Life is filled with many losses. We experience deaths in our family, divorce and broken relationships, lost jobs and opportunities, layers of sadness. Each of your losses must be grieved. There is no shortcut through them—you must grieve your losses and allow yourself to experience them fully. If you grieve your losses, you will come out the other side more joyful and healthy. If not, you run the risk of layers of pain, grief and sadness to lead to depression. Take time and space to heal so that you can fully embrace life. 

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!