Relationships and Family
A University of Pavia study found that gossiping releases feel-good hormones and reduces stress levels....
Rooming with a friend can bring you closer together or push you apart forever--it all depends on how well you plan and communicate beforehand, then how well the both of you keep to your commitments. The same conditions apply to rooming with a complete stranger, but without any of the initial familiarity. Increase your odds of mutual success by interviewing potential roommates beforehand and drawing up, then signing, a simple code of conduct that you’re all willing to agree to.
You may have a difficult time saying "no," when your old college buddy calls up and asks for help with a move, or you may not know how to end a conversation with a work friend who complains incessantly about her ex-husband or her new supervisor. The lack of healthy boundaries in relationships can leave you weary and frustrated. Strong boundaries, on the other hand, can help you enjoy the friendships in your life more.
Coming home to a bad roommate is the last thing you want to do after a long day. Sharing a living space with another person -- whether with a friend or a stranger -- means that both people will have to compromise and adapt to each other. Communicating and coming up with an agreement is important, because certain traits and habits can occur that make for a less-than-ideal roommate.
When renters take on roommates or house guests, the question of legal rights often arises. The key question in determining the rights of any roommate is whether or not the person is on the lease. Each state has its own laws governing renters and tenants, and a roommate's legal rights are protected by these laws if he is listed on the lease. If not, the roommate's rights are subordinate to those of the renter.
When people think of bullies, they usually think of schoolchildren on the playground, but bullying doesn't go away when you become an adult. According to the Campaign Against Workplace Bullying, as many as one out of every six American workers has been bullied on the job by a boss or co-worker. Bullying can shake your confidence and make you stressed about activities you'd normally enjoy, so knowing how to stop an adult bully is an important skill.
22 Famous Women Share Their Role Models. Former first lady Michelle Obama, activist Janet Mock and actress Sophia Bush are just a few of the people who’ve inspired generations of women to overcome the challenges posed by America’s patriarchal society. But who did they look up to most as they were growing up and starting their careers? New York Magazine scoured the internet and quoted 22 famous women on their mentors. Read on for warm reminders about the importance of representation, motherhood, mentorship and companionship.
Making friends with the people you work with is a sure-fire way to improve your happiness and will in turn make you more productiv...
Most of us remember cringing as children when our mothers gave us that look -- the look that meant we were in deep trouble. She didn't have to say a word. And even if she did say a word -- even if it was kind -- you could probably still tell you were in trouble because the brain processes both verbal and nonverbal communication at the same time and notices when someone's words don't match their body language. A wealth of emotions can be conveyed with a look, a sigh, a smile or a tilt of the head. Nonverbal communication is not just something we do to show how we are feeling, but we also depend on our interpretations of it when we interact with each other.
Men often insist that they don't understand women, but if they pay closer attention to body language, many secrets can be revealed. Relationship coach, author and couples' counselor Ruth Purple reports that the challenge of reading women becomes even more complicated when a man is interested in a woman. His own emotions and feelings get tangled in his perception, often leading to miscommunication and missed signals.