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­Gottman Date 8: Dreams

Dreams are wonderful to have; yet, people often struggle to connect with partners or even acknowledge those dreams themselves, especially if feeling over committed in over areas of life.  If you’re devoted to work and your partner, committing to a dream can feel overwhelming. 

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­Gottman: Date 7

This week we are on to date number seven: growth and spirituality.  This chapter focuses on finding shared meaning within your relationship and discussing how each of you can accommodate for growth/change. 

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­Gottman: Date 6

This week we are on to date number six: fun and adventure!  The Gottmans’ and Abrams’ discuss the vital importance play has in a relationship, stating that couples who play together, stay together.  And, play is not just for children – our sense of adventure and need for play, never goes away.  This date focuses on gaining a better understanding of what play means for your partner and what the two of you might enjoy doing together.  Questions to discuss on this date might be:  When was the last time you felt excited or curious while you were with your partner? 

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­Gottman: Date 5

This week we are on to date number five: family and children(?).  This chapter hones in on the importance of talking about family desires within your relationship.  “What’s most important is that you talk about what family means and what you both want your family to look like and be like.” 

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Attached.

“It’s not you, it’s them.” Have you heard that before? It might be a friend comforting you after another break-up, or even a therapist helping you making sense of the ending of your relationship.

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Gottman: Date 3

If you are just tuning into this new blog series, I highly suggest going back to read/complete the first date topic, trust and commitment, and the second date topic, conflict.  As a recap, Eight Dates is a date guide about 8 different beneficial conversations that help couples to connect and gain a better understanding of one another. 

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The Joy of Conflict and Stress in a Relationship

Conflict is necessary. It happens, and it is a growth opportunity in relationships. I caught myself recently having a conversation with my husband that made me chuckle because it was exactly what I hear and talk about daily in the counseling office with my couple clients.

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April Position of the Month: Bunny Hop From Our Certified Sex Therapist

With Easter nearing, I thought this month’s featured position, the Bunny Hop, would be a fun and festive experience to try out!  The Bunny Hop would definitely be considered a workout for both partners, and it does require some flexibility for the partner being penetrated. 

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Gottman 8 Dates: Date One

If you follow our social media pages, you may have noticed the influx of Gottman quotes that have been used in the past few weeks.  These quotes have been pulled from their latest book, Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of LoveEight Dates is a date guide about 8 different beneficial conversations that help connect and unify couples. 

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March Position of the Month:  Turn the Tables

This month’s highlighted position, Turn the Tables, is a bit challenging and can definitely be considered a workout for both partners.  Because this position requires some flexibility, doing some light stretching together beforehand will help avoid injuries and/or muscle cramps. 

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Date Night: Make It A Priority

According to John Gottman, PhD, researcher and couples therapist extraordinaire, date night is an essential pillar in healthy relationships. It may be easy to write this practice off as frivolous and unnecessary, but it’s neither. Date Night is about quality time spent connecting to one another through relaxation, play, and focused attention.

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The Five Love Languages

Dr. Gary Chapman’s decades-old book, The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, attempts to unveil the mystery of effectively showing our partner love, as well as how we receive love. We all make efforts to show our love in one way or another, so it can be frustrating and disheartening when a partner says he or she feels invisible, unloved, or unimportant. “How can they not know?”, we wonder. “I never get any credit for my efforts.”

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