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Healthy Friendships

The 6 Main Types of Friends: Just Look in Your Pantry

Lisa Cleary | Posted 11.19.2013 | Women
Lisa Cleary

Most find that friendships do one of two things: they phase out or they're genuinely long lasting. And, as I've come to notice the varying trends, I've also found my friendships closely resemble different types of food.

Why Toxic People Aren't All Bad

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 07.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

We do not become the people who this world needs simply by turning our backs on anyone we don't like, trust, or deem healthy enough to be in our presence. No, in fact, those are exactly the people we need to let into our lives. Not just for their sake, but for ours.

Why We Should Tell the Truth (Even When It's Risky)

Nancy Colier | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

All friendships have limitations and boundaries, some more extreme than others. We can and do choose to happily reside within such limitations. When we are honest about what we need, the response forces us to look at the truth of the friendship, its limitlessness as well as its limits.

7 Steps To Having That Tough Conversation

Lauren Zander | Posted 06.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Zander

I know it can be scary to confront and follow through on difficult conversations but there is freedom on the other side of them. Here are steps to having a tough conversation with someone.

How To Ask A Friend For What You Really Need

Nancy Colier | Posted 06.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

What is it we really need when we are in pain? I believe that it is much simpler than we imagine. We need to be heard, understood and cared about. We need a friend to hold our pain with us, for a moment, without judgment, to hear and care about how we are, in truth.

Who Are You Letting Into Your Head?

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

Your mood, productivity, opinions and ambition are affected by the people you let into your life, and your head.

4 Keys to Developing and Maintaining Friendships

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

We need friendships in our lives to supplement our existing romantic, marital or family relationships. Yet most adult friendships are based on proximity rather than on a purposeful pursuit.

When Old Friends Stop Being Good Friends

Nancy Colier | Posted 05.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

When we can be honest about a friendship, and about the season of life that the friendship belongs in, then, we can be truly grateful for the miracle that a friendship is. Trying to force a friendship to keep bearing fruit past its season is a disservice to its profound nature.

5 Tips For Making Lifelong Friendships

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Holding yourself to these five standards will help you develop within yourself and will expand your potential to grow meaningful friendships throughout your life.

What Kind of Friend Is This?: When Mean Girls and Boys Become Thoughtless Adults

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

My client found it unbelievable. "Here I am 37 years old, a wife, a mom, a nurse valued by patients and staff, and I am hurt -- no, correct that, devastated -- by a supposed friend and her group of friends."

Strong vs. Weak Links

Amanda Slavin | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Amanda Slavin

I gravitate toward certain people. I meet tons of people and usually end up loving most of them, but some pull me in deeper immediately. I get an instant connection that I can't deny or ignore; it doesn't make perfect sense but just happens.

How To Master The Art Of Saying 'No'

Kathryn Lamble | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Lamble

No! It's a pretty scary word, right? It certainly is for me. It's like a well-placed "boo!" bursting through the darkness from an unseen corner. In fact, I find "no" so scary that that I often have difficulty saying it, and that's just where my problem begins.

Why 'Me Time' Is A Vital Aspect Of Healthy Living

Meg Wolff | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Meg Wolff

Don't get me wrong, helping others can bring us great joy, but we have to watch that we don't overdo and risk being of no help to anyone. By scheduling time for ourselves, we are able to be both helpful and healthy.

7 Tips: The Dos and Don'ts of Toxic Friendships

Janice Taylor | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

Negative people often do slow us down and drain our energy, as well as create stress and anxiety, none of which is useful or helpful. What to do?

Are You A People-Pleaser? A Healthier Approach To Friendships

Kathryn Lamble | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Lamble

Trying to solve your crappy self-worth through outside approval is a race you're always going to be running at half-speed. When the outside approval dies down, that's the discomfort you have to sit with. That's the "you" you have to learn to love.

Be Authentic: Checking In With Others Can Save A Relationship

Melissa Van Rossum | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Melissa Van Rossum

Authentic self-development and confidence empowers a belief in one's self. And any kind of puffery will wither you to the core over time, leaving you alone and frightened.

See Yourself Through Someone Else's Eyes

Intent | Posted 09.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Intent

At times, life catches up with us and  it becomes easy to forget to find time for moments of self-reflection. But it is important to remember that no human is an island. We can learn a lot about ourselves from the people we surround ourselves with and the relationships we foster.

A Counterintuitive Effect Of Friendship

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 08.12.2011 | Healthy Living
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

An old aphorism says that it takes money to make money. Perhaps the same could be said of energy. If we want energy -- the feeling of vitality -- then we might have to be willing to give more of it to get it.

7 Ways Friends Keep You Healthy

The Huffington Post | Laura Schocker | Posted 07.02.2011 | Home

We all know how good a fun night out with a group of friends can feel -- and, turns out, it may actually be just as good for your body as it is for yo...

6 Ways To Bring Balance To Your Relationships

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Balance in a relationship means not only that you need to give wisely, but also that you may need to look around to see how you're also receiving more than you might notice.