Text, Twitter, Tweet… Couples, the Internet and Social Media: Being distracted by the wired world

Social media has changed the daily lives of couples by: How they stay in touch with others (and reconnect with people); The way couples make friends, how they find acquaintances and how others find partners by connecting with people anywhere in the world; How couples do business, how businesses connect to buyers and potential buyers; … Continue reading Text, Twitter, Tweet… Couples, the Internet and Social Media: Being distracted by the wired world

Text, Twitter, Tweet… Couples, the Internet and Social Media: hold your partner close, don’t push them away

Couples use technology in the little and large moments. They negotiate over when to use it and when to abstain. A portion of them quarrel over its use and have had hurtful experiences caused by tech use. At the same time, some couples find that digital tools facilitate communication and support. A majority of those … Continue reading Text, Twitter, Tweet… Couples, the Internet and Social Media: hold your partner close, don’t push them away

Well being in the workplace: enjoy the benefits to all of your life

Employees are demanding additional benefits in the modern workplace including a wide range of programs for physical, mental, financial and spiritual health. As the line between work and play continues to blur, employers are investing in wellbeing programs as both a social responsibility and a talent strategy. In a Deloitte survey of Australian organisations, 39% … Continue reading Well being in the workplace: enjoy the benefits to all of your life

Communication, conflict resolution, couple closeness and couple flexibility were the four foundational skills found to be most predictive of a successful relationship.

An important goal of all Relationship Education is to help build new strengths by resolving current issues. A national survey in the US of over 21,501 married couples identified these four important relationship skills that are key components for a happy marriage (Olson and Olson, 2000). Since then research has consistently found communication and conflict … Continue reading Communication, conflict resolution, couple closeness and couple flexibility were the four foundational skills found to be most predictive of a successful relationship.

Keep practicing what you have learnt: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity

They say practice makes perfect, but when it comes to our relationships, we are likely to make mistakes. The key is building awareness and developing skills and practicing those skills. Be aware of the ineffective ways we resort to when there is conflict and understand the physical signs that give us an indication that things … Continue reading Keep practicing what you have learnt: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity

Validate what your partner says: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity

Having an argument does not mean that your relationship is in trouble. By listening and speaking in a non-defensive fashion, avoiding criticism you can help foster healthy discussion. Disagreements and differences are an inevitable part of life but by speaking non-defensively, this positive posture will benefit your relationship. The following four strategies from relationship guru … Continue reading Validate what your partner says: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity

Speak non defensively: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity

Having an argument does not mean that your relationship is in trouble. By listening and speaking in a non-defensive fashion, avoiding criticism you can help foster healthy discussion. Disagreements and differences are an inevitable part of life but by speaking non-defensively, this positive posture will benefit your relationship. The following four strategies from relationship guru … Continue reading Speak non defensively: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity

What matters is how we handle disagreements: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity

Having an argument does not mean that your relationship is in trouble. Disagreements and differences are an inevitable part of every relationship and what matters is how we discuss and resolve our differences. The following four strategies from relationship guru John Gottman will help you break patterns of negativity and take a positive approach to … Continue reading What matters is how we handle disagreements: 4 tips to break patterns of negativity

This month we are making a commitment to “check-in” every day

I’m busy. My wife is busy. We work full-time, we take the kids here and there, we try to keep up relationships with our friends and after all of that, we barely have time for each other. But this month will be different; we are making a commitment to “check-in daily” Here’s what we did … Continue reading This month we are making a commitment to “check-in” every day

We are making a commitment to meet weekly: the next level “check in”

I’m busy. My wife is busy. We work full-time, we take the kids here and there, we try to keep up relationships with our friends and after all of that, we barely have time for each other. Weekly check-in: Every Friday, we will decided to meet at our local coffee shop and “check in” (if … Continue reading We are making a commitment to meet weekly: the next level “check in”