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Is Tall Poppy Syndrome Killing Your Relationships?

Call it narcissism, call it selfish, call it TPS - we see it in our society, but can we see it in our connections? Tall poppy syndrome is killing your relationships.Source: DisneyWe've recently been rewatching Seinfeld of all shows. One that came on today was where Jerry, doing quite well financially, decides to buy his father a new car. Unfortunately for Jerry's dad, it attracts the ire of some very jealous and sour people who see it as a status symbol and they vote him out of an important position as a result. This is a pretty good picture of ...

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8 Ways All Marriages Are The Same

No two couples are alike, but we have more in common than you might think. Here are 8 ways all marriages are the same.Source: PexelsMarriage is the joining of two individuals together. If you've ever met two individuals and known them for any length of time, you would know that despite how similar even the most similar people are, they're still worlds apart in a lot of ways. As such, you look at any couple, and you'll see areas where they are vastly different from other couples - how they spend their time, what they do with their money, who ...

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Celibacy Syndrome, Rejection, and Preferring Sex With A Screen

Japan is experiencing a phenomenon known as celibacy syndrome, but it isn't the only country where people are preferring sex with a screen over real relationships. Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels Mature written content warning, reader discretion advised.I recently read an article on Fight The New Drug about how Japan's death rate has surpassed the birth rate by quite a margin. As someone who loves Japanese culture and has been to 14ish cities in the Land of the Rising Sun, I was curious to read more. Multiple studies have confirmed that the youth of Japan have grown disinterested in romantic relationships with the ...

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How To Have A Great Time In New Zealand (Outside of Queenstown)

Queenstown is always the popular place for those visiting the Land of the Long White Cloud, but here's some other ideas on how to have a great time in New Zealand.Sam's house!This isn't really a travel blog, but I thought it was time to talk about our trip to New Zealand. It really is a great place. I'm not exactly a world traveler, but I have mentioned and written about my month in Japan going to 14 cities (including the northern most point), as well as my times in Hong Kong, mainland China in Zhongshan, and Macau. Last year I ...

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I Am Inevitable: My Spoiler Review for Avengers: Endgame

This review was inevitable. On the way to being the highest grossing film ever made, the arrival of Thanos is sending the world wild. Does Avengers: Endgame live up to the hype? Here's my spoiler review for Avengers: Endgame.Source: DisneyIt's been a little while! I was tossing up between doing this one and writing about some of our great experiences across New Zealand last year for all the travel bloggers out there, but having just seen the movie for the second time with the in-laws last night, I thought it would be worth doing a review of Avengers: Endgame. The ...

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How Easter Changed My Life

It might not mean much to you, but it means everything to me - here is the story of how Easter changed my life.Easter is a contentious time around the world. It's a holidayperpetuated because the Christian world hijacked an existing pagan festivalaround the time of the equinox. Because so much of Western civilization isbuilt on Judeo-Christian beliefs, from our legal system to our constitutions,we all get that awesome holiday that occurs sporadically across March and Aprileach year. As society increasingly moves towards a secularised worldview andlooks to remove religious symbolism and ideology from life, it seems Easter isnow simply ...

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Is It Ever Okay to Cheat on Someone?

As time goes on, relationships get harder, and your heart becomes more unsure, is it ever okay to cheat on someone? Source: PixelsIf you've clicked on this, you've done so for one of three main reasons:You're a friend of my wife or I and are concerned Matt is about to do something stupidYou're in a long term relationship and you've started contemplating other optionsYou've been affected by the fallout of someone cheating on someone elseRest assured, number 1 is absolutely not the case. I even gave my wife a heads up that I was going to write this one so ...

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Are You Becoming A Cynical Person?

As we grow older and through the ups and downs, we can either let life make us better or let it make us bitter. Are you becoming a cynical person?Source: DisneyI would have to say this time in my life is one of the most up and down times I've been through. There really have been a lot of great things happening - so many new opportunities, so many great people in my life, fulfilling relationships and new ventures. It's also been a time with a lot of other things happening around all that, quite a number of additional life ...

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Do You Struggle To Feel Loved?

Mother Teresa called feeling unloved and unwanted the greatest poverty. Whether with your spouse, partner, friends, anyone, or everyone, do you struggle to feel loved? Photo by Ibrahim Asad from Pexels No matter how different we all are us people - in race, creed, faith, geography, history, whatever - we are all fundamentally the same in that we all want to feel like we are loved and wanted. There isn't a single person out there who wakes up in the morning and says, "I can't wait to feel like I don't matter today". We're all looking for somewhere to belong and to find ...

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Becoming A Dog Owner (500k Visitor Special)

In honour of a significant milestone for the blog, I thought I'd write about something a little different. Here is some insight into my journey in becoming a dog owner.In the years of writing this blog, I have been truly humbled by the amount of readership and feedback I have been getting. This isn't a monetized blog, I don't make any living from it whatsoever, but early on I had been told by quite a large number of people that they enjoyed the things I would write about the journeys of life and love online. And so, Walking The Shoreline ...

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