How to be happy in a relationship: 12 tips for fulfillment

Discovering how to be happy in a relationship is not a process many people expect to go through when they first get together with a partner. But if you’ve hit a rocky patch and are looking to recover what you had, it’s important to know there is a way forward. 

There are so many benefits to be had coming out the other side as well, including the chance for deeper intimacy and a better understanding of each other. Going through a difficult period together and coming out stronger won’t only help you get on in day-to-day life but in the years to come. 

But actively working on a relationship when things get difficult isn’t something that many people naturally want to do, counselor and life coach Anna Williamson points out. “It’s really important to recognize that the relationship will never sustain that level of intimacy and excitement unless hard work is put in,” she says. “Relationships tend to come into problems a few years down the line because we’ve stopped prioritizing our partner. This means we’ve stopped checking in with them, stopped checking to see what makes them feel loved, what makes them feel valued and respected.” 

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A Case Study: The relationship between a candidate and a ‘pink slime’ news network

The objective of the “newspapers” that landed on Illinois voters’ doormats ahead of the midterm elections were far from subtle. They wanted to see Gov. J. B. Pritzker replaced by Republican challenger Darren Bailey.

Carrying names such as ‘West Cook News’ and ‘Chicago City Wire’, the publications imitated the familiar appearance of local newspapers and promised “Real data, real news”. They were, in fact, a product of Local Government Information Services (LGIS), which is part of a wider network of pro-Republican sites that has been scrutinized for exploiting the local news crisis by “using partisan newspapers to launder advocacy.”

Incumbent Gov. Pritzker labeled the papers the work of “racist political consultant”, in reference to Dan Proft, a prominent conservative activist and one of LGIS’s founders. Pritzker’s spokesperson dismissed the papers as “Republican propaganda”, while the Democratic Party of Illinois sent mailers warning voters not to be fooled by the newspapers, describing them variously as “phony”, “fake” and “not real”.

Darren Bailey, by contrast, spoke glowingly of the “newspapers’” output. During an interview with Proft – who is also a conservative talk show host and chair of the People Who Play By The Rules PAC, which supported Bailey – he said

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