Relationships | The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News - Part 2
Today’s Solutions: July 18, 2024

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Practice mindful listening to get the most out of your conversations

When engaging in conversations (and especially arguments) with others, most people tend to react immediately or impulsively rather than intentionally trying to understand what is being said. Or perhaps when people are speaking, you may find yourself zoning out or getting distracted and not Read More...

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4 strategies for clearing the bad energy out of your relationship

Bad energy can make its way into even the healthiest of relationships. If you feel like you’ve been butting heads with your partner rather than living harmoniously, here are a few powerful yet simple ways to remove the negative and move past these difficult moments. Use the "praise Read More...

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Genuine empathy or people-pleasing? Here’s how to tell the difference

Humans are social beings, so it’s likely that most of us often act with another person’s feelings in mind, rather than prioritizing our own. Acting in this way is not intrinsically good or bad—in fact, oftentimes this is a demonstration of compassion, which plays a key role in being a Read More...

Woman being rude on the phone

5 ways rudeness is actually beneficial

No one likes to experience rudeness, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that it is both insidious and a wholly negative experience. Surprisingly, though, a study into the experience of rudeness within a mental health context found that it can also be viewed positively, or at least, used in a Read More...

How to build stronger synergy

How to build stronger synergy between you and your partner

You always have a choice to empower your and your partner’s hearts to synergistic action, or not. And so does your partner. In moments when things are feeling out of sync, we can sometimes lose hope that we can ever find the trust and balance that we once shared.  When you realize you always Read More...

Why love is sometimes hard to

Why love is sometimes hard to take and how to learn to accept it

Love can be passionate and romantic, throwing you off balance in delightful ways. It can be soft and subtle, welcoming as a balmy summer evening. The shared intimacies, humor, and kindnesses can become touchstones in times of disruption: a salve after a day spent wrestling obligations or a couple Read More...

Sex advice from those who̵

Sex advice from those who've been "doing it" the longest

Why is it that many younger people out there get weirded out when it comes to sexual intimacy between seniors? The reality is that there is no age limit on sexuality or sexual activity. Humans are social creatures with a natural need for intimacy. Even though most seniors may not feel the urge Read More...

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Sex tips for seniors—what older women need to know

As we age, our bodies may change in ways that make it more difficult to engage in sexual activities, but that doesn’t mean that the desire fades away. According to gynecologist Katie Propst, MD, for many women over 50 the act of sex, even if they really want it, can begin to present challenges Read More...

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How to break up with your phone

It’s dawning on many of us that the way we engage with our phones simply isn’t healthy. According to data from Moment, a time-tracking app with almost five million users, the average person spends four hours a day on their phone. To make matters worse, according to a recent Pew Research Center Read More...

Best friends, lovers, or both?

Best friends, lovers, or both? Relationship experts on defining a romantic relationship

While some people might believe that being best friends with their romantic partner is the relationship ideal, not everyone agrees. To others, a best friend and a romantic partner are and should be two different relationships. However, according to relationship experts, the answer to this question Read More...