Keys to Vibrant Relationships Are Common Sense but not Common Practice

Here’s a great idea …

In their book, The Marriage Garden, H. Wallace Goddard and James P. Marshall say, “When we are vibrant people, we bring far more to our relationships than when we are languishing. The keys to being vibrant are common sense even if they are not common practice. We enjoy and appreciate the simple things in life. We cherish the best of our experiences. We look forward to the future. We use our strengths regularly. And we find ways to serve.” (p. 168)

In other words …

It’s difficult for us to have healthy, positive relationships when we are not emotionally healthy as individuals. When we better ourselves we are able to bring more to our relationships.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life …

Spend some time increasing your emotional health this week by expressing gratitude for what you have, being hopeful about the future, and using your strengths and gifts to serve others. This should give your relationship with your partner a boost.

To find out more…

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2 replies on “Keys to Vibrant Relationships Are Common Sense but not Common Practice”

Thank you for reminding me this. It is exactly what I told myself this morning to do on my way to work. I need a change of emotion.

My grandfather Brooksby came to Utah from Australia. To Fredonia Az. Where did your teacher Mr. Brooksby teach you and what was his first name, Please?

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