Secrets Of Happy and Strong Couples

Relationships
Habits will always have a huge impact on your every relationship. This is why it’s extremely important to create positive habits with your partner. Here are 10 key habits that you can follow if you want to have a happy and strong relationship. Snuggle Make sure to snuggle a bit before you start off your day and before you go to bed. Simply taking a few minutes to hold each other in bed in the mornings and evenings will improve both yours and your partner’s mood. Cultivate Common Interests A lot of couples have only a few interests in common. Even if you don’t have any interests in common, you should take the time to develop them. However, just like it’s important to share a few interests with your partner,…
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Learn to Become a Good Listener

Relationships
Many relationships come to an end because of communication issues. In order to be a good partner, you need to be a great listener. A relationship will never last for long if you aren’t able to connect with your partner. You need to remember that communication is more than just expressing our own thoughts and emotions. It’s about knowing how to listen as well. First of all, you need to understand that there’s a big difference between passive and active listening. In order to actively listen, you will need to give your partner your undivided attention. This means that you ignore all distractions (like looking at your phone or at the TV) while you’re listening to your partner. Additionally, you need to show your partner that you truly understand what…
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You Can Only Change Yourself

Relationships
If we were to take a survey of every adult on the planet, it would be difficult to find one who hasn't attempted to change someone for whatever reason. Relationships are all happy and joyous at the start, but as they continue, we tend to notice the flaws of others, annoying habits, and that's when we try to make small tweaks to turn that person into who we want them to be. Whether it's trying to influence their fashion sense or mold their habits into ones you find more acceptable, we are all guilty of this. The truth is, though, that as hard as you may try – you can't truly change anyone else – the only person you can change is you. Just think about how much energy you…
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Learn How to Manage Your Emotions

Mindset, Relationships
Human beings are emotionally-driven creatures. The sad irony is that we think we are highly intelligent, advanced beings. In fact, our motivations are barely different from those of our pet dogs. What do I mean by this? Well, what you think is actually anger and frustration at an unjust world, may well in fact be hunger. We often think that our thoughts come first and that our emotion follows. We notice something we’re not happy about and we get angry. We remember the day our first child was born and we get happy. But more often than not, the reverse is true. Emotion comes first and this then causes us to think a certain way. And where does emotion come from? Physiology. When you haven’t eaten for a while for…
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Learn How to Overcome Social Anxiety

Mindset, Positivity, Relationships
Social anxiety is something that can affect us when we need to speak up in front of a group of people. But it is also something that can affect us when we need to talk to our own friends. Some of us have so much anxiety when we speak even in our friendship group, that it becomes exhausting to socialize at all. As you might imagine, this is something that you should seek to change as soon as possible. But how do you go about overcoming social anxiety? How do you go from being nervous among even your friends, to having the kind of confidence that will allow you to walk up to a group of strangers and introduce yourself? CBT for Social Anxiety CBT is cognitive behavioral therapy. This…
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How to Manage Online Dating

Relationships
The internet is undoubtedly changing the way we manage our relationships. Whether this is for the better or worse is certainly a topic that is open for debate. But suffice to say that online dating is one of the areas in which this transformation is by far the most apparent. Online dating changes the way we think about meeting people and the way we approach them. It gives us the ability to vet thousands of people before making a choice and it creates a context that is purely and explicitly about finding love (or sex). If you want to be successful, then you need to know how to navigate this minefield. Here are some tips. Picking a Photo When you pick profile picture, there are two rules to observe. Rule…
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Learn How to Influence the Moods of Others

Mindset, Positivity, Relationships
What many people don’t realize about moods is that they are highly contagious and that they in fact tend to spread in a similar manner to a virus. When you spend time with someone who has a certain mood, that mood is almost guaranteed to transfer to you. And likewise, this will then transfer again through your subsequent interactions. But why is this? And what can you do to responsibly carry and pass on those moods? Why Moods Spread One reason that moods spread is of course because our mood colors our interactions. If you’re in a bad mood, then you’re more likely to snap at someone or even to shout at them. This is why two partners coming home from a stressful day at work are almost bound to…
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Learn How to Maintain a Long Distance Relationship

Relationships
Long-distance relationships are difficult. If you have ever dated someone that lives a hundred miles away or more, then you’ll know that this can place a number of unique strains on your relationship and potentially stall your progress. But it’s not just the romantic relationship that has to survive over distance these days. Today, many of us maintain long-distance relationships with friends and family too. The world is getting ever larger and it is more likely than ever that you will have moved away from the small town you grew up in. So how do you maintain the relationships you had without them fading away? Especially when life gets tough and you start to struggle to find time to catch up. Keep it Regular The first and most important tip…
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Learn How to Have Meaningful Conversations

Relationships
One of the most universally despised types of interaction on the planet has got to be small talk. Small talk is that kind of meaningless chatter that serves to make you both look polite, while avoiding meaningful topics and just passing the time. Topics that are up for grabs include the weather, the time, the location and the food (if any is available). These subject matters do not lead to meaningful conversations and as such, they don’t help you to get to know the person you’re talking to better. So how do you get to know that person better and have a conversation you’ll both actually find enjoyable or interesting? Forget Questions and Answers Many of us try to avoid small talk but in doing so, we can find ourselves…
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Learn to be Assertive Without Causing Problems

Positivity, Relationships
By nature, most of us are people pleasers. That is to say that we want to be liked and the easiest seeming way to do that is by agreeing and not ‘making a fuss’. In the long run however, this is not a good strategy. Because eventually, this method means that people are likely to start taking your easy-going nature for granted. It means that you’re unlikely to get things your way all that often. And eventually, this all means that you’re highly likely to start to feel a little resentment toward people. In other words, it pays every now and then to stand up for yourself and to be assertive. That means telling people what you want, telling people when things have gone too far and generally being a…
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