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National Get Out of the Doghouse Day is observed annually on the third Monday In July.

Generally, when you are “in the doghouse”, you have fallen out of favor with someone, usually your spouse or significant other. However, you can also be “in the doghouse” with a friend or your boss at work.  National Get Out of the Doghouse Day is an opportunity to use all those good cliches and get you back in the big house where you belong.

Here are some tips to get “out of the doghouse.”

Put down the technology.  If this is on your naughty list, don’t use email, texting or other technology to apologize.  A face to face or handwritten apology is best.

Meet at a favorite coffee house.  The purpose here is to start talking. Listen to what the other person has to say and do not be judgmental or defensive.  Find out why you are “in the doghouse” and give suggestions on how to you can improve or fix the issue.

Send flowers, chocolates or an appropriate gift.  Include a hand-written note about how you are committed to fixing the issue.  Do this AFTER you have already spoken.  You will win extra brownie points as this will be unexpected. (Including brownies will garner additional points!)

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