"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."
-William Arthur Ward Sometimes in a long-term relationship, we fall into a routine of “normal”. She makes the coffee in the morning, he makes the bed, She makes the kids’ lunches, he picks them up from school, she cooks the dinner, he helps with homework, she pays the bills, he does the dishes and round and round we go. This is how we get th
"The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades!" -Timbuk 3 As cheesy as those lyrics are, if you are wanting to make a positive change in your relationship, the first step might be to dig out those old Rose Colored sunglasses. Remember the ones through which you viewed your partner at the beginning stages of your relationship? The hormones rushing around in your brain in the first stage of falling in love help to create those lovely glasses through a potent mix of dopamine, nor
Are you sick of being the couple that is “too much”? Tired of getting dirty looks from passersby as you hold your partner’s hand and kiss in public? Are you so over being asked, “how do you guys do it”? Is being in a good relationship just not where you imagined you would be at this point in your life?? Well, good news for you!! Below are five easy ways to quickly ruin any relationship. Follow the steps below and you will be well on your way to taking the romance and connecti
In this era of social media, we are bombarded with images day in and day out of the perfect lives of our friends, family members, and even strangers. One glance on Facebook or Instagram and immediately we are shown “proof” of other people who have smarter kids, cuter dogs, and far more passionate and exciting relationships than the ones that we are having. It can be discouraging to see yet again a post about someone whose husband “surprised” them with a vacation “just because
In the beginning of a new relationship, nothing is more interesting than hearing your new love interest tell you everything about themselves, their likes, dislikes, childhoods, travels, even their day-to-day activities; anything and everything! When a person is in the first throes of falling in love, a stage called “limerance”, he or she wants to learn as much as possible about their new romantic interest. No detail is too small to be considered fascinating. All of this infor
A wise person once said, “To have peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart”. For those who work in the first responder community the descriptors in the first part of that sentence may sound like a regular, if not simple, day on the job. Noise, trouble, hard work? No big deal! Try adding chaos, crises, and danger to that list! In nearly every study conducted
One of the most challenging aspects of crisis counseling is understanding and dealing with the visceral and emotional responses of both client and therapist to the crisis. As humans, we have basic physiological responses to stressful situations. When we find ourselves in a crisis situation, adrenaline floods the body, heart rate increases, breathing becomes shallow, and field of perception narrows. Often, in addition to these physiological effects on the body, when a person i