Ties that Bind: Creating Family Traditions for the Holidays

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What are your favorite holiday traditions? Do you host a Turkey Bowl football game on Thanksgiving? Decorate cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve? Maybe you prepare a special holiday dish that honors your heritage, or you invite your extended family over for a meal. Chances are, these holiday traditions make up some of your favorite memories. Traditions are a powerful bonding force in families; they give us a sense of identity and belonging, and bring [...] Read more »

31 Tweets or Texts to Send Your Partner This Month!

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What partner doesn’t want to regularly hear something loving, positive or romantic from their mate?  We all do! In fact, there is a Japanese proverb that says a sweet word will warm three winters. If that’s the case, imagine what a 140-character tweet or short text message could do for you and your mate! Below is a list inspired mostly by Gregory J.P. Godek’s 10,000 Ways to Say I Love You. Over the next month, [...] Read more »

HRC Staffer Receives Orange County Press Club Award: Best Family and Lifestyle Blog

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  Lucinda Loveland, a blogger for Healthy Relationship California, has been recognized for her talent and the relationships-supporting messages conveyed throughout her writing. Now both a staff writer and translator for HRC, Lucinda began writing about Relationship and Marriage Education programs and ideas as a student in a Marriage Education class.  Her popular blog postings include: How to Change Your Partner, Take Control of Your Anger or It Will Control You, 5 Selfish Reasons to [...] Read more »

5 Selfish Reasons to Give Thanks to Others

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It’s been said, “silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” With that in mind, and with the kickoff to the holidays upon us, be sure to be loud and proud with your gratitude to family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances.  Thanksgiving is the time of year for saying thank yous, receiving gratitude, and being grateful. But showing a little appreciation has a bigger impact than you may realize. Here are five selfish reasons to give thanks to [...] Read more »