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You + Others = Happy!

Someone commented on the title of this blog, “Relationships Rock!” She said, “Yes, if they are good relationships!”  I suppose that’s true.  Have you ever thought about how good relationships add to your happiness? Conversely, how would your happiness be affected without these relationships? Consider these points: Relationships bring meaning – Being with others gives […]

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Labor Day and the Work of Relationships

  Sometimes we look to accomplish something without working for it; diets for example.  Have you been down the diet section of a bookstore lately?  There are rows of great ideas to lose weight, many of them the “easy” way.  You probably couldn’t sell a book called, “The Hard Work of Losing Weight.”  Let’s face it; […]

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What Was I Thinking?!

      I have been a husband for a long time (No, I’m not going to tell you for how long!).  You would think I would know better than to trip a marital landmine.  The problem is that I am an external processor (see my blog “Communication Styles” .  When my brain processes, my […]

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Our Latest Parenting Class at Love, INC Beaverton

I just completed the “Becoming A Love & Logic Parent” series at Love, INC Beaverton.  What a great group of parents and kids!  The class learned a lot about parenting by sharing their experiences each week while using the Love & Logic tools.  We are planning to start a monthly Parent Connection beginning in September […]

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Don’t Fight With Your Team!

  “…talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.” –from the Optimist Creed Some say “Talk is cheap.”  Actually talk is very expensive.   Why?  Because of the damage it can render.  Our words can cut deep, especially to our close relationships.  When such talk is exchanged we end up in conflict. When I […]

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Relationship Resurrection

If we could package our relationships, they would have labels marked, “Handle with Care.”  We all have received packages in the mail that were roughed-up.  I have seen some boxes that looked like they had been left beside a road after they were roughly played with by a group of gorillas.  Before opening such packages […]

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Communication Tools

Can You Hear Me Now? by Wally Johnston (c) 2013  (Also published at Ernest Hemmingway said, “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” This child didn’t have the pledge quite right: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic where witches dance, one Nation, under God, […]

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How To Be A Healthy Helper

Helping Without Hurting Yourself by Wally Johnston (c) 2013 We have all seen them. They stand on the corner with very creative cardboard signs: “Will work for food”; “Anything would help. “ A friend said they saw a young man, maybe thirty years of age, standing on a corner with this sign: “Need help: Homeless […]

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Communication Styles

Be Careful…Your Style Is Showing! by Wally Johnston (c) 2013 The world is full of Apps (Applications) that are used by computers to make life more productive and fun. Every so often my computer tells me there are programs to update. Sometimes I think, “Why bother?” Well if I don’t update I miss out on […]

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