While it may be tempting to hold troubling feelings and thoughts to yourself, fearing that you will create conflict in the sharing, unspoken words can fester and tear at our souls. Dare to approach your mate, friend or colleague with an issue you’ve buried inside and notice the weight lifted and connection restored. “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.” (Psalms 32:3)

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