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10 Habits Of Happy Couples, According To A Psychiatrist

These simple habits will certainly make your relationship even better starting today.

What does it take to be happy in a relationship? The real answer can differ from one couple to another. Building a strong and positive relationship certainly takes effort and time on both parties and it doesn’t just happen overnight. In order to have a successful relationship that keeps growing stronger each day, you have to put in a lot of effort and work.

Dr. Mark Goulston is a psychiatrist, international speaker, and best selling author of numerous best-selling books. He is known to be the author of the famous 10 Habits of Happy Couples – a book that has been read by over half a million people. Regardless of the state of your relationship, Dr. Goulston provides some interesting insight on the 10 habits that will allow you and your loved one to keep the magic going.

#1. Go to bed at the same time.

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Remember the beginning of your relationship, when you couldn’t wait to go to bed with each other to make love or simply rest together? Happy couples resist the temptation to go to bed at different times. They go to bed at the same time, even if one partner has to wake up later to do things while the other sleeps.

#2. Cultivate common interests.

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After the passion settles down, it’s common to realize that you have few interests in common. But don’t minimize the importance of activities you can do together that you both enjoy. If common interests are not present, happy couples develop them. At the same time, be sure to cultivate interests of your own; this will make you more interesting to your mate and prevent you from appearing too dependent.

#3. Walk hand in hand or side by side.

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Rather than one partner lagging or dragging behind the other, happy couples walk comfortably hand in hand or side by side. They know it’s more important to be with their partner than to see the sights along the way.

#4. Make trust and forgiveness your default mode.

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If and when they have a disagreement or argument, and if they can’t resolve it, happy couples turn to trusting and forgiving rather than distrusting and begrudging.

#5. Focus more on what your partner does right than what he or she does wrong.

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If you look for things your partner does wrong, you can always find something. If you look for what he or she does right, you can always find something, too. It all depends on your perspective. Happy couples choose to accentuate the positive.

#6. Hug each other as soon as you see each other after work.

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Our skin has a memory of “good touch” (loved), “bad touch” (abused) and “no touch” (neglected). Couples who say hello with a hug keep their skin bathed in the “good touch,” which can inoculate your spirit against anonymity in the world.

#7. Say “I love you” and “Have a good day” every morning.

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This is a great way to buy some patience and tolerance as each partner sets out each day to battle traffic jams, long lines and other annoyances.

#8. Say “Good night” every night, regardless of how you feel.

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This tells your partner that, regardless of how upset you are with him or her, you still want to be in the relationship. It says that what you and your partner have is bigger than any single upsetting incident.

#9. Do a “weather” check during the day.

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Call your partner at home or at work to see how his or her day is going. This is a great way to adjust expectations so that you’re more in sync when you connect after work. For instance, if your partner is having an awful day, it might be unreasonable to expect him or her to be enthusiastic about something good that happened to you.

#10. Be proud to be seen with your partner.

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Happy couples are pleased to be seen together and are often in some kind of affectionate contact — hand on hand or hand on shoulder or knee or back of neck. They are not showing off but rather just saying that they belong with each other.

Happy couples have different habits than unhappy couples. A habit is a discrete behavior that you do automatically and that takes little effort to maintain. It takes 21 days of daily repetition of a new a behavior to become a habit. So select one of the behaviors in the list above to do for 21 days and voila, it will become a habit…and make you happier as a couple. And if you fall off the wagon, don’t despair, just apologize to your partner, ask their forgiveness and recommit yourself to getting back in the habit.

If there was one key to happiness in love and life and possibly even success it would be to go into each conversation you have with this commandment to yourself front and foremost in your mind, “Just Listen” and be more interested than interesting, more fascinated than fascinating and more adoring than adorable.

Source: Mark Goulston

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Heartwarming Moment Three Young Boys Help Their Dad Propose To His Girlfriend

The boys are clearly more excited than their dad!

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Wedding proposals should always be special and sweet. Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of wonderful ones on the internet – from that epic underwater proposal to the geeky Monopoly-themed one and to many others.

Needless to say, we all know an effective proposal requires a lot of thought and preparation. It is, however, a big mistake to think that you have to spend a fortune just to make it a memorable moment.

Just take it from this dad who managed to make his proposal simple yet extremely heartwarming.

One father asked his three sons to help him propose to his girlfriend – during her birthday!

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Shared online by Facebook page Pretty 52, we see the tender moment that three young boys surprised their dad’s girlfriend with a birthday present. She initially thought the boys were probably pranking her or something but unknown to her, that gift would be a pretty life-changing one for all of them.

“We give you our daddy!”

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Everything was caught on film and the short clip eventually went viral. Netizens everywhere just loved what they saw and many even admitted that the video sent them to tears.

Watch the video here and see for yourself:

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Several commenters took the time to share little details they’ve noticed while watching the clip.

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One netizen wrote:

“You know you’re a boy mom when you have to calmly ask ‘is like a bug gonna crawl out?!’ As if it wouldn’t surprise you.”

Another commented:

“I love how the bag had ‘mom’ on it – she is clearly already everything to those boys! What a perfect proposal!”

Meanwhile, one woman shared:

“I’m in tears! The boys were emotional and played a huge role. So in love with this family. I hope they live happily ever after.”

We are wishing and hoping for that as well. Congratulations Steve and Theresa!

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Heartwarming Moment Dad Receives Unexpected Gift From 11-Year-Old Son

The. Best. Son. Ever.

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As parents, it is our obligation to look after our children and make sure that they are happy. We buy them clothes, send them to the best schools, and, yes, give them stuff for their birthdays. But as time goes by, our children think of ways to reciprocate the love we give to them.

This is exactly what an 11-year-old did to his father. The lovely moment was caught on tape in which the father can be seen receiving a present from his son. And boy, he sure is excited to see what his kid bought him.

He is one happy father indeed.

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Interestingly, the content of the box is what Mike Burr, the father, has always wanted. It should definitely be worth it, as the money spent on the item came from his son’s savings. Most of the money came in the form of gifts that the kid received during his birthday.

Burr’s son did not make the unwrapping easy, though. The item was hidden inside a number of boxes, all of which made the unwrapping quite exciting. And when the father thought he is about to open the last box, another one pops up.

The kid made sure that his dad will have a hard time unwrapping the gift.

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The mother can be heard saying,

And Mike just so you know he saved up all his birthday money to buy you this. Every single penny.”

When the last box is finally opened, Burr cannot believe what he sees. He even jokingly asked if his son really bought it. Perhaps he is in disbelief, as he did not expect his kid to give him such gift.

The boy saved up for three months just to buy his father a gift.

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Mike shouted:

Are you kidding me?”

Of course, his son bought it. And there is no doubt the kid made his daddy happy on his birthday.

Check out the full video below and find out what gift Mike got!

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Baby Born Twice Now Growing Healthy

This baby is a medical miracle!

Thanks to the advancement of medicine, the baby who was born twice is now growing healthy after a year. Baby Lynlee Hope’s case is one for the books after she was born two times last year because of a rare congenital condition.

Surgeons removed Lynlee Hope from her mother’s womb at 23 weeks and received a crucial operation after a sonogram showed that she has a massive tumor at the base of her spine. The tumor was as big as her head and doctors revealed that the baby may not make it in full term if the tumor is not removed.

Baby Lynlee Hope is now growing healthy after she was born twice last year.

The tumor, known as a sacrococcygeal teratoma, was diverting blood from the fetus, raising the risk of heart failure. It is a crucial condition that requires operation immediately.

When baby Lynlee Hope was rushed to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, she had 50 percent chance to live as she will undergo a five-hour operation.

Surgeons worked hard in removing the tumor that endangered her life while she was still in the womb.

Baby Lynlee Hope was out of the womb for a full 20 minutes as surgeons removed the tumor. At that time, she weighed 1 pound, 3 ounces. Then, she was safely tucked inside her mother’s womb until she reached full term. Three months later, Lynlee was born by cesarean section, weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces.

Baby Lynlee Hope and her mom are thankful for this medical miracle.

Fast forward a year later, the toddler is now able to walk and run. Mom Margaret Boemer said,

“She loves to run and walk, which is a miracle itself. She is an amazing joy.

She can do whatever she puts her mind to. The sky’s the limit.”

Baby Lynlee Hope is indeed a medical miracle – and she gets to celebrate two birthdays a year.

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