Why Poetry Will Make Your Life Better

The best poetry has always made us gasp and laugh and has always relied on psychological and spiritual revelation.

Guyland 2017: Women Working in a Man's World

Her grandiosity is not enough to cover her shame and the fantasy that she will be regarded as a princess does not truly mitigate the fact that she works like a chambermaid.

6 Things That Make Me Truly Grateful This Thanksgiving

My fears and anxieties have taught me that even if they can't be entirely overcome, they can be faced and sometimes outwitted. For that knowledge, I am grateful.

How to Make Life Better: 12 Things to Do Today

Forget those articles in Cosmopolitan asking, "What Do Men Want in Bed?" The answer is simple: They want sex and a sandwich. Maybe pizza.

Feeling Like a Phony, an Imposter, and a Fake? You Can Stop.

It doesn't go away, but if you work at it, usually with a good therapist, feelings of being a fake come less often, pass more swiftly, and do less damage.

Do You Look Your Age? Why Would You Want to Look Younger?

I refuse to spend money on "anti-aging" products. I want to age. The opposite of aging isn't staying young; it's death.

15 Things To Know About Food: The Truth Nobody Tells You

Kale is overrated. Don't kid yourself. It's a fad. Next we'll be eating plankton, and they'll be telling us to sieve it through our teeth like whales. Have coffee and a bagel.

Scaring Away Boyfriends and Men Who Loved Me

They'd fallen for a young woman who appeared to be the most independent, self-sufficient, assertive and self-confident girl they'd ever met. I was all that--but only in public.

Watching Porn in Public: Is It Ever Okay?

Seriously, kid? Do you watch porn in class and then watch the professor’s lectures at home by yourself?

Second Wedding Bridal Shower: Pictures from the Past

This is what women look like when we're really laughing, I thought. This was me, and us, all those years ago. This is me, and us, still. What a luxury.

How Are You Preparing for the Apocalypse? I'm Hoarding Books

The way that other Doomsday Preppers might line their cellars with canned goods, gallons of water, boxes of batteries, and cans of Spam, I'm stockpiling every book ever written.

What Graduate Students Need to Know (and What Nobody Says)

The perfect is the enemy of the good. You can rewrite, you can revise, you can refine, but the first thing you have to do is write.

What Does "Affirmative Consent" Actually Mean?

We have laws to update our "Do Not Call" lists because we don't want to have our privacy violated. So how is it an imposition to make sure people ask erotic partners for consent?

Stop Saying These Phrases To Improve Your Life

Change the language you use everyday and you can change your life for the better. Words matter.

My Gay Uncle: When Diversity Was Deviance

It was only after my uncle died that I found a photograph of him and Fred dressed as Rhett and Scarlett; Fred was a coy Vivian Leigh and my uncle a smiling Clark Gable.

Are You A Parenting "Know It All"?

"Parenthood is a contagious disease," Jeff Terry observes. "It's like smoking. Even though we can witness, firsthand, the devastation caused by parenting, it spreads.”

Did Your Father's Advice Shape Your Life?

Even if most fathers mean well, their advice needs a context.

The Good Husband as Failed Lover

Romance can be a form of narcotic for a certain kind of woman, and Emma Bovary is the embodiment of the woman whose life can be shattered by too heavy a dependence on fantasy.

5 Best Topics for Polite Conversation (and Bonus Tips!)

With a few questions, you can learn something significant about a person's life.

When Is the Best Time to Have Sex?

Misinformation about sex is just about as pernicious as no information about sex. Both are worse than having lots of information about sex.

Do You Need Mother's Apology? What Should Your Mom Say?

Nobody said being a mother was easy; perhaps it's time to say that being a daughter to a certain kind of mother is very, very hard.

Get Fluent in Life: Learn How, Why, and Ways to Do It Better

What do you wish you'd had the opportunity, the talent, the strength, and the discipline to place into your life's intellectual carry-on?

Peekaboo: Joy Might Just Surprise You

Remembering to laugh is essential. It can’t make the darkness go away, but it does admit the light.

Hiding in the Basement? Life's Scary But Fear Shouldn't Win

Do you want to be measured by what you avoided in life or by what you embraced?

Choosing a College or University: Why Go Public?

Leave the ivy. Take the education.

Can Somebody Please Teach President Trump Civility?

Previously immune from the consequences of his own instincts, President Trump doesn't act like an adult.

How I Learned to Stop Whining and Why It Was a Great Lesson

It took me a long time to realize “vulnerable,” "insecure" and “adorable” were not the same thing. Whining is not attractive. I had to learn that and it was a good lesson.

Are You Always Busier Than Everyone Else? Do You Want to Be?

Instead of enjoying our time, we learned to manage it. We pass the day checking off tasks from lists as is if having to prove to Life's Parking Attendant we were here legally.

Happiness Needs an Invitation, Misery Barges In

Joy and pleasure are, instead, excellent guests and, as such, they wait for an invitation. You have to open the door to life’s best moments; you have to invite them in.

How Mary Tyler Moore Made My Life Better: Women in TV

The opening season gave Mary a tentative vote of confidence by saying "You MIGHT just make it after all" but switched to the more politically charged: "You're GONNA" that we loved.

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