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LETS TALK is a column published in the Goldstream News in which Paul replies to questions from client's regarding concerns and challenges they are
experiencing in their individual, couple, and/or family life.

His answers to these questions are meant to be fresh, practical and educational.

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Making Your Marriage Work
Paul Beckow M.Sc. R.P.C.
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapist

Remember when Prince Charming carried his Princess , the beautiful Sleeping Beauty, over the threshold? The story ends there and we’re told “They lived happily ever after.” Notice no one followed the happy couple behind the palace gates to see just how they solved who does the dishes or gets up to feed the baby late at night.

In marriage there are no guarantees and there is lots to solve and sort out together. The lessons relationship have to teach us are endless. Couples begin their life together with little or no prior training, no curriculum guide or instruction manual, no on-call assistance or supervision.

The truth is finding your prince or princess is not the end of the story. It’s the beginning - and the real question is - after the honeymoon period and through the years that are ahead - how do you keep your marriage alive and strong?

Empathizing with the challenges in front of any couple, here are some tips - a “Beckow’s half dozen,” so to speak - six keys to having a great and satisfying marriage.

One) Learn to make yourself happy
There is nothing more important in relationship than learning the art of making yourself happy. And it is an art. It begins as you let go of the expectation your partner will make your life happy and access the wisdom and the resourcefulness inside to look after our own well being. By developing this capacity to create pleasure and satisfaction out of life’s simple moments and it’s predicaments, we are learning to take care of our selves and the relationship.

There’s nothing more empowering than two people who each know how to make themselves happy, and who then express this satisfaction into the relationship. That’s power. Even if there is only one person who knows this skill it makes an enormous difference.

Two) Relationship is an inside job.
Most people think a relationship is something they “work on” outside themselves. It’s not. Consider a relationship an “inside job.” Your relationship exists in what you are saying to yourself about your partner and about your relationship. That’s where a relationship is.

Being in relationship is like growing a garden. What you are saying to yourself , your decisions, and beliefs, are the plants that take hold in your garden.

To read the rest of this article click Making your Marriage work

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