As good as social connection can be, it also leaves us vulnerable to being hurt by others. That's just part of the bargain. But how best to cope with it when it happens? And when are hurt feelings a sign that something inside you could use some attention?
Articles tagged with "social health"
Toxic relationships are never fun, but when they involve a friend whom you'd previously given an "all-access pass" to you, the pain can cut right to your core. Here I provide a framework for rationally assessing the situation and moving forward with a minimum of unnecessary distress.
Physical health tends to get the lion's share of people's attention when they decide to get in shape, but if you neglect your mind you're neglecting a very important part of your body! Practicing mindfulness meditation provides a wealth of physical and mental health benefits and complements your efforts to achieve whole-life well-being.
When things feel effortless, like during the honeymoon phase of a marriage, it's easy to take your relationship for granted and fall into bad habits. It's actually the perfect time to establish healthy communication habits that will bear fruit for years to come. (By the way, these tips aren't exclusive to married people. Put them into practice and you'll be hard-pressed to have a bad relationship with anyone in your life!)
Who likes being afraid? Or appearing to be afraid? Not many people, which is why fear often goes underground. But the fact is that everyone is afraid of something or other. Healthy fear is . . . healthy, but too much of it can be debilitating and keep you stuck in life and unhappy. Here are five tips you can use today to start conquering your fears and taking your life back.
If you're a mom nowadays, chances are you feel pulled in different directions by competing roles and responsibilities . . . but that's not all. Moms often have to cope with the pressure—internal and external—to be perfect, on top of it all! Here I break down the "perfect mother" myth and give some tips for taking care of yourself, and appreciating how good you are already.
If you've ever witnessed something so amazing that you were awestruck, and saw the world in a new way afterward, then you've experienced the aesthetically sublime. Researchers have identified the conditions you need for those types of experiences. It so happens, they have a lot in common with what you need for a sublime life.
Your capacity for abstract thought, like any tool, can work for you or against you. Case in point: regret. It's a well-intentioned product of your mind, meant to keep you from repeating painful mistakes, but when it haunts you over time it can do more harm than good. Here, we identify the innate tendencies of your mind that lay the groundwork for long-term regret and what you can do to nip the problem in the bud.
In Part One, we began to explore the issue of "toxic" and "non-toxic" people from the perspective of shared qualities, rather than differences. Here, we dive more deeply into that issue and arrive at a new understanding that acknowledges both equally. By separating the person from the deed, you can approach (and leave) your relationships with difficult people in a way that maximizes wisdom and compassion.
It's great if you're making effort to cultivate a Right Life. But, let's face it: the rest of the world doesn't always cooperate with you. So-called "toxic" people operate in a manner that's opposed to happiness and healthy functioning—theirs and yours. Here, we discuss how you can begin to understand and work with such people, and the dangers you face. Also, we start to take a look at the toxic/non-toxic distinction itself—which may not be as distinct as you think.