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Aging at Home: How Your Social Life Keeps You Healthy

Rachel Adelson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

The numbers are coming in about a rising problem with social connectedness among older adults. It's not about their social status, as it might have been in younger years. Rather, it's about how entrenched they are in robust social networks.

Help! I Always Pick Selfish Friends and Lovers and They Make Me Feel Rotten

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

The bottom line is, of course, that score keeping has no place in close, caring friendships or intimate partnerships. However, when one party does all of the giving, change is called for.

The Post-College BFF Crisis Women Are Facing (and How to Fix It)

Lauren Levine | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
Lauren Levine

Making friends once on-campus life is over requires more intentional action and planning on your part. But if you're willing to be assertive, make new friendships a priority and tap your resources, it's easy to start fostering connections that will leave you feeling fulfilled.

What to Do -- and Not Do -- to Live a Really Great Life

Hilary Wilce | Posted 06.29.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

Most importantly of all is the ability to appreciate the moment and to find real delight and joy in the world around you -- understanding that life is a miracle, and that our time here might well be shorter and more fleeting than we hope it will be.

The Missing Ingredient That Makes Online Dating A Disaster

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 06.29.2014 | Fifty
Joanna Perry-Folino

Everyone I know who has been seduced out of desperation to join Mis-Match. com, Plenty of Dead Fish, or OhNoCupid has experienced similar heartaches. My last few hook-ups have been neither total disasters nor long-lasting. I decided to throw in the towel and admit online dating is not for me.

Finding Your Tribe

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

It is important for all of us to find our tribe -- those people we resonate with -- especially if you don't have that with your family of origin. There is a deep sense of safety in being with people with whom you can connect.

Firenze Fireworks: Easter Explosions in Florence

Paula H. Noe | Posted 06.28.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

On Pasqua/Easter, springtime shone brightly here in Firenze, and the whole city of Florence, as it has done for at least the past 500 years, held its Scoppio del Carro ('explosion of the cart') in the beautiful Duomo piazza.

10 Signs We're Out of Our 20s

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 06.23.2014 | Women
Tinatin Japaridze

Maybe at 20 you still take the very notion of a lifelong friendship for granted. A grand statement that is meaningless when you're barely out of your teens. But now, a few years later, we seem to know better.

To The Moms I Never Met, Thank You

Carissa K | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

My friends are an invaluable part of this stage of parenthood and since you raised them to be the people they are, I want to say thank you.

How To Help A Friend Who Has An Eating Disorder

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.24.2014 | Women

When you see a close friend or loved one struggling with an eating disorder, the obvious impulse is to help. But knowing the right steps to take can b...

One Thousand "Likes," No Friends: 5 Times to Put Down Your Phone and Save Your Relationships

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 06.21.2014 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

Perhaps it's time to establish some basic "Rules of Civility" for technological use. These are circumstances in which you will absolutely, positively damage your relationships if you are on your phone.

Downsizing in Italy

Paula H. Noe | Posted 06.21.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

A woman who has been living in Florence for many, many years told me that 'Americans must learn to down-size in order to be happy here.'

How I Figured Out What Really Mattered To Me In My 20s

Gielie Hoffmann | Posted 06.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Gielie Hoffmann

Whereas my teens were all about striving to achieve as much success as possible (and achieving that to a certain degree), my 20s were about becoming a whole and healthy human being. Which doesn't mean I wasn't whole in my teens or less ambitious in my 20s. I just redefined what really mattered to me. I focused my energy differently.

Aging at Home: Will You Be Lonely?

Rachel Adelson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Most people say they want to age at home, but there's a funny thing about that. Although folks want to stay in familiar surroundings to be near friends and family, too many people as they get older find themselves stranded in their own neighborhoods, suffering from a shrinking social network.

How to Peel Off a Clingy Friend

KnowMore TV | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women
KnowMore TV

It's not always easy to identify which friends will become clingy -- sometimes low-maintenance friends go through rough patches and need more TLC -- but there are certain friends who will just continually suck the life out of you.

Staying Awake With Jesus (a Sermon on Matthew 26:36-46)

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

When the Judas' of your life betray you, showing up in the middle of the night with a "no knock" warrant, turning peace into chaos, know that Jesus is awake.

Not Just Another 'I Love My Girlfriends' Article

Janis Kupferer | Posted 06.15.2014 | Women
Janis Kupferer

If Oprah Winfrey and Brené Brown are telling you that even they can only count one or two gals on their best friend list, than this gives us a pretty good indication of just how rare these relationship are.

One Of My Best Friends Is Dying, and Here's What I'm Learning

Sandy Rosenblatt | Posted 06.14.2014 | Women
Sandy Rosenblatt

Growing up, I always had family pets, but Jack is the first pet that is really all mine. He has been one of my best friends for the better part of 10 ...

'Shouldn't You Be Over That by Now?' How to Respond to Judgment on Your Grieving Process

Megan Devine | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Sometimes it just makes it easier on you, easier on your heart and mind, if you simply stop trying to explain. Refusing to explain or defend your grief doesn't mean you let other people go on and on about it, continually telling you how you should live.

Graduation: An Open Letter to My Best Friend

Emma Goddard | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Emma Goddard

Dear Amanda, When I first began drafting this letter to you, I found my writing riddled with clichés about college and friendship, discovering how ...

Out of Terror, Togetherness

Tracy Strauss | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact
Tracy Strauss

In the days after the marathon bombing, I witnessed so many Bostonians experiencing a mental state I'd had as my normal baseline for years: intrusive memories, intense shock, fear, anger, sadness.

10 Quotes About Love To Make Your Heart Go Pitter-Patter

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 04.11.2014 | Weddings

Sometimes you love someone so much, it's hard to express it in words. Luckily, other people throughout the ages did have a knack for such things and w...

The Grown Woman Series: Gossip

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 06.11.2014 | Women
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

Let's face it: The only time you have to feel like you have the upper hand is when you're already convinced of your own insignificance. When confident, you never have to tear down another woman to build yourself up.

Friendship and Other Superpowers

Tara Hedman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Women
Tara Hedman

Friendships help clear our paths. Paths that were made dangerous long before that friend arrived on the scene. Friends can walk beside, share our burdens, and penetrate the gray bubble of shame and fear. No small feat.

What No One Tells You About Friendship In Your 20s

Literally, Darling | Posted 06.10.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

But as the night runs as late as your twenties, the dishes are cleared, the coffee is drunk and you begin to part ways. As your friends meander out full of good food and new beginnings, you can feel doors closing all around you.