A Research-Backed Way To Help Lower Cortisol, Even As We Age

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Interestingly, the younger participants fared better than the older participants when they were paired with friends but weren't as good at communicating with strangers. The older participants, on the other hand, were able to complete the challenge with both friends and strangers.As postdoctoral...

15 Signs Of A Fake Friend + How To Deal With It, From Experts

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You don't necessarily have to have an explicit “breakup” conversation, Leeds says. You can prompt the relationship into ending naturally, by "matching your friend’s effort put into the friendship, refraining from any favors, and holding firm to your boundaries," she explains, adding, "If...

My Experience Exploring Relationship Anarchy As An LGBTQ+ Person

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Relationship anarchy is a term for viewing all relationships as having no rules other than the ones all involved parties agreed to. Although relationship anarchy is often used in the context of ethical nonmonogamy, relationship anarchy can apply across relationships with family members,...

What It Means To Be The “Mom” Of The Friend Group, From An Expert

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There's a handful of reasons why someone might be inclined to take on a motherly role in their friendships. According to Moberg, this can include personality tendencies, childhood experiences with caretakers, and how they seek validation, purpose, and worth in life.Let's say for...

How To Help Friends With Their Problems Without Getting Drained

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Supportive friendships are a lifeline for many of us, especially when we face various challenges in our love lives. Friends provide us with much-needed perspective when we overanalyze, offer reassurance when we feel insecure, and build us up when others disappoint us. And...