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Playful Banter or Bullying -- Whose Perception Matters?

Deborah Temkin | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

We need to stop arguing over the definition of bullying and trying to objectively indentify it. Instead, we need to listen when youth say they've been bullied.

The Guest List

Jamie Silverman | Posted 09.18.2014 | New York
Jamie Silverman

Most friends told me not to fret -- it was my birthday and if ever there is a night for drunken debauchery, this was it.

Being Ridiculous Is Absolutely Necessary

Maria Senise | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

We laughed so fricken hard that day, my lungs hurt. It felt SO good. Sometimes, nothing beats acting completely silly, off-the-chain ridiculous, and just kind of stupid simply because you can. I needed that day.

Is It Harder To Break Up With A Friend Or A Lover?

Jessica Smock | Posted 09.15.2014 | Women
Jessica Smock

We wanted to know why women's friendships begin and end so differently than men's. We wanted to know why women seemed to feel more guilt, more shame, more trauma, and more remorse about the ends of friendships than the loss of romantic partners.

What I Learned From Taking A 'Selfie'

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

In the midst of that mysterious, sacred bond that connects childhood friends, something even bigger seems to emerge. In the small intangibles that remain from the innocence of youth.

Your Friends Are Dying

Zach Dean | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Zach Dean

Perspective is a funny, fleeting thing, and the lens in which we view our world is ever changing. Often we stumble upon a perspective we like -- a perspective of playfulness, appreciation, or positivity -- and it transforms our whole world for a few moments.

Robin Williams and Backsliding

Kate Byrne | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Byrne

It's my empathy that keeps me here. I text or email or even call my closest confidants. I may spend the entire exchange crying, but releasing the feelings is better than keeping them in. I never feel alone and that is the feeling I can't forget.

The Chagrin of Omissive Sin

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 09.10.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

Now it's easy to not do harm by others by leaving them alone, but are we committing the sin of omission? It's a difficult question, one I can't answer for anyone but myself.

10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Left for College

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 09.09.2014 | College
Erika Oppenheimer

Leaving for college is almost always a world-rocking experience for those who go away to school.

Taking Hold of Your Passions in Everyday Life

Rupa Mehta | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

Passion is a powerful thing and by embracing, sharing and asking others about it we create a domino effect that could lead to a better and more open world. Be proud of who you are, what you're passionate about and share it. I promise you won't regret it and we'd love to hear about it!

Saved by Social Media

Kate Byrne | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Byrne

It was an online friend who, upon my disclosure that I was cutting, contacted my brother and told him to check on me. It's my online friends who in times of crisis or trigger events will send me text, Facebook, direct or email messages to keep me engaged.

When Friends Avoid Tough Topics: Share a Story, Hear a Story

Diane Gage Lofgren | Posted 09.08.2014 | Women
Diane Gage Lofgren

Many get riveted to train-wreck TV and dramatic news from afar, but when it hits closer to home, they head for the hills. Why do tough topics seem to be the third rail of some friendships?

Friends Are (Really) Important

Alex Madda | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Alex Madda

For me, making new friends has been of the utmost importance. I've learned that if you don't have family around, you can always, and probably should, make a new one! (But not literally... ) We may not have steady careers right now. But for me, having steady friends feels just as rewarding.

There is More to Life Than Freshman Year

Susan Kaufman | Posted 09.08.2014 | College
Susan Kaufman

Sometimes you have to completely throw yourself into something and not look up until all you see is clear sky. I think expectations, snap judgments, and insecurities cloud the conscience; they keep us from living and investing in the present.

My Love-Hate With Online Dating

Jon Vaughn | Posted 09.06.2014 | Style
Jon Vaughn

I'm no expert with online dating, and I'm not in a rush to get into a relationship, but let me share with you what has worked for me. It's helped me get rid of the junk. And speaking of junk, men, quit it. You're the only one that thinks it looks fabulous.

Today's Buddha Doodle - Walking Meditation

Molly Hahn | Posted 09.03.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn


To The Lonely Freshman: Your Isolation Is Not Permanent

Matt Camarda | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Matt Camarda

Your isolation may feel permanent; it may become hard to imagine a future in which you've found your place. It may feel like cold comfort to hear that adjusting takes time, but it's the truth. I've been there.

What I Did on my Summer Vacation

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Rachel Levy Lesser

I wonder about all the fun times I missed out on the golf course growing up with my father, my brother and especially for me now, my late mother.

Proof That You Can Live A Positive Life, Even With MS

Cathy Chester | Posted 08.30.2014 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

Of the more than 2.3 million people worldwide who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I am only one story. I am a wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, friend, and woman living with an incurable and unpredictable disease. And even though I am only one person, my story can add great value by educating othe

Family, Friends and Technology

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.30.2014 | Impact
William B. Bradshaw

Are people less friendly than they used to be? As I looked beyond having just a "gut feeling" about attitudes and practices of people, I became aware of the "General Social Survey." I found a lot of information that relates to the friendliness of people.

Teaching Our Daughters About Friendship Breakups

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 08.28.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

There are myriad resources available to couples who are looking for help to save a broken relationship, but there seems to be a distinct lack of support for women (or men) who want to fix a troubled friendship.

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

John M. Simmons | Posted 08.26.2014 | 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!

3 Types of Female Friendships to Foster -- and 3 Types to Flee

KnowMore TV | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women
KnowMore TV

How do you foster real friendships and dump the duds? Believe it or not, female friendships fall into categories. Here are types of women you want in your life:

The Benefits of Cliques

Andrew Smiler | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Andrew Smiler

Part of being an American teenager means some effort to answer the question "who am I?" Being a member of a particular clique provides one answer to tha

A Rescue Pet Sees Her Best Friend

Rescue Idiot | Posted 08.26.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rescue Idiot

The videos online of soldiers coming home from overseas deployment after months and sometimes even years to be greeted by their pets who missed them a...