Thriving Relationships

Thriving Love Habits

Thriving Love Habits: How to Feed Love and Love Your Spouse Better!

Feeding love by developing thriving love habits is the key to a thriving relationship. Just ask Jon Beaty. When Jon’s wife told him “I’m homesick. I want to go home,” on their honeymoon, his heart sank. Jon had dreams of being everything his wife needed. This led to the couple from thoughts of living happily …

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Designing Your Dream Bond

Designing Your Dream Marriage: How to create your best relationship!

How do you design your dream marriage and create your best relationship? My friends Scott and Tanya Landis sought to answer this question in our recent conversation. They are a dynamic duo and marriage architects. Their story, in a nutshell, goes like this… One day, these high school sweethearts decided that average was not good …

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Taming anxiety, depression, and fatigue

Everyone’s Got Bears: Taming anxiety, depression, and fatigue.

Anxiety, depression, and fatigue are three bears that David Cummings knows well. David also knows black bears because he’s camped with them—only not on purpose, of course! Recently, I dove into David Cumming’s book, Everyone’s Got Bears. Afterward, I had the privilege of connecting with David during an interview on our Thriving at Home Summit. …

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How to Control Your Anger Anger management advice

How to Control Your Anger: Anger management advice from two experts.

“How do you control your anger?” If you have a hair-trigger temper, then answering this question has the potential to greatly improve your quality of life. This is why diving into anger management advice is so important. A quick temper can have harsh consequences. Some of these consequences include the following: Angry outbursts (especially if …

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What all blended families should know

I’m a Blended Family Dad: Here’s what all blended families should know.

Blended families go by many different names. Sometimes they are called stepfamilies, bonus families, or an instafamililies (Have you seen the movie? It’s good). In this post, we’ll examine what these terms mean. Then, we’ll dive into practical wisdom every blended family should know. And we’ll do this from the perspective of a blended family …

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Feeling Better with Extreme Self-Care

Feeling Better: How to manage stress well with extreme self-care

Feeling better begins with managing stress well. Not all stress is bad. In fact, at low levels, stress is motivating. However, too much stress is toxic and impairs our physical, mental, emotional, and relational health. Extreme self-care is about learning to manage stress well. It involves stacking simple coping skills together, turning them into daily …

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The Problem With Nice-Be Kind. Be Good. But Don't Be Nice.

The Problem with Being Nice: Be kind. Be good. But please don’t be nice!

Be kind. Be good. But please don’t be nice! If you strive to be seen as a nice guy or girl, you might want to think again. In this post, we’ll examine why trying to act nicely all the time may not be as nice as you think. And some of the reasons may surprise …

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Love Habits - How tiny acts of love can make or break a relationship

Love Habits: How Tiny Acts of Love Make or Break a Relationship

Tiny acts of love can make or break a relationship. I like to call these simple acts of kindness love habits. Love habits are acts of affection that are so routine they almost occur automatically. In other words, a love habit forms when love, affection, and kindness integrate into the couple’s character and become a …

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Money Talk for Couples

Money Talk for Couples: Have conversations about money without a fight

Money talk is any conversation related to money. This includes discussions about salaries, side hustles, saving and spending, investing, and financial education. Money talk is vital because casual conversations about cash are how human beings become more financially astute. And this is where the problem lies. According to one survey, seven in ten people believe …

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Money Fights

Money Fights, Are They Necessary? Relationship Questions & Answers

Money fights are tensions that center around a couple’s finances. They can range from mild disagreements to all-out wars. Talking about money is essential because the way a couple manages their funds can make or break their relationship. The biggest problems are when unaddressed tensions linger, and couples are not able to break out of …

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