12 Tips for Keeping You and Your Relationships Healthy Through the Holiday Season

Of the many spiritual or cultural holidays that are celebrated at this time of year, most are in some way a reflection of overcoming the toils and injustices of life to reconnect with positive human values and emotions. It is all too easy though, for the time, energy, and preparation of the traditions with which we mark this re-connection to reinforce the toil instead of the celebration. Here are a few ideas to keep the stress from taking over.

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...Now What? coping after the disclosure of infidelity

Affairs happen for many reasons, and while some involve physical intimacy, others do not. However, all involve a level of secrecy and a betrayal of trust which become life-changing events creating significant stress and trauma for those involved. If you are struggling to cope with the after-effects of disclosure, here are a few things to keep in mind:

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Relationship Loss as a Passage to New Life

Break-up or divorce doesn’t have to result in negative consequences like depression and social isolation. An ideal coping strategy should encourage those who have experienced a romantic relationship's end to purposefully focus on the positive aspects of their experience while simultaneously containing the negative emotions. Exploring positive outcomes in the context of otherwise negative events follows from a growing body of literature based in positive psychology that examines the positive elements of experience that promote growth and personal prosperity (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000 as cited in Lewandowski, G. 2009).

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