Valentine’s Day: Reflections on Relationships

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Relationships are a maturation machine in need of 
regular maintenance and fine-tuning.

Valentine’s Day provides an annual reminder to focus on the importance of frequent practices of love, laughter and healing for couples. Relationships are a maturation machine in need of regular maintenance and fine-tuning. Dr. Linda Miles recommends tools to maintain, repair and restore love bonds.

Although this is an easy list to memorize, the difficulty lies in breaking the patterns that prevent maintenance of our desired behaviors. Peggy Papp, a famous family therapist, remarked that we come out of our own family of origin with a “cookie-cutter” approach to life which requires “heroic moments” to reshape our own cookie-cutters. Visualizing your dream relationship several times a day will help begin reshaping your cookie-cutter and allow room for positive maintenance within your relationship.

Dr. Linda Miles is a leading psychotherapist, crisis therapist, award-winning author, and relationship expert. She has studied and worked in the field of counseling psychology for over 35 years and focuses on mindfulness, stress reduction, mental health and relationships. She has published several books on relationships and mindfulness (the latest: Change Your Story, Change Your Brain) as well as articles in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Reuters and Miami Herald, and has appeared as a guest expert on numerous national TV shows including CNN, Fox News, ABC, and NBC. You can find additional resources on Dr. Miles’ Facebook page, Mindfulness Rewrites, or at

Dr. Linda Miles
Miles and Associates




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