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This week we are taking a break from the wholehearted living series to explore a recipe for true connection as discussed in my latest Daytime Rogers TV segment. I think it is safe to say that you are all starting to catch on to the fact that I am extremely passionate about connection. A sense of connection is essential to romantic relationships but also goes into family, friendship, workplace, community and many other aspects of our lives. Click the image below to watch the interview where I discuss a recipe for true connection. The key takeaways are also briefly included below.

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Takeaways from the interview:

  • Researcher Dr. Brene Brown defines connection as “the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
  • We cannot work towards building true intimacy and connection without safety and trust. It is essential to know the environment is not prickly if you are going to open up and share your true self with someone.
  • It takes courage and vulnerability to show your true self
  • It is impossible to have a true sense of connection if you cannot be your authentic true self with your spouse or others.
  • Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. It is a brave act, not a sign of weakness. It is something that we cannot out run, no matter how hard we try.
  • Gratitude is an act and a practice, not an attitude.
  • Gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation help to extinguish blame, shame and criticism.
  • A little bit of appreciation goes a long way!

I hope you all enjoyed and learned something new from the interview. The next segment focused on New Year’s Resolutions for relationships will air January 13th, 2014 and will be posted on the blog shortly after. As we head into the holidays, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I look forward to finishing the wholehearted living series with you after Santa visits and the ball drops.