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Affection

It's Okay to Be Gay, Just Don't Touch Each Other

Rich Hawkins | Posted 06.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Rich Hawkins

Many gay men and women in their 20's benefit from the incredible privilege of being part of what is really the first generation of gay people who have been able to live a full, authentic life for all of their adult years.

5 Things to Do Today to Save Your Relationship

Lisa Firestone | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Relationships are a great place to work on ourselves. There is no harm in trying each of the above steps, as you truly have nothing to lose. The worst case scenario is that you will have grown your own capacity to be loving, vulnerable, passionate and lively. The best case scenario is that you and your partner will grow closer and rekindle your loving feelings for each other.

Feeling the 'Rocky' in Relationships

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.17.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

In 2008, a massive earthquake shook the Chinese province of Sichuan. The immediate devastation was followed by a dramatic spike in the divorce rate, a phenomenon that captured international attention -- and sparked widespread speculation -- at the time. Did the deadly earthquake actually cause the jump in marital breakups?

The Quickest, Smartest Way to Bring More Love into Your Life

Ken Page | Posted 04.26.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ken Page

Practice this micro-meditation as many times as you wish, and just watch as your reservoir of love deepens and widens, day after day. The chances are great that it will, and that your life will become richer and more enjoyable, and you'll start meeting new people who also love you for who you are.

The Wave: The Single Greatest Threat to New Relationships

Ken Page | Posted 02.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ken Page

The most common way we sabotage new love possibilities is through what I call the Wave of Distancing (or simply, the Wave). The Wave occurs when we ...

Saying 'I Love You'

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 02.16.2015 | Women
Jennifer Cullen

My husband and I are a demonstrative bunch. We kiss and hug every morning when he comes downstairs to go to work. (I am always the first up.) And we do the same every time one of us walks back in the house from being gone.

How Competition Brought Us Closer This Thanksgiving

Cristina M. Regalado | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Cristina M. Regalado

As an immigrant, I appreciated the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday as a uniquely American tradition. Our extended family adapted to the fervor that came with preparations for this holiday.

The 80% Approach To Dating

Francesca Hogi | Posted 01.17.2015 | Women
Francesca Hogi

As it turns out, there are lots of good guys out there, hiding in plain sight. Here's how to spot them.

Robin Williams Hugged Me Today

Rhonda Britten | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Rhonda Britten

The world is tough enough. The world is hard enough. Hug the people you love today. Hug the people you work with today. Just hug one another. Let's take care of one another. It may be the thing that saves us.

Boys Kissing Boys

Brent Almond | Posted 09.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

I don't want my boy to stop being the loving, hugging, kissing free spirit he's been up till now. I guess I just want the world to know it, and to stop telling him it's not okay.

Is a Comic Strip Worth a Thousand Words?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

She thrilled us when she sent me some panels from a comic strip she'd drawn -- and got me to thinking all over again about what I would've missed had she never been around.

Father's Day, Family Communication and More Fulfilling Lives!

David Kanegis | Posted 08.10.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Those of us Baby Boomers lucky enough to have fathers still living should rejoice that we have the opportunity to tell our dads just how important they are to us. Others can pay tribute in different ways. My dad was great. Without his support, this piece would never have been written.

8 Things Guys Secretly Love

James Michael Sama | Posted 05.07.2014 | Women
James Michael Sama

Whether a guy is just starting to date a woman or is in a committed relationship with her, there are small things that she may do without thinking twice that guys secretly love.

Why Every Woman Over 50 Should Practice Bisexuality

Arlene Schindler | Posted 04.30.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Schindler

Imagine a day of pleasurable activities with someone who loves and appreciates you, followed by a bottle of Cabernet and a delicious dinner, laughing all the way, maybe ending the night with some light cuddling. That's a snapshot of a day in the life of an affectional bonding relationship.

Guys, Tell Your Mom Before It's Too Late... A Valentine Message

David Kanegis | Posted 04.16.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

It was your individualism, strength of character, forthrightness, willingness to fight the system and especially your independence that informed the man I am today.

How My Stepdaughters Toppled My Great Big Daddy Ego

Doug Zeigler | Posted 03.16.2014 | Parents
Doug Zeigler

To me, raising sons was easy. I'm a man, and I used to be a boy. I can relate. Girls, though... Not a clue.

Yeah, I Kiss My Sons... So What?

Doug Zeigler | Posted 03.04.2014 | Parents
Doug Zeigler

If we want our sons to grow up and be good partners to those with whom they choose to have relationships, don't we owe it to them to show how to express feelings and love?

Use Rituals to Send Love to Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.03.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Repetition is an essential part of ingraining healthy messages in your children. Rituals provide that consistent replication. Rituals communicate mess...

Use Catchphrases to Send Love to Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.27.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

It's never too early to start expressing love in the most healthy ways possible. When you send your children messages of healthy love from a very early age, you provide them with a template of what love should be.

Cross-Cultural Parenting in Japan: Differences in Affection

Sherilyn Siy | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Sherilyn Siy

In all the times I have gone to parks, play groups, and children's play centers here in Japan, I have yet to see a Japanese parent kiss and hug their kids. If you understood Japanese, you would probably never hear a Japanese parent say "I love you."

Are You Just Fighting or Engaging in 'Conscious Combat'?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

It's not just the exposure of our partner's imperfections that we need all that patience to accept and live with, it's the exposure of our own imperfect aspects that get illuminated in reaction to them that leave us shame-faced and embarrassed.

Do We Love Our Pets More Than Our Children?

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

So why do we love our pets so much? Let me answer as a dog owner, even though this list may attest to cats, birds, hamsters, snakes, horse, chickens or whatever other pet an owner may share his or her life with.

The Great Boob Embrace

Dori Hartley | Posted 05.28.2013 | Comedy
Dori Hartley

There is an unspoken, mostly unconscious rule of thumb that goes on between female friends each time they share an affectionate hug: Where to place your boobs.

Hope for the Holidays: Still "Alive" 40 Years Later

Nando Parrado | Posted 12.12.2012 | World
Nando Parrado

When I was at the top of an 18,000-foot peak with Roberto Canessa, looking at the vast scenery of snowy peaks surrounding us, we knew we were going to die. There was absolutely no way out.

A Lesson in Affection: Taking the Garbage Out

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 11.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Akoshia Yoba

Operating from a place of sincere introspection and self-analysis, such a person can begin to hear and see themselves when they get off track and fall back into old patterns of inappropriately criticizing and blaming others, and they now have the opportunity to self-correct their behavior.