Love is Real: The Blog

A Story of Showing Love Through Food

Randell Dodge with her Mother's Spoon   When Randell Dodge was faced with sudden deaths of those who were closest to her, she turned to baking for solace. Her story of finding comfort in creating beauty for the soul and nourishment for the body led her to change her life so that she could more easily share the love she had felt for her close ones with others.  To read more about her story, see my post on [...]

September 29th, 2017|Beauty, Family, Life, Refracted|

Honoring the Irreplaceable Moments

Source: MichaelGaida/Pixabay Moments that change our perspective, our mood, our behavior, perhaps even our lives, can happen so quickly - yet their impact can be enduring.  To read a reflection on what makes a moment so special, how it affects us, and how it can be an expression of love, read my post in "Life,Refracted" at PsychologyToday.com by clicking here.

September 22nd, 2017|Life, Refracted, Psychology, Transformation|

Differences Sometimes Demand Accommodation

Source: janeb13/Pixabay When differences resulting from limitations or preferences, wants or needs, or simply the extent of intimacy desired, present challenges to people who love each other, accommodation can be called for. Dealing with them with sensitivity and care can show love in a powerful way. To read my "Life, Refracted" post in PsychologyToday.com about this topic, click here.

September 15th, 2017|Aspects of Loving, Life, Refracted, Psychology|

Responding to Silences

Source: Pexibear/Pixabay As described last week, silences can have many meanings.  In this week's post for "Life, Refracted" on PsychologyToday.com, I explored loving ways to deal with each of them.  Read more about ways to respond to a loved one's silences by clicking here.

September 8th, 2017|Aspects of Loving, Life, Refracted, Psychology|

Silence Can Have Several Meanings

People can sensitively show love by accurately understanding the many meanings of silence.  Before they can respond with love (the topic for next week), they must be able to distinguish among silences that are active listening, time for reflection, avoiding creating distraction, an invitation to communion, attention being elsewhere, delaying confict, or expressing anger.  For details, please visit the latest, "52 Ways to Show I Love You: Identify the Meanings of Silence", by clicking here.

September 1st, 2017|Aspects of Loving, Close Relationships, Life, Refracted|

Providing Care is Such a Vivid Way to Show Love

Source: sathyatripodi/Pixabay When a person is dependent - young, old, ill, disabled - or fragile or simply in need of outside help, providing the care that they need can show through actions in a resounding way.  At one extreme, it reflects "Compassionate Love", that altruistic and selfless behavior in which someone else's needs can take precedence over our own.  To read "52 Ways to Show I Love You: Caring and Caregiving", click here.    

August 25th, 2017|Caregiving, Close Relationships, Life, Refracted|

Expanding the Circle of Those you Love Can Make Love More Real

When we expand our couple's embrace to include those we love beyond it, we can bring more joy into our own hearts and those of others.  Doing so may have challenges but the efforts are always worthwhile. See what I wrote about "Expanding the Circle" on Life, Refracted, by clicking here.

August 18th, 2017|Aspects of Loving, Close Relationships, Life, Refracted|

Show Love by Considering a Different Point of View

When you take the time to listen to and consider a loved one's point of view, you show them respect and love.  Types of psychotherapy developed over the past fifty years have increasingly stressed the value of changing perspective.  But just as shifting how you think about something can enhance your own well-being, it can enhance understanding, appreciation, and intimacy in a love relationship.  To learn more, read "52 Ways to Show I Love You: See a Different Point of [...]

August 11th, 2017|Aspects of Loving, Close Relationships, Life, Refracted|
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