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Life Advice: Throw Out the Scorecard

I recently attended a party where a man delivered a long, fairly hostile monologue about his wife’s poor driving skills, giving everyone in the room blow-by-blows of each fender bender and exacting details about how much her snafus had raised their car insurance premiums. His wife, a beautiful and good-natured doctor, didn’t seem to mind. […]

Couple Envy: ‘Why Am I Such a Terrible Person?’

Dear Sara, I am single and have a few single friends, but most of my friends are couples. And one of these couples is very tight—they met a few years ago and have been in constant bliss ever since. I am incredibly happy for them, but I also find myself increasingly envious, to the point […]

How to Stop Passive-Aggressive Behavior: No, You’re Not Crazy

One of my faults is that I can sometimes be impulsive, but I’ll put that impulsiveness to good use here by giving you the punch line first: Passive-aggressive people know that they’re passive-aggressive, so all you need to do is point it out to them when it happens! With so many problems, telling someone they […]

Paul Potts: How Taking ‘One Chance’ Changed His Life Forever

The inspirational story of opera singer Paul Potts contains everything I love — humor, perseverance, heart, romance, beautiful music, and courage. Little did Potts know when he walked onto the stage of “Britain’s Got Talent” that he would end up winning the show — and that some day a movie would be made about his amazing life. […]

Singles Are Now the Majority of Americans—and That’s Good for Everyone

The message is delivered in many different formats—wedding invitations, baby announcements, Facebook feeds documenting domestic bliss in excruciating detail. And although no one ever says it aloud, it can make a single person feel out of step, like a lonely outlier in a couples’ world. So here’s some interesting news that won’t come in a […]

When Someone You Love is Depressed: How to Cope (and Avoid Getting Depressed, Too)

No matter how psychologically healthy – heck, perfect – you want to believe you are, there’s a little part of you that wants to be your partner’s hero in a relationship. When he falls into a slump, you want to believe that you have the magic to pull him out of it and make him […]

The Common Denominator is … ME?

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation. But your thoughts about it.” ~ Eckhart Tolle I highlighted my hair blonde hoping it would make me happy; it didn’t. I guess blondes don’t have more fun! I dated a man for six months hoping he would make me happy; he didn’t. What a useless […]

Do You Feel Overlooked — or Invisible?

They say that to find a great love, you must first learn to love yourself. Dr. Margaret Paul returns in today’s guest blog about this exact subject. It’s all about taking the steps to understand your worth, believing you are deserving of great things, and then taking action to get there. This is a process, but awareness is […]

Is it Time for Relationship Therapy? Here’s How to Know…

If your relationships end up the same way (not good!), and you seem to gravitate towards a particular type of person (the wrong one, repeatedly), this is a sign that you could use a little guidance. Today’s guest blog from Ashley Papa looks at the various times it might be wise to talk to a […]

Should You Stop Searching for a Soulmate?

Singles are often told to “get out there,” but this advice changes when you actually take it. Then you’re told to relax and let love come naturally. This advice is frequently followed by someone else’s magical “how we met” story. You know the kind. They involve missed flights, traffic snafus, hilarious hijinks (“how did our […]

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