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Single During the Holidays: A Guide to Maintaining Your Dignity

Lately I’ve received several letters from readers who are feeling deeply ambivalent about the upcoming holiday season. They’re planning trips to have Thanksgiving dinner at the homes of parents or siblings, and they’re feeling slightly apprehensive about showing up without a spouse or children in tow. Some are worried about…

How Self-Kindness Leads to Love: 7 Ways to Get There

  You’ve probably heard the phrase “put your own oxygen mask on first,” but how are you really putting this advice into practice? How you treat and feel about yourself directly affects the quality of your relationships. Your relationship with yourself sets the bar for how you allow others to…

‘I’m in My 30s and Have No Dating Experience!’

Dear Sara: I’m 32-years-old and have zero dating experience—like, I’ve been on three first dates. I’m not ugly. I’m actually quite pretty. I am plus-size but not morbidly obese, so it’s not like I haven’t been asked out. I have been. Not a lot mind you. But it’s happened. The…

5 Single Women Share How They Maintain Hope While Dating

For the better portion of my 20s, I’ve been single. And not just solo, but really-really-really-want-to-be-in-a-relationship-crazy-obsessed-single-gal. It hasn’t always been a pretty experience for me, and for several years, I’d find myself completely defeated and disappointed after I went out with yet another guy who I couldn’t picture sharing my…

10 Reasons Your Breakup Just Made Your Life (So Much) Better

  They say you never know a good thing till it’s gone. But when it comes to breakups, there’s another phrase that rings true: hindsight is 20/20. In the aftermath of a messy split, it can be hard to have clarity. So if you need a reminder, here are 10…

9 Bad Pieces of Dating Advice to Quit Now

My single friends and I often joke about the advice we’re constantly given by our parents, our coupled-up friends and basically, anyone who hears yes, we’re ‘still single’ and yes, ‘still looking.’ The words of wisdom are never delivered with any malicious intent and really, are meant to raise our…

Spending Valentine’s Day With Someone I Love: Me

  Even though I’ve been unwillingly single for most of mine, I’ve never hated Valentine’s Day. I’m pretty sure it’s because my birthday is the next week, and I’ve never tried to reverse the childhood idea that all of the flowers, balloons, and chocolates are to celebrate me. But as…

5 Ways to Combat Loneliness This Time of Year

While this season brings excitement, spirit, and joy, it also typically brews sadness, loneliness, jealousy, discomfort, disappointment, and anxiety for many of us. These feelings can become especially overwhelming as you reflect on your life circumstances and come to terms with being single. So, why does this time of year…

Want an Amazing Life? It’s All in Your Head

Positive thoughts are accompanied by positive changes in your body’s biochemistry. Negative thoughts, on the other hand, tend to depress both your immunity and your mood. And remember that both types of thoughts tend to attract their physical equivalents. That is why getting a handle on the quality of your…

15 Ways to Get an Old Love Out of Your Head

When a relationship comes to an end, the process of healing and moving on hopefully begins. The person you’re trying to let go of may be a recent part of your love life or an old flame. Now comes the task of wiping the slate clean, so you’ll be ready when…