Relationship Problems? Be Careful Who You Talk To!

New research in the Journal of Personal and Social Relationship shows that talking to your best friend about your relationship problems may very well lead to even bigger relationship problems!  According to the authors of the study,There appears to be link between discussing problems with your partner and greater romantic love. This could mean that discussing problems strengthens feelings of love. Of course, it could also be that couples who are more in love are more likely to discuss p … [Read more...]

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Review of 50 Years of Spanking Research Reveals Sobering Truth

In a recently published meta analysis in the Journal of Family Psychology, developmental psychologist Elizabeth Gershoff and University of Michigan professor Andrew Grogan-Kaylor sift through 75 studies, for a total data pool of nearly 161,000 children, and find "no evidence that spanking is associated with improved child behavior."What's more, the analysis finds evidence that spanking is associated with troubling outcomes — like increased aggression, increased anti-social behavior, and menta … [Read more...]

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Hate Attachment Parenting? So Did This Mom. Here’s The Surprising Thing She Discovered.

God gives us the children we need.  He speaks to us through our children.  We can listen for his voice, or let the noise in our heads tune it out. The choice is ours.  Here's one mother's heartfelt struggle to learn to listen--and experience the healing that comes in hearing.When my daughter Azalea was born, I was flooded with feelings of love. But it wasn’t long before I returned to a more familiar sense of myself, and that love was mixed with ambivalence, internal conflict, impatience, and … [Read more...]

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More2Life Hack: 3 Tips for More Joyful Living!

Who doesn't want more joy in their lives?  Today on More2Life Radio, we explored what it takes to overcome common obstacles to more joyful living.  The short version?  You don't have to wait for all the stress and problems in your life to go away before you feel more joyful.  Here are three simple things you can do to lead a more joyful life in good times and bad. Retrain your brain for joy--Our brains are naturally wired to give more weight to negative events as a survival str … [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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More2Life Hack: 3 Tips for Authentic Forgiveness

Today on More2Life, we explored what authentic forgives does (and doesn't) require.  Here are three tips to help you make forgiving others less complicated.1. There is a difference between forgiveness and reconciliation.  St. Augustine said that we've forgiven someone when we've surrendered our natural desire for revenge.  Forgiveness doesn't mean pretending it never happened or letting the person go scot free.  It means surrendering your desire to hurt the other person or have them hurt … [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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Millennials Less Promiscuous Than Any Generation for 60 Years. Here’s Why That’s TERRIBLE.

Some Christian news outlets are rejoicing at the recent study finding that Millennials are less sexually active than any other generation for the last 60 years. The perception by some is that this generation is experiencing a spontaneous outbreak of unusual moral fortitude.Confronting the NightmareWould that it were so.  If you read the reports, the reasons Millennials give for not being interested in sex is that they are not interested in relationship at all.  Millennials appear to be so … [Read more...]

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Only the Godless Die Young

With apologies to Billy Joel, new research from Harvard shows that, irrespective of the state of their general health, only the godless die young.Over the last 20 years, research has gradually accumulated suggesting that religious service attendance is associated with better physical and mental health. For example, research articles have indicated that regular religious service attendance is associated with a 30 per cent reduction in depression, a five-fold reduction in the likelihood … [Read more...]

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What Faith Stage Are You? The 6 Stages of Seeking Meaning, Significance, and Transcendence.

The following article is adapted from Discovering God Together:  The Catholic Guide to Raising Faithful KidsMost people think that faith is something you either have or you don't.  But research by Emory University's Dr. James Fowler revealed that faith evolves in discernible stages throughout our lifespan.  At each stage, a person's faith needs to be nourished in different ways if it is to grow and mature into the next stage. If we don't receive the right kind of support, faith development ca … [Read more...]

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