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Bringing Love Stories to Life Here in Our Own Community

Over 20 years ago, Southwest Florida transplant William Tosh stumbled upon a career path that would grow into his lifelong passion––matchmaking.

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Throughout the day, partners would make requests for connection, what Gottman calls “bids.” For example, say that the husband is a bird enthusiast and notices a goldfinch fly across the yard. He might say to his wife, “Look at that beautiful bird outside!” He’s not just commenting on the bird here: he’s requesting a response from his wife—a sign of interest or support—hoping they’ll connect,

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There have been many counselors, Doctors, researchers and others who have struggled with the mystery about love and relationships.....why some can make it work for only a very short time and others for a lifetime? Gottman, was one well known, modern researcher who wanted to know more about the culture of love and intimacy, and what exactly leads to it's demise. He conducted a study in the late 1990s where he designed a lab on the University of Washington campus to look like a beautiful bed and breakfast retreat. He invited 130 newlywed couples to spend the day at this retreat and watched them as they did what couples normally do on vacation: cook, clean, listen to music, eat, chat, and hang out. And Gottman made a critical discovery in this study—one that gets at the heart of why some relationships thrive while others languish.