Tag: Communication

Successful Relationships Reading Corner

This week’s blog discussed how to hear what is being shared with you and the best way to respond. Here are some articles with other ideas on how to do this.
9 Ways to Be There for a Friend, Without Giving Advice “Some years after my decision to divorce, I thanked my parents for not pressuring me one way or the other on the “stay-or-go” issue.
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How to Hear What is Being Shared With You

Phil had a relationship in his 30’s where his partner just wanted to be heard, but instead, he would offer advice. He was so accustomed to being called on to fix things like a broken door-lock that such conversations seemed like another request for help.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, we talked about why it’s important to share your true feelings in your relationship. We found some articles with very astute insights into this subject.
How to Talk About Feelings With Your Romantic Partner “Here’s the thing: Naming feelings is not the final step to solving difficulties.
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It’s Important to Share Your True Feelings in Your Relationship

Couple in nature

Our partners and intimates are not mind readers, yet too often we act as though they are.
We are taught in society to be polite, not hurt other’s feelings, be careful what we say and how we say it. In essence, we are encouraged to be guarded and not share our inner thoughts and feelings.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

We wrote this week about how to have challenging conversations with your partner and shared some of our own challenges. Here are some other interesting comments on this topic.
We Have to Talk: A Step-By-Step Checklist for Difficult Conversations “Think of a conversation you’ve been putting off.
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How to Have Challenging Conversations With Your Partner

Phil and Maude talking

MAUDE: Last week we wrote about how important it is to check in regularly with each other. On one of our recent check-ins, I shared with Phil that I was becoming deeply distressed about an area of importance to me that I felt we were not attending to.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In our blog this week, we said that positive words are powerful for your relationship. Here are some other writers talking about the effects that words have.
Why Our Words Matter “Words matter. They have the capacity to motivate, inspire and heal.
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Positive Words Are Powerful for Your Relationship

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Words matter; what we say and how we say it counts. In a recent blog, Phil mentioned the concept of the inner critic from The Artist’s Way, and how we can work with positive affirmations to help reframe what we relate to as reality.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

This week we wrote about cooperation being a cornerstone of our relationship, and found a number of really great articles about its benefits.
Why COOPERATION Could Be MORE Important Than LOVE! “Could cooperation, be the highest attainment that a couple could strive for in a romantic relationship?
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In a Successful Relationship You Have to Be Cooperative

Flowers in a vase

We keep cut flowers in the house and carry them up to decorate the bedroom at night. A morning conversation:
“We need to bring the flowers down.”
“I’ve done it already.”
This is a teeny example of how we work cooperatively.
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