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February 24, 2023 Global Roundup

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

Family related news included a focus on the importance of healthy communication throughout a romantic relationship; some tips on successfully finding a romantic partner and a recognition of the deep-seated fulfillment that can be found by having a rich platonic friendship. Also in the news is a personal account highlighting the stigma of divorce in the South Asian culture.

Neil Prior, BBC News, January 9, 2023

The first Monday of the New Year has long been known among solicitors and counsellors as “Divorce Day”. However, in Wales at least, it appears this phenomenon is turning into "Divorce Month”. Amanda Major shared sage advice: “Many of the couples who come to us haven’t stopped loving each other, they’ve stopped talking and knowing each other…Communication is vital at any stage of a relationship…”

Jancee Dunn, The New York Times, February 10, 2023

You can start by picking a calm moment, sit down with each other “and ask what this is really about,” said Talal Alsaleem, a couples counselor from Rosedale, California. Both people should get a chance to share their perspectives without interruption. Then, try to explore what is actually bugging you.

Damona Hoffman & Meghan Keane, NPR, Updated February 13, 2023

Logan Ury, author of a new book, How to Not Die Alone, shares that she always tries to convey to her clients that dating is a learned skill, with a step-by-step process — and if you follow the plan, you will meet your future partner.

Catherine Pearson, The New York Times, February 14, 2023

Romantic partners gush about love at first sight; parents rhapsodize about meeting their babies for the first time. But it's rare for friends to wax poetic about the moment they "fell” for one another. However, there is magic in the moment when you realize you’ve found a friend like no other. What if we celebrated that kind of connection more?

Samaiya Mushtaq, The New York Times, February 17, 2023

The author shares: “…divorce remains uncommon among South Asians, even in the diaspora. A woman initiating it is even more taboo. And ending a marriage on the grounds I was claiming — a lack of emotional intimacy — surely struck my survivalist Pakistani immigrant parents and in-laws as nonsensical.”

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