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5 Lifehacks for Moving Beyond Loneliness

While writing for the Boston Globe, Billy Baker uncovered a hidden epidemic among men that subtracted from their well being. The epidemic isn’t smoking, nor is it drugs or drinking or obesity. It’s loneliness. Feeling lonely is a common experience. Most people–of every gender and age category–feel some degree of loneliness..

How to Be a Good Facebook Friend: 4 Essential Facebook Etiquette Tips

Once upon a time, good friendship etiquette meant returning phone calls and showing up for coffee dates punctually. Enter the internet—and social media—and suddenly things got a lot more complicated. Today, most of us stay in touch with existing friends and make new connections via Facebook, a platform with numerous..

The Green Eyed Monster Ate My Friend

Your friend gets a new promotion, finds the love of their life, and buys their dream car. All in the same week. You’re 100% overjoyed for your buddy’s newfound success, right? Okay, not always. Reality: We’re happy for her. Also reality: Thoughts like ‘why wasn’t that me?’, ‘she doesn’t deserve that,’..

How to Make Friends in A New City

It can be daunting to try and transplant your whole life to a new city. Sure, the job may be up and rolling day 1. But what are you supposed to do after work? Who do you hang out with? It can get lonely fast when everywhere you go–in the..

Friend Wars: 5 Tips for Fighting Fair

Ideally, every friendship should be kind, pleasant, and problem free. Ideally, a full-time staff should draw us a hot bath and serve us Ben & Jerry’s in fancy silver goblets too. But unfortunately, we live in a less than perfect world (where most of us have to, sigh, drive to..

4 Ways to Keep the Conversation Flowing

If you knew that in five minutes you would be forced to carry on polite banter with a stranger, would you try to disappear? If so, congratulations, you’re normal. Even many people with strong communication skills still feel unnerved when thrust into a forced conversation that seems to have no actual purpose...

5 Ways to Maintain Your Friendship When Your Friend Moves Away

When a close friend moves away, it can be painful. It’s not the same level of loss as, say, a divorce or a funeral, but some aspects can be more challenging because unlike those scenarios, people recognize you’re hurting and try to support you. When someone you care about moves away,..

3 Things You Absolutely Must Know Before Traveling with Friends

  With cheap flights and an ever-expanding list of places to stay, traveling is now easier than ever before. And while it’s totally possible to enjoy traveling alone (more power to you), it can be even more fun to take on these adventures while making memories with your friends. With one quick disclaimer...

4 Ways to Maintain Friendships in Life’s Busiest Stages

Many adults hit a busy stage of life where they spread themselves too thin, juggle more than one person’s load, and even cheat themselves on sleep in order to get everything on their to-do lists checked off. Sound familiar? If this is you, if the constant emails, that ever-present laundry..

What to Do When Someone Talks Too Much

If it hasn’t happened to you already (probably multiple times), it will. At some point, you’re going to be trapped in conversation with an over-talker. And it’s bound to be a little awkward as you try to navigate an exit on the fly. Do you make up an excuse (um,..

Why Science Says We Make Friends

It’s often said that we make friends with people because we have a lot in common, but research shows that isn’t the case. Find out the surprising real reason you choose to be friends.

The Fool Proof Guide to How to Start a Conversation

Whether you find yourself waiting alongside a stranger at the doctor’s office, or mingling with people at a party or event, it can be intimidating to strike up a conversation. The good news is there are habits and practices which will make initiating a conversation easier.