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Relationship Minute: Where does relationship success begin?

There are many facets of healthy relationships, elements of strong foundation ideally resting underneath a couple.  Trust, security, emotional safety and good communication are just a few. But where does relationship success truly begin? Don’t even bother looking towards your partner.  Hold up a mirror to yourself because that’s where relationship success starts. In order to have the best relationship...

Emotional Health Minute: One happiness Rx?

Ok – so happiness can’t possibly boil down to one solitary thing, however many researchers believe that if you HAD to it would be gratitude.  Gratitude can not only be the path to a more life satisfaction but even improve your heart. But being “grateful” isn’t necessarily easy, especially if you are prone to a strong negativity bias.  (The glass half empty vs half full world...

Relationship Minute: Seek happiness from within or from your marriage or relationship?

If you are frustrated because your marriage or relationship isn’t “making” you happy you might want to re-think that.  There is a vast difference between being happy with your relationship rather than seeking happiness from your relationship.  What is important is a sense of safety and trust.  This is a condition that’s important for you and your partner to feel. The question isn’t,...

Emotional Health Minute: Getting enough sleep?

Getting enough sleep is more important than you might think.  It not only resets the nervous system but consolidates learnings from that day and fosters physical health in heart, lungs and immune system.  According to Linda Graham, MFT, “Researchers have found that 97.5% of the population need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night yet, on the average, Americans get 6.5 hours of sleep per night.” How...

Relationship Minute: Avoid These Four Negative Communication Patterns

It can be easier said than done to eliminate these damaging habits in your relationship.  Many of us have learned problematic communication patterns in our families of origin or struggle with issues around trust in relationships that leading to knee-jerk, unhelpful responses.  If you make attempts to follow Dr. Gottman’s suggestions but still find yourself in a negative cycle, I can help you dig deeper into...

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