Connection

The Chronically Dissatisfied: Making the Connection Between Gratitude and Well-Being

The Chronically Dissatisfied: Making the Connection Between Gratitude and Well-Being
It’s no secret that unhappy or sullen people tend to focus on the negative side of life. If you are dissatisfied with everything and never see the bright side, then it’s obviously hard to recognize that there’s anything to be grateful for. Many will be familiar with the type: no matter what you do for the chronically dissatisfied, they are never appreciative. Eventually you give up expecting in return for your efforts and count yourself lucky if you receive a perfunctory “thank you.” It seems obvious that if everything seems like doom and gloom then you will have trouble summoning ...
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Can’t Do Date Night and No Childcare? 9 Connection Builders for Couples

Can’t Do Date Night and No Childcare? 9 Connection Builders for Couples
Having kids is a beautiful, wonderful and fulfilling adventure. But it also adds stress to your relationship. After all, extra responsibilities and resources—finite things like money and your energy—are required. Depending on what stage your kids are in, you might feel like a zombie. You’re sleep-deprived and exhausted—and maybe even more emotional and sensitive than usual. You might be spending hours a week just on shuttling your kids to different activities. You and your spouse are spending less and less time together. And the distance between you might be growing bigger and bigger. “Sadly, ...
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Do Emotional Affairs Ever Stop? 12 Steps to Break the Connection

Do Emotional Affairs Ever Stop? 12 Steps to Break the Connection
Becoming emotionally attached to someone is another story. So, now that you love this other person, do emotional affairs ever stop? When it comes to cheating, I don’t believe those who cheat are bad people. Understand that people cheat for different reasons. Sure, some people just do it because they don’t care. However, many people cheat out of dissatisfaction with their current relationship. Cheating isn’t just physical, but emotional too. You know when physical affairs stop. But, do emotional affairs ever stop? Just because you’re with someone, it doesn’t mean you’re happy. I know what you’r...
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The Importance of Connection

The Importance of Connection
I don’t suffer from depression, but I certainly have my moments of feeling down in the dumps. Sometimes it’s because I’m dealing with difficult issues, or life is just not going my way. Other times, it’s hard to pinpoint where my sadness comes from. Usually an upbeat person, these bouts leave me drained and tired, with no energy to do anything I don’t absolutely have to do. I just want to be alone. But that never makes me feel better. The reason, I believe, is that we all need to feel connected. Study after study reports that as social animals, humans need each other. We need to feel supported...
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