Archive for September, 2007

Just for Fun: BAFAB

Published: September 30, 2007 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

Well I know there is a day or a week to celebrate just about anything and everything but I was so excited when I heard about this one that I couldn’t resist sharing the news. The first week of each of four months—in January, April, July and October—-has been designated “Buy A Friend A Book […]

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How to handle a breakup

Published: September 27, 2007 | Last Updated: September 27, 2007 By | Reply Continue Reading

The sudden loss of a close friend can be as painful as breaking up with a romantic partner, especially if you are the one who was left behind. Read my latest article on how to handle a failed friendship on

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Rx for making friends: One small step at a time

Published: September 27, 2007 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Anyone who is shy knows how difficult it can be to enter a room, a cocktail party, a classroom, or any other new situation and come face-to-face with a room full of strangers. I recently experienced this discomfort when I signed up for a Scrabble course at my local library. I immensely enjoy playing the […]

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Are you or your friends digitivity denizens?

Published: September 26, 2007 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

If you’ve never heard the term before, Ann Mack, director of trend spotting for JWT (the largest advertising agency in the U.S.), uses the term “digitivity denizens” to describe those of us who straddle two worlds, the real world and the digital one.   According to a report by Reuters, the agency surveyed more than […]

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The worth of friends who have been there

Published: September 21, 2007 | Last Updated: May 17, 2020 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Some of the problems life hurls to us are so complicated and overwhelming that they are hard for our closest friends and family to understand. When those problems affect our children, it leaves parents feeling particularly vulnerable and alone. Such was the case for the Janice Bonis and her husband who couldn’t figure out how […]

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Saying NO to Friends: An interview with psychologist and author Susan Newman, PhD

Published: September 19, 2007 | Last Updated: October 11, 2013 By | 140 Replies Continue Reading

People are often hesitant about saying no to friends but it might be the best thing to do.

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Loneliness is bad for your health

Published: September 17, 2007 | Last Updated: June 30, 2020 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

It has been well-established that loneliness and lack of social supports are linked to an increased risk of heart disease, viral infections, and cancer as well as higher mortality rates. Now for the first time, a research team at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has found evidence suggesting that social isolation is linked […]

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The Fruits (and Vegetables) of Long Friendships

Published: September 16, 2007 | Last Updated: September 21, 2007 By | Reply Continue Reading

Today I saw my friend Vikki for the first time in a long time. She lives about two hours away from my home (without any traffic on the Long Island Expressway). The geographic divide between us as well as the hectic pace of our lives could have wreaked havoc on our relationship, but the two […]

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Friendship by the Book: To My Dearest Friends

Published: September 14, 2007 | Last Updated: May 17, 2020 By | Reply Continue Reading

With great wit, Patricia Volk has captured the essence of female friendships in her new novel, To My Dearest Friends (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007). If you enjoy the humor of Woody Allen, read this book. After their best friend Roberta Bloom (Robbie) dies of breast cancer, two of her friends get to meet each other […]

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Online friending and defriending patterns

Published: September 12, 2007 | Last Updated: March 26, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

Social networks not only make it easier to collect “friends,” they make “defriending” a breeze because it just takes one simple stroke of the keyboard.

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