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The Heart of the Matter

Unfortunately, over half of marriages end in divorce. Rather than become another unhappy statistic, there is an alternative. We can learn to create healthy relationships not just by happenstance but by learning the skills to keep our relationships healthy, loving and fun. On each episode of The Heart of the Matter, Rev. George will be joined by his co-hosts Tom and Joyce DeVoge, relationship specialists, taking calls and exploring ways to keep relationships alive, fresh and loving.The ideas and opinions expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect the teachings of Unity. Unity respects a wide range of spiritual thoughts and beliefs, as reflected in the diverse range of subjects presented on Unity Online Radio.

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The Fable of the Scorpion and the Frog

A discussion of the qualities to look for in deciding who will likely make a good friend and who will not.


23 Sep 2009

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Creative Celebration

Meaningful events in a relationship need to be marked by a celebration. This program addresses practical tips for savoring special occasions.

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14 Apr 2010

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The parenting relationship is a complex and special one that requires the parent to assume a dominant and loving attitude.


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Appreciation is the atomic structure of affection. When we express our appreciation, we enjoy the benefits of feeling and sending gratitude.


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Anger Management for Mature Adults

When anger is aroused, many of us feel a pull toward immature expression of this emotion. We offer practical methods for safe and mature management of this potentially destructive emotion.


18 Feb 2010

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Steps to Healing a Betrayal

There are concrete steps one can take to rebuild trust and affect after a betrayal and we'll be exploring those possibilities.


28 Oct 2009

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Six Do's and Don'ts for Promoting Intimacy

All of us want to feel close and connected to our partner, but how do we do that? This program covers six important behaviors to avoid that undermine intimacy. In addition, we discuss six types of behavior that promoted couples feeling close and connected.


10 Dec 2009

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Listening and the Art of Responsible Complaining

Responsible complaining is an important skill for successful friendship. Complaining should involve criticism, blaming or attacking. Good listening skills are required for processing our partner's complaints.


4 Mar 2010

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Understanding Friendship

Most of us want rewarding, satisfying relationships, those that are mutually pleasurable. A deeper understanding of the element of friendship can guide us toward this goal.


14 Jan 2010

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Maintaining Daily Connection

Intimacy is a process, not a destination. We recommend daily rituals and tools to sustain connection.


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10 Rules for Healthy Friendships

To maintain a healthy relationship, both people have to play by the same set of rules. We'll offer 10 rules that work.


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Talking Back to January

The fun is over; the bills are due. This is a likely time to feel sad--unless you take charge of January.


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The Art of Negotiating Conflict Resolutions

One major difference between happy and unhappy couples is the ability to resolve conflict effectively with respect. Most of us learned only unfair and dirty tactics for arguing and fighting to settle differences. Negotiation is a step-by-step alternative to unfair tactics.


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Levels of Emotional Maturity

We’re supposed to mature with age. In the arena of relationships, we may not know what emotional maturity looks like. We’ll give examples of both mature and immature emotional behaviors.


24 Jun 2009

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Gender Differences in Intimacy

Men and women approach intimacy in different ways. What appeals to a man may not appeal to a woman. We’ll discuss the common differences and how to address them.


17 Jun 2009

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How to Improve Your Self-Esteem

How we feel about ourselves affects how successful we’ll be in our primary relationship. We provide tips for improving self-esteem so that your relationship isn’t hampered by a history of self-criticism.


27 May 2009

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The Art of Negotiating

Join in today’s discussion on creating healthy relationships: achieving resolution through the art of negotiating.


11 Mar 2009

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Anger Management

Anger is part of the human experience. However, feelings of love and friendship depend on gentleness. We cannot afford to be very angry very often.


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The Five G’s

The Five G’s—Gentleness, Generosity, Graciousness, Gratitude, and Goodwill—are essential attitudes and forms of conduct that support the caring part of a friendship.


12 Feb 2009

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Guest Rev. Suzanne and Matt Carter

Join Rev. George Whitton and guests Rev. Suzanne and Matt Carter for a discussion on ways to keep relationships alive, fresh, and loving.


5 Feb 2009

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