By Dr. Ken Larsen
My wife Sheren and I have been married for over 50 years. We have learned to live together in peace with no conflicts.
And, dear reader, if you believe that I have a fantastic deal on the Golden Gate Bridge.
We have, however, learned ways to work through our conflicts. Following is one example.
I enjoy listening at a level that Sheren finds unpleasant. We tried turning the sound level down to a lower level. That worked for Sheren, but not for me.
Sheren, in her loving wisdom, came up with a solution that works for both of us.
Ear plugs for Sheren or a headset for me. We actually sort of alternate. This is a very simple but effective resolution to the conflict.
I can conclude from this experience that for us, mental health and happiness is not based on being free of conflict.
It is based on maintaining a loving connection while we work through the conflict.
If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is.