As life gets busier due to career, family, and other demands, friendships may seem inessential. However, good friendships are crucial to one’s well-being because they offer a wealth of benefits—from reducing stress to lowering blood pressure.
Hello Dr. G. My wife recently left me. She told me that she wanted to find her path. She believes that she is an empath and she wants to become a holistic healer. I told her that she could do whatever she wanted but she feels I am a hinderance to her plan.
Americans say thanks a lot, but other cultures may have a deeper understanding of gratitude. If you’re trying to become happier, you’ve probably heard the advice to practice gratitude. “Gratitude is literally one of the few things that can measurably change people’s lives,” writes pioneering researcher Robert Emmons in his book Thanks!
Hi Dr. G. I read your advice to others regularly. Thank you. I have been a member of the Love Expands dating service for a short few weeks now. I have been divorced for almost 8 years.
Identifying toxic work relationships can be difficult for a couple of reasons. First, because you spend so much time with your coworkers, you may become immune to bad behaviors. Like the proverbial frog in the cooking pot who fails to notice the increasing heat, you may have simply acclimated and accepted certain behaviors as inevitable.
Relationships can be difficult. They’re even more difficult when one of the parties is a toxic, negative person. Toxic people show up in every type of relationship imaginable whether they’re personal, professional, or casual. Their behaviors and actions are emotionally and mentally draining, leaving everyone who they come in contact with feeling lousy about themselves.
Dr. G, Hello!! My boyfriend and I have been together for 3 years. We are both 24, and until recently, have been very happy. Our parents have met and marriage has been discussed, but I am having second thoughts.
There was a time when the idea of moving away from a traditional monogamous relationship was a taboo issue. Traditionally, marriage meant quite literally “til death do us part.” However, in modern society, open relationships are becoming ever more common.
Hi Dr. G., Firstly, I really enjoy reading your response’s to different people. I think you are on point about every single thing. Getting to the point, I basically have just started talking to this guy.
You’re in love, or at least it feels that way. Perhaps your new relationship seems more intense than your previous ones. You may feel like you’re on a rollercoaster ride because of all the ups and downs.
Perhaps one of our greatest flaws as human beings is how easily we slip into a state of complacency and take for granted the mundane and seemingly benign or implicit parts of life. David Foster Wallace spoke poignantly about this reality in his commencement speech in 2005.
Words have weight. There is a certain gravity to a word. Some words are neutral, but the words we are most interested in are the words that carry power or denote strong, and often negative meaning.
Passion and commitment are widely believed to be the foundation of strong romantic relationships. But a relationship is made of two unique individuals, and personality traits these individuals possess or lack can often make a relationship more likely to endure.
Being in a relationship with someone can be an amazing experience unless that person is a self-centered narcissist. People who have narcissistic tendencies are difficult to deal with on their best days. At their worst, they can cause others pain and suffering.
In this politically polarized era, we’d do well to remember that what kind of people our fellow citizens and neighbors are is far more important than their politics. Even Friends Don’t Always Agree So, I have this group of friends—folks who have organically collected over time as part of a weekly dinner/discussion group.
Nearly all of us have been in a toxic relationship or two. Then, once we get out of that relationship and get over the heartache, we look back and wonder, “What on Earth was I thinking?”
In the beginning…there was Adam and Eve? Okay. Maybe, but seriously…my guess is that in the beginning ‘dating 101’ was probably a whole lot simpler than they are now. It’s likely that dating is tougher now than it used to be for a number of reasons.
Dear Dr G., I really enjoy reading your comments and advice. I feel trapped in a situation which I am really confused. I just finished an 8 years marriage and I am 30 years old now.
Hello Dr. G, I work at a grocery store as a cashier there is this guy who comes shopping every month. I’ve been seeing this guy for a year. I just started liking him when I first met him like in romantic movies as if there was a love surging in me.
Dear Dr. G, Is it too late for love? I’m now 23 and have never been in a relationship (never had a boyfriend). I’ve just tried to focus on school and my studies and to be honest I’ve never met someone that I can connect with.
Greetings Dr. G, I have to say I love reading your letters. You manage to combine compassion and good sense – a delight, and instructive! I am suffering because I’m in love with a man a great deal younger than me –