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Because we all could use a little more of those, yes?

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#1: Be reliable. Keep your word. Show up.

Nowadays, it’s commonplace to get texts from friends at the last minute canceling or changing plans.

When I was a teenager and even a young adult, it felt rare that friends canceled plans. During the years I lived in Europe between 2013 and 2017, it was rare that any of…

#2- they make room for each other’s humanness

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#1- They make a point to truly focus on and listen to each other

Not many people do this nowadays for longer than a brief minute or two before their attention is torn elsewhere. To the cell phone on the table beside them or vibrating in their pocket, to their neverending mental to-do list, to the television or their pet, to the thing on…

Workaholism is coming at a steep cost. Here are some of those losses…

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With the advent of smartphones, Blackberries, and laptops, the line between work and home life has dissolved.

A few decades ago, you went to work for the day. Then, when you finished and went home for the evening, you were home. Weekends were also separate from work.

Now, with people…

This is one of the most important questions of your life, so decide carefully

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We think the biggest, most important questions of our lives are who we marry, buying a house, or getting a degree, but they aren’t. There are bigger questions that have a greater impact on our lives, and this is one of them.

We have all experienced pain, loss, hardship, betrayals…

Yes, there are other causes, but this is a big one

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Consider the following scenarios. What does each have in common?

  • I decide not to wear a mask in places where COVID spread has been scientifically proven (indoors, in poorly ventilated areas), or if there’s just a rule about wearing them because it’s “an infringement on my rights,” or it “doesn’t…

How cell phones are wrecking our empathy, social life, mental health, manners, and more

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Take a look around when you’re out and about in the world now.

If you can drag it away from your screen for longer than a minute or two, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

You’ll likely see the vast majority of people you pass with their heads craned down, their gazes…

A lot of us do this…and to our detriment

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In the beginning, everyone is on their best behavior. Using good manners. Behaving thoughtfully. Being responsive. Following through. Treating one another with the utmost respect. Making romantic gestures (if it’s a romantic relationship).

We care deeply about being a pleasant, appealing, interesting someone to the other person.

As time goes…

8 reasons you feel lonelier and more stressed in places like Boston, L.A., or New York

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According to the United Nations, today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050.

This is important information because city living has a direct connection to mental, emotional, and even physical health.

Much research shows that for many…

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