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  • How To Stop Expectations Vs. Reality From Killing Your Relationships

    Do you find yourself in and out of relationships and feeling very disappointed? Did the person you were dating not measure up to the relationship you envisioned? We all have expectations in a relationship, but what we don’t expect is that the very things we expect to receive will be the things that kill our relationships. How can you stop your unrealistic expectations vs. reality from ruining your chances of maintaining healthy relationships? Having expectations is normal, and they don’t have to prevent you from finding the kind of love you want and deserve. Here are four tips on managing your expectations so they don’t destroy your chances of finding…

  • Couples Who Share These 8 Core Values Have The Happiest, Healthiest Relationships

    Most people have an innate desire to share and feel love. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t continue to get into relationships — or even “situationships” — with the hopes that they would turn into something lasting. When relationships become stale or stagnant, many people aren’t sure what to do to ensure the love they’ve found will last. The chances a romantic relationship can withstand the test of time often hang on whether or not the individuals in any one couple share certain core values in common. What are core values? According to the basic definition, “Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a person or organization. These guiding principles dictate…

  • Why Love Alone Isn’t Strong Enough To Make Your Relationship Last (And What Is)

    Falling in love can lead to a relationship, but one thing is still needed for it to truly last: compatibility. We are under the impression that relationships end when people no longer love each other. That is not always the case. It’s not that you stop loving them. It’s that as you go through the stages of love, you realize that you’re not as compatible as you initially believed. Divorce doesn’t happen when you hate someone — that would be too easy. Divorce doesn’t happen when you are ebbing and flowing between love and hate — that’s just that rollercoaster. Divorce happens when you hit indifference — that’s the place…

  • Why Some People Don’t Know Whether Or Not They’re In Love

    “We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.” — Robert Fulghum Love is one of those things that everybody wants, but not everybody gets. It’s the stuff that songs and movies are made of. But the challenge men and women alike find themselves faced with time and time again is that while we all want love, many people can’t identify whether or not they are falling in love, in love or simply in the throes of infatuation. So, this beckons the question,…

  • 5 Truths About Marriage and Happiness That I Learned After Getting Divorced

    Divorce can teach you a lot about marriage, love, relationships, and happiness. In 2012, not only did I graduate as a marriage and family therapist, but I married my longtime boyfriend of four years. I’d like to say it was the happiest two weeks of my life, but in reality, my graduation was way more exciting. Well, I enjoyed my honeymoon. But honestly, I was not excited about my wedding; That should have been a sign by itself. I remember thinking after we returned home and all the excitement settled, “What did I just do?!” But by then it was too late. Three and a half years later, I was…