Dr. Atkinson lists the following 10 attributes of couples who report as very happy and are in long term relationships:
Siblings, Friends & Intimate Partners
Part I- Other People's Possessions, Successes & Talents
Caring for ones’ own spiritual health and development is as important to mental health as eating well and exercising.
We all need support at some point in our lives. We don't have to get it exactly right but we can get better at this!
I love the reminder to dig deeper into what I'm already committed to, and even delay starting new things or purchasing things before looking at what is already there.
Most heterosexual, cis-gender parents don’t spend much time imagining the possibility that their child’s sexuality may be different from their own. This is a mistake.
We cannot isolate which emotions to avoid feeling. They are all connected. If we avoid or ignore one, we risk reducing our entire range of emotional experience.
There is a way through. Grief can be approached gently, from the side. It doesn't have to be challenged head on.
The standard advice for avoiding conflict during family get togethers is to avoid discussions about religion or politics, but it’s not always that simple.