Being Well Podcast: The Keys to a Great Relationship
January 16, 2023

Before becoming the “Buddhist brain guy” Dr. Rick spent over 30 years working in private practice as a couples counselor and family therapist. Today we’re leaning on that experience, and learning what we can do to build stronger, more fulfilling relationships.

Today’s episode was based on Rick’s new book Making Great Relationships: Simple Practices for Solving Conflicts, Building Connection, and Fostering Love. Follow this link if you’d like to order it.



Key Topics:

0:00: Introduction and Rick’s upcoming book

3:20: The importance of deliberate action in making a relationship 

5:50: 6 practical steps from Rick’s new book

10:05: The relationship we have with ourselves

13:10: When others don’t want the same thing

18:50: Rick’s recurring observations in relationship counseling

25:00: Balancing intimacy and autonomy, and asserting what you want

30:50: Staying on topic and establishing thorough agreements

36:25: Sticking to our needs without alienating others

37:45: Tolerating discomfort

40:20: Getting to truth with others

41:40: Recap

Share this episode on:

Support the Podcast

Special Offers from Our Sponsors


Finally get that project off the ground with Squarespace! Head to for a free trial, and when you’re ready to launch use coupon code BEINGWELL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.


Want to sleep better? Try the Calm app! 

Visit for 40% off a premium subscription.

Join Dr. Rick and Forrest Hanson every week on the Being Well Podcast for lively and thought-provoking conversation and practical tips for being happier, building inner strengths, and getting the most out of life.

Get Rick’s Free Weekly Newsletter

Get a weekly practice and the latest Being Well Podcast delivered right to your inbox.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Ask Rick and Forrest a Question!

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Recent Episodes