Can Your Intimate Relationship Survive This?

Can Your Intimate Relationship Survive This?

Our relationship with our intimate partner or spouse is the most important relationship of our lives.

It is the centerpiece around which everything else in our lives revolves. Or at least it should be.

This significant other, our love relationship, can define our happiness and well-being, our sense of security, and even our self-confidence and self-esteem. When things are going well with our beloved, life is generally good. Even when other parts of our lives are difficult or challenging, having the loving support and presence of your partner make these challenges easier to tolerate and overcome.

But when there is turmoil in the relationship, it infects not only the equanimity between you and your partner, but also it disrupts our peace of mind, our confidence in ourselves , and the stability of the relationship.

Relationship problems and conflicts arise for so many reasons, from finances to child-rearing. And often disagreements can boil over into full-blown, foot-stomping, voice-raising, door-slamming battles.

With time, perspective, and calm communication, most of these relationship conflicts can be resolved and the relationship repaired. Sometimes these conflicts can result in the strengthening of the relationship, as hurt feelings are aired, conflicts are unknotted, and the couple learns better relationship skills in the process.

[thrive_2step id='20182'][/thrive_2step]

However, there is one relationship problem that can be very difficult to overcome. In fact, it can spell the end of the relationship if it isn't acknowledged and addressed early and promptly.

What is this insidious problem? (more…)

Unconditional Love: The Key To Lasting Relationships

“Love… What is love? Love is to love someone for who they are, who they were, and who they will be.” ~Chris Moore Have you ever been in a relationship where you felt it was the other person’s job to make you happy, to meet all of your needs, to understand you and know what…  Continue Reading

Imagine How Life-Changing This Relationship Could Be

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about the power of relationships in our lives. My last post was about the relationships with our parents, siblings, and extended family and the impact of coping with hurtful and unloving behavior from close family members. If you read some of the comments on the post, you’ll see how…  Continue Reading

26 Simple Ways to Make Your Life More Exciting

how to make your life more exciting

If someone were to write a book about your life, would the title be something like The Predictable Tale of (Insert Your Name Here)’s Monotonous Existence — or would it be The Exciting Escapades of (Your Name)’s Wild and Adventurous Life ? Your real life probably falls somewhere in-between agonizing moments and wanton exhilaration — perhaps…  Continue Reading

Want Great Sex? Use Your Brain

Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions.  ~Woody Allen (Editor’s Note: I originally published this article on my friend Steve Aitchison’s blog Change Your Thoughts but wanted to share it with all of you too.) Contrary to what you might believe, the brain is…  Continue Reading

100 Ways To Show Your Love To Him

“Oh, men don’t notice what they got. Oh, women think of that a lot A thousand ways to please your man (oh-ho). Not even one requires a plan.” ~from the song “You Only Live Once” by The Strokes OK ladies, now it’s your turn to show your love to that wonderful guy. There might be…  Continue Reading

Relationship Questions To Ask For Intimacy

All problems in relationships boil down to one thing: lack of communication. Whether our concerns relate to money, sex, kids, affection, career or any of the various reasons we fight or get angry, when we don’t communicate our needs and discuss our differences, things will inevitably break down. You’ve been there. So have I. We…  Continue Reading