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5 Fun Things to Do On a Winter Day

Do you have places you like to go, just because it feels good to be there? We thought about the places that make us smile when we visit. These are our personal choices. They don’t cost anything. They aren’t complicated. They are close to Alexandria, Virginia, where we work. EnjoyRead More

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5 Mindset Shifts that Make Love Stronger, Happier

Love feels so good when it starts, it’s hard to imagine feeling any other way. But if your loved one says two nice things and one criticism about you, guess what sticks in your mind? Humans naturally focus on what’s wrong. It’s called the negativity bias. It’s likely a survivalRead More

How to survive dysfunctional family gatherings

3 Ways to Take Care of Yourself at Dysfunctional Family Gatherings

How do you feel about the holiday season? Many of us have emerged from dysfunctional, chemically altered, abusive, negligent or toxic family relationships. Merely the thought of facing these people again can set off a firestorm of triggers. You may feel guilty about avoiding family during holidays. You may dreadRead More

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My Partner Doesn’t Understand Me: How to Fix Relationship Problems (without fighting)

When you try to talk with your partner, you may find yourself saying: We don’t understand each other. Everything I say is taken the wrong way. My husband doesn’t understand me emotionally. I can’t talk to my wife about how I feel. Sometimes it’s true: we just don’t understand. ItRead More

Tips for when a partner is defensive

7 Tips When Your Partner is Defensive

Does happen to you? When you try to talk with your partner, do you think: “I can’t talk to him without him getting mad” “Why is my wife so defensive?” “My husband gets defensive when I tell him how I feel” When you’re in a relationship, you have an extraRead More