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5 Ways to End a Friendship in a Friendly Way

Debra Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Debra Fine

However the conversation ends, remind yourself that you put time and thought into your decision and did what was right for you. You may be sad or angry or frustrated, and that's normal. But if you were able to speak from the heart and be kind and gracious in the process, you will be okay.

Christina: Aventura, Florida, October, 2013

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

I then ask about her career and life aspirations, again out of curiosity and care. She doesn't reply with a specific career choice but instead with this unique thoughtful response: "I want to find something I enjoy doing that gives me stability and enables me to raise children in a good way."

Why The Father-Daughter Relationship Is So Important

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

It was the second time in a matter of weeks that I'd heard a woman open up about her relationship with her father.

What I Learned From Herman Wallace: Black Panther, Political Prisoner, and Friend

Rev. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Mae Elise Cannon

Last month, at the age of 71, after 41 years in solitary confinement, and less than three days of freedom, Herman Wallace died of cancer in Louisiana. He once asked me: "Why would you be my friend? Are you forgetting that I don't believe in God?"

Survive Emotional 'Vampires' This Halloween And Beyond

Judith Orloff MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Orloff MD

Anyone who has ever shared an office, car pooled or attended a family dinner with a vampire can attest to experiencing some common emotional side effects. Even after a brief contact, you feel worse. They feel better. To find out if you've been bled, watch for these signs. Experiencing even one indicates you've met a drainer on the prowl.

Use the good china

Terri Barnes | Posted 12.29.2013 | Fifty
Terri Barnes

I've been around the military all my life, which today totals 50 years. I remember C-Rations and fatigues, MAC, TAC, SAC and a few other acronyms, now...

At the Top of My Lungs: Pray for the Bear

Jennifer Glass | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Glass

Cancer is a monster. But in this fight or any other, I'm putting my money on Jen.

Why Intimacy Is The Secret Key To Health

Agapi Stassinopoulos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Agapi Stassinopoulos

In this fast-paced world, most people are always focused on getting to the next thing, missing the moment, which creates anxiety and leaves us with a feeling of discontent. The remedy to that is doses of intimate moments, experiences and interactions.

Why I No Longer Want To Be Defined By My Children

Barbara Wasserman, LICSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Wasserman, LICSW

The other night, our book group welcomed a new member. It's been a long time since we added someone to our group, so we decided to spend a minute introducing ourselves. You know, the usual drill: tell a little about yourself, like the names and ages of your children, where they go to school or work, etc.

Confessions of a Recovering People-Pleaser

Whitney Fisch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Whitney Fisch

Cheat on me with my good friend? Let me take you to the movies! Lie to my face? Can I buy you dinner?

Why I'm Not Gonna Tell You You're Beautiful

Hannah Brencher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Hannah Brencher

Beautiful was a word that I'd heard so many times -- flung from girl to girl in some shallow exchange of words that was rarely ever meant -- that it lost all meaning to me. Beautiful is a bound-up, broken word in a culture that matches it against thigh sizes and blemish-free skin.

Your Social Life Is Not Your Social Media

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 12.23.2013 | Media
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Social media-induced angst is happening with increasing frequency. Just as businesses and brands use social media to interact with their target audience and monitor consumer interest, people are using social media to gauge how their friends and acquaintances feel about them.

7 Things You Should Never Do Right After A Friend's Wedding

Natasha Burton | Posted 12.17.2013 | Weddings
Natasha Burton

You may be excited for your friend to change her status from "Engaged" to "Married," but there's no need to write annoying comments on her wall about it.

5 Friendship Violations You'll Be Put In The Doghouse For, And How To Resolve Them

BroBible | Lance Pauker | Posted 10.16.2013 | College

This article was originally published on BroBible. The thing about being friends with someone, particularly over a long period of time, is that you...

Making Time For Friends, From Jennifer Garner (WATCH)

Posted 10.16.2013 | MarloThomas

What is Jennifer Garner's trick to staying centered? When she appeared on Mondays With Marlo this week, she told me that as busy as you are, you need ...

From Cornfields to the City: What It Feels Like to Be a Transfer Student

Melanie Stone | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Melanie Stone

No one knows me here. There are some days when I feel invisible. I can walk around campus without recognizing anybody. To these people, I'm just another student, an anonymous face in the crowd.

3 Great Reasons To Reach Out To Female Friends In Midlife

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

We sit around a table set just for us -- four interesting, accomplished, and attractive women at mid-life who are flying solo for the evening. We've left jobs, homes, and husbands/significant others behind to celebrate another aspect of ourselves that I now value more deeply: We are girlfriends.

8 Things I Learned At My College Reunion

Lewis DeSimone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Lewis DeSimone

I just got back from my 30th college reunion -- the anniversary of an event that seems like a lifetime ago, if only because so many of my classmates now have children sleeping in the same dorms we once shared.

Almost Bridesmaids: Weddings in Our Thirties

Abbye E. Meyer | Posted 12.14.2013 | Weddings
Abbye E. Meyer

Happiness isn't like Annie's in Bridesmaids. Often, there's no real resolution or suggestion of permanence.

The Friend That Every New Mom Needs

Carissa K | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

A true friend doesn't come with obligation or guilt to remember birthdays or reciprocate social invitations. A true friend comes with the security and power of knowing that they love you always, celebrate your successes no matter what, and feel your heartbreaks deeply.

Why It's Important to Have Female Friends

Literally, Darling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

"Girls are too much drama." "I'm not like most girls." These are seemingly silly, offhand comments that I never took much to heart until recently. Then, I sat and thought about what these women were actually saying.

Remembering Marcella

Loraine Boyle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
Loraine Boyle

"Lorennn" -- I can still hear that smokey, Italian-accented voice in my head. It belonged to the extraordinary Marcella Hazan who died a week ago in the art-filled apartment on the Gulf of Mexico that she and Victor, her husband of 60 years, shared.

How to Reach Out to a Cancer Patient

Emily Krauser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Krauser

Though it can be frustrating to repeat yourself to friends and family, the most extreme negative reactions are generally saved for the people who have suddenly come out of the woodwork.

You Got to Have Friends!

Marlo Thomas | Posted 12.08.2013 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

Whether they're childhood friends, neighborhood friends, family friends, girlfriends, boyfriends (or even boyfriends who eventually became boy friends, if you know what I mean), life wouldn't be half as much fun -- or as meaningful -- without the company of those who know what makes us tick (and vice versa).

5 Types Of Friends Every Woman Has

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Strong bonds between women are vitally important as we negotiate both the everyday stuff of life and the bigger challenges and choices we face. While I feel fortunate to have a range of meaningful female friendships, I've had my share of dysfunctional relationships too,