World-renowned marital researcher, Dr. John Gottman, has found a "Magic-Ratio" for relationships. Essentially, his research has shown that in healthy couples, they have a ratio of 5 positives things happening for everyone 1 negative thing. What does this mean for your relationship? It means that negatives are really powerful in hurting our relationships, and need to be balanced out with many positives. Also, it's important to know that "doing nothing damaging" isn't the same
We all have our boundaries. What we share in our lives, with whom, and when are indicators of our boundaries. Essentially, boundaries determine what we let in and out of ourselves...emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and even physically. Relationships also need boundaries. We need to know what to expect in the relationships with our friends, coworkers, and romantic partners/spouses. Healthy personal and relational boundaries are those that are clear, realistic, firm,
Let's face it. No one is perfect. So, it is inevitable that we will all have to apologize at some point in our lives. However, I have come across one common misconception about making apologies: When you apologize, you are admitting that you are/were wrong. And while that may be the case, sometimes apologies are warranted to validate peoples' feelings and to let them know you care about them and your relationships. Here's some quick thoughts on saying, "I'm sorry."