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 10 Simple Tips for Healthy Relationships 
The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Staying Healthy Tips by . View all columns in series
1. Make your love relationships a high priority in your life.

2. Work on yourself. Grow and evolve to be able to give and receive energy and love. These things are learned. If you do not have the psychological tools for this, it’s worth the investment for counseling and classes.

3. Communicate your feelings clearly. If you disagree, learn how to ‘fair fight.’ Listen and respond rather than react. Explore your feelings and then answer.

4. Do not say things out of anger (attempting to hurt your loved one emotionally) when you feel vulnerable or victimized. That can continue the hurtful feelings and cause a separation. Aren't we always looking for healing and unity? "Un-tie is not the same as Unite." Argisle

5. Appreciate the little things and pay special attention to the important issues. Be respectful and acknowledge/commend each other. Dreaming together is part of love and staying aligned. Do you share a complementary path with your partner?

6. Nurture one another. Enjoy flowers, laughter, beauty, massage, and good food. Take care of your health, for you and your loved ones.

7. Shift roles occasionally so that you can experience your partner’s life. Be open to change patterns. Both men and women can work and still care for family and children, or they can be primarily at home yet find ways to create and interact in the world.

8. Create family support and extended family, especially if you have children. Otherwise, life as parents can be quite challenging and stressful on personal relationships. Find time in the relationship for special adventures.

9. Keep the magic alive. Surprise one another. Avoid feeling "whelmed" in your world so you’re unable to tune into others. Be present in the precious gift of life.

10. Maintain an emotional and spiritual connection as well as mental and physical ones. The more we share with one another, the deeper the love connection.

10 Steps For Restoring Relationship Satisfaction

1. Connect with the Spring and your life force. Feel the new and fresh energy from the winds and rains; it’s so cleansing and presents an opportunity to begin again. Take a deep breath and an inner look at where you are and feel what you no longer need in your personal life--what no longer serves who you want to be. This is the season to plan your new year, for the new YOU. Evaluate your RELATIONSHIPS. Love and enthusiasm are key words for Spring, as are new beginnings. We are naturally creative beings, and this applies to our minds and attitudes, as well as our relationships. Do we need a relationship to not be starved for touch and connection, often confusing us into believing we are "in love" with another just to meet our basic human needs. There are other ways to find the nurturing and love that we all need—from self, animals, friends, family, massage, and Nature (nurture).

2. Commit to YOUR LIFE, your relationships, and your home. It takes work and play to keep a meaningful relationship successful. Be aware of your cycles and biorhythms. This is a fascinating endeavor. How do you flow and grow together? This takes care and presence with each other. Try this brief questionnaire about relating: Does your mate smell good to you, or feel right? Does he/she bring forth feelings of happiness in you, or what? Are you aware of personal changes with the light, the moon, and the seasons? Is a pet your favorite relationship? Of what about food; is it your best friend? Has an appliance become your main squeeze? Is your closest family on the tellie, or can you truly connect with live people? What is your ideal relationship; three qualities pleeze? Mine are respect, nurturing, and a playful presence.

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Flopsey wrote
   8/16/2012 9:58:00 AM    (report abuse)
My ideal relationship involves supporting each other in our decisions,trust,and enjoying the changes in our life as we age.
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Elson M. Haas, MD is founder & Director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin (since 1984), an Integrated Health Care Facility in San Rafael, CA and author of many books on Health and Nutrition, including ...moreElson Haas MD
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