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Art & Soul - The Art Of Well-Being: Love, Loneliness, And Managing Your Expectations

Feb 15, 2018

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This week, Art and Soul is about the Art of Well-Being.  Since it was Valentine's Day this week, 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry speaks with "The Love Doctor" Terri Orbuch about the importance of love in our lives.


Relationships and love are so important to our health and well-being, according to Dr. Orbuch, who adds "when they're good, we're good."  She says people are bound to disagree on many issues adding, "It's how you disagree that impacts our relationships.”  She says it's important to listen to each other when disagreeing about something, not take things personally and validate each other.

Love can come from many different people in our lives, according to the love doctor, and many different kinds of relationships.  She adds it doesn't have to be a romantic relationship or romantic love.

Dr. Terri Orbuch (PhD), also known as The Love Doctor
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She says people should feel good about themselves even without a partner.  She suggests thinking about all the other people in your life that makes it fulfilling.

Loving yourself and self-care are always important, and she advises people to do what makes you happy!

Dr. Orbuch also says a sense of loneliness gets magnified in a week like this, but she says loneliness is about the difference in what we expect in our lives and what we have.

Bottom line, according to the love doctor, when it comes to relationships, you don't have to lower your expectations, but you did need to manage them.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu