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19 February 2014
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Gottman’s Sound Relationship House, Part 3

This is the third part in a series on John Gottman’s Sound Relationship house. The first part was about “Building Love Maps” (found *here*) and the second was about “Sharing Fondness and Admiration” (found *here*). The third level of the house is called “Turn Towards Instead of Away.” “Turning towards” means showing interest in the […]

14 February 2014
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When Was The Last Time???

          It is all sugar with spice and honey you are so nice in the beginning of most relationships.    How long do the “sweet nothings” last?  For a majority of marriages it does not last long.  It seems that we put our all into the relationship when it first begins.  Some would even go […]

5 February 2014
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Gottman’s Sound Relationship House Part 2

This is the second part in a series on John Gottman’s famous Sound Relationship House. You can find the first installment Gottman’s Sound Relationship House Part 1. The second level of the Sound Relationship House is called Share Fondness and Admiration. Gottman says it is the antidote to contempt, which is the most damaging emotion […]

19 January 2014
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Gottman’s Sound Relationship House: Part 4

This is the fourth installment of my series on Gottman’s Sound Relationship House. I have taken all of these from Gottman’s books The Marriage Clinic and The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. I highly recommend the second book, because it is written for non-therapists and is a quick, easy read. But if you are […]

19 January 2014
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The Makings of a Happy Couple!!!

Since it is the beginning of a new year, I have been think of ways to improve different aspects of my life in efforts to become the “Best ME.”  Last week I wrote about healthier eating,  this week I found an intriguing article regarding habits of happy couples. If you have ever contemplated switching up or […]

23 December 2013
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Holiday Spending and Marriage

One of the major subjects of marital strife is finances.  Many struggle to get their finances in order because they overspend throughout the year, which in turn causes marital conflict and sometimes even leads to divorce.  Likewise, the Christmas season can also become a time of such overspending.  We all get wrapped up in buying […]

21 November 2013
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When Parents Fight

Most parents want the best for their children. They would never intentionally harm their children or use them for personal gain. However, unfortunately there is a common pattern in families where parents unknowingly put the children in the middle of the adult disagreement. The technical term for this is triangling. Here are some ways you […]

No Spouse is Perfect

Successful marriages are those in which spouses grow together despite their shortcomings, care for each other including flaws and differences, and nurture their respective strengths to hold on to the good and minimize the bad in their relationships. What were the good qualities that drew you to each other? What flaws in your relationship or […]

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