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Relationships (news articles below)

Building intimacy The asker: You and your partner should take it in turns, on alternate days, to be the asker. When it’s your turn, think of something you’d like from your partner during that day. The request should be specific, realistic and achievable. Avoid vague requests like “Be affectionate” or “Be nice to me.” Choose instead things like “Kiss me goodbye” or “Take the dog out for me.” (For further more ideas, see below.) When you ask, you need to make it clear it’s that day’s intimacy request.   The giver: As the person being asked, you have the right to say no to any intimacy request. In this case, the asker can’t have another request that day and has to wait until it’s their turn again. Because both partners are able to say no, it’s unlikely that a reasonable request will be turned down as the giver knows they may be jeopardising their request the next day. The secrets of successful relationships 1. Love yourself
    • Unless you love yourself, it’s hard for you to believe that anyone else will.
    • Self-esteem is important for a healthy relationship. When you truly like yourself, in spite of any failings and weaknesses you may have, you’ll feel confident. And when you feel confident and secure within yourself, you can enjoy being with your partner for the joy they bring to your life, not because you feel you need them to survive. For tips on building confidence see the Improving confidence site.
    • If you’ve had bad experiences in the past, it’s worth working through these issues with a trusted friend or counsellor. It can be tempting to lean on your partner and rely on them for reassurance, but the stronger you are as an individual, the stronger and more equal your relationship will be.
  2. Like your partner Healthy relationships happen between two people who really like each other. It may be more romantic to talk about love, but it’s important to remember that love is an emotion that comes and goes. If you genuinely like each other, enjoy being together, agree with how each other thinks and behaves, and share the same dreams in life, then loving feelings will never be too far away. It’s important to tell your partner you like them, too. Warm words of encouragement and support build trust and respect. Add the odd compliment as well and you’ll be helping to boost their self-esteem.   3. Make quality time The importance of things can be measured by the amount of time we’re willing to give them. When a couple first gets together, they instinctively prioritise their relationship. But as time goes by and life gets busier with work and children, time together often slips down the list of priorities. If you don’t spend regular quality time together, chances are you’ll drift apart. Making such time for each other may mean sacrificing other activities, but remember it’s an investment in your future happiness.   4. Communicate Good communication is essential for a healthy relationship. It’s the only way you can tell your partner who you are, what you want and why you behave the way you do. Talking is the way we let each other into our private worlds. Communicating better is about learning to say openly and honestly exactly what you think and feel. It also means listening to your partner without judgement. For more see Talk and listen.   5. Argue well It’s important to accept that arguments are a normal part of a relationship. We’re all unique and so we’re bound to have our differences. Couples who argue well don’t have to worry about not always agreeing. A good argument is an opportunity to share your feelings and strengthen your bond by reaching a decision you’re both happy with. It can be an experience that leaves you both feeling more confident about your relationship and brings you closer together.   6. Touch every day Touching is a vital human need. Studies have shown that without touching, many animals – including humans – will die in childhood. Being caressed also lowers blood pressure and releases natural opiates in the brain, as well as the chemical oxytocin, which is essential for human pair-bonding. For more, see Sensual touching. Touch has the power to comfort and support, to protect and encourage, to relax and, of course, to arouse. Every couple knows their sex life may have dry periods, but our need for physical affection never changes.   7. Accept change People change over the years and it’s these changes that can keep a relationship alive. Life changes too – and not always in ways that we want. Change can provide opportunities for growth and intimacy, but it can also be painful. It may mean adjusting to a new way of thinking or a new way of life. It may also mean letting go of things that have been familiar and safe. In successful relationships, couples learn to adapt and change together. They accept that change is an inevitable part of human life and support each other, for better for worse. Keeping all seven principles going isn’t easy, but the more you can manage on a regular basis, the stronger your relationships will be.

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MagpieRSS: Failed to fetch http://feeds.ivillage.com/uk_en/rss/relationships/feed.xml (HTTP Response: HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found ) What to do if you’re dating a mama’s boy (CNN.com) – When your relationship is full of drama created by his mama, the road to romance can feel like a traffic jam — with her in the driver’s seat. How Memory Deals With A Change In Plans (Medical News Today) – You’re about to leave work at the end of the day when your cell phone rings: it’s your spouse, asking that you pick up a gallon of milk on the way home. Before you head out the door, though, your spouse calls again and asks you to stop by the hardware store too. Based on your knowledge of the area and rush-hour traffic, you decide to get the milk first and the toilet plunger second. Rwanda: When HIV Carriers Could Be Guilty for Transmitting the Virus (AllAfrica.com) – In 2006, Mr. Emmanuel Gahutu and his wife discovered they were HIV positive. Mr. Gahutu now blames it all on her – after a 17-year marriage. As RNA reports, should some campaigners get their way, Mr. Gatutu should be able to drag his wife to court for infecting him. Public Notices (Columbia Star) – NOTICE TO: CAROLINE SUSAN HALL, last known address in Richland County, South Carolina. Previously Elginwood Dr., Elgin, SC 29045. Please Contact: Marshall Hall, 1567 Brazell Rd. PSU’s Tom Bryant to retire (The Morning Sun) – Pittsburg State University will be looking for a new Gorilla to lead the pack. PSU President Tom Bryant announced his decision to retire from the university presidency at the year?s opening faculty meeting this morning. Bryant will step down at the end of the academic year, or when the Kansas Board of Regents finds a suitable replacement. No prayer unanswered, no prayer unheard (Muscatine Journal) – MUSCATINE, Iowa ? Muscatine High School senior Amy Foor was getting ready Wednesday evening for the first day of school as she and some fellow  students met in their school parking lots to pray for the new year. Gay marriage in Oregon? Tribe says yes (The Oregonian) – COOS BAY — Kitzen and Jeni Brant´ ing have been in a committed lesbian relationship since high school and plan to get legally married in Oregon next spring. Calendar (Morton Grove Champion) – Based upon space availability, The Champion prints calendar announcements and items for columns, including campus news, newsmakers and others for local organizations and individuals. The deadline is 10 days before the desired publication date, however there is no guarantee for publication. Send releases and items of local interest to: Morton Grove Champion, 130 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge IL … Calendar (Lincolnwood Review) – Based upon space availability, The Review prints calendar announcements and items for columns, including campus news, newsmakers and others for local organizations and individuals. The deadline is 10 days before the desired publication date, however there is no guarantee for publication. Send releases and items of local interest to: Skokie Review or Lincolnwood Review, 130 S. Prospect Ave., … Treating dollars with sense (Delaware Coast Press) – Everybody needs and wants money. But dollars and cents can represent a lot more than just the basic necessities of legal tender. In a marriage or family relationship, money often becomes the means through which conflicts are played out. All content within WomensHealthOnly.com is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. WomensHealthOnly.com is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of WomensHealthOnly.com website.
 

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