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Building connections

April 4, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In her book, Hold Me Tight, Sue Johnson says, “To build and sustain a secure bond we need to be able to tune into our loved one as strongly as we did before. How do we do this? By deliberately creating moments of engagement and connection.” (p. 142)

In other words…

When we feel secure in our relationship with our partners, we are better able to weather life’s storms. When we feel a strong connection with our partner, we are more likely to assume the best about them and give them the benefit of the doubt. We can build that sort of bond with our partners by taking time to be with them and by talking and sharing with them.

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

This week take time for just you and your partner. Talk with each other about what is going on in your lives. Share your hopes, dreams, and even your fears. The more you can open up to each other, the more connected you will be.

To find out more…

about couple relationships, check out The Marriage Garden program at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent.

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