Relationships & Intimacy

10 Common Relationship Myths

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Jeffrey Rossman, Ph.D.

It’s easy to script “the fairytale” and put sole focus on all the wonderful things that come with being part of a pair. That doesn’t mean that ‘sailing off into the sunset’ doesn’t come with some choppy seas every now and again—or that that isn’t completely healthy and normal.

Building Healthy Relationships at Work

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Sharon Alpert, M.A., L.I.C.S.W.

Work—it’s where most of us spend the majority of our time. So it’s no wonder that, regardless of your professional position, the relationships you have with your colleagues can play a major role in your overall health and happiness.

Learning How to Be a Good Listener

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Ann Pardo, M.A., L.P.C., B.C.C.

It takes practice and time to develop the skills, but the benefits of being a better listener are great—both for you and for those around you. Bring more harmony and strength to your relationships by trying these techniques to become a good listener and communicator.

Maintaining the Spark in Your Relationship

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Ann Pardo, M.A., L.P.C., B.C.C.

Brand new relationships are fueled by the natural chemistry between two people. But how do you maintain the spark in your relationship way down the road? Chances are good that you simply need to rediscover what drew you together in the first place.

Opening Up to a New Relationship

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Ann Pardo, M.A., L.P.C., B.C.C.

Whenever you’re ready to entertain the possibility of rediscovering companionship, it’s not unusual to wonder where to begin. Ann Pardo, director of life management at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, gives her perspective.

Resolving Conflict Effectively

Written by 
Teresa Dumain
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Jeffrey Rossman, Ph.D.

We rarely seek out conflicts, but they are a part of life. Of course, simply having it out isn’t likely to get you closer to where you want to be, as any blow-up in your past can probably attest. A constructive argument is what is most productive. These strategies may help you approach your next conflict in the most effective way.

The Health Benefits of Friendship

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Wren Bernstein, M.A., M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Are there health benefits of friendship? Yes! Research paints a surprisingly positive picture of how our friends and social connections contribute to overall health and wellbeing. Try some of these ideas to keep your friendships (and your body) strong.

The Power of Forgiveness

Written by 
Teresa Dumain
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Jeffrey Rossman, Ph.D.

Forgiving those who have caused you hurt isn’t easy; the emotions you’re experiencing can be complicated and have deep roots. Still, even when it may not seem this way, forgiveness is a choice—one that you can make not to benefit others, but yourself.

What It Means to Be Intimate

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Ann Pardo, M.A., L.P.C., B.C.C.

Intimacy is sharing important, tender pieces of yourself with people who will treat those pieces of you kindly—moments between you and another being that allow you to be vulnerable and open up. It’s also about having the confidence to be your authentic self and truly share how you feel.

Your Many Roles in Life

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Sharon Alpert, M.A., L.I.C.S.W.

Most of us hold several titles—boss, parent, child and so on—each of which requires us to give of ourselves in different ways. While you may enjoy many of the moments that result, juggling it all “perfectly” can be demanding—and, truth be told, unrealistic.