Defining dedicated time together is perhaps, the most common mistake that couples make and it’s apparent when the show up for relationship counseling.
What a great thing to do for a girls weekend, a bachelorette celebration, or a mother/daughter day out.
... the fact that you thought of and planned for his or her absence (leaving no detail unchecked) will garner points for months - if not years - to come.
A good friend wears many hats and by helping us make critical decisions, cope with stress, and rebound from illness.
Healthy relationships are reciprocal. They are not self-focused. They employ communication - even imperfect - to resolve differences.
It’s about allowing each person that you cross path with to establish trustworthiness on their own - not based on other people.
Because a hug can generate that sense of belonging and compassion, it fosters calm. It allows us to feel protected - if even only for that moment.
The act of physically touching another person with compassion and gentleness can be physically (not sexual) pleasurable for you as well.
After a few years in private practice working with couples in crisis, I noticed that they all had a blaring commonality; an absence of expressed appreciation.