Conversation can be considered an art. It requires a certain skill and flourish to start conversations and maintain it interesting and genuinely engage the other party. Some people are just natural conversationalists and can start a conversation without any effort. Others, on the other hand, find it difficult to converse with other people, much less start one. But even if you consider yourself as one of the latter, there’s really nothing to be worried about. Just like any art, effortless conversation is something that can be learned. [Read more…]
When was the last time you went out with your friends? Once you get sucked into ‘adult responsibilities’—work, household errands, raising kids—it can be very hard to squeeze in time for friends. Instead, we keep in touch through Facebook or the occasional text message.
However, regular ‘friend time’ is crucial! Studies show that having deep friendships can lower your risk for heart attacks and high blood pressure, because a strong emotional support system (and doing something fun with people you enjoy being with) is one of the best ways of managing stress. Here are some ways to squeeze regular bonding time with friends, even when you’re at your busiest. [Read more…]
Losing a loved one is a very emotional and difficult experience. Sometimes we just feel that we want to be left alone to deal with our grief and loss. But ironically, an event like this will require you to deal with more people on a social level. As a relative or friend of the bereaved you are also expected to act with sensitivity. But sometimes it is hard to determine if what you’re doing is the proper thing to do during a funeral so here are some things you should remember. [Read more…]
Friendship is the best medicine, says a recent study published in the Experimental Social Psychology. Women who have close friends—and make time to meet them— have lower risk for high blood pressure, dementia, and depression.
So doctors say, go out and bond with your girlfriends! And you don’t have to spend a lot, either. Here are great money-saving tips for your next girl bonding session. In fact, most of the ideas here are absolutely free! [Read more…]
By the time your child is eight or nine years old he will start spending more time outside of the home, and in the company of friends. But what do you do when you hate your child’s friends? Maybe you think they’re a bad influence. They use bad words, or they spend too much time playing video games. How can you say, ‘This has got to stop!’
Of course we all know that telling our child to stop seeing them will only have the opposite effect. They will only meet behind your back, hate you for ‘judging’ them, and have more fun because their friendship is ‘forbidden.’ Here are some parenting tips to help you handle this situation, effectively but fairly and diplomatically. [Read more…]