I Married My Husband 3 Months After Meeting And Here’s What I’ve Learned In Our 6 Years Of Marriage

I Married My Husband 3 Months After Meeting And Here’s What I’ve Learned In Our 6 Years Of Marriage

6 years ago I met my husband while vacationing in Italy. We married 3 months later. This time was filled with passion and excitement. It felt like something straight out of a romance novel. But, it was real. And because it was real, that period of utter euphoria didn’t last. What followed, was a life altering period of development and…

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Why You Need to Stop Avoiding Conflict & What to Do Instead

Why You Need to Stop Avoiding Conflict & What to Do Instead

Most people don’t like conflict.  They associate conflict with negative thoughts and don’t see how helpful it can be in their relationships. They don’t make the distinction between conflict and how people respond to it. What can be of concern, is how people address conflict. If someone yells or becomes defensive when faced with conflict, these are unhealthy ways of responding.…

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Take These 5 Steps to Address Your Difficult Boss

Take These 5 Steps to Address Your Difficult Boss

Difficult bosses are far too common, unfortunately. Gallop estimates that 82% of the time organizations put the wrong people in management positions. Which isn’t that surprising considering that only 1 in 10 people possess high talent to manage. This will likely lead to issues between managers and employees. And not addressing issues at work can lead to devastating health effects. So whether…

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Dealing with Difficult People? Try These Tips.

Dealing with Difficult People? Try These Tips.

Whether a coworker, family member or friend, we’re all dealing with difficult people at some point. They’re arrogant, argumentative, passive aggressive and/or negative. People maddeningly try to reason with them to no avail. We often struggle with these people because of fear of escalation, uncertainty about how to best handle the situation or discomfort with conflict.  But if you’re not…

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4 Steps to Talk Politics & Maintain Relationships

4 Steps to Talk Politics & Maintain Relationships

At a time when it seems the United States hasn’t been more divided, it’s important that we discuss how we can talk to each other. A 2014 Pew Study found that over a quarter of Facebook users “hidden, blocked, defriended, or stopped following someone” on Facebook due to their political postings. And two-thirds of consistent conservatives told Pew that most…

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3 Steps to Develop Your Emotional Intelligence

3 Steps to Develop Your Emotional Intelligence

You may have been hearing a lot about emotional intelligence recently. Emotional intelligence, also known as EQ, has been defined as a type of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use the information to guide one’s thinking and actions. We’re finding that great leaders need to have…

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5 Steps You Can Take Now to Gain a Positive Perspective & Improve Your Relationships

5 Steps You Can Take Now to Gain a Positive Perspective & Improve Your Relationships

Having a positive perspective will improve your life and your relationships. It’s so simple, and yet so difficult for us at times. Positive thinking will lead to positive emotions. And people who regularly feel positive are in a way lifted on an “upward spiral” of continued growth and thriving.  So how can we shift to positive thinking? Realize that data…

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7 Communication Mistakes You Must Stop Making Now

7 Communication Mistakes You Must Stop Making Now

Effective communication is essential in every relationship. Unfortunately sometimes we make mistakes that inhibit us from clearly communication our thoughts and feelings as well as understanding the thoughts and feelings of others. Communication can make or break a relationship. So take the time to see whether you’re making any of these communication mistakes, so that you can correct it. 1.…

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