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The Never-Ever Rules: 1. Do not talk about important issues or ones where a decision must be made when: a. you are angry b. are extremely tired c. when either party is under the influence of drugs or alcohol The Always Rules: 1. Give each other a “time-out” if you see the communication is getting to a heightened emotional level of anger or yelling. Sometimes communication can be very uncomfortable, but it is vital for any and all relationships. We are not mind readers, and expressing ourselves is a gift that only enhances deeper relationships! Please pass this along to friends and loved ones you think might enjoy and benefit from this reading. My hope is that you will enhance every relationship around you including the workplace, at home, with your children, and friends as you become great listeners and communicators. 2. This “time-out” may be for a few hours or a day or two, but always come back to the issue so that a resolution can be made. Do not avoid and withdraw completely from what obviously needs to be discussed. Georgia Smith is in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas providing counseling for children, adolescents, adults, and marriage and family. Georgia has a BA degree in Economics from the University of North Texas and an MA degree in Counseling from Amberton University. As an author and counselor, she has a passion for writing, counseling, and public speaking to encourage others to become all they are created to be. Her first book, You Are My Beloved, Now Believe It, also has a supplemental devotional study guide. Her second book, Mercy Falls Like Rain, will be available this spring. Please visit www.counselingbygeorgia.com. Georgia can be contacted at 469-855-0256 or via email at gpsmith7@aol.com. DENTON COUNTY Living Well Magazine | MARCH/APRIL 2016 39