The Best Valentines Day Gift Yet – You!-9c8921

Home-and-Family The very best gift to give your beloved for Valentine’s Day is your time and attention. If you have gotten into the rut of giving a card, roses or chocolates (if you give anything at all), you may have be.e .placent in your most important relationship. It is easy to settle into a boring, but .fortable routine of work, dinner, tv, bed, and start all over again the next day. Very little real interaction takes place between you and your spouse. If couples want to have a healthy marriage and avoid marriage trouble, the best course of action to take is to pay attention to the marital relationship and not take it for granted. Couples that are settled into a stable marital relationship that has be.e stale can utilize Valentine’s Day and February as a romantic backdrop to develop their own marriage enhancement initiative. By deliberately attending to their marriage, a couple can re-invigorate and revitalize the energy in their relationship. They can rediscover the romance and the connected sense of "us". This can be ac.plished by following the marital advice of devoting time and attention to the relationship. An initial focus of these marriage enrichment efforts could be well spent by defining and dedicating a special time to .municating with one another. Many times when we hear about couple .munication, we automatically think of learning how to fight fair, learning to problem solve effectively, or learning how to listen. All these things are involved in couple .munication. However, much of the important relationship interactions that feed the positive feelings in a relationship are the neutral, supportive, or "just connecting" types of .munication. These can include holding hands, talking about shared experiences, kind and simple gestures that you do for each other, sharing something you learned or are thinking about, planning for the future, etc. All .munication is not conflict oriented. Having fun together goes a long way to restoring positive feelings and a sense of connection and avoiding marriage trouble. Sometimes when a lot of time has passed without significant interaction in a relationship, it may take a conscious, deliberate attempt to get past the awkwardness to set aside a "sacred time" to devote to the relationship. Yet, to do so, marks the first step in restoration of positive feelings and building or restoring the good marriage. Marriage enrichment approaches might involve a "date night", or a couples’ .munication exercises like a couples’ daily feelings meetings or a semi-structured format like "The Honey Jar". It could also involve a formal marital enrichment program or weekend, or couples’ counseling. When the .munication starts rolling again you may discover couple activities that you want to do together, and initiate a routine of those activities (i.e., ball room dance lessons, .munity little theater involvement, fishing, etc.). Relationships where partners share similar interests, spend time together, and routinely .municate and problem solve tend to have higher marital satisfaction and marital stability over time. Good things begin to happen in a marriage when couples devote deliberate, conscious attention to the relationship. Partners who dedicate a time for the relationship usually find that the cohesion and .mitment in the relationship are strengthened.. Couples, secure in their .mitment and in their perception of being loved and supported, tend to feel confident in their ability to weather the changes that their marriage will go through over time. When you are in a happy vs. distressed marriage, not only your emotional health, but even your physical health is likely to be better. Copyright (c) 2010 Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: