This guest post is by Jacqueline Stone of Jacqueline Stone & Associates. When a client tells me about an upsetting time with their partner, a funny thing can happen. At first they are clearly distressed as they describe the arguments they have had over the past week. They feel furious and hurt. They tell me of the verbal attacks they … [Read more...] about How to Improve Your Relationship by Exposing Stress
I was recently interviewed by Ken Burgin of Profitable Hospitality for his podcast on all issues related to the hospitality industry. Ken wanted to find out about effective ways of dealing with conflict in the workplace. The hospitality industry is one workplace where people work closely together for long periods of time and under stressful … [Read more...] about Conflict Resolution: Dealing with Conflict in the Workplace [Audio]
Politics in any country is often a messy sport at times. So much of politics is about using your relationships with others to try and find common ground on issues and policy, so you can make it legislation and move the country forward. However, this week in Australian politics was a particularly shocking one. With the sudden ousting of our Prime … [Read more...] about Workplace Conflict: 5 Reckless Relationship Mistakes we can Learn from Australian Politics
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. It also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future How do you use … [Read more...] about Mindfulness for Couples: How to Cultivate Compassion, Insight and Empathy for Those You Love
I just love this video on how to complain constructively to your partner. It's so simple, it's brilliant. And anyone can do this. Terry Real is the author of the bestseller The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Know to Make Love Work and a relationship expert that is in high demand with the international media for his commentary on … [Read more...] about How to Complain Constructively to Your Partner [Video]
One of the questions I frequently get asked by couples that are about to get married is does pre-marriage counselling really work? Getting married can be a wonderful experience, and it can also be a very stressful event for those involved. Sometimes this stress raises family issues and couple issues that need to be addressed as soon as … [Read more...] about Pre-Marriage Counselling: Does it Really Work?
It seems that we're more and more connected to each other online these days with online relationships starting to become even more important than face-to-face relationships. Some new research supports this by saying that young Generation X adults are as likely to connect online with friends, family and co-workers as they are in person. The … [Read more...] about Do You Make These 7 Online Communication Mistakes?
This is one of my favourite relationship quotes. If you can't see the image above, it says "You Can be RIGHT or you can be in RELATIONSHIP". I'm not sure who said it or where it comes from, but I like it because it really captures the dilemma that many couples find themselves in. And this doesn't just apply to couple communication. It's also … [Read more...] about Couple Conflict: How to Resolve Recurring Arguments and Create Win-Win Outcomes
Some of my most popular posts are on communication. Why is that? I think it's because we know that communication is one of those things that all of us can seek to improve. Communication is also something that when changed, can have immediate and positive benefits on your relationship. The Gottmans are famous for their world-renowned research on … [Read more...] about Couple Communication: The Value of a Soft Start-up
There are so many books and articles written about how to communicate effectively, that it can often be overwhelming knowing what to believe or even what works, I've distilled down some of the most important factors couples need to focus on to improve their communication and relationship. My ideas are based on my observations of working with … [Read more...] about Communication Basics: 7 Simple Tips to Improve Your Relationship