Archive for month: September, 2021

We all know people who just can’t apologize — here’s why

Since I started writing the “Dear Guy” column, I’ve received many letters from readers asking why some people in their lives just seem unable to apologize — even when they’re clearly in the wrong. Are they just stubborn? Or is there [...]

How to get over a friendship breakup

The loss of a friendship can be devastating. Whether it’s the slow drifting apart from a childhood friend, the sudden, sharp distance created by a disagreement, or one of the many relationships that have quietly fallen away during the pandemic, [...]

Humans are made to be touched — so what happens when we aren’t?

Our bodies are designed to respond to touch, and not just to sense the environment around us. We actually have a network of dedicated nerve fibers in our skin that detect and emotionally respond to the touch of another person [...]

Do you know the 5 love languages? Here’s what they are — and how to use them

Have you ever been asked “What’s your love language?” Chances are, you have. Because the concept — first created by counselor and pastor Gary Chapman, unpacked in a series of books, and picked up by many others — has spread far and [...]

The secret to giving a great compliment

Want an easy way to brighten another person’s day? Offer them specific, heartfelt praise, says educator Cheryl Ferguson. We’ve all been on the receiving end of a half-hearted compliment, whether it was a generic “nice work” from a colleague or [...]

How to deliver an authentic apology

A simple framework for delivering a short, sincere “I’m sorry,” from criminal defense attorney Jahan Kalantar. Quick question: What’s the worst part of apologizing? A) Working up the courage to admit we were wrong. B) Standing in front of the [...]

Some advice on coming out

“In a perfect world, I believe that members of the LGBT community shouldn’t have to come out,” says New York high school student Amanda Gundel in a 2018 TEDx talk. “We should all be able to co-exist in our little bubbles and go [...]