Improve Your Relationships Through Acts of Service


Improve Your Relationships Through Acts of Service – 020


In this episode 20, we continue with our challenge that is all about relationships. Jenny and I share what happened when we intentionally practiced the first love language which is words of affirmation.  We then challenge you this coming week to perform acts of service for those that you love.. We answer the question: What is the nicest thing that someone has ever done for you? and Why? I’m diggin’ black coffee and Jenny is diggin’ an author who has written a great book about habits!


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What You’ll Hear (and don’t want to miss!)


2:32: We share how our challenge around Words of Affirmation went last week and we introduce this week’s challenge which is related to improving relationships through Acts of Service. 

9:49: Who Are You Anyway, we ask the question: “What is the nicest thing that anyone has ever done for you?

15:33: What Are You Diggin’?  I’m diggin’ black coffee Jenny is loving James Clear and his new book about habits (so am I!)

22:48:You Win or You Learn: My win this week is about creating a new identity around exercise for myself and for John and Jenny’s  learn is related to sweet treats!

28:39: We wrap it up for this week.  Next week, we will check in to see how the relationship challenge is going and then we will be discussing the 3rd Love Language which is Receiving Gifts


Resources + Links Mentioned in This Episode:


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Book: The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman


Quiz: Discover Your Love Language

My 18 for 18:  This is a list of my goals that I compiled at the beginning of the year and I’m still hoping to have most of them complete before 2019 shows up!

Podcast: Rich Roll with guest James Clear

Book: Atomic Habits by James Clear


Book: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg


Book: Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin


Key Quotes:

“Acts of Service ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on the person with this particular love language and the words they love to hear are “let me do that for you”. Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tells speakers of this language their feelings don’t matter. Finding ways to serve speaks volumes to the recipients of these acts” -Peggy reading from Gary Chapman’s book The 5 Love Languages

“Habits are the way you embody identity. True behaviour change is really identity change.”  One of the quotes by James Clear that got Jenny and I buzzing!!

“If you miss once it’s a mistake, if you miss twice, it’s the beginning of a new habit” – Peggy quoting James Clear



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The Improvement Project podcast is hosted by Dr. Peggy Malone and Jenny Couse.  Peggy is a health care provider who encourages her patients every day to create better habits associated with their health and wellness.  She is wife to John and mom to fur baby Calvin the fat orange cat.  Dr. Peggy is also a human being on a mission to create better habits for herself and by doing so, she hopes to inspire others to take up the challenge with her!  Jenny is a marketing professional in the international trade sector.  She and her husband Jeff are parents to hilarious 5 year old Ethan.  Her year of monthly habit resolutions in 2015 piqued her interests in how habits are created and best kept.

Join them weekly to explore how to create healthy habits that stick on the journey to becoming better humans!



Until next time,


Let’s get to work on improving your most important project.  That’s YOU!  Stay focused and get after it!

Thank you so much for listening.

Big Love,

Peggy and Jenny