Before I tell you how to sign up for these great benefits, I really have to get something off my chest. Ok, here it goes… I once met a friend who thoroughly enjoyed ringing the Salvation Army bell each holiday season. My response was, “why would you spend your time ringing a bell for free when you could be out having fun?” I admit, standing around ringing a bell did not sound like a fun time, but neither did any “volunteer” activity when I was in my 20’s. If I did not receive a pay check for my time, why would I want to d
When we expand our definition of relationship, we can grow in intimacy in all aspects of our life.
Many of us are looking to change something in our lives: Have less stress and anxiety, feel better, be happier, increase confidence, know our life path and more. Yoga and meditation are really fantastic tools to help us with these things and so much has been written on how and why they help. But if we really want to change our external world and not just our internal world, we need to take what we learn in our practice and bring it out into the world. The path to doing this is through a relationship.
Learn how to be a good friend at a time when a new divorcee needs you most.
For many people, separating from a life-partner is the single most tragic and painful event of their lives. Recovering from such a blow is rarely an easy or pleasant process. Watching a close friend go through the divorce process presents its own set of problems. You want to help, but it can be extremely difficult to approach your friend—an individual with whom you are accustomed to sharing considerably happier times—in this period of profound anger, sorrow, and/or uncertainty.
Grief can make decision-making difficult, and other things to keep in mind.
When a friend is grieving the loss of a loved one, it's easy to feel helpless. Sometimes we think we're doing the right thing by trying to cheer them up, pointing out the positives or letting them know that they should try to move on. Well-intentioned as we may be, those efforts tend to put pressure on them and leave them feeling invalidated. Here are six ways to help you support your friend in times of need.
Breaking up with guys? Got it down. Tossing a toxic gal pal? Not so easy, but it can be done.
After years of experience, I've got breaking up with guys down to a science. (A once useful skill which, now that I'm happily married, I hope I'll never have to use again!) But breaking up with friends? That's a lot tougher to do.
Are you possessive? learn the difference between love and possession
This is the 4th article in a series of five discussing natural emotions and their unnatural counterparts. Any time our natural emotions are repressed they create unnatural reactions and responses. The natural emotions are repressed in the majority of people. Our emotions are our gifts, our friends and allies. They are our soul representatives. They represent the world of each person’s private inner life. Because emotions are universal we best relate to each other on the level of the emotions. The best way to have productive communication is to come from our natural emotions.
California's former first lady reveals how she's coping with the Arnold Schwarzenegger drama.
According to People, Maria Shriver admits to feeling "down and confused" over this past year's events, and we can't blame her. She had to endure the news (in the spotlight, no less) that her now-estranged husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, had a long-term affair and an illegitimate child with their household maid many years ago.
Take the pressure off your partner by locating love all over your life.
I am a recovering codependent. One of the greatest tools for my recovery in this area is to pay attention to the romance throughout my life. Rather than placing all of my romantic needs and desires onto one partner, I've learned to recognize romantic sparks in my friendships, my work, my physical activities and more. By choosing to seek romance in all corners of life I've let my romantic partners off the hook and I've created equality in my relationships.
Welcome to the third of a series of five articles in discussion of the natural and unnatural emotions. My recent articles examined sadness and anger. This article will analyze the natural emotion of envy and its fixed counterpart jealousy. Envy is a beautiful emotion. It arises naturally in all of us the minute we see something in someone else that we admire.