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Gambling and grief digest

December 2010 Volume 1, Issue 11

Tips for Making Your Relationship Better
3) communication. Work hard to compromise and come to an agreed upon solution, rather than win. Be independent and interdependent. It is ok to make some decisions on your own. However, if you are in a committed relationship it is a good idea to keep your partner informed of the decisions you are making. This prevents us from making decision outside our own morals and values, it gives us a sense of accountability. Compassion, listening and nurturing in relationship. Do you find it easier to be compassionate to strangers than to your partner. It is probably because there is baggage that is unresolved in your relationship. Take a moment to write down all the things you are angry with your partner about and then write down all the things you love or like about your partner. As you look at the list, decided which one is more important. Keep the list of positives with you and when you are upset with your partner read your list, it may help you shift to acceptance and love rather than anger, resentment and hurt. Don’t forget to love yourself. You are an important person who has a lot to give those around you. You have skills and talents that can stay hidden or that can be shared or used to show your love. In order to share these skills and talents you must first value yourself and think that you really have something to give. Eating healthy, sleeping, exercising, being social, taking time for yourself are all ways that we love ourselves.
In this issue: Tips for Making Your Relationship Better

A strong, healthy relationship can be one of the best supports in your life. Good relationships improve your life in all aspects, strengthening your health, your mind and your connections with others as well. However, it can also be one of the greatest drains if the relationship is not working. Relationships are an investment. The more you put in, the more you get back. Love and relationships take work, commitment, and a willingness to adapt and change through life as a team. Learn about ways to keep a healthy relationship strong, or work on repairing trust and love for a relationship on the rocks. improve_relationships.htm Below are several tips for improving your relationship recommended by Peace and Power Counseling. 1) Set boundaries. Boundaries in relationship are limits that you have control over. You have control over whether you continue to be involved in a conversation. You do not have control over whether the other person continues the conversation after you have asked him or her to stop. In this case the boundary might be, “I will leave the room (or house) when I think the conversation has gotten out of control.” It is important to return to the conversation at a later time when both of you are calm and ready to talk. 2) Communicate. Communication is imperative in every relationship. If you feel strongly about something, share how you feel, but make sure you are being respectful to yourself and the others around you. This is called assertive


Tips for Making Your Relationship Better



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