This is a running list of excerpts and resources related to connecting with your partner.
January 29, 2015: Gratitude as a Path to Connection
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” ~ Zig Ziglar
Staying connected and intimate in a long term marriage with kids can be…let’s just say, difficult. Believe me, it’s been a source of a tremendous amount of challenge in my life.
Let’s start with some baby steps. Are you willing to try one thing this week? It requires two steps.
First, just think of one thing per day that you are grateful for about your partner.
Second, thank him/her.
Give it a shot. And then, come back to the website and tell us how it went in the comments. Did anything change? How did it feel?
I’ll bet there is some resentment that has built up between the two of you so you might feel a little resistance to expressing gratitude. If so, read this first. Take it from me, stubbornly holding onto resentment will never get you what you want. The only way to have the relationship you want is to create it with loving action and forgiveness.
“Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” ~Malachy McCourt
INSPIRATION IN ACTION: Practice gratitude towards your partner