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Do You Make Others Your Higher Power?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

One of the things I always tell my clients is, "Don't give your authority away to me. Don't assume that I know more about you than you do, or more abo...

Holidays for a Foreigner

Axel Schlossberg | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Axel Schlossberg

Friends pack up excitedly, telling me about the kosher stuffing their moms use or the gluten-free apple pie they stuff their soul with during the holi...

5 Ways to Fight Loneliness Over the Holidays

Lisa Firestone | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

It's a universally meaningful time for millions of people, and I would argue that this sense of connectedness is a large part of what makes the season seem sort of magical. Yet for many people, the winter months don't always live up to their heartwarming reputation.

Alone For the Holidays

Sara Eckel | Posted 12.12.2014 | Women
Sara Eckel

The world is in a tough place right now, and many people are suffering. You may be suffering too, and while what you are dealing with is difficult, I think there's also an opportunity there.

The 4 Difficulties Of Being Alone In A Partnered World

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 12.12.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

I noticed a woman eating by herself. She mostly looked at her iPhone. I concentrated on my eggs and short stack. A lot of people tell me they could never eat alone.

When Lacking a Partner Turns Your White Christmas Blue: How to Celebrate Instead of Hibernate

Z Zoccolante | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Z Zoccolante

The pain of not having a significant other over the holidays can feel like a deep purple bruise. The pain of a breakup can feel like a gaping wound you're trying to close with a Band-Aid.

The Case For Taking A Facebook Break

Jock Gilchrist | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Jock Gilchrist

We are, of course, social creatures. We need other people. When our social nature expresses itself virtually, we have the option of controlling exactly what we look like and what words we use. We have the ability to create a self-advertisement that sells us well.

The Pain of Absence and Presence

Catherine Nagle | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

With 23 years between my two children, I entered a different world in 1995 when my second child was born. As an old-schooled mom, I wasn't familiar ...

It's Officially Breakup Season

Ellen Huerta | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen Huerta

You have the unique opportunity to shift your focus from your ex to people that you may not have prioritized when you were coupled up (your family, your friends, strangers and yourself). Take it!

Lights Go on Part XXXVI -- Change

Thomas Bähler | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

It isn't always welcome.   Change Sometimes I wish it would skip my house  and put someone else through it's upheaval. But then, I realize that ...

Teens Have Fewer Friends, But They're Less Lonely Than Ever Before

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.29.2014 | Science

Much has been written in recent years about how personal electronics and social networking services seem to be isolating us more and more from each ot...

The ER: Holiday Sanctuary for the Broken

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

Where our patients sometimes live in darkness, squalor, danger and hunger, whether run-down trailer, homeless tent or government project, the emergency departments are different. They are places of bright lights and warmth, safety and relief; where beds are clean and food is available. And if nothing else, places where there are people who are interested and polite.

3 Reasons Why Twitter May Be An Older Person's Best Friend

Lisa Lewis Tyre | Posted 11.25.2014 | Fifty
Lisa Lewis Tyre

Much has been made of the fact that social media often keeps us from getting out into the world and forming real relationships, but what if you can't get out into the world? What if your health keeps you homebound and Facebook doesn't work because your 'friends' are more interested in what their grandchildren are doing than conversing with you? Don't discount social media!

I'm Proof That Online Friendships Are Just As Important As Real Life Ones

Isabel Song | Posted 11.19.2014 | Teen
Isabel Song

My then-limited connections on Twitter weren't enough for me. I felt rather overwhelmed with life and alone in my problems, and even though I told myself that I'm not the only one going through these issues, it didn't help.

The Difference Between Being Alone and Being Lonely

Jay Lickus | Posted 11.10.2014 | Fifty
Jay Lickus

Do you feel that because of modern technology, your life is getting more crowded with relationships? Or, do you feel, because of technology, that your life is becoming more lonely because these relationships are less personal, fulfilling and more distant?

The Feeling Almost Everyone Has But Won't Admit

Margaret Manning | Posted 11.10.2014 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

We have hundreds of Facebook friends. We are connected to the world through our computers, phones and tablets. We are the most connected generation of women in the history of the planet. We are also the loneliest.

The Facebook Void: What We're Missing

Abhishek Seth | Posted 10.29.2014 | Technology
Abhishek Seth

Credit: Paul Scott Circa 1860. After the secession of the southern states, Abraham Lincoln signed into effect conceivably one of the most cons...

Can We Make People Want to Change?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

We can certainly influence others with our love, peace and joy, but even that does not give us control. A major part of inner healing is learning to accept our lack of control over others' intent to learn or protect.

4 Ways Being Lonely Can Affect Your Health

Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living

By Hallie Levine When you're lonely, you may look for friends in all sorts of unexpected places. At least that's the conclusion of a recent study...

Couple Envy: 'Why Am I Such a Terrible Person?'

Sara Eckel | Posted 10.24.2014 | Women
Sara Eckel

Envy is one of the toughest emotions to deal with because it packs a two-fold punch. First, there is the envy itself, that terrible feeling of loneliness and deprivation you get when your friend's guy impulsively kisses her hair or laces his fingers through hers.

5 Things You Can Do Immediately To Cope With Loneliness

Carol E Wyer | Posted 12.17.2014 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

Why are men suffering more from loneliness? Simply put, women are better at aging than men. They are more likely to go to the doctor if they are ill and often enjoy cooking and socializing more than men do. They will chatter about problems or engage with others and are good at looking after themselves.

Yagana Shah

93-Year-Old Widower's Poem To Late Wife Is Simply Beautiful

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.14.2014 | Fifty

Radio listeners were likely brought to tears when they tuned in to BBC's 5 Live Breakfast program Monday to hear 93-year-old Bob Lowe share a touching...

The 9 Most Overlooked Threats To A Marriage

Kelly M. Flanagan | Posted 12.13.2014 | Divorce
Kelly M. Flanagan

I feel bad for marital communication, because it gets blamed for everything. For generations, in survey after survey, couples have rated marital communication as the number one problem in marriage. It's not.

Are You Afraid to Be Alone? Good News: You're Not

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

Why do most people hate being alone with their thoughts? Pain. When you feel physical or psychological pain you instinctively move away from it. However, when you feel emotional pain there's nowhere to go. Instead you may try to escape by distracting yourself with your cellphone.

Man's (and Woman's) Best Friend

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
Kindness Blog

Across the country, there are nonprofit groups that help people who are homeless care for their pets by providing free food, water, medication, and other supplies. This is an often-overlooked need, but it is such a priceless and incredibly kind service to offer.