Oxytocin: The Bonding Hormone

Oxytocin is a hormone that helps relax and reduce blood pressure and cortisol levels. Oxytocin increases pain thresholds, has anti anxiety effects, and stimulates various types of positive social interaction. In addition, it promotes growth and healing.

The Five Languages of Love


My weekend reading was a book called The Five Languages of Love. Sounds like another cliché book written as an easy antidote for friction in relationships/marriages, right? On the contrary, the book is a very straight forward explanation to why even the most loving couples’ gestures towards one another leads to fire. Everyone has their …

EVOX – Perception Reframing

How Perception Reframing Can Improve your Health, Relationships & Performance

The EVOX facilitates a process called Perception Reframing. Perception is the way you feel and think about something. Because we perceive more than we are aware of, perception is more often ‘felt’ rather than ‘thought about.’

Validation – A Smile can go a LONG way

A friend sent me this video a while back and it’s so precious! A smile, a compliment can go such a long way. It’s a small yet powerful demonstration how we are all connected and that our moods, works, action can create a ripple effect and really change people. I was reminded of this today and had to watch it again. Enjoy!

Do you know how to be married?

Submitted by: Lory Ishii

If I could have a quarter for every time someone I knew asked me, “do you think he/she is my soul mate?” then I’d be moving into Bill Gates’ house.   Ellen McCarthy of the Washington Post recently published an article entitled, “The Marriage Myth: Why do so many couples divorce? Maybe they just don’t know how to be married.” The article touches on some really important relational aspects, which I list below…with my own spin, of course:

Anatomy of Love

Created by an uber-talented card designer, this poster is more than a cute wall hanging.

The organs, glands and tissues are labeled with virtues: kindness, wisdom, joy, faith, honesty, long-suffering, righteousness, gentleness, truth, grace, respect, humility, commitment, patience, diligence, contentment, strength, self control, peace, goodness, compassion and love.

Julie & Julia

A few months ago, a good friend called me in tears to ask if I could watch Julie & Julia with her after a very disappointing day.

I left my kitchen in a mess and happily agreed to lend my shoulder.


I try not to have high expectations with blockbuster films but Avatar did not disappoint!

The underlying theme of colonialism has been seen many times in past films as is in Avatar. With the help of an ingenious setting, captivating love story and the oh-so-cool 3-D graphics, this film tells a story of the greed and corruption of humanity, destroying homes and lands for profit and power.