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4 Surprising Health Benefits of Gratitude

In honor of Thanksgiving, I want to take this opportunity to talk about gratitude. With countless podcasts, books, and Ted talks on the subject, it’s no secret that practicing gratitude is important. But how many of us actually do it?
While it may seem easy for Oprah and Tony Robbins, being grateful isn’t always easy for the rest of us.
As you grow up, you learn that life can go from 100 to...


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The Psychology Behind Why We Love Scary Movies

I never have to think twice when someone asks me what my favorite holiday is. Candy galore, carved pumpkins, haunted houses, crazy costumes, and best of all, scary movie marathons.

What’s not to love about Halloween?

It’s the one time of the year I get to indulge in my horror film obsession, which began when I was a little girl secretly watching Are You Afraid of the Dark? after school while my mom thought I was watching...


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Living with a Gifted Spouse? Here’s How to Handle It

After your first date, you were hooked. Captivated by his cute and quirky brilliance, you completely lost track of time and spent hours talking. You never met anyone like him before - the way he saw the world was so different and interesting. Let’s face it: Intelligence is sexy, and you were immediately drawn to him.

Fast forward several years and the two of you are married with children. You’re starting to understand what people mean...


Mindfulness

More Than Just a Dream: The Science Behind Nightmares

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to share a dream with someone or jump into someone else’s dream? I think about this when I’m lying awake at night wondering if I’m the only crazy person who has dreams that play out like a Nightmare on Elm Street movie. I’d love the option to hop into a Pride and Prejudice-type dream, wearing one of those elegant dresses and dancing with an awkwardly handsome...


Friendships

The Truth About Friendships in Your 20s

Now that I’m officially in my late 20s, I’m feeling older and wiser – well, at least wise enough to write this article. Over the years, I’ve experienced many different types of friendships and relationships and through it all, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that change is inevitable.

The best part about getting older is that you stop caring what other people think. You're becoming more confident and sure of yourself, and less concerned with...


Communication Skills

The Surprising Secret to Acing a Job Interview

There are countless articles on preparing for a job interview with advice that has basically become common knowledge—research the company, dress appropriately, be punctual and so on. However, many people leave out one vital point. What they forget to mention is the importance of asking the right questions. Many candidates assume that if they’ve successfully answered the interviewer’s questions, then they have aced the interview.

However, this is not always the case. In the wise words...


Communication Skills

Parenting Children with ADHD: How it Affects Your Marriage




Maintaining a strong relationship with your partner takes work. Between conflicting work schedules, daily household responsibilities and raising a family, it’s normal to get swept up in the craziness of our everyday lives.
Having a child with ADHD brings with it a new set of challenges. Even the most healthy, loving marriage will be tested, which is why it’s important you are both on the same page and are committed to making it work.

This...


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6 Surprising Predictors of Relationship Compatibility


Many of us think we know which traits we want our ideal partner to have. Yet for some reason we often find ourselves attracted to people who possess none of those qualities. Sometimes we meet potential mates who seem perfect on paper but with whom we have no immediate spark. Other times we feel instant chemistry but end up with an incompatible long-term partner.

Attraction may feel natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s random. To figure out how...


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How to Deal with Difficult People

During the past few years, one of the biggest adjustments I had to make was learning to let go of the toxic relationships in my life. Whether it was a friend or boyfriend, I found it difficult to cut ties and walk away from an unhealthy situation—even when it was in my best interest.

Looking back, I realize the reason I stayed in these relationships was the fear of starting over and building new relationships from...


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Why Withdrawing or Expecting Your Partner to Read Your Mind During a Fight is Ruining Your Relationship


When you get in a fight with your significant other, what’s your natural reaction? Is it to withdraw and avoid the conflict entirely? Or be silently angry in the hope that he or she will figure out what’s wrong?

In past relationships, I’ve been guilty of expecting my boyfriend to read my mind when I’m angry or upset. When he would ask me what’s wrong, I’d respond with one-word answers and act cold for the next ten...