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Developing intimate friendships in childhood is important, given the critical role friendships play in social and personal identity, social support, and physical and psychological well-being. Studies show healthy relationships can suppress levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) during stressful times,…...

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5 Tips to Be a Better Listener

If you’ve lamented the loss of real conversation in your life, you wouldn’t be alone. Sherry Turkle, MIT communications professor and noted author, reminds us: “The world is more talkative now, but it’s at the expense of real conversation.” Cultivating…...

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We all want to be heard.

Every single person you will ever meet shares one common desire. They want to know…”Do you see me?” “Do you hear me?” “Does what I say mean anything to you?” – Oprah Winfrey It happens all the time: You are…...

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Introvert

An introvert will feel a bit zapped of their energy when they are out and about, and need to recharge by spending time alone. An extrovert, however, thrives on human interaction, getting a good amount of their energy from outside…...

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Friendship

My grandfather once said, “If you can count your true friends on one hand, consider yourself lucky.” Sounds strange I suppose, but as I get older, this statement makes more and more sense. In a world of social media, forming…...

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This morning I had a highly thought provoking discussion about female friendships versus male friendships with my mom. It started, however, with a discussion about the differences between men  managers and female managers and the challenges women face in management…...

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We all have moments when we see the glass half empty rather than half full, but if we continually surround ourselves with half empties, we inevitably start feeling…well…empty.  In pure mathematical terms, 1/2 empty + 1/2 empty = 1 empty. …...

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One of the worst dynamics that can kill a friendship is jealousy. If one friend is jealous of the other, it inevitably can ruin the friendship, or at least negatively impact it. Sometimes, however, when a friend is jealous, and…...

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Self-confidence is one of the most important, yet most difficult attributes to cultivate for a healthy self-esteem.  Whether we are burdened with painful childhood memories, unhealthy relationships where we were emotionally beat down or insecurities as a result of societal…...

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Not long ago, I published an article about six qualities to admire in others, and the response was extraordinary. It seems that many people believe that certain qualities are not only hard to find in others, but when they are,…...

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