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Healthy Relationships

Strength in Our 22 Years of Marriage

Lisa Katz | Posted 05.27.2015 | Weddings
Lisa Katz

With today being my 22nd wedding anniversary, I am consumed with feeling nostalgic and hopeful; nostalgic for the wonderful years of memories we have had and hopeful for all of the new memories we have yet to create.

Want a Lasting Relationship? Embrace This One Agreement

Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA

Positive change brings new opportunities and enthusiasm, which can be contagious and inspiring. We all know how good it feels when we're in our flow. We are more alive, more present and more connected. Isn't that what we all want for ourselves and for our loved ones?

The Value of Well-Timed Goodbyes and Art of Letting Go

Trana Pittam | Posted 05.26.2015 | Women
Trana Pittam

letting go a day too late can equal the difference between whether or not a person or an experience leaves your life as a fond memory or painful regret.

The Greatest Advice Ever on How to Romantically Protect Yourself

Becky Whetstone, Ph.D., "Doctor Becky" | Posted 05.20.2015 | Divorce
Becky Whetstone, Ph.D.,

I am worn out by the needless tears, heartache, and crazy ex stories, all because of people's bad decision-making, so even though teaching singles to make wise choices will severely hurt my counseling practice, I am willing to take the hit.

The 5 Qualities Of Real Friends

Todd Kestin | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Todd Kestin

By teaching your kids early on the importance of these traits, chances are they'll avoid those false friendships and hold tight to the ones that truly matter.

Three People Who Live In My Head and the Words of Wisdom They Speak

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Of course I falter more than I succeed, but I do think over the year, these words of wisdom have helped me to develop a better mental filter, to increase my use of the [BACKSPACE] key and to commit to a life of graciousness.

Why it's Important to Have Boundaries in Relationships

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Jennifer Twardowski

It's important because it separates our experience from other people's experiences. It's important because it allows us to take better care of ourselves -- emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually -- so we feel so much less stressed, overwhelmed, and out of balance.

Releasing Resentments And Opening Up to Love

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

Forgiveness doesn't have to be complicated -- nor does releasing our anger and resentments have to be complicated. What it ultimately boils down to is our willingness release it and heal. We are able to forgive and open ourselves to love when we make the intention to forgive, let it go, and heal.

Compromise as a Mutual Decision

Brita Long | Posted 04.26.2015 | Weddings
Brita Long

For the record, I'm not saying that a husband and wife both voluntarily choosing to take on traditional gender roles is wrong or abusive or even anti-feminist. I'm saying that forcing your spouse into that traditional role, regardless of his or her feelings, is wrong.

Want a Great Relationship? Don't Go to Bed Angry

Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA | Posted 04.23.2015 | Weddings
Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA

The first time I got married, I was young, naïve and foolish. I didn't genuinely understand what it meant to share a life with another person even th...

How I Manifested a Happy, Healthy and Loving Relationship

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 04.16.2015 | Women
Jennifer Twardowski

Just a few years back, I was in a very unhappy place. I was heartbroken, lonely, unsupported and wondered how and if I would ever be in a stable relationship that was healthy, happy, and filled with love. That is, until I made some inner shifts. Here's how I managed to manifest a new relationship that is healthy, happy, and loving:

5 Fears That Keep Women Stuck in Toxic, Dead-End Relationships and How to Kick Them

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 05.25.2015 | Women
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

If you're in one of these relationships and have been for some time, even though you know you need to get out, these are the five fears that might be keeping you stuck and their antidotes.

10 Conversations You Need To Have With Your Kids Between College Acceptance and College Drop-Off

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Get out of the nagging business. In college, it's up to the student to manage homework, to talk to the teacher and to keep their room. Let them know that you are available if they have questions, but that you will no longer be responsible.

Are You Selfish or Self-Responsible?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Giving yourself up to avoid being called selfish is not self-responsible - it is manipulative and dishonest. When you give yourself up to avoid criticism, you are trying to control how another feels about you.

6 Fantastic Perks You Can Gain From Working Out That You May Not Know

Lisa Katz | Posted 05.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Katz

Absolutely there is still more to do but, overall, exercise has made me feel better about myself. There are a few other special perks that I realized I had gained from my consistent workouts.

10 Rules of Fighting

Dr. Shannon Kolakowski | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Shannon Kolakowski

The workplace often brings out conflict. When you are passionate about your work and good at your job, you're not always going to agree with everyone. In fact, conflicting viewpoints are part of what makes a workplace creative and productive. But conflict doesn't have to ruin your day or damage your relationship with your colleagues.

Star Wars, Starbucks and the Lesson That Changed My Life

Di Ana Pisarri | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Di Ana Pisarri

Cultivating resilience in the face of adversity is something a Jedi does quite well, and I am all about it.

Empowering Teens to End Dating Violence

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

As an emergency physician and a mother of a 6-year-old daughter, I recognize how essential it is to talk about the need for healthy relationships early and to model them at home.

Is This the Key to an Exciting Life? New Research

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Craig Malkin

Perhaps the lesson is that we should spend less time trying to manufacture excitement and more time trying to nurture healthy relationships. The biggest turn on in life might just be knowing someone's always in your corner.

This Valentine's Day, It's Time for Real Sex Ed for NYC

Joan Malin | Posted 04.14.2015 | New York
Joan Malin

As a leading sexual health care provider in New York City, Planned Parenthood of New York City knows all too well that the gaps that remain in New York City's sexual health education have a significant impact on young people's wellbeing.

3 Reasons Why Lying Doesn't Work in Relationships

Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA

I read an article over the weekend in which the author encouraged us to lie, especially to our loved ones. I had to re-read his words because I could ...

3 Essential Friends to Have When You're Single

Francesca Hogi | Posted 04.12.2015 | Women
Francesca Hogi

Friendship is one of life's great gifts, when you have friends who support you and enhance your life. It is always important to carefully choose the company you keep. Here are the three essential types of friends to have when you're single!

The Mindset Shift That Transformed My Relationships

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

For years I was unfulfilled in my relationships. I felt like I was giving more and trying more then what I was receiving in return. I was drained and tired.

6 Ways to Keep Porn From Damaging Your Life and Relationships

August McLaughlin | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
August McLaughlin

While some people feel that porn enhances their sex lives and relationships, continually more are suffering from the downsides. If porn only brings you benefits, fantastic! Watch on. If not, or if you're unsure, here are some ways you can keep it from interfering with your health and happiness.

The Lowdown On Breakups: How to Spot a DUD

Christina Pesoli | Posted 03.28.2015 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

To understand a DUD (deliberate under-dating) breakup, you have to rewind the story of the person suffering from it -- because behind every person suffering from a DUD breakup, there's usually an earlier breakup that set the stage.