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This Is Why Reading Harry Potter Makes You a Better Person

According to a new study, reading Harry Potter might actually make you a better person and point to increased understanding toward...
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Why You and Your Best Friend Really Are of One Mind

New research shows that you may be sharing something way cooler than a friendship necklace with your bestie — your memory bank. ...
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Frenemies, Rejoice! Gossiping Is Actually Good for Your Health

A University of Pavia study found that gossiping releases feel-good hormones and reduces stress levels....
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How to Tell If Someone Is Really Your Friend

A recent study contributes to a growing body of literature that says only about half of all our friendships are mutual. ...
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Having More Facebook Friends Might Help You Live Longer

If you’re big into social media, turns out there may be a pretty great added bonus to having lots of friends on Facebook: a long...
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12 Signs of a Healthy Relationship

Your partner may be the light of your life, but that doesn't necessarily mean your relationship is healthy. Understanding what constitutes healthy relationships can help you make changes that lead to new heights of intimacy, happiness and fulfillment. On the flip side, it can also help you determine when it's time to leave a relationship. No relationship is perfect, but there are several standard elements that should exist in all healthy relationships.
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Characteristics of a Narcissistic Person

A healthy sense of vanity means you appreciate it when someone recognizes the hard work you've put into your appearances, your work or your life. But when that becomes an expectation -- a sense that you deserve people's attention -- you've crossed over into narcissism. If you're trying to determine if you yourself are narcissistic, or if you're attempting to figure out if a friend or romantic partner is, several traits can serve as general warning signs.
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Emotional Barriers to Effective Communication

Whether you want to run a successful business or maintain close ties to friends, family and love interests, effective communication is one important element to keep in mind. Effective communications involves more than just speaking, it involves active listening as well. However, strong negative emotions can interfere with one or both of these aspects of communication. This can lead to miscommunication, hurt feelings and even severed ties. Learn about common emotional roadblocks to communication, so you can find ways to clear your mind before engaging others.
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Effective Strategies for Defusing Aggressive Behavior

When faced with an aggressive person, your instinct may be to turn and run, but unfortunately that's not always the right thing to do. By familiarizing yourself with some simple techniques for defusing aggressive behavior, you can help yourself and others avoid conflict and violence. These techniques are useful whether you are dealing with aggression at home, in the workplace, or in a public place.
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How to Reconcile a Broken Friendship

Recovering a broken friendship not only helps to heal your hurt, but it can also improve your quality of life. A study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles, reports that for women, sharing close friendships may reduce stress and allow you to live a happier and healthier life. Male or female, genuine friends are always present to share both your joy and hardships. By reconciling a friendship, you’re showing a willingness to ask for forgiveness and a desire to once again be present for all the joys and hardships of life.
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