Family & Friends
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...
While it is true that not all friends cause pain, it is also true that the pain caused by a friend is often the most difficult to forgive and forget. So how does one prevent this kind of pain? How can one recognize which friends are worth keeping and which will only become more and more hazardous as time passes? The list may help in preventing errors that are unnecessary and painful, so that you can cherish friends who are always there for you.
Adults and Their Parents
Parents invest much of the most productive years of their lives in bringing up their children - providing for them, taking care of their physical needs, showering love and affection on them, and of course disciplining them. However, after the children become adults, the dynamics change and there might be steps that need to be taken to facilitate this change. This article tells you more about this.
7 Ways to Build Meaningful Relationships
Relationships take time and effort and an investment of one's emotions to cultivate. However, real relationships add meaning to one's life. Find out how one can build and strengthen their relationships.
Beat the Festival Blues
Living away from home? Missing friends and family? If you are looking at helping yourself to overcome the gloominess that tends to come with being away from loved ones during festivals, this article can help.