Living Joyfully Is An Art

Living Joyfully Is An Art

Are you living joyfully everyday? The art of living joyfully is created through our daily choices and actions. LivingSingleLivingWell is about the Art of Single Living, and specifically, joyful living. Our courage allows us to manifest optimism and confidence. This emboldens us to seek greatness. We recreate our lives each day allowing joyful living to be within our reach. Millions of people are learning, or relearning, how to live a healthy, happy and purposeful single-life. Being single today may be your choice; it may be a decision that was made for you. The reality is that you and I, and millions of others are learning how to be single, date, build new relationships and heal the past. We all work to communicate better, find peace, and create healthy, happy, purposeful lives. Each of us is on an individual journey toward understanding self, personal growth and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships. It is my sincere hope that LivingSingleLivingWell is a springboard for thought and reflection.  LivingSingleLivingWell is an open, welcoming forum that may open the door to a deeper understanding of how we each choose to live an optimistic and happy single life. For at least today, you are single because you…

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Can A Romance Start As “Friends First”?

Can A Romance Start As “Friends First”?

“Friends First” Romantic Relationships Succeed When Expectations Align Romantic relationships, or call it love if you want, start in only one of the three ways: You meet, have romantic interest, fall in love and you find yourself shopping for a baby carriage before you know it. You have an existing friend of the opposite sex, and by someone’s choice, you are currently sitting in the “friend zone”. You meet, both have romantic interest, and you both make a choice to play it cool, develop your friendship first, and let the romance evolve in some natural manner. The question of whether a romantic relationship can evolve from a “friends first” starting point, or if you can survive the “friends first”, is materially different than migrating up the romance ladder from the “friend zone”.  These topics have always been great fodder for tabletop conversations at happy hour, but it important to understand how, and under what premise a relationship begins. For those who have attractive friends of the opposite sex, or simply want to take things slowly in new romantic relationships, the mechanisms for how you start your romantic relationship matter. The issue is really about expectations that both parties have going…

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7 Best Ways To Strengthen A Relationship

7 Best Ways To Strengthen A Relationship

7 Best Ways To Strengthen A Relationship It is both an art and a science in how one is able to create, nurture and strengthen a relationship. Human relationships are dynamic, ever evolving and in need of constant care. They are both our most valuable commodity and at times, our most challenging, time consuming personal experience. Personal relationships are the most important part of our lives, and involve the most basic human motivations and emotions. According to Dean Ornish, M.D and countless other medical professionals, personal intimacy affects both our emotional well-being as well as our physical health. Intimate relationships affect our immune system, improves our cardiovascular functioning, and increases our life expectancy. “Love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well,” as he discussed in his book Love & Survival. “When you look at the scientific data, the need for love and intimacy is as important and basic as eating, breathing, and sleeping.” Our very survival and health depends on our ability to strengthen a relationship, nurture personal bonds and also release those relationships that adversely affect our lives. It is in our ability to Release – Balance – Focus that…

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Interdependent Minds The Dynamics of Close Relationships

Interdependent Minds The Dynamics of Close Relationships

Interdependent Minds: The Dynamics of Close Relationships (Distinguished Contributions In Psychology) Book Description Publication Date: September 1, 2011 Some marriages grow stronger in the face of conflict and some dissolve? This book discusses how responsive behaviors emerge—or fail to emerge—in relationships through illustrations of four diverse couples  

Love and Survival

Love and Survival

Love and Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health Dr. Ornish discuss The Medical Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy We all know that intimacy improves the quality of our lives. Yet most people don’t realize how much it can increase the quality of our lives  by changing our health and affecting our survival.    

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