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Increase good feelings at home

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Strong families thrive on good feelings.  They are not devoid of conflict or criticism; but generally strong families are pleasant environments to be part of.   One way to increase good feelings in your family is to increase the number of compliments.   As a general rule, the ratio of compliments to criticism should be around five to one. That is, there should be five times more positive, affirmative comments than negative comments.   In unhealthy families the ratios is reversed. In fact, families are quite toxic when the ratio is five negatives to every one positive comment.   How does your family rate on this scale?   If you use children only as a measure I suspect that the complement/criticism ratio will be a little scary.    Some siblings can be unkind to each other, and find it hard to say a pleasant word. &nbs...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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