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The Sound Relationship House (Part 2 of 5)

John and Julie Gottman’s Sound Relationship House

John and Julie Gottman’s model basically boils down to being nice to your partner while still having boundaries.

It starts with getting to know your partner really well. That means finding out their hopes and dreams; their experiences and memories; their values, ethics, politics, and spiritual views.

It starts with all the talking you do when you’re in new relationship energy, but it adds an additional responsibility to keep learning from each other.

They ask you to keep on talking and sharing your day, your experiences.

It starts with the admonition to be your partner’s best friend.

One piece of practical advice I got from Trish Purnell, a Gottman Trainer is that when your husband first comes in, the first moments he walks through the door, I just set aside 20 minutes (maybe over dinner or a drink) and let him vent about his day. He’ll vomit his news up all over me, and he’ll feel better, I don’t have to say anything or problem solve, I just let him vent for 20 minutes or so.

Another thing that I’ve done is to ask my husband to participate in my hobbies. So I did things like buying him a colouring in book so we could colour together, he does jigsaw puzzles so we do that together sometimes, we both love to read so we sometimes read the same books so we can talk about them to each other. It makes a big difference to understand your partner

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The Sound Relationship House (Part 1 of 5)

John and Julie Gottman’s Sound Relationship House

John and Julie Gottman have been helping couples heal in relationships and researching good relationships since the 1970’s.

It started with John realizing he had a crummy love life.

He would date women, but they just kept leaving him. Duh Dong.

Eventually he decided to get some data into what good relationships look like, and how to be in one.

Fast forward over 50 years and he’s happily married to Julie and his research team can predict with 98% accuracy if a couple will still be together in 5 years after a 1 hour conversation.

When he married Julie, in the 1980’s she said, ‘So John, when are you going to start telling people about this good relationship stuff?’ John was like ‘Huh?’ Lol.

Over time they’ve developed a model for good relationships called The Sound Relationship House and a series of short courses that you can do online through or in person in Australia through My husband and I did their two day course, and some of their short courses, and they’re very good.

They’ve also got a whole mess of books and posters and info-graphics and card decks, you name it, available online through sites like or though local bookstores like (search term: gottman).

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Husband’s Loving Hands

Can you think of a completely natural couple’s ritual that brings good sleep and feels great? One that is soothing, low cost, and doesn’t require a great deal of effort or attention?

I can.

And is just so happens that my husband is great at them. 🙂

It’s back massage!

Massage is effective to aid:

  • Some chronic pain
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia

Victorian Gov Better Health

Massage may induce:

  • Relaxation
  • Improved circulation
  • Stimulation of lymphatic system
  • Increased Joint Mobility
  • Heightened mental alertness

Victorian Gov Better Health

We have an awesome massager that originally came from The Body Shop

Straight after massage, we usually release lots of endorphins with dry brushing.

Dry Brushing may:

  • Open pores
  • Exfoliate the skin
  • Stimulate the lymphatic system
  • Increase circulation
  • Help aid relaxation
  • Be bad for people with very sensitive skin


A dry brush is like a hair brush for your skin.

Finally we take out the Lavendar Moisturiser

Lavender seems to have:

  • Antibacterial effects
  • Antifungal effects
  • Antianxiety effects
  • Antidepressant effects
  • Some pain relieving effects


Cheap Cheats Recipe for Lavender Moisturizer:

¼ Cup sorbolene cream with or without glycerine or other plain moisturizer

Between 2-10 drops of lavender oil as preferred

Between 2-10 drops of other essential oil/s as preferred

  • Mix carefully

  • Store in a container with an air-tight lid, preferably screw top
  • Avoid extreme temperatures
  • Spot test thoroughly before applying
  • Discontinue use if irritation occurs and/or add less or different essential oils next time
  • This is a really fun project, you can use old moisturizer containers to make your own yummy smells.
  • You and your husband can make your own different yummy smells.
  • Also makes a nice gift if you put it in a lil jar for Christmas etc with a bow and some decorations.