Better Together: “Good Morning”, a symbol for our lives.

written by Nathan & Kelli

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1. the Grant Study, a 75-year-long Harvard research project on human development

From Our Lives

Yesterday morning I woke up, nudged my wife, and asked “are you ready to wake up?” She responded with a slightly groggy “yes”. At which point I asked her how she slept. After chatting about that for a second or two, she then asked me how I had slept.

This is how every single morning starts for the two of us. I sometimes wake up a little early, but still, around 5 am, I wander back into the room to wake her and ask her how she slept.

This simple, caring, check in with each other to start our mornings has become a symbol for our relationship. It suggests togetherness (we are together every morning), it suggests caring for each other (asking each other how we slept and curious about their answer), and it suggests growth (we started this habit about a year ago).

This morning routine is a symbol of what we want our entire relationship to be about: togetherness, caring for each other, and pushing each other to improve.

We wish you the best in your relationships and hope this newsletter and our articles will help you in your journey.

What We Have Been Reading

“Sometimes when you are faced with uncertainty, you just want to keep running faster… But the likely outcome is that you'll run yourself to the ground and realise the uncertainty is still there as you haven't dealt with it. Learn to embrace uncertainty by being grateful that you feel it. Because feeling it means that you're alive.”

Susanna Newsonen

“Not all sexual encounters begin with spontaneous sexual desire. It is common for partners to feel desire at different times, especially in long-term relationships. However, if one is open and willing, there is a likelihood to feel desire with appropriate sexual stimuli and context, and a willingness and ability to be mindful and engaged—this is responsive sexual desire.”

Joanne Z. Flannery

“Our blind spots are the biggest hindrances to personal development, because they’re literally areas we cannot see. Which is why it’s all the more important to be open to feedback (even if you don’t agree with it) that you may need to change your behavior and the way you interact with others.”

Alicia Liu

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Written and published by Nathan & Kelli.

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