How to Talk to Difficult People . . . and Be Glad You Did

How to Talk to Difficult People . . . and Be Glad You Did

If you’ve ever had to contend with a toxic coworker, a relative who gives you a hard time, or someone else you feel stuck with, who torments you, then you may have felt helpless to do anything but fight fire with fire. But there’s another option: be wise and strategic in your response, to defuse conflict and use the situation for your personal growth. Here’s how to do it.

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Hurt Feelings: When Are They Too Much?

Hurt Feelings: When Are They Too Much?

As good as social connection can be, it also leaves us vulnerable to being hurt by others. Here's how best to cope with it when it happens. Also, how hurt feelings can point to things inside you that could use some attention.

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Unhealthy Relationships With Food: When Eating Is What's Eating You

Unhealthy Relationships With Food: When Eating Is What's Eating You

A reader of mine wanted to hear more about unhealthy relationships with food. Here's why it can be so hard to eat the types and amounts of food we want to, and how mindfulness can help.

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When You're in a Toxic Friendship: The Healthy Way Forward

When You're in a Toxic Friendship: The Healthy Way Forward

When you're in a toxic relationship with a friend who has an "all-access pass" to you, the pain can cut right to your core. Here's a framework for rationally assessing the situation and moving forward with a minimum of distress. 

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Three Communication Habits You Need for a Successful New Marriage (Or Any Other Relationship)

Three Communication Habits You Need for a Successful New Marriage (Or Any Other Relationship)

Relationships seem easy in the honeymoon phase . . . and it's easy to fall into bad habits. It's actually the perfect time to establish healthy communication styles that will bear fruit for years to come.

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How to Have a Rich and Fulfilling Life By Doing Many Simple, But Possibly Difficult, Things

How to Have a Rich and Fulfilling Life By Doing Many Simple, But Possibly Difficult, Things

Many people, even those who seem successful, feel burned out, stuck, and unfulfilled on the inside. They long for meaning, purpose, and deep happiness—something more than fleeting pleasure. Here's how to do it, even if you're worried that it's too late.

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