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Conversation Killers and How to Avoid Them

Dianna Booher | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Your relationships are formed through conversations stacked end to end. So it pays to get rid of the mechanical things that cripple them.

Childhood Social Difficulties: The ADHD/Autism Relationship

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

One of the basic wishes most parents share is that their children get along, play, and interact well with others. Most often, these social abilities develop intuitively. But for children who instead struggle with peers, the earlier interventions start, the earlier they catch up. Since both ADHD and autism impact relationships, sorting out the 'why' behind social difficulties is often a first step towards figuring out how to best support this vital area of development.

The Difference Between Being Introverted And Just Plain Rude

Quiet Revolution | Alice Bradley | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

I'm an introvert and was wondering if you've ever written about introverts annoying introverts. It's a new problem for me. I've made some other intro...

2 Tricks For Having Better, More Interesting Conversations

Quora | Posted 09.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul

The most interesting conversations aren't about news, or politics, or sports: they are about emotions. Advertisers have known that for decades and use it to sell more product.

Lonely People Are Actually Wired Differently

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living

If you often feel lonely, there could be a neuroscientific explanation. According to a small new study, your brain might be wired differently. The st...

Why Reading A Book Is Good For Your Relationships

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living

Good news for all you readers out there: Reading for pleasure has a lot of social benefits, according to a new report.  A poll of 4,000 UK adult...

Saying No to Affluenza: 5 Ways Faith Can Help Parents of Teens Raise Healthy, Caring Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

How can parents help their own children say no to affluenza? Or to become caring young adults, forsaking refuge in addictive behaviors? One answer may be right down the street: Their local church, temple or mosque.

Learning, Playing and Planning for Extraordinary Growth

Susie Wolbe | Posted 06.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susie Wolbe

See Jane run. From my early days of learning to read, Dick, Jane, and Spot always seemed to be up to something. Running here and there. Socializing. ...

Emily Peck

Your Boss Lacks A Surprising Number Of Basic Social Skills | Emily Peck | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business

Just because they're your boss doesn't mean they know how to be a person.

Where Are the Good Old Days of Connection?

David Wygant | Posted 06.18.2015 | Los Angeles
David Wygant

You know you're getting old when you yearn for the good old days. When I was in Miami recently, I was standing in my hotel. I stayed at this beautiful hotel called the Shelborn on Collins Avenue. It has a great beach, a great lobby, and a great vibe to it.

3 Reasons Your Phone Is Killing Your Social Life

David Wygant | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
David Wygant

On Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles, I experienced another example of phones turning people into mindless robots. Here's why you need to put your phone down before you're transformed into Mr or Mrs. Oblivious... (or worse).

How You're Probably Letting Others Walk All Over You

Kevin Kleitches | Posted 06.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kevin Kleitches

Realize that there's a difference between bitterness and anger. As Maya Angelou so eloquently put it, "Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure." Contrast this with anger -- it's okay to be angry, as long as you channel that energy productively.

10 Tips to Help Kids Be More Social for Autism Awareness Month and Every Month

Julie Cole | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Julie Cole

When I took my little guy to the park, I'd play chase with all the kids as the other moms sat and chatted over coffee. You see, all the park kids want to play with the fun grown-up, so being the fun mom creates social opportunities for your kid.

My Child Won't Go to School: School Avoidance and What to Do

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

It is important that we remember that children want to succeed and feel good. When they are avoiding or refusing to go to school (their job), it means something isn't right for them and it is our job as parents and educators to figure it out.

The Argument for Putting Down the Phone

David Wygant | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
David Wygant

Be more present with the kids. It will impact their future. How many of you check your phone during traffic times or sneak a look or text something? These are the things you're teaching your kids. These are the habits they're forming.

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...

Surviving a High School Reunion

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 12.14.2014 | Fifty
Lita Smith-Mines

I thought I'd share a few coping mechanisms that worked for me, transforming a fright night into a pleasant party (if you're a social butterfly or an accomplished salesperson, these suggestions probably seem like second nature to you).

5 Steps to Get You From Shy to Sociable

Susie Wolbe | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Susie Wolbe

You want to make a change, but don't know how to do it. You want to reach out and expand your social circle, but are worried about the comments from the people you're typically around and can't begin to imagine how to get started anyway.

What Happens When Kids Go Cold Turkey from Their Screens for 5 Days?

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Yalda T. Uhls

Does all this time staring at screens, which may take time away from looking at faces, change the nature of what we learn about the social world?

Autism In Our Family

Courtney Fitzgerald | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Courtney Fitzgerald

He alone makes me a better mother than I thought I would ever have to be. Every point he makes, I see his side -- and I pray he understands that I'm ALWAYS on his team.

8 Ways to Amp Up Your Personality

Diane Gottsman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

When you are solely focused on building a career, everything else can seem inconsequential. Building new relationships, while maintaining existing ones, is an important part of your business success. How do your social skills measure up?

5 Tips to Be a Social Badass

Kevin Kleitches | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business
Kevin Kleitches

People have a tendency to be so wrapped up in themselves. This kind of egocentricity is natural, but it won't help you stand out. Make someone feel good about themselves today and give them a thoughtful compliment.

Making Art? Getting Healthy? There Are Kids' Apps for That -- and More

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

There's a seemingly endless supply of apps for practicing math, vocabulary, grammar and other traditional school subjects. But you may be surprised to know what else kids can learn.

The Only Advice You'll Need To Start Meditating

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 02.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

Meditation isn't a one-size-fits-all kinda thing. I always recommend that you start somewhat loose. Commit without overcommitting or feeling like to you have to force it.

Why Successful People Understand Different Personalities

Gil Laroya | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Gil Laroya

You can make your job more successful and enjoyable if you take the time to understand your coworkers. Being on everyone's radar as the guy who works with people and leverages their skills, instead of the guy who pushes and shoves people, will make you the superstar in any organization.