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5 Healthy Habits of Happy Couples

Chris Grace - January 6, 2016

Healthy communication is one of the most telling differences between those who are happy and those who are not. Dr. Chris Grace shares 5 habits to help you develop healthy communication in your relationship.


Tense Holiday Conversations and the Third Story

Tim Muehlhoff - December 22, 2015

The holidays are stressful for a multitude of reasons. One significant one is that it brings together people who are not used to being around each other and may have serious disagreements and simmering emotions that are festering. Holiday gatherings provide the perfect opportunity for them to surface. If pressed into an unavoidable conversation, how should you start it?


23 of the Best Christmas Traditions Ever, Pt. 2

Alisa Grace - December 16, 2015

In her last blog, Alisa Grace discussed some important ways holiday traditions can benefit you and your family. In this blog post, she offers you a fun list packed full of practical, creative suggestions – gleaned from real-life families like yours - for Christmas traditions that will appeal to your family no matter what age or stage of life you’re in!


7 Ways Traditions Benefit Your Family, Pt. 1

Alisa Grace - December 8, 2015

Do you have a Christmas tradition in your family? Are there certain activities that your family does that build in special meaning? Traditions, when done right, lend a certain magic, spirit, and texture to our holidays. They can add tremendous depth and meaning. They cause the day to stand out from among other days as special. Alisa Grace shares 7 ways that your family will benefit from holiday traditions. 


Choosing your battles

Tim Muehlhoff - December 2, 2015

Conflict is a part of every friendship, working relationship, and marriage. But when it comes to disagreements, how can you know which fights are worth having, and which ones are worth letting go? In this video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff shares two criteria to guide your decision.


Causes of Conflict Pt 3: “Can you hear me now?”

Tim Muehlhoff - December 1, 2015

In our closest relationships we desire to have a voice that influences each person’s life. We expect that a spouse, child, relative or co-worker will take our opinions seriously. When they are easily dismissed or ignored, conflict quickly escalates. In this blog, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explains how a speaker's credibility affects our communication during conflict.


Causes of Conflict Pt 2: "That's not how I see it!"

Tim Muehlhoff - November 17, 2015

Dr. Tim Muehlhoff continues his series on the Causes of Conflict. In this post, he shares insights on how disagreement often can be fostered from the differences in how we perceive reality. Read more for tips on how to promote productive conversations using the process of perception-checking.


Fifty Shades of Gray and the Cycle of Abuse

Tim Muehlhoff - October 20, 2015

“You start lying to yourself the minute the physical wounds go away,” a somber Rihanna told the media concerning her beating at the hands of ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. Could the same be said of the fictitious Anastasia? Why, after her physical wounds healed, did she go back? The answer lies in understanding the tragic cycle that moves from tension to explosion to remorse to honeymoon. A cycle rooted in fact, not fiction.

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