Most of us are hungry for encouragement. We long to be greeted with a bright smile at the end of a hard day. We long for a welcoming embrace after a tough day at the office, or after a day of caring for runny noses and demanding kids. Do you bring warmth and encouragement to your mate? Smiles are contagious. Use generously. “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:19)

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 Twitter