Living Together Separate

Have you ever heard the term, “Living Together Separate?” I often use this phrase to describe spouses that have a difficult time living under the same roof with each other, while at the same time trying to give others the impression that they have a decent marriage. Sadly, the amount of emotional energy needed to manage their pretense, ultimately leaves most of these spouses feeling trapped and hopeless. Sound familiar? Years ago, I learned there are no hopeless situations.

 

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"Attitudes Shape Actions"


Studies have shown that people who project an overall positive attitude tend to be more physically active than those with negative dispositions. Active people also demonstrate more confidence and tend to be more proactive in dealing with situations and managing relationships. In marriage, unmet expectations over time often lead to negative attitudes. When we allow these negative attitudes to drive our thoughts, we engage in less activities that result in a stronger marriage.

 

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Saying I Love You

How intentional are you at telling your husband or wife “I Love You” when they or you leave for work each day? Some spouses might believe that’s really not that important, but for Lynne and me, not saying I love you is kind of like leaving our front door unlocked. What’s on the inside of our home is now vulnerable to theft and if left open long enough, someone else will likely come and steal what doesn’t belong to them. 


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