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Relationships, Parenting, and Emotional Wellness

November 26, 2018

Ribbons, wrappings, and bows are beautiful, but once you open the package and see the gift the moment of sheer happiness is short-lived. Psychology research has shown that experiences bring more happiness than possessions. Anticipation of the experience brings joy to t...

November 22, 2018

As we watch random shootings, fires, and other catastrophes happening all over the world, it’s easy to forget to give thanks for what we have. It’s much easier to become fearful and resentful. With so many people showing off photoshopped and filtered lives on social me...

November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving is one of the greatest holidays in the year. All you have to do is come together with family and friends, eat, share, and give thanks. Sometimes, though, the gathering of friends and family is stressful for couples. Meeting family expectations without negl...

November 15, 2018

The majority of people know of at least one or two people who are estranged from their family. It’s painful for all parties involved and difficult to resolve. Many things lead to estrangement; disagreements about values, divorce, violence, substance abuse, mental illne...

November 12, 2018

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and most of us look forward to seeing family and sharing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. In most families, there is always a “special uncle” you can count on to be the same. You can predict with perfection who will cause dram...

November 5, 2018

It’s a common area of marital discord when couples begin competing against each other rather than working together as a team. It begins subtly; sometimes with something as simple as the kids saying one parent is the best or comparing parents to each other. Or maybe you...

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