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When a friend is grieving the loss of a loved one, it’s easy to feel helpless. Sometimes we think we’re doing the right thing by trying to cheer them up, pointing out the positives or letting them know that they should try to move on. Well-intentioned as we may be, those efforts tend to put pressure on them and leave them feeling invalidated.
Between 40 percent and 50 percent of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce, but this rate is falling — perhaps due to the excellent marriage counseling services now available. More and more people are seeking the help of a third party before things break down. As a result of professional intervention, relationships are being rebuilt before the ‘D’ word is ever mentioned.
People commonly talk about low self-esteem, but less is said about fluctuating self-esteem. Many people (myself included!) flit between feeling reasonably self-confident and feeling anxious. Here are some practical, straightforward tips for coping with swings in your confidence.
Poets and philosophers have long mused about the universal and idiosyncratic signature of our emotions. The human family shares a similar biology. Yet, culture leaves an undeniable imprint on our emotional narratives, including the way we feel and think of distress, how it manifests and how we cope with it. In her cross-cultural research on depression, psychologist Yulia Chentsova-Dutton likens depression’s constellations of symptoms to the starry sky. It’s the same universal experience of suffering, the same black vastness above our heads dotted with bright and dim lights. However, when we look at the night sky, as with the expression of depression around the world, we might notice some stars and miss others depending on where we are.
In the first study of its kind, University of Surrey researchers found that Facebook use was linked to perceptions of worsening physical health. The research findings are published in the journal Heliyon.
Dr. Bridget Dibb and her team investigated the relationship between one hundred and sixty-five Facebook users and their perceptions of physical health. Participants were surveyed to identify levels of comparison with others on the social networking site, self-esteem rates, perceived physical health and life satisfaction.
A quick check on google reveals 345,000,000- when asking for the number of self-help books on love in long-term relationships. Clearly many couples have an interest in improving and sustaining their love. Given the deluge of information offered, I am going to siphon out four ways to enhance and sustain the love in long-lasting marriages and relationships. You might think of them as the four ” L’s.”
Picture yourself planning to go out to dinner with your partner. Maybe it’s even a special occasion. And you want to go to your favorite restaurant, and you know exactly what you want to order.
Communication is a key piece of a healthy relationship. Healthy couples make time to check in with one another on a regular basis. It's important to talk about more than just parenting and maintaining the household. Try to spend a few minutes each day discussing deeper or more personal subjects to stay connected to your partner over the long term.