Stop Dreading Disagreements

A lot of us dislike conflict, and because of this, we dread even the concept of facing disagreements. Often, however, disagreements are unavoidable, and sometimes even necessary. There’s good news, though! If we take a caring and loving approach to disagreements, we will have healthier, more productive conversations and less to fear about conflict!Theology of the Body reminds us of the importance of mutual self-donation, the idea that a healthy relationship is characterized by the commitment … [Read more...]

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“I Can’t Believe You Said That!” When Words Hurt

When things get heated, our “fight or flight” response kicks in, but sometimes our reaction is to take the “fight” response a bit too literally. When someone speaks rudely to us, or yells at us, we yell back and attempt to “out argue” the other person. While this may be our instinct reaction, it’s not the most effective way to deal with these situations.Theology of the Body reminds us of the power of words by pointing us back to Genesis and how God created the world. Specifically, God spoke t … [Read more...]

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When Your Emotions Get Derailed: Here’s How YOU Can Get Back On Track

You overslept through your alarm, you’re late for work, and—on top of that—your kids are sick… With all of this going on its easy to feel overwhelmed and out of control, which only adds to the stress of daily life, instead of helping to solve the problem. So how do we get back on track when our emotions get derailed?Theology Of The Body reminds us that God made our bodies to work for our good and the good of others--that includes our feelings which are a function of our bodies. If our emotion … [Read more...]

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More2Life Hacks—Bouncing Back from Tough Times in Marriage

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the various problems we all experience in marriage Sometimes, we can get so focused on the problems that we think things will never be different.   Here are three More2Life Hacks that will help you bounce back from tough times in your marriage and re-experience the love and joy you crave!1. Check your Commitment--Happy couples know that recovering from marital struggles starts with being even more committed to their vows than they are to each other.  Wha … [Read more...]

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Not Listening! Three More2Life Hacks for How to Get Your Feelings Heard

Sometimes it feels almost impossible to get your family, friends, or significant other to listen to your feelings and meet your needs. Here are three More2Life hacks, inspired by my book, God Help Me, These People Are Driving Me Nuts! that will help you effectively communicate your needs and start living a happier, healthier life!1.  Don’t Bury the Lede--When writers don’t start with the juiciest parts of the story, it’s called “Burying the lede.”  Often, in our attempt to either be polite or … [Read more...]

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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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