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Healthy Relationships

Why You Must Never Stop Celebrating Your Anniversary

Shelley Emling | Posted 12.28.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Nearly 23 years ago, I eloped with the man of my dreams, tying the knot wearing jeans and a black turtleneck in a tiny attorney's office in Antigua, Guatemala. During our first 10 years of marriage, we never failed to celebrate our anniversary in a splashy manner -- befitting of a young couple very much in love.

5 Experts That May Want To Call On During Divorce

Caroline Choi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Whether you're involved in a negotiated divorce or a litigated one, there may come a point in time when an expert is needed to help resolve your case. The professional opinion provided by your expert is considered reliable testimony admissible on the record and in Court.

Relationship Boundaries: Separate but Equal

Brad Kennington | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brad Kennington

The healthiest relationships comprise individuals who do not need the other but want the other. There is a difference between needing and wanting. One connotes desperation, the other desire. And what differentiates the two? Boundaries.

Divorce Confidential: 5 Signs It's Time to Break Up With Your Divorce Attorney

Caroline Choi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

3. Your attorney makes unilateral decisions without your input or approval: While your attorney is knowledgeable about the legalities of your case, your input and approval is necessary because the decisions will affect your life.

You Talk to Your Kids About Safe Sex... What About Safe Relationships?

Leigh Vinocur, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Leigh Vinocur, M.D.

Early adolescence is the critical juncture to talk to our children about what constitutes a healthy relationship. If you are worried about your teen talk, with their health care professional who can then put you in touch with local agencies that deal with partner and family violence.

The Fog of the Heart

Doug and Leslie Gustafson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weddings
Doug and Leslie Gustafson

Love of self and especially love of your soul-mate and best friend. The guy you married. The woman you pursued, chased and won over. These are the awakenings that really matter. Find them. Embrace them.

Enough Said!... About Dating After Divorce

Nancy Lang | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Nancy Lang

There can never be enough said about dating after divorce. I'm actually talking about the movie Enough Said, that brilliantly puts a spotlight on a very often undiagnosed problem regarding relationships, about which we should all be aware...

8 Things to Do With a Mate on a Fall Date

Jenny Triplett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Jenny Triplett

Being aware of your mood shifts and the need to feed the addiction for affection is vital. Here are eight ways mates can spice it up in the wonderful season of browns and oranges.

If You Want A Healthy Relationship, Get A Life!

Daylle Deanna Schwartz | Posted 12.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Daylle Deanna Schwartz

I could almost hear him holding his breath, waiting for my response, and I think he let it out in a gasp when I said, "Oh goody! I have some friends I'd like to get together with, so I'll take advantage of having a free night."

You Can Be Right or You Can Be in a Relationship: Lessons to Learn From the Government Shutdown

Shlomo Slatkin | Posted 12.03.2013 | Weddings
Shlomo Slatkin

Couples that compromise often feel resentful and their marriage does not improve despite "resolving" the issue. True change occurs when the relationship is strengthened to the point where both sides want to budge because they see the inherent worth in the other and their viewpoint.

What Aren't You Saying?

Ashley Turner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ashley Turner

Like anything, the "disease to please" and the resulting sugarcoated life is a habit. Break this habit by simply telling the truth. First to yourself, then to others.

Divorce Confidential: A Cheating Heart and Its Role in Divorce

Caroline Choi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

While some couples are able to pick-up and move forward after infidelity. Other marriages however, are not able to withstand unfaithful behavior and unfortunately, divorce is the only option.

Do Your Opponents Honor You?

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 11.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

When we get to the end of our careers, or our lives for that matter, we expect to see our friends and colleagues there to honor us. But what a pleasant surprise it would be to see our rivals cheering us on as well.

Study Reveals Which Year Of Marriage Is The Happiest

Posted 09.27.2013 | Weddings

According to a new study by U.K. law firm Slater & Gordon, married couples are happiest in their third year of marriage. Researchers polled 2,000 p...

Should You Negotiate Or Litigate Your Divorce? Read This.

Caroline Choi | Posted 11.25.2013 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Recently, a client reminisced about her excruciating decision to divorce her husband. The couple had been married for almost 20 years and the thought of separating after years of marriage terrified her.

How to Hold Others Accountable? Don't Bother

Tracy Crossley | Posted 11.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Tracy Crossley

Self-care doesn't mean we do everything on our own. It just means that we're willing to do what we need to make sure we're taken care of and that includes having boundaries for how we want to be treated.

People and Their Behaviors: Sometimes, It's Just Crazy!

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

When all else fails, just laugh. Laughter sends a message that no words can ever quite match. And as long as it isn't done as a put-down, sharing a laugh is always a positive, feel-good way to communicate without words!

6 Healthy Reasons to Be in a Relationship

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

When you take responsibility for doing the inner work to learn to love and value yourself, you become filled up with love to share, and it is fulfilling to share your love with a partner.

Can Narcissists Change?

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Craig Malkin

As a therapist, I've seen firsthand that changing relational patterns often transforms even the most inflexible "trait" into something softer, gentler -- not a fixed feature, but a protection that eventually yields to touch and intimacy in all the ways one would hope.

How to Prevent an Unhealthy 'Second-Act'... Marriage II Pointers

Deborah Hecker, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2013 | Divorce
Deborah Hecker, Ph.D.

In a healthy partnership, it takes three to tango -- two "I's" and a "we." The notion of "we" is talked about all the time, but often the strength of the "I's" are overlooked.

Social Media: Obstacle to Friendship/Love

Michael Solis | Posted 10.26.2013 | Technology
Michael Solis

Friendships aren't the only relationships affected negatively by social media. I recently went on a date with a partner of several months who started quizzing me -- not about history or politics, but about his blog.

Why Creating Boundaries Is the Key to Healthy Living

Nitika Chopra | Posted 10.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Nitika Chopra

Lately, every time I have a conversation with someone the topic of boundaries comes up. Most of the time it is because people feel they don't know ho...

What To Do When You Find Out Your Friend Is Cheating

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 09.23.2013 | Women
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Having been on both sides of this issue, and after journeying closely with several friends over the years who have confided in me the angst of juggling a second relationship, I offer you my wisdom with hope and humility.

Coping With Stress: Hers and His

Anat Baniel | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

When a man has a special needs child, there's a huge amount of suffering because the greatest pain and suffering for a man is the feeling of powerlessness -- that he can't solve a problem.

Not All Happy Couples Have Had Happy Childhoods

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Many of the couples we know who are living deeply fulfilling lives grew up in situations that were far from ideal, and some were downright wretched. So, you might ask, what then are the critical factors that determine the likelihood of relationship success?