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Page 10 If you pass just about any newsstand nowadays, you'll no "doubt see headlines such as "Beat Stress," "Get 'Wow'- ?Worthy Hair" and "Increase Your Happiness" screaming for 'attention from passers-by. And why not? Who doesn't want to look and feel better? However, while clearer skin, shinier hair and less stress can certainly make you feel happier in the short run, truly improving your life arguably has a lot :more to do with the quality of your relationships. In fact, recent studies from George Washington University, Duke University and the University :of Zurich, Switzerland, suggest Ahat having a good relationship may be the key not only to greater happiness but also to a better recovery from breast can- cer, heart disease and other ill- nesses. In her recently released audiobook, "From Pain to Passion: Building a Truly Great Relationship," relationship expert Adele Britton provides a .'road map for creating a joyful ; life through more positive inter- actions with loved ones. Britton offers easy steps for developing the tools necessary to build a great relationship in a disarmingly candid way. color- ing her narrative with stories and examples culled from her more than 26 years of experience as a psychotherapist, radio personali- ty and online advice columnist at Here are several of her top recommenda- tions: Know what makes you feel alive and creative. Being in touch with your emonons will empower you and help you communicate better. Agree to make the health and hap- The Ultimate Wedding piness of your relationship a priorio,. It's important to talk about the values and beliefs that are important to you both. including being emotionally available to each other. Make sure your communi- cation is effective and "win- win." If you feet drained, defensive or misunderstood, you're battling, not relating. Speaking respectfully to each other is the first step to resolving issues effectively. Stop defending your points of view. Be open-minded and generous with one another. Relationships can suffer when one partner insists on being right. Don't point fingers. The fin- blame resolves nothing. In fact. it's likely to induce anger, guilt and low self-esteem. Know the difference between productive anger and rage. Anger that is expressed recklessly or not at all can explode into destructive rage. Understanding and working positively with your anger is vital to a healthy relationship. Borrow. don't possess, your tones. Believing that your ,belongs" to you to inap- riatety speak, think and man- age his or her life. i Don't use the indictnwnt, ttealthy~ -[ learn from mistakes5 nev,. constructi', e w~ their transformed lira *Think outside box. For funct onal, i tionships, foreeo d beliefs and values. J ','our own common intuition, creamae ins }our own goals. Make joy, love the focus of your Embrace conflict as nity to work throu problems together. According to work described in her ally makes you "'People are so surface issues, like image. But when you inner work -- the connect more joyfully with yourself no amount help," she says. true 131st a lot of: Hull's e F" Ah, the life of a newlywed. So young and so in love. It doesn't get any better than the fast few months of being a husband and wife. But suddenly, life begins to kick in. There are bills to pay, chores to do and jobs to worry about. It seems like there's no time for romance and keeping in shape to look your best. You looked beautiful and you were so in love on your wedding day, and you want to keep it that way, far beyond your honeymoon. Here's the news you can keep your romance alive and stay in shape by utilizing a [x wer- ful personal development tool that you already possess -- your habits. If you think about it, your habits affect virtually every aspect of your life, including relationships with your loved ones. 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