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Renew Hope for a Better Relationship
Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD posted:
All long-term relationships go through difficult times. Sometimes it can get so bad that you want to give up. But before you do, give serious thought to what you appreciate in your partner and relationship, how you have managed to stay together until now, and what hope you can possibly see for a better future.

By looking inside for positive feelings toward your partner and your relationship, you might find a way to motivate yourself to recommit to making it work.

Is this an approach you can relate to? What other things have you done to try to save a relationship that's going wrong? And, how effective was that approach?

If you would like to read more in detail about this topic in my The Art of Relationships blog, click here .

Dr. Becker-Phelps's discussions and her responses in those discussions are for general educational purposes only. If you need help for an emotional or behavioral problem, please seek the assistance of a psychologist or other qualified mental health professional.


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