The holidays are behind us now and we no longer have the level of stress that the month of December generates. Where do you stand with your relationships? This may be the year to either make or break a relationship. I personally believe that relationships are the most important part of life and we are challenged to grow them everyday. Some take the challenge while others run the other way. Everyday in my practice I help clients take the challenge to heal, nurture, and grow their relationships with their spouse, children, extended family, and friends. I feel so strongly about relationships that I recently completed a book on relationships which will be available by Spring, 2012. This book focuses on the many factors that negatively influences relationships, such as societal influences, personality characteristics, childhood experiences, and the need for power and control, just to name a few. The good news is that we can all change if we have a commitment and desire to change and a willingness to learn new skills and let go of the pain from the past. The book provides specific strategies to enhance relationships and create a life of greater connection to people. We all need healthy relationships in our lives and will experience more joy when we foster connections. Decide for 2012 that you’ll make more of an effort to nurture relationships and see what a difference it makes.