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Now displaying: May, 2016
May 31, 2016

Description:

When strains and tensions arise it is very common for couples to lean into the conflict with agitation and stubbornness. It may feel counter-intuitive, but those are precisely the moments when your calmness is needed most. This episode will explore the traits needed to create peace instead of volatility.

Something to Think about:

 

  • When your partner is clearly in a disagreeable frame of mind, you are not required to become disagreeable too.
  • Strong defenses and controlling communications indicate a lack of peace within yourself.
  • As you offer calmness to a potentially difficult situation, your influence increases greatly.

 

Let’s Talk Question:

Why do you suppose it is difficult to remain peaceful when another person seems to be in a combative frame of mind?

May 24, 2016

Description:

Official studies confirm what common sense tells us:  Homes that give priority to expressions of thanks have higher levels of contentment.  As simple as this notion seems, many minimize a grateful spirit as criticism and annoyance dominate.  This episode will highlight various ways to set the stage for gratitude to be center stage.

Something to Think about:

 

  • Gratitude includes the quality of thankfulness, kindness, and the appreciation of things that are good.
  • Given the truth that some people forget the importance of gratitude, you will need to be intentional in your communication of positive sentiments.
  • As gratitude remains an ongoing ingredient within the home, conflicts are more readily resolved.

 

Let’s Talk Question:

What happens within you when you are the recipient of your partner’s expressions of gratitude?

May 17, 2016

Description:

There is no shortage of scenarios requiring self-restraint.  You may have unhealthy emotional outbursts, quick judgments, spending sprees, poor eating habits, or excessive alcohol consumption (to name just a few).  With each situation, measured choices are greatly preferred over impulses of the moment. This episode will discuss the need for self-restraint and  how to attain it.

Something to Think about:

 

  • Self-restraint can happen only as you emphasize humility and empathy.
  • Your ability to discern between needs and wants is crucial in maintaining self-restraint.
  • Self-restrained individuals actually like the idea of being responsible.

 

Let’s Talk Question:

In what circumstances is self-restraint difficult for you?  What adjustments will you need to make as you tackle this issue?

May 10, 2016

Description:

When strains are openly addressed within marriage, it is far too common to focus on what the other person should do in order to make things right.  The alternative is to have a clear self-focus anchored in wisdom and discernment.  As you plan who you want to be despite unfriendly responses, you can become a model worthy of following.

Something to Think about:

 

  • Sometimes it is impossible to make others change, and continued efforts to make that change happen can lead to your own demise.
  • There are times when the best way to contribute to relational wholeness is to think solo.
  • As you rehearse healthy responses in your private moments, you can be prepared to respond well in tense situations.

 

Let’s Talk Question:

Why do people press so hard to make others change, as opposed to focusing instead on personal initiatives?

May 3, 2016

Description:

Anxiety can be understood as a result of unresolved conflicts.  Specifically, anxious people tend to struggle with fear, anger, and control.  In this episode we will identify the nature of anxiety for the purpose of learning how to keep that emotion from playing a prominent role in your primary relationships.

Something to Think about:

 

  • Anxious individuals have not learned to have a full measure of trust in their decision making abilities.
  • Accompanying anxiety is a fear of being controlled and a wish to somehow find control.
  • You can minimize anxiety as you accept your truth about limitations.

 

Let’s Talk Question:

In what circumstances does anxiety become problematic in your life?  What healthy alternatives do you have in those moments?

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