the one word that kills closeness

closeness killer

Remember that old singsong saying about sticks and stones breaking bones? Yeah, I don’t buy it. I think it’s an outright lie. Words hurt. Often. They even hurt others when we weren’t trying. So class, today’s word is one of those “lazy” words we may say often without giving it a thought. It’s just one … Read more

how to be the affair that never happened

affair recovery

Who is the most likely candidate to become involved in an affair? I invite you to check out my latest blog entry for Marriage.com entitled “Three Be’s to Avoid Infidelity”. You might be surprised. There in the counseling session, Kim’s emotions ricocheted from hot anger to numb stupor to intense heartache as she poured out her … Read more

six battle tactics to beat the holiday blues

Christmas sadness

As the calendar turned to November, Sue could feel the tension in her body rising, and her throat began to tighten. Looking at the calendar with its upcoming “command performance appearances” at her parents’ line up of holiday parties, her husband Jeff’s annual Thanksgiving blowout (or was it blow up?) family get together at the … Read more

small changes

small changes

Since it’s New Year’s Eve, we all think about making changes for the year ahead. I find it interesting that we have linked in our heads that a new calendar year equates with making changes. Well, it turns out civilizations of people before us have been doing it for centuries, so I guess it’s part … Read more

when you just can’t seem to connect

couples communication

Why it is so hard to connect sometimes? Here’s a humorous video from Jason Headley that makes a great point (pun intended).

“Don’t try to fix it. I just need you to listen.” Every man has heard these words. And they are the law of the land. No matter what.

Greg Griffin is a Pastoral Counselor in private practice in Marietta, GA. His specialty is relationship repair and rescue- helping partners, spouses, and parents and their adolescents. He’s also the author of Dungeon Times Survival Guide, and Vital Faith.

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