, there was a hesitancy between us until we became used to being with each other again.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

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This week we wrote about the importance of balance in your relationships. It was difficult to find articles discussing the issue as we did, but these three look at it from some interesting viewpoints.
4 Things You Can Do To Build a More Balanced Relationship “I like to sit in the park and watch couples interact.
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Why is Balance Important for Peaceful Relationships?

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PHIL: Is your relationship a town with safe streets, no-go areas and places you might stumble and get hurt? We don’t live there. We simply don’t clash on things.
It is totally improbable that we make the same choices time and time again.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

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In our blog this week, we asked what makes for a conflict-free relationship? Here are some articles supporting this view. A couple are fairly short, but we included them because they are so on point.
What Is Radical Acceptance? The 5 Steps I Took To Save My Relationship “I had to learn how to show radical acceptance.
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What Makes Up a Conflict-free Relationship?

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Critical to having a peaceful conflict-free relationship is an attitude we refer to as total acceptance. Understanding that the other person is a full and separate individual, with different ways of expressing themselves and unique preferences, is a necessary foundation for peaceful relating.
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