How to Love Someone in the Way They Need

When I turned 30, my husband threw me a “surprise” party. I add quotes because my husband can’t keep a secret, no matter how hard he tries. He thought that by throwing me a surprise party he was showing how much he loved me. He actually believed I’d be thrilled beyond words. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Here’s the thing: I don’t like surprises. And I don’t like parties. Furthermore, as an introvert by nature, I don’t like being around large groups of people. An ideal “party” for me would have been a quiet dinner with just the family, or a couple of close friends. We speak very different love languages, my husband and I. He planned a big …

How to Support Family Members During Times of Crisis

When someone you love is feeling overwhelmed and anxious, it can be hard to know how to help. During times of crisis, it’s important that you’re on hand to provide love, care, and reassurance. In some cases, we may prefer to avoid that person in fear of doing or saying the wrong thing, however, this will make the situation worse. No matter what your loved one is going through, here are some useful tips on how you can best support them. Keep Communication Lines Open If your loved one is going through a stressful period, it’s important that communication lines stay open. Letting them know that you’re thinking about them and are there whenever they need you can be a …