279 restaurants from as far north as The Woodlands to as far south as Galveston are participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks, offering multi-course meals varying in price from $20 for lunch to $45 for dinner. Restaurants will donate $3 to $7 per meal sold to the Houston Food Bank.
Influencer vs. expert: Taking advice from social media stars may be harmful
We're all influencers to someone because we're all mentoring. Parents influence children, and teachers' mentor and influence students. There are very few parents who haven't experienced a child telling them the correct answer was something their teacher had said and not what their parent had. We want our children to follow good mentors and, therefore, embrace influencers for our children.
However, if you're an adult, and social media influencers have become your primary influencer, you may be doing more harm than good for yourself. Instagram influencers and other social media platforms consider how you look, how you dress, and where you travel to be important status markers and happiness indicators. When you compare your life to the standards of the influencers, it can leave you feeling as though you can't measure up.
Nowhere is the discrepancy more blatant than in the dating world. If you use Instagram influencers for your primary mentor of who you should date, you'll look for the wrong things and the end result will be a superficial, convenient, anxious-driven and high drama relationship. Below are suggestions of how you can take what you see on social media platforms and compare them to what a licensed intimacy relationship psychotherapist advises.Read the full article
Ask Mary Jo: Opening up to a friend & forgiveness from spouse
Hi Mary Jo,
How do you open up to a friend about something deep that you need to share with them?
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6 everyday things you do that ruin your relationship
When couples split up, everyone wants to know what happened. Friends close to the couple may say, “I thought they were so happy together,” or, “Why after so many years?” However, it’s not always the big things that cause the biggest threat. Sometimes it’s the little things; for example, the numerous times you broke a promise, didn’t show gratitude, or forgot a special occasion. In long-term relationships, the constant threat is taking your partner for granted and failing to make them priority. When you begin living your life for yourself and not considering your partner’s needs, you begin the downhill spiral into a joyless relationship.
It’s normal to make mistakes or say the wrong thing in a relationship. However, the key is to learn to forgive each other and try to do better. Below are the most common behaviors that begin unraveling relationships. If you can identify one or two you’re guilty of, take the time to make changes and let your partner know you are sorry and work together to do better.
Marriage is work for everyone. Don’t give up, and don’t blame your partner for your unhappiness. Accept the fact that no person was created to make you happy every moment of every day. Find meaning and purpose in what you can do and give back to others. It’s within those actions that we find true joy.Read the full article
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