Mindful couples counseling can reduce stress in a relationship and enhance acceptance and closeness. In a 2004 study by Carson, Carson, Baucom and Gil, couples that received mindfulness based couples therapy had decrease in relationship distress. The development of mindful communication skills is also a key component of mindfulness based couples therapy. Relationships test us in many ways, redefining how we see ourselves and the world around us. Mindfulness helps couples cultivate a different relationship with feelings which carries over in the way we relate to each other. Mindfulness expert Dr. Donna Rockwell helps to train couples to respond differently to one another. Exploring the way in which our words affect our loved ones can promote closeness and well-being in a relationship by helping couples filter out the words that hurt. Mindfulness practices will better enable you to truly go after what you want, not only in your relationship, but in your personal goals. It’s an ongoing practice that can help you to become the person you want to be every day for the rest of your life.