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Healthy Relationships

Taking Love to Heart: Turn On and Drop Out of Hookup Culture

Mark Whitwell | Posted 07.06.2013 | College
Mark Whitwell

These days, sexual anarchy means making your own rules and sticking to them if you are to survive the emotional battleground. The sun is setting on casual sex. Believe in real love for how it makes you feel. It's here, now.

4 Tips for Dealing With Marital Boredom

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

It's just possible that if you do some or all these things, your relationship and your life in general will become less boring and more exhilarating. It might also become more challenging and stimulating. But who knows? You might get to enjoy living on the edge.

7 Steps To Having That Tough Conversation

Lauren Zander | Posted 06.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Zander

I know it can be scary to confront and follow through on difficult conversations but there is freedom on the other side of them. Here are steps to having a tough conversation with someone.

Could This Change In Thinking Lead To Happiness?

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Whether you want more happiness, less stress, or to build your resilience reserves, the key is to get FAT -- flexible, accurate and thorough -- about your thinking. The ripple effects will astound you.

5 Ways To Make Your Relationships Stronger Than Ever

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Spring and summer are the quintessence of backyard barbecues, outdoor festivities, and beach bum days, which means a lot more mingling and mixing is done during these months. But increased exposure to others can also easily increase tensions.

How to Win in the Blame Game

Anat Baniel | Posted 06.24.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

It's so easy to take things personally. Instead, the next time you notice yourself feeling defensive or like you're a failure or that you're not good enough, practice using a buffer phrase.

Time Outs Are Not Just for Children

Anat Baniel | Posted 06.17.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

Normally, when thinking about communication, we think about verbal communication or some kind of physical communication. However, sometimes the best communication skill is to know when to take a time out.

Breaking Up Doesn't Have to Be Hard to Do

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Lammersen

Life is a collection of missteps, mistakes and misjudgments transformed to understanding. The regret of our neglected intuition turns to awareness, as we accept the lesson within the experience.

Do You and Your Spouse Argue Over Drinking? How to Avoid Armageddon

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Over my 25 years of experience as a psychologist, I gradually came to realize that drinking may be one of the most common yet least talked about causes of marital conflict. Unfortunately, in the couples I've worked with this issue is often swept under the carpet.

Why Dating Is Sometimes Like Dieting

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, LICSW

This is a common phenomenon among both men and woman who claim that all they want is a happy relationship, and they lament that this wish is never fulfilled.

20 Tips for Parenting a Child With Special Needs

Anat Baniel | Posted 06.11.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

The blessing of a child can challenge a relationship. When the child has special needs, these challenges grow exponentially. With the right tools, parents of children with special needs can learn additional ways to relate to each other that will strengthen their connection and love,

What's So Special About Fifty Shades of Grey? It's Not Just About The Sex

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 06.09.2013 | Books
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Successful relationships are characterized by, among other things, emotional transparency and sexual pleasure. Fifty Shades of Gray provides one example from an infinite number of possibilities of what that can look like.

Intimacy Intervention: 'My White Husband Uses Racial Slurs In Bed'

Posted 04.08.2013 | Black Voices

Passionate Living Coach Abiola Abrams gives love, dating and self-esteem advice on the CW's Bill Cunningham Show and all over the web through her ...

Just Say 'Bye Bye' Before You Say 'I Do': 10 Relationship Red Flags

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Jerome Kern wrote, "When you're in love, smoke gets in your eyes." And that smoke can quickly turn into a smokescreen that you are unable to see through to see if your love relationship has any chance of lasting.

Relationship Advice: 5 Ways To Feel In Sync Again

Lisa Haisha | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Haisha

Ultimately, you chose your partner for a reason. You have a soul-level connection that can transcend any differences. Hold strong to that fact and you'll soon find that smarts and social can indeed go hand-in-hand in any relationship.

9 Tips for Couples Who Want to Be Rooted in Love

Kare Anderson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

Just as smiling makes you both feel happier, showing appreciation and warmth -- especially when you least feel it and your beloved most needs it -- will bring you closer than asking for warmth from your beloved.

4 Keys to Developing and Maintaining Friendships

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

We need friendships in our lives to supplement our existing romantic, marital or family relationships. Yet most adult friendships are based on proximity rather than on a purposeful pursuit.

Are You Tired of Taking Care of Everyone But Yourself?

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Laura Lee Carter

As we age, we may get tired of taking care of everyone else, and never getting our own needs met. Can we learn how to be different? Can we change?

Intimacy Intervention: 'Help! I Can't Stop Sleeping With My No-Good Ex'

Posted 03.25.2013 | Black Voices

Passionate Living Coach Abiola Abrams gives love, dating and self-esteem advice on the CW's Bill Cunningham Show and all over the web through her ...

How To Practice Letting Go This Spring

Christian de la Huerta | Posted 05.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Christian de la Huerta

For most of us, spring cleaning our physical space is not so challenging. Spring cleaning our lives, however, is not so easy. It requires a strong desire to let go of the old and perhaps the comfortable, that which no longer serves.

Can We Converse If We Don't Like Each Other?

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

2013-02-21-IAVMarriageButtonFinalOutlined.jpgCan a civil conversation be had between opposing sides of the same-sex marriage debate?

Redefining 'Acceptance' vs. 'I Don't Care'

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

Lately, I have found some new clarity and freedom in realizing that there is a difference between accepting the other person for who and what they are, and honestly concluding that I don't care what they do or say.

When Old Friends Stop Being Good Friends

Nancy Colier | Posted 05.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

When we can be honest about a friendship, and about the season of life that the friendship belongs in, then, we can be truly grateful for the miracle that a friendship is. Trying to force a friendship to keep bearing fruit past its season is a disservice to its profound nature.

Creating a Relationship Legacy

Bernie Saunders | Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Bernie Saunders

Our relationship stories are our lifelines with others. By sharing our stories with someone important to us, we can see the events of our life from different, surprising perspectives. Creating our mutual stories could change our view of each other in unexpected and rewarding ways.

5 Things Standing Between You and a Healthy Relationship

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

Ironically, our relationship future can be closely tied to our relationship past. That's because we learn what intimacy is from our early relationships and are drawn, consciously or unconsciously, to what we know.