Relationships are challenging. If you endeavor to have a healthy relationship, you will have to cultivate your ability to be patient with others. You must learn to tolerate foibles and practice patience. Practicing patience actually cultivates something powerful within you. Note the words of the Apostle James: “Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:4).

Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and TwitterDr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed!