Nov 192014
10 Signs of Good Relationship Advice

You need help with your relationship – but what if you get bad relationship advice? These 10 signs of good relationship advice will help you know if you’re getting tips that will actually save your relationship. One of the best sources of good relationship advice (besides Ann Landers and Dear Abby’s relationship advice column of years ago!) is Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl

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Nov 142014
7 Signs He Wants a Relationship With You

How do you know if a guy wants to be with you, and only you? Here are eight signs he wants a relationship with you, to help you decide how much of your heart, time, and energy you should give him. In Get the Guy: Learn Secrets of the Male Mind to Find the Man You Want and the Love You Deserve, Matthew Hussey shares tips for creating a lasting,

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Nov 032014
10 Tips for Breaking Free From Toxic Relationships

Breaking free from a toxic relationship is tough, but it’s easier if you have the right help! These tips on how to break from from relationships that are toxic, unhealthy, or abusive are inspired by a comment from a reader. She is done with her relationship – even though she still loves him – but she needs help moving on. In Love Yourself to Health… with Gusto! ABC Guide for

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Oct 312014
When to End a Relationship

It’s not easy to know when to end a relationship, especially when you hope things will change. You wish you could go back to the way your relationship was when you first got together, but deep in your heart you know that’s impossible. Getting emotionally and spiritually healthy is the most important thing you can do. Books like Coming Apart: Why Relationships End and How to Live Through the Ending

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Oct 282014
How to Move on After a Break Up

These tips on moving on after a painful break up will help you find your inner strength. Faith, courage, hope, and trust are the qualities you need to nurture after breaking up with someone you love. It takes strength to believe that the best is yet to come – but believe you must. Every day, I read a blurb from Melody Beattie’s More Language of Letting Go: 366 New Daily

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Oct 272014
Emotional Intelligence Test for Couples

This emotional intelligence test for couples works best if both partners participate, but it also offers healthy insights for individuals. If you can talk about the signs of an emotionally healthy relationship, you’ll grow closer as a couple. If neither of you are emotionally healthy, your relationship will falter. “People’s emotions are rarely put into words,” writes Daniel Goleman in Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, “far

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Oct 232014
10 Gift Ideas for Your Boyfriend’s Parents

Finding the right gift for your boyfriend’s parents depends on three factors: their lifestyle, your relationship with them, and the length of time you’ve been dating him. These gifts for a boyfriend’s parents cover all three factors – they range from personal to less personal but still thoughtful. One of my favorite gift ideas – which I’m getting for my husband’s parents this Christmas – are the Wine Glass Writer

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Oct 212014
How to Overcome Hurt Feelings

Innocent things can hurt our feelings, but we have to move on. These tips for overcoming hurt feelings will help you learn how to deal with accidental and intentional hurts in relationships. If you suspect or know deep down that your partner is deliberately hurting you – such as in an emotionally or physically abusive relationship – read The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize it and How to Respond by

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Oct 192014
6 Steps to Building an Emotionally Healthy Relationship

Toxic relationships can grow without your awareness, which is why it’s crucial to learn what emotionally healthy relationships are. These six steps to emotional health in all types of relationships will help you be intentional and thoughtful about what you’re creating in your life. In Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, Daniel Goleman describes the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence. He shows how emotional intelligence determines our

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Oct 142014
8 Ways to Build Trust in a Relationship

Knowing how to build trust in a relationship is important, especially when trust has been broken or your partner has a difficult time trusting anyone. These eight tips on how to build trust in a relationship are geared towards love and romance, but they apply to all types of relationships. In What Makes Love Last?: How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal, John Gottman shares the mysteries of love and describes the

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