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Changing Your Husband's Bad Habits
Thereís a right way and a wrong way to help someone change bad habits. Read on and discover the possibilities of helping your spouse overcome without coming undone!


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Embrace some good habits and avoid a few bad habits to strengthen your marriage.


When you spotlight his strengths, he mirrors himself in you, inspired to keep developing his abilities.”
January signals a fresh start, at least the noble intention of transformation. This kind of change consists of either sweeping resolutions or small-step evolutions for personal goals. However, what if the person you live with does not entertain even the slightest thought about change, let alone a glorious transformation? Many women who read self-help books have absorbed the notion that, "If I change my own dynamics, everyone around me will change." So, in the real world does this strategy work with your husband?

When you change your dynamics, it means that you have tweaked your absolute perceptions towards greater flexibility.

What To Do

* Become more positive and forgiving in reframing annoyances, telling yourself a much better story. For instance, he misses the hamper as his socks land on the bathroom floor because he is distracted by stressful work issues. He is not taking you for granted.

* Work on your self-growth and lead by example. You concentrate on your own stressors rather than shifting to his as the root cause of your unhappiness.

* Accept him as he is. When you spotlight his strengths, he mirrors himself in you, inspired to keep developing his abilities. He could potentially fulfill your positive prophecy.

* Introspect about your "home rage." Why are your buttons being pushed? When he is infuriating, you return to your core feelings asking yourself what you are not seeing about his side.

What Not To Do

* Donít adopt the dictator to doormat attitude. When you become passionate about your own transformation, resist the temptation to preach and to judge.

* Donít make your home an unsafe haven. Do you possess self-doubts, which might have led to disliking yourself and could this unhappy self possibly have been transmitted to your spouse causing him to think that you are unhappy with him? Could this conclusion make him feel insecure and anxious about your connection? Ultimately, would you be able to improve in this anxious environment? Then donít expect him to do better.

* Donít become self-absorbed. Itís not always about you. Self-improvement is not about control, but rather pooling your best resources together: Your spouse, your children, even the in-laws.

If all else fails regarding changing your spouseís "bad habits," then you have to speak your honest mind: Say no when you are depleted, communicate clearly and succinctly the chores you need to delegate and ultimately let some tasks fall by the wayside for the sake of funóthe kind of fun the two of you used to have together most of the time.

Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of "Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life," "Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout" and "Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul," a stress-reduction specialist, a radio show host and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com.

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