Archive for month: February, 2022

6 relationship resolutions to make this year

Most of us intuitively know that having close, supportive relationships is important to our general happiness and well-being. Decades of scientific research confirm that human connection not only affects our mental health but is also a key determinant to how [...]

Why are some people irritable all the time? And what can you do?

As a psychologist who’s been in private practice for 25 years, I’ve seen that there are as many kinds of relationship problems as there are humans on this planet. But one issue that keeps coming up is about irritability — [...]

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 [...]