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"It’s the most wonderful time of year" for some, filled with anticipation and excitement. And, it’s the most difficult time of the year for others who are barely putting one foot in front of the other due to illness or sadness. Now’s your chance to bring some holiday cheer to someone who could ... Views: 25
Direct support Professional's (DSP's) have an important role in assisting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in becoming a part of their community. There are three areas we will explore in increasing successful community integration. Understanding the meaning of community ... Views: 15
Dear Dr. Romance:
My husband/best friend crossed-over a few years ago and I still miss him terribly. I think of him every day and his essence is is always with me. I am still in love with him and cannot imagine having a relationship with another man. At this time, however, I have ... Views: 55
Happiness Is Not A Result of Our Environment
Our Environment Is A Result of Our Happiness
We have the power and the right to be Happy in each moment of time no matter what challenges we are going through. We can be Happy and successful, regardless of problems and setbacks.
Our ... Views: 105
Life, to many, seems like it is a series of popularity contests. The only people who don’t like popularity contests are those that either believe they will lose them, or worse, do lose them. They hold their breath each time they walk into a room, get up to speak, raise their hand in class or go ... Views: 96
My interest was piqued when I saw the commercials for the new ABC series called “Selfie.” The new series starred Karen Gillan, a Scottish actress who I knew because she starred in my favorite TV show of all time, Doctor Who. It also starred John Cho an actor whom I knew from the reboot movie ... Views: 129
“You cannot change the people around you, but you can change the people you choose to be around.” -Unknown
Human consciousness is shifting. We are splitting in two very different ways as a society. While one group moves closer to chaos, war, violence, and consumerism, the other is shifting ... Views: 82
"We are our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves.” – Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker
I’ve walked away from many relationships, both platonic and romantic, over the past two years. Those people may never understand my decisions, but I ... Views: 132
If you want to be a cool person who other people like, respect, and gravitate toward, there are just five key things you need to do to make that happen.
But before I tell you what they are, let's first define what or who a cool person is.
And the best way to do that is to first reveal what ... Views: 131
The last couple weeks we’ve been talking about the important topic of suicide. In the United States, it’s the 10th leading cause of death. The strongest risk factor is depression. Chances are that you have had or will have a friend who is at risk. You may be reluctant to talk to him about his ... Views: 107
I was recently sitting in my favorite coffee shop, and remembering my dear friend who used to meet me there and who died not long ago. As I get older, I’m experiencing more and more loss, and so are my friends of a similar age. Those of us who survive loss still have to “keep calm ... Views: 208
Feeling lonely is painful. Often people who feel lonely exacerbate the situation by blaming themselves. Why am I lonely? Because other people don’t like me. Why don’t they like me? Because I’m a loser. It’s not hard to imagine how this internal conversation can go downhill very quickly and make ... Views: 200
Loneliness is a tricky thing to combat. Loneliness seems to beget loneliness. When you feel isolated you crawl into your shell and become more so. You feel separated from other human beings. You may have physical symptoms too, like an ache or a heaviness in your chest. It’s not a good ... Views: 196
Dear Dr. Romance:Thank you for your free articles, you have a lot of good stuff in there. A couple of the girls at work and I read your articles and get a good laugh. You're giving advice assuming that our lives are what YOU consider normal. You have a good job, make good money, live in a ... Views: 263
Dear Dr. Romance:
How can I sign up for your Happiness Tips newsletter? I want to read "The One Who Got Away." Also which article would you recommend reading in my case? I met a wonderful lady who loves dancing like I do, and for almost 8 months she has been getting her house ... Views: 317
Dear Dr. Romance:
My best friend isn't talkin with me since 2 months now. I'm frustrated. We are best friends since 3 yrs now. In feb suddenly she stopped talking. We just had a small fight as in regular nothing serious. When i asked she said she doesnt want to talk anything for ... Views: 395
While there are some needs that human beings will need to have fulfilled in order to survive, there are other needs that can go unfulfilled without leading to someone’s death. This is not to say that it won’t have an effect on someone’s wellbeing though.
For example: if one doesn’t receive ... Views: 343
The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs reports that one in five combat veterans develops Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, either during or shortly after combat. The Mayo Clinic defines PTSD as having three main categories of symptoms: “re-experiencing symptoms,” “avoidance symptoms,” ... Views: 290
The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs reports that one in five combat veterans develops Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, either during or shortly after combat. The Mayo Clinic defines PTSD as having three main categories of symptoms: “re-experiencing symptoms,” “avoidance symptoms,” ... Views: 294
I have a friend, Maggie, who has been my friend since 1968, and she calls me her “bestest” friend as a way of appreciating our connection. It always makes me smile, and I feel the same about her. Often, my clients have trouble learning to appreciate and trust themselves, and I think ... Views: 387
Have you ever found yourself doing the same things day after day and you begin to wonder, “Is this all there is to my life?” If you remember the movie, Groundhog Day, you get the picture. Also known as living in the comfort zone, this place can be seductive for all of us. We are often very ... Views: 395
Research conducted by Dr. Dean Ornish and others shows that the happiest and healthiest people are those who are well-connected to friends and family. But, in our mobile society, keeping friends is not always possible. Long-term friendships are wonderful and valuable, but if you dont make ... Views: 441
Tonight is my first night out with a mom's group. As a single mom, I haven't done much since having my baby. I don't really know what to expect. I know I shouldn't have any expectations, but it's hard not to when you are going into an unfamiliar situation. I don't know any of the ladies that ... Views: 396
Our connections through relationships are so important. Sometimes we get so busy that we intend on calling that special someone, or taking them to lunch, but before you know it’s the weekend and you have a full agenda.
It is easy to sit back and claim that this one didn’t return your call, or ... Views: 397
Overcoming social anxiety is hard.
Let me correct myself...
Overcoming social anxiety is next to impossible if you don’t have the right advice. If you’re suffering through anxiety knowing the most common mistakes can really make a difference when changing this part of your ... Views: 608
You know that moment when you realize you slipped up and said or did something wrong...and that feeling of dread comes over you?
Or you know you’re supposed to say something in a group but you can’t get yourself to do it...and you know others take notice of ... Views: 472
Flirting is a language of its own.
It doesn’t make sense logically.
And most guys fail at it when trying it with women.
Often times the girl will give that casual laugh of “yeah nice try”.
That direct approach to flirting rarely works, especially if you’re a shy guy. Direct approach ... Views: 479
So you want to learn how to overcome shyness. But the problem with learning how to overcome shyness is you don’t even know where to begin. Sure, some of us get advice from others like “Just be yourself” or “Just go out have fun”. But you know from experience that it’s not so simple.
Hope is ... Views: 474
Style is so important.
It’s the first signal that women pick up from you before you even get to say anything.
It’s a signal telling her if you “get it”.
If you’re with the modern times.
If you’re going to make her look bad if she hangs around you.
All sorts of things!
Women ... Views: 490
If you don’t have much experience in the dating field you might make the mistake of believing all women have the same personality types and treat them the same way.
You might already know that you have to approach different personality types with a different approach but not know what ... Views: 462
So you’re standing at the counter in the grocery store, there’s no one else in line and there’s a really cute girl at the counter.
What do you say to start a conversation?
Just saying hi usually doesn’t lead anywhere, and if you make it too obvious it’ll be embarrassing if you get ... Views: 434
How many times has it happened in your past where a date didn’t go the way you planned?
You planned out a whole romantic evening, you gave it a lot of thought, spent a lot of your time.
And surprisingly it went nowhere with the girl.
That sucks doesn’t it?
What’s worse is she didn’t ... Views: 435
Of course the answer is make new friends right? Especially if you wished you had a more active social life and you’re not social.
The reason I’m bringing up this topic is to discuss how we sabotage ourselves when it comes to the social success we want.
When you can figure out where ... Views: 429
Have you ever been in a situation where you get a girl’s number and you think everything went well, but when you get in touch with her she never returns your calls?
Suppose she wasn’t a stranger, maybe you met at a barbeque at your friend’s house.
Shouldn’t it be easier to get in touch ... Views: 419
The problem with shyness is it feels like you’ll never overcome it.
It takes a grip over you as soon you have to meet people or introduce yourself to someone.
And it grips you until the very end of the interaction.
To many of us with shyness it feels like an enormous wall that blocks us ... Views: 425
Let’s face it.
If you have shyness working against you then making conversations can be really tough.
But did you know that many great conversations can start from canned material? Meaning its stuff you planned to talk about ahead of time.
The problem is knowing what material to talk ... Views: 477
Yes, there is such a thing.
A meditation technique that helps you to overcome shyness.
It’s a meditation technique I’ve used for over 6 years and it’s helped me a great deal.
If you follow any of my articles or read about me then you know I’ve overcome shyness and gotten to the point ... Views: 449
We’ve all chased that girl in our life that caused problems for us.
To Ex-boyfriend issues.
To simply getting walked over.
By the time the relationship or interaction is over you feel exhausted and emotionally drained because you tried so hard yet it didn’t work ... Views: 510
Don’t do it!
This will save you a lot of humiliation and rejection if you just read this first.
Because women talk. And they’ll talk about how you tried to pick up on them to their friends, and if you have the same circle of friends that could mean somewhat of a ... Views: 427
I had a meeting last week with a new friend. It was only our second meeting, and I already feel like we have known each other forever. From the moment I saw her, we had something... not only is she the cutest thing ever, but we just have this synergy. We sat down and before I knew it, almost two ... Views: 414
They're so good at it they might as well host a "How To Trick A Shy Man Into Spending Money" seminar.
Now, I'm not talking about every woman. I'm talking about that particular woman who is just extra bit hotter, who has that extra bit of guys chasing her and who makes you ... Views: 500
The Circle - “Driveway Dwellers”
A few years ago when the children left home we scaled down to a new townhome. Having never lived in a townhome community before, and always benefiting from a neighborhood surrounded by long term friends and acquaintances, it was a challenge to make the ... Views: 566
How to be more outgoing has a lot to do with your environment. You’ll find that if you’re shy and socially awkward you’ll quite often be in environments that are probably low-key and something you’re familiar with. It can get very uncomfortable when you throw yourself into places like clubs and ... Views: 429
“Nice guys finish last” I’m sure many shy men can relate with this statement.
I’ve seen over the years that shy men have an air of “I’ll always be nice no matter what.” They are easily forgiving of others regardless of what the situation is.
Overly NICE guys also tend to remember things ... Views: 425
Rejection is pretty hard on the soul.
It can make you feel unwanted, lonely and frustrated.
It doesn't matter if you’re the average Joe or a big shot executive. It hurts just the same; and with today’s fast paced society the world can feel extra punishing.
When you can ... Views: 437
When you are comfortable with yourself you release all expectations of others. I say this in part because Valentine’s Day is approaching and there will be many hearts that get broken because they expect others to fulfill their wishes. There is an easy evaluation of this. If you squeeze a ... Views: 451
What will be my Valentine? Yes, you read that right!
We usually ask, Who will be my Valentine? - which can bring up a myriad of uncomfortable answers.
For those who are in a romantic relationship, we tend to think romance is a ‘shoe in’. Wait a minute – is it? Take a look at your ... Views: 519
Hello out there.
There's a news story that came out a little while ago that I have been reflecting on. I've attached the link for you if you'd like to check it out.
I wanted to share with you the thoughts that it brought up for me about the ... Views: 594
The Myth of Elderly Care
There has been much discussion about the rising cost of care for our aging population. We read about peoples’ life savings being swallowed up and leaving incapacitated pensioners without support at a time when they are least able to negotiate for better ... Views: 406
If human beings were inherently independent, it wouldn’t matter if someone didn't have relationships with other people; as they would be able to just carry on with their life. But as human beings and everything else on this planet is interdependent, it means that relationships play a vital part ... Views: 458