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50 Excellent & Fun Relationship Building Questions

Here's a list of 50 of my favorite relationship building questions. Use this tool to build relationships at work, home, and with your friends. They work well for team meetings and family events. Enjoy!

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Creating a Work Culture that’s Positive & Productive

Over the past 20 years as a therapist, trainer, and coach, I've helped over 2,000 families thrive, and over 250 companies improve their work culture. There are similarities between the healthiest companies and families. Here are three traits they have in common.

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Why You Should Deal with Your Past

I want my clients to live full and free lives. I don't want the past holding them back. Frequently I challenge clients to process, and come to terms with, past trauma. Their future, and mine, depends on us facing our demons.

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25 Gratitude Building Questions

We all have seasons in our lives when it's very hard to be positive. I can easily view myself as the victim. Gratitude is one of the only things that can end my pity party. 

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Overcoming Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety focuses on what can go wrong. It zeroes in on the worst outcome coming true and bad things happening again. Hope focuses on what can go right, and the opportunity in every circumstance.

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Fear vs Hope Cycle

Most everyone is struggling with the fear and unknown related to COVID-19. You can take specific actions that will significantly help with the anxiety.

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What to Do When Emotionally Overwhelmed

In these emotionally flooding situations, your brain's emotional center, called the amygdala, overrides your pre-frontal cortex, the rational part of your brain. I call this “brain-lock”, where my brain becomes useless, except for fleeing the situation quickly or fighting whatever seems threatening.

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My 10 Favorite Questions to Ask Clients

Three things I always try to keep in mind when asking clients questions: 1. Be prepared with 2 or 3 powerful questions to start the session. 2. Great questions start with a "what", "how", or a "tell me about". 3. Great questions are simple.

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12 Dating & Marriage Building Activities

A healthy marriage takes effort, but it’s well worth it, especially when you count the costs of divorce (financial, emotional, etc.). Here are 11 activities that can take your marriage from average to extraordinary.

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A Simple & Powerful Stress Coping Tool

Clients frequently ask for help in coping with stress. Most can identify the source of the tension (e.g. health, job, money, relationship, etc.), but they CANNOT figure out how to... Read More

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Coping with Anxiety (Part 2)

What is Anxiety? ~ Being consumed by future failures ~ Being absorbed by past failures ~ Something that stifles your intuition ~ Something that steals your ability to trust yourself ~ A false belief that being intense makes you safe ~ A false belief that productivity keeps you safe

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7 Questions That Can Transform Your Relationship

Here are 7 great questions you can ask each other every week. Take just 15 – 30 minutes to discuss them. They can transform you relationship.

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How To Reach Your Goals (Part 1)

To reach your goals, it's important to know why many people miss the mark. Here are 9 common traps that snag people and make your goals fall flat. Avoid each one!

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25 Books That Have Changed My Life

I've read a lot of books and a special few have inspired me deeply. Some books have changed, and possibly saved, my life. I want to share them with you.

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Stop Procrastinating & Get Things Done

Clients share with me frustrations about not getting things done. They almost always know what they need to do, but they don't do it. Here are 4 strategies I use to help myself and clients overcome procrastination.

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How To Be a Better Friend to Yourself

It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, old or young, healthy or sick. Your life, like mine, will always have difficult times. If you're proactive in your self care, you can prevent much of your suffering during these difficult times.

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How To Be Emotionally Healthy

There's a correlation between a lack of healthy emotional expression with depression and anxiety. How do I know this? Well, from research, as well as, from my own personal experience. But there is hope! The healthier you become emotionally, the better life gets.

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Thriving Marriage

A Secret to Creating a Healthy & Thriving Marriage

Have you ever wondered what makes a marriage thrive? Have you ever wanted to know how to take your marriage from “good” to “great”? The happiest married couples do some things differently. 

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