Mindful couples counseling can reduce stress in a relationship and enhance acceptance and closeness. According to a 2004 research study by Carson, Carson, Baucom and Gil, couples that received mindfulness-based couples therapy experienced a significant decrease in relationship distress. This is because learning mindful communication skills can significantly improve relationship satisfaction. Relationships can test us in many ways and can redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. Mindfulness helps couples cultivate a different relationship to their feelings, which carries over in the way they relate to one another. By exploring the way in which words can affect loved ones and by learning to filter out hurtful words, couples can experience more closeness and well-being in their relationship. Mindfulness practices will better enable individuals to truly go after what they truly want, not only in your relationship, but in their personal goals.