Sometimes I grow irritated with my fellow human beings after getting stuck in traffic or having to wait for a long time in a public place like the DMV or a doctor’s office. I see people acting rudely and without regard for others (e.g., cutting off other drivers when in a traffic jam, leaving trash strewn about a waiting area, playing music … [Read more...] about 4 Ways to Cultivate Love for People
Something really sweet happened when I was grocery shopping with my daughters a few days ago. As we were exiting the store with a cart full of groceries, my 3-month-old decided she was uncomfortable and was going to let everyone know about it. Her cries continued to escalate as I arrived at my car and unlocked my trunk. As this was … [Read more...] about Intentional Acts of Kindness
You’d have to be living with your head buried in the sand to be unaware of the racial tensions that Americans face today. In an attempt to deepen my understanding of these tensions, I recently read Under Our Skin, a book written by an NFL player and commentator on social media named Benjamin Watson. Watson, a black man, does a wonderful … [Read more...] about Book Review: Under Our Skin
Living with a chronic disease means facing many challenges. These challenges go beyond the physical consequences of the disease (which are significant enough) and include financial hardships, anxiety, and feelings of isolation. My husband and I are quite familiar with these challenges because I suffer from an autoimmune disease. One of … [Read more...] about What to Include in a Care Package for a Loved One with a Chronic Disease
We all know that our marriages are strengthened by date nights, weekend getaways, and similar activities that allow us uninterrupted time to focus on our spouses. Though they are very beneficial, these activities only comprise a small fraction of our marriages. Most of our time is spent completing everyday activities (cooking, working, … [Read more...] about 9 Ways to Connect With Your Spouse During Everyday Activities
We are blessed to be surrounded by amazing neighbors in our new neighborhood. We’re so grateful for this and are committed to being good neighbors to them. Unfortunately, the term “neighbors” often doesn’t conjure up the feelings of warmth, cooperation, and solidarity that it once did. There are a number of reasons for this and just as … [Read more...] about 8 Everyday Ways to Be a Good Neighbor
In the years before I met my husband, I watched my good friends meet, date, and say “I do” to the men of their dreams. As the only single woman among my friends, I often felt alone and misunderstood. I promised myself at that time that if I were ever in their place that I would go out of my way to support my single friends. Before I say … [Read more...] about 5 Ways Married Women Can Support Their Single Friends
Back when my husband and I were dating, he asked me what I thought about romance. I don’t need flowers, chocolates, and Hallmark cards to make me feel loved, so I told him I wasn’t that romantic. This exchange occurred via email, so I was able to keep his response to my statement. It was quite insightful. “I would define things as … [Read more...] about What Exactly Is Romance and Why Does it Matter in Marriage?