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Just in Time for Valentine's Day: How to Avoid a Broken Heart

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Just in time for Valentine's Day, here are some tips from Ohio State Wexner Medical Center on how to prevent a broken heart.

Falling out of love is almost as common as falling in, but there are ways to improve your relationships before a heart breaks...and recovery methods if it does. Many hearts will be filled this Valentine holiday, but a few will also be "broken." That's because being in love, or in any relationship, means taking a risk that all won't go as planned.  

George Gibbs, a clinical counselor at Ohio State University's Harding Hospital offers these suggestions for building stronger relationships:

• Focus on the positive. Practice verbal and non-verbal expressions of affection and keep shared interests and activities a priority.

• Practice forgiveness. Even the best relationships include disappointments and hurt. Forgiveness entails the ability to acknowledge the pain, talk about it, and in time, to make an active decision to no longer dwell on the anger and disappointment, so that you can return to a more positive relationship.

• Take personal responsibility. Recognize that your own behavior can contribute to relational health or injury. Blaming your partner when you are unhappy in a relationship is the 'common cold' of relational conflict. Such blame becomes contagious and keeps relationships stuck. We have no direct control over the other person's choices and behavior, which is why we become vulnerable in love. We do have control over our own choices and behaviors that can improve the emotional environment of the relationship and keep our mental health in balance.

• Stay Focused. Good mental health, just like fitness and physical health, requires a conscious effort and putting healthy habits into practice. Together, physical and mental wellness can add to greater enjoyment of life for us and our loved ones.


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