More2Life Hack: 3 Tips for Staying Close Through Conflict

Today on More2Life radio, we looked at ways husbands and wives can grow closer not just in spite of conflict.  Here are three things happy couples know about managing conflict...gracefully. Avoid catastrophizing conflict--couples in happy marriages argue as often as couples in unhappy marriages.  The difference between happy and unhappy couples is not how often they argue, but how they manage their conflict.Keep Calm in Conflict--The most important thing in conflict is s … [Read more...]

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“They Did What?!?” Simple Steps to Making Peace with People Who Hurt Us

My latest for OSVNewsweeklyLife is filled with people who frustrate, irritate and otherwise infuriate us. Whether it comes to managing conflict in our own households or facing political battles and culture wars, there seems to be no end to the ways other people can inflame us.And yet, in the face of all this discord, we’re reminded of Jesus’ words: “Blessed are the peacemakers’” (Mt 5:9). Pope Francis has asserted that practicing this beatitude is the “identity card of a Christian.” R … [Read more...]

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Meeting Your Needs AND Your Wants–A Godly Guide to Personal Fulfillment

"That's not a need!  That's a want!"How often have you heard this?  How often have you said it?We throw the words "need" and "want"around but do we really know what they mean?  Somehow, by labeling something a "want" many people--parents and spouses in particular--feel that they have a right to deny someone something.  Or, if we think something is a want and not a need, then we will often feel guilty even having it much less expressing it.What is a need?  What is  a want.Needs Def … [Read more...]

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Challenging the Atheist Narrative: Study Says Religious Faith Prevents Violence

For the study, 555 Palestinian adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 were presented with a classic “trolley dilemma” that involved a Palestinian man being killed to save the lives of five children who were either Jewish-Israeli or Muslim-Palestinian. The participants responded from their own perspective and then again from Allah’s perspective.  The results showed that although Muslim-Palestinian participants valued their own group’s lives over Jewish-Israeli lives, they believed that Allah p … [Read more...]

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In-Law Conflict? New Study Suggests a Simple Solution

The key to dealing with future in-laws who disapprove of your relationship may involve showing them what a good influence you are on their child.  In the Springer journal Human Nature, Menelaos Apostolou shares the results of interviews with Greek- Cypriot children and parents and also finds that mothers may be more easily won over than fathers.Children frequently choose mates who do not appeal to their parents. For instance, they may choose individuals who are physically attractive, e … [Read more...]

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When “I’m Sorry” Isn’t Enough. 3 Keys to Healing Your Hurting Heart

We've all had times when it was hard to forgive someone for having hurt us or when our attempts to gain someone else's forgiveness have fallen flat.Heart HealthSometimes,  "I'm sorry" isn't enough because owe have an unforgiving heart. We want to hold on to the pain because it makes us feel self-righteous and superior to the person who hurt us and it gives us a weapon to use against the offender.  "Oh, yeah?  NOW you want to be nice to me? HA! Well, we'll see about that!"But what ab … [Read more...]

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Man & Twin Hurt Hurling Bricks at Each Other During Argument

Now, here are two guys who could really have used a copy of God Help Me, These People Are Driving Me Nuts! From FOXNews--"Well, they're worth battery charges for twin 52-year-olds after officials say an argument ended with them hurling the projectiles at each other.  The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that Michael and James Remelius were arguing in the front yard of a home last week when Michael first threatened to throw a brick at his brother. According to a police report, Michael Remelius … [Read more...]

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Escaping the Blame Game: 5 Steps to Reclaiming Your Power

When things go wrong, we love having someone to blame.  It's a seductive game that makes us think that blaming others will give us control, but in reality, as long as we play the blame game--whether serving or being served--we have no power to change anything.  We may manage to convince ourselves that nothing is our fault, but it also means that we won't be able to do anything to respond to our problems because taking action would be akin to taking back the blame."Who?  Me?"Blame is an ea … [Read more...]

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