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You’ve likely heard the saying, “Happy wife, happy life” or “Happy spouse, happy house.” But are these popular sayings actually supported by research?
Most people are afraid of criticism. Nobody likes to be told their idea is dumb or that they made a mistake. If you worry that someone might say something negative, the fear of criticism may even stop you before you start.
It's easy to fall into a relationship rut, especially if you don't take time to carve out a little fun together. Looking for things to do as a couple to bring adventure and/or romance to your relationship can help strengthen your bond.
Let’s consider two adolescent scenarios. First, Sasha: Sasha was born a worrier. She’s always been a shy, sensitive kid with a lot of anxiety. Luckily, she’s had supportive family members, friends, and teachers, who have gently pushed her out of her comfort zone.
Poor anger. It gets a bad rep. Of all the emotions humans experience, anger (and maybe jealousy) are probably the most discouraged and misunderstood. Here's the thing: Our emotions show up whether or not society deems them appropriate—and if we don't witness and learn healthy management of these more intense feelings, we're signing up for a lot of unnecessary frustration.
“I don’t care what others think of me!” In proud defiance, the young adolescent may assert their independence from parental and public opinion to empower freedom to grow. There is the desire to be unrestrained by the eyes of the world, by social approval’s rule. But soon, standing with others starts to matter more. How one pleases peers can affect social belonging, while being on authority’s good side can ease one’s way.
It’s important to discover what triggers your anxiety. Being aware of the cause can help you better manage your anxiety. Anxiety is a mental health condition that can cause feelings of worry, fear, or tension. For some people, anxiety can also cause panic attacks and physical symptoms like chest pain.
If you want to improve your therapy, what might you discuss with your therapist to help you move from feeling good to feeling great? Several months ago, I talked to psychiatrist Dr. David Burns, author of multiple self-improvement books. Currently 79-years-old, Burns tirelessly writes, teaches, and produces podcasts listened to by thousands.