How to Recognize a Toxic Relationship


A healthy relationship is made of trust, intimacy, love, mutual respect, good communication, and honesty. There are many other factors involved, but we can say that these are the most basic. However, we also know that relationships are difficult and require effort from both partners to grow. How can we distinguish a healthy relationship with “normal” issues from a relationship that is toxic and draining? And when do your partner’s actions cross over from unhealthy to downright abusive? Here are some signs that tell you it’s time to re-evaluate: Passive- aggressive communication: Many … [Read more...]

February 2012 ~ Heart Month

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Stores and advertisements are full of reminders of this month’s dedication to Valentine’s Day around the world.  As love from the heart fills the air, we are focusing on the physical organ during American Heart Month.  According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States.  Research continues to highlight the impact of nutrition and exercise on the heart.  We encourage you to join us in putting that knowledge to action with small steps towards a healthy lifestyle to prevent health issues, … [Read more...]

Slim Down with your Spouse – Fun Summer Activities


Summer is here and NOW is the time to enjoy the wonderful weather.  Who else better to enjoy it with?  Your spouse!  Life is getting busier and busier and our relationships seem to be more and more strained. Have you heard about couples having "date night"?  Well what about "daytime date" or "fitness fun"? As we get older, we seem to make things more complex than they really are.  What about the good old days when we were kids and "played" with simple things like Frisbees?  Do you remember how much fun a Frisbee can be? There is a rapidly growing sport activity called disc golf.   It's a … [Read more...]

You’ve Got To Love Yourself First


With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many of us have love on our minds. What is love anyway? We all want it. We all look for it. Where is it? We assume that when we “find” love, we’ll finally be happy. But even when we find someone to be in a relationship with, as we all know, this does not mean we are happy all the time. So then what? If we feel unhappy in a relationship, we may want to end that relationship and look for the next person who will finally make us feel happy. And so it goes. Valentine’s Day perpetuates the misguided notion that we need to find someone to love us or we are … [Read more...]