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A thought by Jo Gniel | marriage and health | all you need is love

All you need is love

"All you need is love"

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Relationship Myth No 2 – ‘If men did the housework more…’

I finally had a quiet moment to sit down and catch up on The Age, Sunday Life magazine (a weekly ritual for me). Life Matters, was written by Kathy Lette last weekend. I’ll admit to having been a fan of Lette, many moons ago. This morning however, I found myself irritated by her crass, ill-informed perspective on relationships.

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A thought by Jo Gniel | Counsellor Melbourne | human connection | friendship

A thought... about human connection

"we are who we are because of our connection to others. And this is what makes us happy." (Ubuntu philosophy)

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Relationship Myth No. 1

Relationship Myth No. 1 – “We just need to learn to communicate better” - Improving communication or more specifically learning how to resolve conflict is perhaps one of the biggest myths about creating a successful relationship. While often touted as the cure-all for troubled relationships, conflict resolution does not open the pathway to enduring love or a happy marriage.

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A thought...about marriage

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

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The challenge of supporting someone in your life who is struggling.

Should we encourage others to “always look on the bright side of life” when they are struggling? New research suggests perhaps not.

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Beyond isolation...

There are so many moments of vulnerability in life, that present the possibility of isolation, aloneness and separation from those we love, when the need is for connection and support. Navigating the extremes of emotion we may find forgiveness and each other.

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The myth of emotions

“Threats to our standing in the eyes of others are remarkably potent biologically, almost as powerful as those to our very survival.” - Daniel Goleman

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The science of love

Through the science of love, we can learn so much about how to shape our most important relationships, how to not feel so alone and how to reach out and respond to our partners.

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All things have a beginning

All things have a beginning, a middle and an end. Yet in life when we begin to blame others, we get caught in the midst of feeling anger, sorrow or loneliness and a fear that it may never end. To own the blame and instead be with the feelings, the possibility of loving-kindness and compassion for self and other may emerge.

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