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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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Good questions to ask for couples

Questions to Ask: 71 Conversations to Help Your Relationship Grow

If we want to get the right answers, then we must ask the right questions. Here are a series of good questions to ask to help your relationship grow. Jenny and I know that conversation starters work because we use them personally. Before Jenny and I married, we bought a book packed with creative questions. …

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Conversation Starters about Money, Finances, and Saving

Conversation Starters about Money, Finances, and Saving

Conversation starters are a list of questions that get two people talking and keep the conversation flowing. A list of conversation starters can be helpful because it gives two people permission to dive into subjects they might not bring up on their own. For example, we all know that money can make or break a …

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How to get and stay motivated

Motivation: 5 Ways to Get and Stay Motivated

Motivation is the ability to consistently do the things that bring us closer to our goals, whether we feel like it or not. Psychology Today defines motivation as ” the desire to act in service of a goal,” and dictionary.com says it’s “having a strong reason to act or accomplish something.” Motivation is tricky because feelings …

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