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7 Things Scientists Know About the Science of Long-Lasting Love

7 Things Scientists Know About the Science of Long-Lasting Love | Relationships | Scoop.it
What do people in happy long-term relationships have in common? Learn their science-backed secrets to staying satisfied for the long haul.
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Research based tips for couples!

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Fuller Life Family Therapy's curator insight, September 16, 2014 4:55 PM

Optimistic and helpful tidbits on how to maintain a healthy and vibrant marriage. 

Hemanshi Nimavat's curator insight, March 19, 10:36 PM

I and Amit have been together since 2 months, just in march our relationship will turn into 3 months, yes our relationship has been healthy, we do fight, have some quarrels, but instead of chewing it over and over.... we let go of it and just love each other. After 5 years, all i hope is that my love for him will turn more depper and we will be together forever

 

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21 Facts That Will Change Your Relationship Forever

21 Facts That Will Change Your Relationship Forever | Relationships | Scoop.it
Discover what scientists know about happy couples, and your relationship will never be the same--guaranteed.

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Great Visuals backed by tons of Research! MUST READ for happy couples or wanna-be happy couples! 

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Fuller Life Family Therapy's curator insight, February 26, 2014 4:50 PM

21 facts about what makes a marriage happy! 

Vicki Larson's curator insight, July 22, 2014 8:52 AM

Science can't tell us to be kind, appreciative and loving, but that's really what people need and want from each other. Simple!

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Is There A Downside To Empathy?

Is There A Downside To Empathy? | Relationships | Scoop.it

By Adam Hoffman

Empathy can be painful.

Or so suggests a growing body of neuroscientific research.

When we witness suffering and distress in others, our natural tendency to empathize can bring us vicarious pain.


Is there a better way of approaching distress in other people? A recent study...

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Pairing empathy with compassion helps us cope with difficult emotions. 

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How To Write the Perfect Love Letter in 3 Short Paragraphs

How To Write the Perfect Love Letter in 3 Short Paragraphs | Relationships | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

Writing the perfect love letter can be quite a challenge. After all, love is an emotion, and it can be extremely difficult to accurately transcribe your emotions into a meaningful set of words. It’s easy to spell out the phrase “I love you”, but those words are relatively hollow without a little contextual substantiation.

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Simple tool with great potential...

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Seven Reasons to Get Help For Your Marriage before it's too late

Seven Reasons to Get Help For Your Marriage before it's too late | Relationships | Scoop.it
If you have real concerns about the health of your marriage, here are 7 reasons to begin Marriage Counseling NOW! 1. If you haven’t been able to improve the relationship on your own, it’s time to t...
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Ignoring problems does not make them go away. Sometimes people fear being open about negative feelings will cause irreparable damage to the relationship. But how does hiding true feelings about valid concerns help the marriage? There’s a chance these hurts will resolve in time, but at what cost? When it comes to close relationships, open closeness always feels better in the long run. With love, healing is always possible!


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Rupa Lahiri's curator insight, September 26, 2013 2:30 AM

Its important to recognize problems in relationships and get help! Friends and family members may not always be able to give guidance. Professional guidance can help figure out negative patterns in relationships.

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4 Tips for Setting Healthy Boundaries

4  Tips for Setting Healthy Boundaries | Relationships | Scoop.it

"Have you been feeling a little emotionally drained lately? Have you been finding yourself responding to the emergencies of others as if they are your own?

 

Perhaps you have been allowing someone to invade your space even though you are not quite comfortable. Maybe it’s time to look at whether you have healthy boundaries.

 

Boundaries are the limitations we set for ourselves and others. They can be both physical and emotional."


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Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, August 18, 2013 1:55 AM

Some good simple tips for setting boundaries. These are good, and could be applied to any relationship. 

Maria Teresa Frezet terapeuta olistica's curator insight, August 20, 2013 1:57 AM

interessante riflessione sull'importanza di metterre dei "sani" confini tra noi e gli altri. È una delle cose piú difficili da fare perché pressupone il riconoscere i propri bisogni prima di tutto ma, per cultura, siamo stati abituati a proiettarci all'esterno piú che all'interno....

 

Eppure saper mettere i sani confini è essenziale per evitare di accumulare frustrazione e rabbia e per poter vivere una vita serena, a beneficio nostro e di chi ci sta intorno!

 

ulteriori spunti di riflessione su www.thaatt.com

Juliana Ericson's curator insight, December 13, 2013 2:51 PM

Peace and joy begin with self-care

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Accepting others

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Accepting others begins with accepting yourself. This means respecting others whether you agree with them or not. Accepting others is a concept that c...
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The value of accepting vs judging is immeasurable. 

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62 Things to Say to Make Your Husband Feel Great — MomLife Today

62 Things to Say to Make Your Husband Feel Great — MomLife Today | Relationships | Scoop.it
Do you want to make your husband feel great? From sincere compliments to questions to help you understand your man better this list has 62 ways to do just that.
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Nice list of "words of affirmations" for couples. 

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3 Basic Communication Skills

3 Basic Communication Skills | Relationships | Scoop.it
Click here for 3 basic communication skills (for couples) that will stop your disagreements escalating into a full-on screaming matches, accompanied by the sounds of slamming doors and one of you sleeping on the couch.
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These are 3 great skills that I teach couples all the time in therapy and are explained very well in this article on Love at first fight. When couples actually begin to use these skills many relationships issues are naturally resolved. 

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Great News about Empathy: New research shows effort matters more than getting it right

Great News about Empathy: New research shows effort matters more than getting it right | Relationships | Scoop.it

If you sit in a restaurant and look around sometimes you can determine who is married and who is still dating. A couple still dating hangs on each other’s every word, while the married folks someti... Fuller LIfe Family Therapy


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A recent study has revealed a refreshing perspective on what really matters for couples is the sincere attempt to understand each other.

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Guide to Step-parenting and Blended Families: How to Bond with Stepchildren and Deal with Stepfamily Problems

Guide to Step-parenting and Blended Families: How to Bond with Stepchildren and Deal with Stepfamily Problems | Relationships | Scoop.it
Blending two families? Get tips for easing the transition, bonding with stepchildren, and dealing with common challenges.
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Excellent resource for blended familes. 

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Rupa Lahiri's curator insight, September 26, 2013 2:34 AM

For Blended Families.

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How Eye Contact Works

How Eye Contact Works | Relationships | Scoop.it
Eye contact can signal love, hate, intelligence, creepiness, persuasion, sarcasm and sometimes lies.

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Finding Common Ground: The Harvard Negotiation Project

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Finding Common Ground: The Harvard Negotiation Project

Here’s the good news: 
Instead of suffering the loss of what is most important to you, or unknowingly putting your partner’s needs in jeopardy, you can use a simple approach to change the nature of negotiation. Take Fisher and Shapiro’s advice – focus on these five core concerns. 

Go through them all: Appreciation, Affiliation, Autonomy, Status, and Role. Do you feel that your needs are being met in all of these areas? Don’t worry if they aren’t. These are not easy concerns to address! Your level of satisfaction with each of them is a result of many complex and long-lasting dynamics between yourself and your partner.
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Wonderful tool for navigating conflict in a healthy manner from the Gottman Relationship Blog: 

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Trust and Trust Building | Beyond Intractability

Trust and Trust Building | Beyond Intractability | Relationships | Scoop.it

Trust and Trust Building

Trust has been identified as a key element of successful conflict resolution (including negotiation and mediation). This is not surprising insofar as trust is associated with enhanced cooperation, information sharing, and problem solving.

The need for trust arises from our interdependence with others. We often depend on other people to help us obtain, or at least not to frustrate, the outcomes we value (and they on us). As our interests with others are intertwined, we also must recognize that there is an element of risk involved insofar as we often encounter situations in which we cannot compel the cooperation we seek. Therefore, trust can be very valuable in social interactions.

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This essay on trust and trust building is quite through and very informative. Helpful for families and parents with adolescents and couples who struggle with trust. 

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60 Tiny Love Stories to Make You Smile

60 Tiny Love Stories to Make You Smile | Relationships | Scoop.it

Here’s a selection of 60 tiny love stories recently submitted to our sister site, Makes Me Think, that not only made us think, but warmed our hearts and made us smile too.  We hope they do the same for you.

  1. Today, my 75-year-old grandpa who has been blind from cataracts for almost 15 years said to me, “Your grandma is just the most beautiful thing, isn’t she?” I paused for a second and said, “Yes she is. I bet you miss seeing that beauty on a daily basis.” “Sweety,” my grandpa said, “I still see her beauty every day. In fact, I see it more now than I used to when we were young.” MMT http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/11/20/60-tiny-love-stories-to-make-you-smile/

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Happiness Blueprint 's curator insight, May 28, 2013 5:20 PM

SO SWEET ! 

Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 30, 2013 11:12 AM

These are the most beautiful little love stories. I experienced tears of joy and gratitude for living in such a beautiful world.

Sheridan Morris's curator insight, December 9, 2013 4:18 AM

Plenty of stories to bring a smile to your dial. Take them a bite at a time! 

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Sleepless nights can turn lovers into fighters

Sleepless nights can turn lovers into fighters | Relationships | Scoop.it
Relationship problems can keep us awake at night. But new research suggests that sleepless nights also can worsen lovers' fights.

Read more: Sleepless nights can turn lovers into fighters

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The lack of sleep is the root of all evil. 

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Mom’s love good for child’s brain | Washington University in St. Louis

Mom’s love good for child’s brain | Washington University in St. Louis | Relationships | Scoop.it

Mom's love good for Children's Brains

School-age children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a larger hippocampus, a key structure important to learning, memory and response to stress. 

The new research, by child psychiatrists and neuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is the first to show that changes in this critical region of children’s brain anatomy are linked to a mother’s nurturing. 


Read Summary here. Read full text: Maternal support in early childhood predicts larger hippocampal volumes at school age

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 13, 2013 11:10 PM

The importance of maternal nurtuing has been long proven for rats and primates, and now we know that children who experience nurturing in their early years have a larger hippocampus, by 10%. This is actually a followup study on a study on depression in preschoolers when they were ages 3 to 5. Brain images of these same children were taken when they were between 7 and 10. They evaluated the degree of maternal nuturance when the children were younger and compared the results to the brain imaging. .  This  study suggests a clear link between nurturing and the size of the hippocampus. 

What's the hippocampus? One of the most important parts of the human brain especially since it sits right in the middle of our animal brain (limbic system) which is involved in managing emotion, threat detection, behavior, motivation and memory.  Amy Fuller PhD


Hat tip to Donald Cooper for posting this on the Achieve Balance Linked Group


Read Summary here. Read full text: Maternal support in early childhood predicts larger hippocampal volumes at school age

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Gift of Grandparents

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Gift of Grandparents

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.  Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.   - Alex Haley     There is no grandfather who does not adore his ...

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This beautiful post gifts us with images of grandparents working their relational magic from all cultures and with all kinds of children. There is a lovely thought provoking quote about Grandparents between each picture. 

I think those of us who aspire to be relationship experts can gleam a lot of knowlegde from how healthy grandparenting relationships shape children's lives for the good. www.amyfullerphd.com 

see the full post: http://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/gift-of-grandparents/ 

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Relationship Facts :: marriage matters

Relationship Facts :: marriage matters | Relationships | Scoop.it
From Why Marriage Matters, 2nd Edition.

Among the research findings summarized by the report are:

About Children

  • Parental divorce reduces the likelihood that children will graduate from college, and achieve high-status jobs.

About Men

  • Married men earn between 10 and 40 percent more than single men with similar education and job histories.

About Women

  • Married mothers have lower rates of depression than single or cohabiting mothers.

Read the full document. Read a summary from Marriage Matters


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Looking for a reason to stay married? Here it is. These pro-marriage research findings are all in one document. I found it interesting that over five studies "analyzing different populations find that married men

(especially married fathers) have lower testosterone levels than do
similar men who never-married or divorced." Of note, co-habitating men had the same results. Apparently being near a woman lowers testosterone. 

Read the full document. Read a summary from Marriage Matters@marriage_coc

www.amyfullerphd.com   www.fullerlifefamilytherapy.org 

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Ogenki's curator insight, January 30, 2014 6:35 AM

Well, this is interesting ...

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Teach Empathy Through Relationships

Teach Empathy Through Relationships | Relationships | Scoop.it

Teach Empathy Through Relationships

We need to call attention to the role of healthy relationships in education. Then we need a way to bring rigor to the continuous pursuit of building them.

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A school started a lab to investigate empathy in education and discussed what they label the fourth "R"after reading, writing and 'rithmatic which is Relationships. An interesting discussion about empathy follows. 

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Stop Worrying About What People Think and Create Anyway

Stop Worrying About What People Think and Create Anyway | Relationships | Scoop.it
One of the surest ways to find unhappiness and to limit your creativity is worrying about what others think of you.

It’s true, and I am guilty of it.

Let's discuss one way to solve this problem.
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Bryan Hutchinson shares a wonderful metaphor about remote controls in relationships. Thanks @ADDerWORLD

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New research on how men and women perceive negative emotions

New research on how men and women perceive negative emotions | Relationships | Scoop.it
Most people are aware that men are from Mars and Women from Venus, metaphorically speaking, thanks to Dr. John Gray. When we put the genders together we sometimes end up with miscommunication, hurt...
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Women feel more satisfaction in a relationship when men express negative feeling...according to new research. 

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40% Annoyed, 40% Happy, 20% Love = A Healthy Marriage — The Good Men Project

40% Annoyed, 40% Happy, 20% Love = A Healthy Marriage — The Good Men Project | Relationships | Scoop.it

First off, Hollywood lied. Marriage isn’t a magical and wonderful union between two people. It’s messy, hard and emotionally challenging hard work. That is why I personally love marriage (and of course my wife). We need to move the away from the social paradigm where people expect marriages to be happy and constantly blissful and instead move towards the work of creating healthy marriages.


"40% Annoyed, 40% Happy, 20% Love = A Healthy Marriage " - http://t.co/Zdxdao4Paa


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It's sad, but true...Hollywood lied. 

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Brenda Elliott's curator insight, May 20, 2013 7:14 AM

That's about right- totally worth committing your life toward- just not how Hoolywood projects it...

Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, May 20, 2013 10:00 PM

The reality of marriage -- it will being annoyed at your spouse. But then the bliss is unbelievable. 

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