The holidays are upon us—and every year, family tensions can cause more indigestion than that lumpy gravy. Here are six concrete steps to take in preparation for holiday drama, to help you banish stress and increase your enjoyment of the day.
The need to talk about something difficult can fill us with anxiety, whether at work or in our romantic, family, or friend relationships. Often we enter these conversations without being mindful of how to make them go the best they possibly can-- and we can make things far worse if we're not prepared. Here are important factors to consider when planning the interaction.
Kids worldwide are back at school-- and parents are eager to hear how it's going. If your child seems to stall out at "Fine" when asked how his or her day went, these five questions can set the stage for a more interesting discussion.
In a spontaneous and beautiful display of support, many people rainbow-tinted their profile pics to celebrate marriage equality. What many did not know was how much cold, hard data analysis goes on about their decision to do so.
Entering any group as an outsider can be difficult. Often, we sabatoge ourselves by assuming that others are snobby or exclusive, when in reality they just already know each other-- and that's what makes us uncomfortable.
Many of us are trapped in a cycle of seeking out social media almost automatically when we're bored or stressed. Sometimes, though, it can do more harm than good—especially if it spurs on jealousy. Here are seven ways to break free.
Some of the strongest romantic relationships can grow from long-time friendships that suddenly developed a spark. Other times, an ill-advised sexual hookup can all but ruin an otherwise brilliant friendship. If you're caught in the crosshairs the morning after, take a deep breath and follow these steps.
Some topics can be especially difficult to discuss with your therapist, no matter how good your relationship. Here are six things to make the effort to bring up, to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment-- after all, you're in this to get better, aren't you?
Many of us have the best of intentions with New Years' resolutions. But the exact way we word them and think about them makes all the difference. How can we stick to our resolutions? Here are some commonly failing resolutions, and how to slightly change them to up your chances of success.
With high profile cases in the news lately, there is still a lot of miscommunication about just how to help someone who has been the victim of a sexual assault. Here is how to be the friend that does good rather than harm.
Holiday season means that proposals are in the air. Engagements can have a domino effect through a group of friends, especially given our culture's obsession with weddings: but sometimes you should hold that thought. Here are eight reasons that shouldn't be why you get married, and are likely to lead to some warning signs within the wedding bells.
Despite our society's focus on romantic and sexual relationships as the only ones that pack an emotional punch, friendships can make or break your daily life. And when they come to an end—no matter what the reason—the result can be devastating. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you navigate the transition.
Many of us have a decent-enough amount of decent-enough friendships. But how do you enhance a friendship, and take it from being just okay to being one of the best parts of your life? Here are six easy ways to make a friendship better, taking it from good to great, that you can start today.
In the horrifying wake of mass shootings, many of us are curious in our sadness. Why do killers kill? We look for answers about a killer's motivation, but in doing so, we give reason for someone else to follow in their footsteps.
A lot of parents automatically ban sticks at the playground. But this kind of play can be great for children's creativity and physical expression. Here's how-- and why it's dangerous to assume, in this digital age, that nature is dangerous.
People often equate cheating with sex. But overly intimate online relationships can be deadly for a relationship. Here's how to tell if your partner's online relationships are threatening the intimacy of yours.
Many of us procrastinate because the tasks before us are big, scary blobs of work that we think will take indeterminate amounts of time. Stop procrastinating now by facing that first starting hurdle—and using a surprising method that will help you get more done than you think.
Many times, anger rushes over us and leads to impulsive choices that are far from being in our best interest. When we can take the time to manage anger correctly, we—and the people around us—can benefit greatly.
Often, the challenge isn't in meeting people, but in turning that meeting into a friendship. Here are some common mistakes that can keep a friendship from forming, and the reasons why it's important to avoid them.
When we see that baby bump, or hear a friend's joyous news, we are commonly compelled—especially if we have children—to comment in certain specific ways. Unfortunately, these ways can be among the least helpful for the person carrying the baby. Read on for a list of what not to say to a pregnant woman.