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Remembering the simple pleasures

May 14, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In his book, Love is Never Enough, Aaron T. Beck says, “Simply keeping track of the small pleasures of their married life makes a couple more aware of their actual degree of satisfaction.” (p. 248)

In other words…

It’s easy to see our relationships as ordinary or boring—even when they are basically happy.  But there is a way to change that. When we start to be mindful of the simple, everyday blessings in our relationships, our joy increases. The small pleasures might include a simple smile, a kind word, a lingering hug, or even the loyalty and consideration our partners show.

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

Right now think of a pleasure you have shared today with your partner. See if you can think of three of them. Take time to bask in the pleasant memory. You might make a note in your journal. The more you can savor the little things, the more positive your relationship 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. You can also read Love is Never Enough.

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