Family & Friends
LGBT - Responding to your loved one
In recent times, homosexuality has become more open and been gaining more acceptance. However hearing that a family member is gay, can still be a difficult experience, for both the family and the one opening up.
Adult Sibling Relationships
We live at such a frenzied pace that sometimes we have time only for our work and barely manage to squeeze our family into our daily schedule. Here are a few suggestions to enhance your relationship with your siblings.
Caring for Aging Parents
Life comes a full circle and before we know it we find the roles reversed! We become caretakers of our parents and, at least in India, most of us give a lot of thought to this responsibility. While earlier with joint families and single income households, caring for the elders was not a big issue, now with the dynamics of families rapidly changing, there are a few challenges.
What to Avoid while Communicating
It was found that while conflict by itself may not be destructive to a relationship, certain communication patterns repeated and intensified over time could spell the deathblow to the relationship. Find out if you are the victim of any pattern and improve it now.
Learning the Art of Assertiveness
To be able to say no when you want to, you first have to recognise that you also have personal needs that have to be met. It's also necessary to remember that you can't always please everyone. Try the following steps to learn when and how to say No comfortably.
What assertiveness is
Some of us have been told that we need to be more assertive, yet we wonder if that is really something that we want for ourselves. There is a tendency to confuse assertiveness with aggressiveness - a quality that is not desirable in healthy relationships. This article should help clarify the difference between assertive, aggressive and passive behaviour.
It's Time to Celebrate
Celebrations ARE important. Our everyday lives are often a matter of routine and monotony, and celebrations give us a break from the everyday grind. The anticipation of change can brighten up our lives and give us something to look forward to. Here are some suggestions to enrich your celebrations...
A Friend in Greed
A lot of us end up with friends who make use of us for their benefit and we may not realize it for quite a while. The manipulating friend does what she/he does because she/he has this internal need to be in control of everything. They feel that they need to be on top by hook or crook and sometimes the only way to achieve that might be by tricking you into it. This article gives you some more information on such a friend and on how to deal with him or her...
Celebrating away from home
Most of us look forward to celebrating festivals with our families and it can be hard if you are living alone and away from family or staying in a place where your festival is not being celebrated or is celebrated in a very different way. This article suggests a few ways to deal with this concern and celebrate festivals even when you are away from home...
When your friend is in trouble
We often don't know what exactly to do when our friend is facing a difficulty. We're afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing, which might make the situation worse. We sometimes even avoid meeting someone simply because we're feeling awkward. Here are some things you can think about to help your friend...