The hit song "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" by Ashford & Simpson reminds Dr. Robin of an important life lesson—that there is no substitute for real love and genuine relationships. When you pretend to have peace or love, or you allow fake people to take up space in your heart, Dr. Robin says you rob and cheat yourself of living your best life.
On the other hand, Dr. Robin says the real thing fills your life with blessings and encouragement. It's authentic, true and helps lift you up. Make sure you're getting the real deal in your own life, she says. "Reestablish and reaffirm that whoever is in your life right now—or whoever's life you are in—that it is the real thing, that it is real love, it is real honor."
Printed from Oprah.com on Tuesday, December 10, 2013