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ACT: Contacting the Present Moment

Contrary to popular belief, mindfulness isn’t about meditating in a dark room with your eyes closed. Another common misconception is to be mindful, one needs to not think about anything! In fact, mindfulness is about being aware of the present moment, without judgement. It’s a set of skills that involves paying attention with a genuinely…
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What is “ACT”?

Initially created by Professor Steven C. Hayes and later developed by colleagues Kelly Wilson and Kirk Strosahl, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has become widely popular for treating different mental health issues like addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and many more. The reason why it has become so popular is because, in a time where humans…
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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – Principle 7: Create Shared Meaning

With how busy life can get, it’s easy to fall into the “roommate zone” with your spouse, where although you really love each other, there doesn’t seem to be any real connection that upholds your marriage. In this case, the solution is to create shared meaning with your partner, grounded in enriching your inner life…
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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – Principle 6: Overcome Gridlock

I think it’s safe to say that a fairly universal truth is that all couples have irreconcilable differences. From something as small as a mismatch in how loud you like to listen to the TV, to as significant as differing opinions on how to raise children, all couples have at least that one thing that…
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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – Principle 5: Solve your Solvable Problems

Solve your solvable problems. Sounds pretty intuitive right? Contrarily, John Gottman found that generally, couples often get off track while trying to settle disagreements and end up in screaming matches or blatantly ignoring each other. What could’ve been a productive conversation ends up being a sore spot, including the topic the fight was initially about.…
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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – Principle 4: Let your Partner Influence you

For many, the “anything you say, dear” attitude is a sign of weak masculinity and losing power, but John Gottman would disagree. He believes that for a marriage to not only survive, but thrive, the driver’s seat has to be shared. It’s not about fighting for decision-making power, but about looking for ways to give…
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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – Principle 3: Turn Toward Each Other Instead of Away

If life were a movie, we might consider the ultimate profession of love to be John Cusack blasting Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” on his boombox outside Ione Skye’s window, but in reality, it looks more like Carl and Ellie’s 8-minute montage, showing their normal, everyday life together. John Gottman believes that love can be…
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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – Principle 2: Nurture your Fondness and Admiration

Taking your partner for granted is something of a universal experience. You spend lots of time with this extraordinary person and then over time they start to seem ordinary. Stan Tatkin says that this “boring” feeling comes from our brains doing something very smart: automation of familiar information. If we didn’t, we would never get…
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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – Principle 1: Enhance Your Love Maps

In any romantic relationship, there may come a time where you begin to doubt. You might doubt yourself, your partner, or your relationship, and this can make a person feel like their whole world is shaking. Needless to say, the breakdown of a romantic relationship can be devastating. Luckily for us, John Gottman, Ph.D. offers…
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Setting Goals

Let’s face it – the heart is willing, but the body is weak. In this age of ubiquitous technology, it’s so much easier to distract ourselves from what’s right in front of us. Whether it’s your social media push notifications, the latest TikTok video, or an email from your boss. Because of this, any time…
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