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Top 5 Things Your Husband Needs from You

By Cassandra Soars My husband is a great man. He’s kind; he’s humble; he has a gift of hospitality, which means he’s happy to serve the people around him, and he rarely complains. But this often translates to him not telling me what he wants or needs. So it’s taken some guess work on my part to understand what he wants from me. After almost nine years of marriage, I think I’ve started to figure out what he wants and needs. Are you wondering what things your husband wants from you? After talking to a number of couples, I noticed some common themes. While each man is different, here are the top 5 things your husband might want from you. 1. Recreational companionship: There are different types of intimacy, and recreational intimacy is one of them. Many men connect best over an activity or sport. There are no negative emotions involved, just a healthy and fun sense of competition. On your next date, try engaging in a sport or activity you both enjoy. 2. Trust: Part of being in an intimate relationship is a sense of trust. He wants to know that you trust him–that you trust him to make good decisions and be your equal. Sometimes I tend to give my husband advice as if I know better than he does. I grew up as an older sister to younger brothers, and he was the youngest child in his family. This dynamic often doesn’t contribute to making him feel like I trust him, but I’m working on it. I have started asking him for his advice on the things I’m working on, and I realize just how valuable his strategic input is. This helps build my sense of trust in him so I’m better able to show him that I trust him. Many wives question their husbands about why or how he does things, making him feel like he has to justify himself. All he really wants is to know you trust that his way could work too. 3. Sexual fulfillment: Many husbands feel like this part of their lives is lacking. My counsel to wives who struggle with spouses not feeling fulfilled sexually is always to work on their own sexual fulfillment. This will ultimately lead to their husbands being more satisfied. You can’t do something all the time for someone else. When sex is mutually satisfying, both partners will feel more content. 4. Appreciation: Your husband wants to know that you appreciate him. Especially for those things he does for you that you might naturally take for granted like taking out the garbage, changing light bulbs, mowing the lawn or other little things he knows you want him to do. Acknowledgment shown through thanking him will go a long way in helping him feel appreciated. (And when your husband feels appreciated, you might just find he helps out even more.) For some ideas on how to affirm and appreciate your husband, see the inset. 5. Space: Sometimes your husband just needs a little space. He wants, even needs, a few hours or even a whole day where he can just be, where he doesn’t have to work or do anything for anyone else, where he can just take care of his own needs. This will be good for both of you. Affirmation and Appreciation Words of affirmation go a long way for all of us, but especially for the man in your life. Men really do like hearing compliments – especially from their wives. So, today, try to compliment your husband at least once. 1. Compliment Him on the Physical. Compliment his strength, his eyes, or his hands. Compliment the way he walks (I recently saw my husband walking in the distance, and noticed he walked with confidence and purpose. When he reached me, I said, “You have such a strong walk.”). Tell him he looks great or handsome when he leaves for work, for church or to work out. Compliment his profile, his back, his shoulders. Compliment him for something physical that only you would know. 2. Compliment Him on the Mental and Emotional. Tell your husband he’s smart, witty or wise. When he’s done a good job figuring something out, or putting something together praise him for it. Compliment him for being a rock emotionally. Give him a compliment for being mature, steady and dependable. 3. Compliment Him on His Father/Husband Role. Praise him for his success at work. Compliment him when he has a good day on the job, or when he earns more than he expected. Compliment him as a father for the way he relates to your children; the way he plays with them; or makes time for them. 4. Compliment Him on the Way He Treats You. Say, “You really hear me when I talk” or, “I really appreciate the way you’re always there for me when I’ve had a bad day.” Men like hearing that they are being successful in making you feel loved and secure. Try this one: “I always know that as long as you’re around, I’m safe.” Try to give your husband a sincere, specific compliment every day. Doing so will help you focus on your husband’s positive traits, and it will make him want to be around you even more.

By Cassandra Soars My husband is a great man. He’s kind; he’s humble; he has a gift of hospitality, which means he’s happy to serve the people around him, and he rarely complains. But this often translates to him not telling me what he wants or needs. So it’s taken some guess work on my part to understand what he …

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LISTEN UP! Hearing in the Workplace

LISTEN UP! Hearing in the Workplace

We feel our best when we do our best. At the top of our game is where we all want to be. This is as true in the workplace as it is on the baseball field. But to stay at the top of your game at work and in life, you need to stay primed – ready for that next big …

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Warning Signs of Testicular Cancer

Warning Signs of Testicular Cancer

Although testicular cancer is relatively rare, affecting just 1 in 263 American males, testicular tumors are on the increase. Testicular cancer usually affects younger men, so if you are in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, you should be aware of the possible symptoms of testicular cancer. While many testicular lumps are harmless, if a testicle lump does turn out to …

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Moderate Drinking May Not Ward Off Heart Disease

Moderate Drinking May Not Ward Off Heart Disease

Presented by Cardiovascular Clinic of West Tennessee Many people believe that having a glass of wine with dinner—or moderately drinking any kind of alcohol—will protect them from heart disease. But a hard look at the evidence finds little support for that. That’s the conclusion of a new research review in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol …

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“Lost Leg, Found Soul”

Lost Leg, Found Soul

By Teresa Caruso At age 15, free style bike rider Kalvin Wilmoth was performing tricks with a group of his friends in Marietta, GA, around a four lane, low traffic area. Without any warning, a car ran a stop sign and hit the tire of Kalvin’s bike sending him plummeting to the pavement. The car drove on and was never found. …

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About Root Canal Therapy

About Root Canal Therapy

By Dr. Randall LeDuke, DDS This month we are going to examine the why’s and wherefore’s of root canal therapy, clinically known as Endodontics. Root canal therapy is a fact of life at the dental office. Although the conditions that lead to root canal therapy are mostly preventable through regular dental examination and hygiene maintenance, every day, in every dental …

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What are Warts?

What are Warts

Presented by Raines Foot Clinic Warts are one of several soft tissue conditions of the foot that can be quite painful. They are caused by a virus and can appear anywhere on the skin. Those that appear on the sole of the foot are called plantar warts. Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults. Some people …

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Proper Bike Fit and Exercise for Low Back Pain Prevention

According to physical therapist, Chandler R. Taylor, low back pain is the second most common complaint among bicyclists (Pruitt, 2006). The aerodynamic posture of a bicyclist in spinal flexion can increase the pressure on vertebral discs and increase the risk of low back pain (Mellion, 1994). There are numerous genetic and environmental factors, which can create low back pain. There …

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WHAT ARE DISABLED ADULT CHILD BENEFITS?

WHAT ARE DISABLED ADULT CHILD BENEFITS

By Jennifer L. Foster, RN, Attorney-at-Law Some of the most heartbreaking calls that I receive are from parents with disabled children who are either reaching adulthood or already have become adults. The common concerns are: what happens to my child when I die; who will take care of them; and how will they be able to financially survive? Unfortunately, not every …

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Is My Wife Having An Affair?

By Lisa Webb, D.Psy Q: My wife is always at work. She has projects all the time and even when she is home she is not really home, being on the phone or email.  Her boss is male, and she spends a lot of time with him. I know she loves her work—but I feel like there is more going …

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Grills, Guys, and Good Health

Grills, Guys, and Good Health

This summer, take the time to enjoy, kick back, throw the ball around and fire up the barbecue. Worrying about your health can make life difficult to enjoy, so make sure that this summer, and every season, you are working to help prevent and lower your risk for disease and doing what is needed to stay fit and healthy. Heart …

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Failing Forward

Failing Forward

By Bill Peel, DMin Some people refuse to use the word failure. Instead, they substitute words like slip-up, setback, glitch, mistake—or at least frame the failure in a positive light. Take IBM founder Thomas Watson, for example. He was legendary for his ability to turn a serious mistake into a learning opportunity. On one occasion, a young executive lost $10 million …

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This Month’s American Heart Association Heart Healthy Recipe: Southwestern Quinoa and Egg Breakfast Bowl

Southwestern Quinoa and Egg Breakfast Bowl

Liven up the breakfast routine with this South­western quinoa bowl. Quinoa contains a hefty amount of protein, making this a great morning option. Add other items to turn this into your own creation-cucumber, radishes, black beans, and more. The eggs can also be cooked however you prefer-over-easy, poached, or even scrambled. Ingredients: –    1/4 cup raw quinoa –    1/2 avocado, …

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Why is it better to treat hearing loss sooner rather than later?

Why is it better to treat hearing loss sooner rather than later

Identifying and addressing hearing loss early brings many benefits. From enhancing your quality of life, to helping protect against several health consequences linked to unaddressed hearing loss, the case for early treatment is strong. Perhaps the most compelling reason to never put off a hearing test and treatment, however, is simply this: We “hear” with our brain, not with our ears. …

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Let Us Help The Importance of Early Recognition of Stroke Symptoms for Emergency Treatment

By William Barrow, M.D. Stroke is a medical emergency that affects roughly 800,000 Americans every year. Of those affected, three quarters have never had a stroke before. Unfortunately 130,000 stroke victims each year do not survive the strokes that they suffer. Tennesseans suffer significantly more strokes than the national average due to higher rates of high blood pressure, high cholesterol …

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Hello, My Name is MAKO!

Hello, My Name is MAKO!

Henry County Medical Center adds the Total Knee Replacement to its Joint Replacement Options with the MAKO Robotic-Assisted Surgery System Robots in the surgical suite are nothing new, but robots assisting orthopedic surgeons on total knee replacements is groundbreaking. And Henry County Medical Center is only one of three hospitals in the state of TN to offer MAKO robot-assisted total …

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Hormones and IBS

Estrogen and progesterone affect IBS symptoms in a few ways, from how your intestines work to how much pain you feel. Cells in your gut have things called receptors that let these hormones latch on to them. This suggests that your digestive system is designed to sense and react to them. Here are the main ways they affect IBS: • …

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5 Ways to Relieve Menstrual Pain Naturally

Many women of childbearing age get cramps during their menstrual cycle, when contracting muscles cause menstrual pain or dysmenorrhea. This pain often requires intervention. Over-the-counter drugs may yield instant results but may have side effects, such as drug resistance if used for prolonged periods. Here are some ways to relieve menstrual pain naturally. 1. Drink Hot Water Hot water helps …

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8 Essential Health Tips for Women

Women are called on to overcome many challenges and obstacles each day. Unfortunately, because of all the responsibilities and commitments in life, it can sometimes be hard to find time to take care of yourself. Nevertheless, to keep being all you need to be to everyone, you must learn to make your health a top priority.Listed are some key tips …

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Be Still and Live 

By Christy McGriff My name is Christy and I am addicted to busy. That was the summarizing statement of my life before I found freedom in simplicity. I was a corporate junky, always seeking the next big project, accomplishment or promotion. That was until my loving Savior gave me a big push. I’m sure He started with gentle nudges, but I …

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