Posts for Relationships

New book – 60 ways to improve your family-life in 60 seconds

If you’re looking to improve your family life, then ‘Meee in a family minute; 60 ways to improve your family life in 60 seconds’ is the perfect book to have in your pocket.   It is part of the ‘Meee in a minute’ books from Sid Madge of Meee.   […]

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Divorce Bill receives Royal Assent to be implemented late 2021

New laws to spare divorcing couples having to apportion blame for the breakdown of their marriage took a step closer this week, as a Bill seeking to reduce family conflict gained Royal Assent. Currently, one spouse has to make accusations about the other’s conduct, such as ‘unreasonable behaviour’ or adultery, […]

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Why we need French-style divorce for lockdown break-ups

As lockdown sends many relationships to breaking point …   … mais le divorce est facile. from www.shutterstock.com Veronica Shleina, City, University of London The coronavirus pandemic has put new pressures on relationships and many are feeling the strain. With families locked in houses, schools closed and job losses on […]

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The science of sleep: how sharing your dreams could help to improve your relationships

Storytelling and empathy – the power of sharing your dreams. Julia Lockheart/Sleep Lab, Author provided Mark Blagrove, Swansea University and Julia Lockheart, University of Wales Trinity Saint David When you wake up from a strange or particularly memorable dream, how likely are you to share it? Maybe you might tell […]

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Research on facial expressions challenges the way we think about autism

Connorkeating2259/Shutterstock Connor Tom Keating, University of Birmingham and Jennifer Cook, University of Birmingham Autism researchers are starting to think that autistic and non-autistic faces may “speak a different language” when conveying emotion. This could mean the “social difficulties” often associated with autism may, at least partly, result from differences in […]

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Councils to ensure family members can attend funerals

Local Government Minister Simon Clarke today (17 April 2020) wrote to all councils in England to ensure that family members can attend the funerals of their loved ones and that the wishes of the deceased are respected during this pandemic. The government has consistently been clear that it is important that funerals […]

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Happiness: is feeling content more important than purpose and goals?

Don’t worry, be happy. Shutterstock Rafael Euba, King’s College London There is much written about finding one’s life purpose and reaching self actualisation, but do we really need to have one? My partner is happy pottering around the house with his family around him, watching TV, reading the news, working […]

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Keeping your relationship going during lockdown

Couples trying to cope with the coronavirus lockdown should work as a team and make future plans to keep their relationship strong during the crisis, experts have said. Making use of any additional spare time to build friendship, having realistic expectations and trying to see the best in your partner […]

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Improving the lives of people with dementia

An expert in the communication challenges caused by dementia is using her research to inform training practices for carers and families. Professor Alison Wray of Cardiff University has spent a decade studying the social and emotional impact of dementia and its onward effect on communication. Her detailed understanding of the causes of communication breakdowns in the […]

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Divorce applications plummet during lockdown

One effect of the Government social distancing lockdown is the crash in new divorce cases according to a leading online divorce service. There has been a 30% drop in new cases since Boris Johnson announced the first measures on Thursday 19th March. Calls, live chat and email enquiries have dropped […]

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