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Don’t Expect Your Partner to Be a Mind-Reader

Don’t Expect Your Partner to Be a Mind-Reader

Sometimes we can get into trouble in romantic relationships if we expect our partner to “just know” what we need without us even having to ask. This is a romantic idea—the thought that you and your partner would be so in sync that you would meet each other’s needs...
It’s All Connected

It’s All Connected

I remember one day I woke up feeling sluggish. I was tired, and couldn’t seem to get myself going. I struggled through my workday, always feeling a bit off. I was also grumpy and short with the people I interacted with. The day after that, on the other hand, I woke up...
Forget the Golden Rule

Forget the Golden Rule

One of the first key principles we learn as children is the Golden Rule—do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But as I have gone through life, I have become more and more convinced that the Golden Rule is incomplete. Platinum Rule Instead, we should...
How NOT to Get Divorced While in Quarantine

How NOT to Get Divorced While in Quarantine

Living in quarantine due to the COVID-19 crisis can be tough on marriages and families. Some people are dealing with very high levels of stress and anxiety. We’re stuck in the house 24-7, so we don’t really get a break from our spouse and family. It makes sense that...
A Day In the Life of an Enneagram 9: Phil D.

A Day In the Life of an Enneagram 9: Phil D.

I’m going to periodically be doing a new blog series where I will interview someone about their experiences with the Enneagram. The goal is to help paint a picture about what it is like to be each number. My hope is that it will help you understand yourself and...
3 Ways to Navigate Negative Sentiment Override

3 Ways to Navigate Negative Sentiment Override

Have you ever had a day when you just were in a funk, and nothing seemed to go right? I had one of those days last week. I hadn’t slept well the night before, and my day just got off on the wrong foot. I wasn’t feeling well, was short with people I interacted with,...
How to Live with Uncertainty

How to Live with Uncertainty

One of the most challenging things to navigate in life is living with uncertainty. My wife and I are dealing with this right now, as we try to have a baby. We have had trouble getting pregnant, and we’re working with an infertility doctor. But the future is uncertain....
Perfectionism Limits Your Experience

Perfectionism Limits Your Experience

One of the tough things about perfectionism is it limits your experience. Here’s what I mean: There are a lot of experiences to have in life. Friendship, marriage, parenting, work, volunteering, leisure activities, sports, music, travel, etc. There’s a lot out there....
Why You Should Seek Out Problems

Why You Should Seek Out Problems

Most of us try to avoid or escape from our problems. I’m guilty of this as much as anyone. In my relationship with my wife, for example, I don’t like it when we’re having an argument. I want to keep the peace. In my work, I get frustrated when I’m facing a difficult...
Identify and Honor the Hidden Want

Identify and Honor the Hidden Want

I want to talk to you today about the importance of identifying and honoring the “hidden want.” Visible Wants Often in our lives, we have a want or goal we are working toward. This want is visible. It’s out there in the open. We get up in the morning...
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