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Just now now: a photo representing the past week; a visual gratitude journal, of sorts.

I was talking with a friend this week about the way relationships change over time. It can be a painful process, but a good reminder that nothing is permanent. It got me thinking of The Needs of the Heart that I read about somewhere. They are:

  • attention
  • affection
  • appreciation
  • acceptance

It’s interesting to look at those four needs in all of your relationships — romantic or otherwise. Are you giving them? Are you getting them?

I realized that in my happy and healthy relationships, all four are in abundance. My not-so-great relationships have at least one of the four missing. Is it true that you get what you give? If I offer more acceptance, might I get more in return?

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