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Making Friends After 50

Honey Good | Posted 07.25.2016 | Fifty
Honey Good

By: Susan "Honey" Good Lessons and Cautions in Making Friends About a month ago, on a sunny summer day, I ran into one of my girlfriends in front of...

Making New Friends at Every Age

Honey Good | Posted 06.27.2016 | Fifty
Honey Good

By: Susan "Honey" Good I inherited many things from my mother, including her drive and desire. I live outside the box. I plunge into life. Life is my...

The Best Way To Start Over In A New City

Jackie Walker | Posted 06.01.2016 | Fifty
Jackie Walker

Love took me from my comfortable and confident life in Tampa, Florida to Chicago, Illinois. I had always dreamed of living in a big city. After years of traveling to New York City for business and pleasure, I finally found myself living in a downtown iconic place.

Can You Learn How to Make Friends as an Adult? Shasta Nelson Says Yes

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 03.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sarah Cunningham

"While it may be scary to practice forgiveness, to open ourselves up to love, or to risk triggering our insecurities -- our friendships are the health clubs for our personal growth, helping us build those muscles and develop the skills that will bring joy, peace, and love into our lives."

This One Ritual Made Me So Much Happier

Nir Eyal | Posted 02.18.2016 | Business
Nir Eyal

If the food of friendship is time together, how do we make the time to ensure we're all fed? My friends and I have recently come across a way to keep each other close. It fits into our lifestyles despite busy schedules and a surfeit of children. We call it the "kibbutz."

3 Ways to Make Networking Work for You

Sarah Hillware | Posted 01.31.2016 | Business
Sarah Hillware

As someone who makes new connections for a living, I know it can sometimes be daunting and draining. If you are an introvert, you may find it exhausting to attend a large conference.

Getting Back in the Game Over 50

D. A. Wolf | Posted 01.07.2016 | Fifty
D. A. Wolf

Looking to get back in the game over 50? The job game or the dating game? When it comes to psyching myself up, dusting off the conversational cobwebs...

Getting Involved in the Deaf Community

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

So you're interested in Deaf culture and want to connect with the larger community. Great! But how do you go about taking that first step?

20 Non-Awkward Ways To Meet People While Traveling Solo

Blake Boles | Posted 09.08.2015 | Travel
Blake Boles

Solo travel can be invigorating, enlightening -- and terribly lonely. Introducing yourself to a total stranger can feel creepy, anxiety-provoking and awkward -- especially when you don't have a friend or two backing you up. If you're like me, you crave context before striking up a conversation as a solo traveler.

4 Rules for Making Friends Your First Semester of College

Julia Bush | Posted 08.06.2015 | College
Julia Bush

These rules to friend-making from me, a verified friend professional (aka a random human who survived college with minor damage), will help you find your true BFFs and begin the ~best years of your life~.

Ladies, Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

Valerie Albarda | Posted 06.28.2016 | Fifty
Valerie Albarda

Just as one would never go into a marriage with the expectation of it leading down that bumpy road of divorce, the same applies to friendships. You go into friendship eager to forge what you hope will be a lifelong bond with that person upon whose shoulder you can lean, let down your guard and be as silly as any nonexistent law allows.

How To Make Friends As An Adult In 4 Simple Steps

Margaret Manning | Posted 06.13.2016 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

As many people in their 50s have discovered, making friends as an adult is difficult. Without the social bonds that connect us to others as parents, many of us feel isolated, or, even a little lonely. The truth is that it is possible to have an active social life at any age.

7 Skills Of Extraordinarily Likable People

Jeff Haden | Posted 05.04.2016 | Business
Jeff Haden

Some people are naturally confident and self-assured. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them -- and possibly neither are you. We want people to genuinely like us... but we want them to like the real us. Here are seven ways to be who you are -- and to be extraordinarily likable.

The Secret to Making Friends in a New City

Jessica Biber | Posted 05.31.2015 | Travel
Jessica Biber

If you've landed yourself in a brand new city without a single friend to accompany you, never fear. Here are seven tried-and-true ways to make friends in a new city, which I've gathered from casting my own roots in New York City, Los Angeles and Seattle.

5 Words That Broke My Mom's Heart (And How She Responded)

Renee Jain | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Renee Jain

I ate lunch alone for months and remained stoic until one day I came home, went straight to my room and burst into tears. The pain of my loneliness could no longer be contained. My mom came in and sat down on the bed beside me.

8 Tips for Helping Shy Kids Make Friends

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

My son is a very shy child. He had one friend at school who was his best buddy last year (in first grade), but that boy moved away. My little guy is t...

5 Friendship Lessons You Learned On The Playground

Janis Kupferer | Posted 11.27.2014 | Women
Janis Kupferer

Little kids are honestly the best when it comes to making and keeping friends. Their sense of wonder and overall joie de vivre makes them the perfect magnets for new relationships, while their untainted understanding of logic allow them to make quick and simple decisions about their interactions with others. Given their talent in this area, we adults are wise to take a few tips from our kids.

6 Tried-And-True Ways To Effectively Handle Difficult People

Honey Good | Posted 11.18.2014 | Fifty
Honey Good

Everyone has dealt with difficult people. A one-time occurrence is survivable, but long-term relationships such as our families and business associates can be the most difficult of situations. Teaching our children and grandchildren how to handle these situations at an early age, is a valuable lesson.

The Dos And Don'ts Of Freshman Year

| Posted 09.10.2014 | Teen

By now you’re probably overwhelmed by all the advice from people who know you’re headed off to your first year of college: Make lots of friends, s...

7 Unexpected Places To Meet Your College Friends

| Posted 09.02.2014 | Teen

College is a time to meet new people and try new things. From endless dining hall lines to club events to random orientation meetings, college was des...

Making New Mom Friends is Like Trying to Pick Up a Guy

Lauren Cormier | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Lauren Cormier

She catches your eye across the playground. She has a cute haircut and is wearing those sandals you've been eying. The kid she's pushing in the swing appears to be about the same age and gender as the one you chase around on a daily basis. This woman is worth further inspection.

An Awesome Life Lesson From My Son With Down Syndrome: Friends and New Beginnings

John M. Simmons | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

In Jack's mind, you never lose friends, you just don't see them outside of your own mind as much as you used to. And to my son, that is the beauty of life. You just keep adding more and more friends. It never ends!

6 Reasons Why Making Friends With Kids Is a Real Accomplishment

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

They know when you are faking it. Not that adults can't figure out when you're faking it. But since adults do a fair amount of faking it themselves, they let it pass. Kids don't.

10 Tips to Secure Your Friendship Future

Diane Gage Lofgren and Margaret Bhola | Posted 09.07.2014 | Women
Diane Gage Lofgren and Margaret Bhola

How do you fit in face-to-face, heart-to-heart time with friends and then keep those relationships vibrant? Here are 10 ways to prioritize and strengthen your female-to-female bonds:

5 Social Blunders People Make At Bars

Kevin Kleitches | Posted 08.10.2014 | Business
Kevin Kleitches

If you go out to the bars even just once a month, you'll benefit from this post. That's because I'm about to break down five common social blunders that people make at bars (and other places too). These blunders make you look boring, unapproachable, or just plain lame.