Relationships

5 Ways to Bring Meaning Back into Your Life — Purpose Fairy

Our generation is characterized by increasing rates of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. We feel stuck. The harder we try, the harder it gets. Most of us are not happy with our jobs or relationships. We wish for love and a satisfying job. We often ask ourselves: What is my life all about? Why do I have this uncomfortable feeling in my heart? Why do I feel lonely? Why is life so tough? Why can’t it be simple? Why can’t I…

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These 3 Approaches To Sex Could Rekindle Your Intimacy With Your S.O

Sex as a mindfulness-based spiritual practice? You bet. Almost the polar opposite of sport sex, spiritual sex involves much slower movements and allows time for both partners to experience a full sensory awareness and to be truly present for each touch, Dr. Cabeca explains. It often includes deep breathing, small and rhythmic movements, and direct, soulful eye contact, which can allow for more connection, intimacy, and oneness during the sexual experience. Dr. Cabeca describes this approach to sex as energetic,…

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“A Life of Contentment and Joy Doesn’t Mean Avoiding Experiences with Loss and Pain.”

Interview: Sarah McColl Sarah McColl is a writer who has been published by a wide range of publications, and she also was founding editor-in-chief of Yahoo Foods. Her first book just hit the shelves, a memoir called Joy Enough. In it, she tackles her experience of simultaneously going through a divorce and losing her mother to cancer—a double blow. I couldn’t wait to talk to Sarah about happiness, habits, and self-knowledge. Gretchen: What’s a simple activity or habit that consistently…

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Why a Pet Can Be Incredibly Helpful For Social Anxiety, Loneliness, or Depression

Too anxious to make new friends at the moment? Feeling lonely living by yourself? Just need a boost in your mental health in general? Maybe a nice loyal pet is exactly what you need right now. While I certainly don’t think a pet can replace human relationships, they can be a very valuable companion for someone who suffers from social anxiety, loneliness, or depression. A relationship with an animal can often feel just as valuable as a relationship with a…

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What Are Your Top Relationship Intentions This Year?

While personal growth and new goals are top of mind this time of year, don’t forget that so much of life happens in community—with family, friends, partners, co-workers, neighbors, roommates, running buddies, baristas, you get the picture. And when we intentionally choose to nourish these relationships, no matter how small or seemingly inconsequential the interaction, amazing things happen. Click here to print out our connection intentions card, jot down your own, and spread the love. Here’s an example! This is only…

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These Are The 6 Zodiac Signs Who Have The Hardest Time Leaving A Relationship

You have such a heart of gold Pisces, and everyone knows it. You also have a tendency to idealize your partner and see only their best qualities- which can cause you to overlook red flags and other signs that you should probably walk away. Though it’s a good thing to commit and try and work things out with a person, you want to believe that the person you love could never do anything to hurt you, and you’re willing to…

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Why True Love is So Hard to Express

Twenty years ago, I wrote an unsigned love poem to a girl I barely knew.  I told Brianna, among other things, that life was a blaze of magnificence, that she made it even brighter, and that someday I would spend every day with the prettiest girl in the world. When she read the poem she got goose bumps, smiled from ear to ear, and daydreamed about the gentleman behind the poetic prose.  She showed it to her sister who sighed…

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Non-Monogamy Makes You More Committed To Your Relationship, Study Shows

A common myth about consensual non-monogamy (or CNM, which includes open relationships, polyamory, and other such arrangements) is that the people involved are less attached to each other and perhaps that their relationship is less serious and strong than a monogamous couple who are romantically and sexually involved with only each other. But in reality, CNM requires extremely open communication, total honesty, immense empathy and care for one another, and many other marks of a very healthy relationship. Further proving…

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The Stories Too Many People Believe for Too Long

Made Him Happy I know a man who loves to knit.  Blankets, quilts, sweaters… he knits them all.  Knitting is his hobby, his love.  He could choose another hobby—something a bit more masculine, like restoring vintage cars or hunting.  But this man continues to stick with what makes him happy—knitting.  Because he discovered knitting when he was only a little boy who didn’t know any better.  And now, it’s a huge part of who he is. As he grew into…

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Conscious Uncoupling: Healthy Breakup 101

Just because a relationship ends, it doesn’t mean it’s over. When we take a lover, it’s as though we breathe this person into the very center of our soul, inviting them to take up residence and root down within us. In the bloom of romance, this joining can be one of the most beautiful experiences we’ve ever had. You and your partner may begin thinking one another’s thoughts, sensing one another’s feelings, merging your worldviews, and assimilating each other’s preferences…

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Relationship Deal Breakers: What They Are, How To Make Them & Why

Once we’ve fallen in love, it’s difficult for most of us to think as clearly as we might have prior to becoming attached to someone. We overlook the small things, which is good. But we can also ignore the large things—matters that, if closely examined, might mean the end of the relationship. These are called deal breakers. A deal breaker is something about which partners feel passionately the opposite on, such as having children, religion, ethics and morals, extended family…

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Should I forgive him? Should I forgive her? Here’s what you should ask yourself first.

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.– Albert Einstein Never Forgive Him She showed up at my front door before work at 7am this morning with the most troubled, despondent expression on her face (which is not typical of her disposition).  “I’m sorry I didn’t call,” she said.  “But I haven’t slept all night, and I really need to talk to someone.  I just need some advice.” I invited her…

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9 First Date Etiquettes that Every Couple Should Follow

Boy meets girl, some emotions brewed up. Cupid played its part and a few days later, they decided to go on their first date. After a long time taken for pondering, a perfect place is decided for them to spend some quality time with each other. This well spent time will decide their fate in each other’s lives. Trust me, Cupid is also as much anxious as you two for this date. With Valentine’s Day around, how to play it…

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Meditation Makes You Less Reactive to Negative Feedback in Life

Meditation is one of the most scientifically-supported “mental tools” for improving your mental health, well-being, and overall happiness. A new study published in the Journal of Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience has now added another piece of the puzzle for why meditation can be so beneficial for you. Researchers conducted an experiment with 3 groups of people: experienced meditators, novice meditators, and non-meditators. They had all participants perform a task where they were trained to pair certain images with a…

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The Best Relationship Advice from 45 Years of Marriage

On a chilly November night 18 years ago… I would have preferred not to write to you.  In fact, about a week ago, I put a post-it note on my computer monitor that said, “What would Skyman do?” (Skyman is my cat).  It was supposed to remind me not to do things that Skyman wouldn’t do. Skyman would just wag his tail or wiggle his little nose and hope that whoever he’s wagging or wiggling to understands that he’s hungry,…

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Relationship circles – The most important diagram of your life

Research shows that if you had to choose one variable that influences the quality of your life the most, it would be relationships. It’s not money or fame or good looks, it’s relationships. People who are deeply connected to their friends, family, co-workers and even the local community live longer, are healthier, happier, more fulfilled and live a better life in general. The good life. And it’s not the number of friends on social networks or the marital status; it’s…

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