WHY APPRECIATION IS DIFFERENT THAN GRATITUDE

I’ve been noticing for a while now that people use the terms gratitude and appreciation interchangeably and they’re not interchangeable. They have two separate meanings and two distinct ways they show up in a fulfilled, happy, balanced life. Today I’m going to break...

IF YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE, YOU’VE GOT TO LISTEN FIRST

Have you ever been chatting with someone and kind of “woke up” in the middle of the conversation? Or maybe you had a dialogue at work and then couldn’t remember anything about it just a half hour later? You might be thinking: “Listening is automatic, right?” Nope....

GREAT COMMUNICATION IS ALL ABOUT TIMING

  You can’t be a Relationship Maven and not talk a lot about Communication Tools. I’ve covered a wide variety of topics on communication over the years and today I want to bring you something new that I haven’t discussed before. Today I’m going to talk about...

TWO STRATEGIES YOU NEED TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY

  It’s Communication month! Last week we focused on your unconscious communication and how that affects you (and I gave you a one-week challenge – if you haven’t checked out the Align Your Mind Challenge yet, what are you waiting for)?! Now it’s time to look at...

It’s Time to Up Your Communication Game

 If we’re going to talk about communication, I want to make sure we’re on the same page first. At its very core, communication refers to receiving information. If you’re the sender of this information (i.e., the one talking) you want whatever you’re saying...

How to Stop Being Distracted

 True story of me leaving my house for work:I grab my keys, phone, bag and thermos. I lock all the locks and walk outside to get to my car. As my feet hit the concrete, I’m aware that something is off; that something doesn’t seem right. I walk another few...

Four Ways to Be More Self-Aware

 People who are self-aware are more fulfilled, have stronger relationships, are more creative, more confident and better communicators. They’re less likely to lie, cheat or steal and they do better at work and are more promotable (all according to the...

How to Make Mindfulness a Consistent Habit

 You’re out with your partner running errands. The day has been going fine but there’s a lot to do and your mind is consumed “with all the things.”You’re now at Home Depot together picking out a security system for the house. You’ve talked about this some...

Being Happy for Your Partner Equals a Happy Marriage

 When you keep score you set yourself up to be competing with your partner. By default, this means you won’t be happy when your partner shares good news. How can you be? If you’re competing and they do well, it means you’re losing! So, instead of being...

Relationships Aren’t Fair

 Nothing in a relationship is “fair” or equal if you look at it from a time perspective. The problem with looking at your relationship from a time perspective is that it doesn’t take into account the value of what’s being done, irrespective of time. I’m...