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Coping with Stress

Why do we get so paralyzed by stress? Have you ever seen a squirrel try to impress its friends? Of course not. Animals live with a very clear and perfectly-programmed agenda in life. They are not trying to achieve social status, nor do they care what the other animals think of them - they just … Continue reading Coping with Stress

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When Nagging Ruins a Relationship

In my work with couples, it is fairly common to observe many marital stereotypes. This includes the witch of a wife being an overbearing figure who can never be pleased. The imagery evokes sympathy for the poor guy who just can’t win. No matter how hard he tries – working long hours, helping with the … Continue reading When Nagging Ruins a Relationship

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Discovering the Secret to Happiness: Just Look Inside

When it comes to thrill rides or risk taking - I’m the guy that is always off to the side. I am the most risk-averse person you’ll meet. Ironically, however, I voluntarily donated my kidney to a total stranger. How do I reconcile this enigmatic reality? On the one hand, I’m terrified of needles, but … Continue reading Discovering the Secret to Happiness: Just Look Inside

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Who Needs relationships when you have a Phone? The Truth about phone addiction

The traffic light turns red and the row of cars slowly crawl to a stop. It turns green and then red once again, but strangely, not a single car moves. As each driver is looking down at his or her phone, squeezing in just a few extra seconds of email or social media time, the … Continue reading Who Needs relationships when you have a Phone? The Truth about phone addiction

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Marital Fights: How to Easily Rebound and Make Up

For many couples, what starts off as a simple miscommunication often evolves into a disagreement. Before long, it turns into a dispute, followed by a full-blown fight. By the time it is all over, there is yelling, crying, anger and resentment – and sadly, many hurtful comments which can never be unsaid. While this may … Continue reading Marital Fights: How to Easily Rebound and Make Up

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Breaking My Silence: A Kidney Donor Speaks Up

You’re at Starbucks during your lunch break when you realize you’ve forgotten your wallet at your desk. Feeling embarrassed, you turn to the coworker standing behind you on line and reluctantly ask, “do you mind paying for my coffee today?” If asking a friend to buy you a coffee can feel utterly embarrassing and uncomfortable, … Continue reading Breaking My Silence: A Kidney Donor Speaks Up

Building Intimacy in a Digital World

Do you prefer to text, rather than call? It seems that most of our daily communication today comes in written form. Why do we prefer to text and email people, instead of calling them?  Well, does it really matter in the end? After all, if the dry cleaning, groceries or children need to be picked … Continue reading Building Intimacy in a Digital World

Finding Yourself in a Disappointing Marriage: How to Cope

In 2007, we were transformed from a world with no iPhones to a world in which every person was carrying this brilliant little device. While it was not perfect, it was like going from zero to seventy. With each new update and release, we were led to salivate over what was yet to come. As newer models felt … Continue reading Finding Yourself in a Disappointing Marriage: How to Cope

Head-On Collision: How to Actually Win a Good Fight

Newton famously said that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Yes, this applies to relationships - particularly the way two people clash during a fight. When a couple is deep in conflict, think of it as two freight trains racing toward one another. The stronger and faster they go, the more disastrous the … Continue reading Head-On Collision: How to Actually Win a Good Fight

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It’s the Most Dysfunctional Time of the Year: Dealing with Family on the Holidays

The holiday season evokes many joyous emotions and memories. Yet, research repeatedly demonstrates the increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression. At the end of the day, when we gather among family, the experience for many is not one of joy, but dread. Sitting across the table from Grandma or Dad, and hearing a barrage … Continue reading It’s the Most Dysfunctional Time of the Year: Dealing with Family on the Holidays