Click here to reads tons of info on relationships from Psychology Today. Anything you might be looking for such as  family, work, children, friends- all types of relationships. Life is about relationships and communications skills. How do we communicate often mirrors to us whether our relationships are thriving or need some help. See how you are doing and enjoy these great reads and information.

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Why are close, loving relationships so crucial to our well-being and happiness? Relationships create psychological space and safety so that we can explore and learn. When we feel safe and supported, we don’t have to narrow in on survival tasks like responding to danger or finding our next meal. We are able to explore our world, which builds resources for times of stress and adversity.Read more here.

CBS Sunday Morning was doing a piece on kitchens and their impact on being social. They discussed how kitchen islands have become popular because people hang out in the kitchen so much more. Interestingly they showed a happiness chart saying that people are most happy between 7-10 pm and the kitchen is where they are hanging out…hence the popularity of islands with seating. Good place to hang out with family and friends! This show has great info on all aspects of life. Check out lots of great shows here

Reading materials and other info…gratitude pics2

Why Are Some Cities Happier Than Others? Richard Florida, The Atlantic

20 Questions that Could Save your Life by Martha Beck, via CNN Living

Made to Stick: Why Some Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal-Ben Sha

Positive Psychology: Top Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life by Barbara Fredrickson

Stumbling On Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt

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