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opposite sex friendships

‘Just Friends’: Opposite-Sex Friendships Are Feminist AF. Here’s Why 

Out of my five closest friends, two are straight men. All three of us have partners, but honestly, that’s irrelevant for my argument. Having these two male friends has helped me see men as whole human beings in their own right, with hopes and heartbreak, fears and aspirations. I believe my presence in their lives has done the same for them. We don’t see each other as potential romantic partners, and this has allowed us to look at the opposite sex from a different lens – a lens that has no agenda. It’s just individuals hanging out together. Just… being. 

psychology of resilience

Psychology Of Resilience: What Makes Some People Stronger Than Others?

According to the APA (American Psychological Association), resilience is the ability to ‘adapt well in the face of adversity trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress.’ Now, that’s rather vague, isn’t it? What does ‘adapting well’ mean in this context?

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Is Stress Making You Eat More? Here’s How To Stop 

When Neelam (Shefali Shah) from Dil Dhadakne Do sees her husband Kamal (Anil Kapoor) flirt with another woman on their anniversary, she goes to her room and gobbles up a slice of cake. No, she stuffs her mouth with cake, trying hard to not break down. This was one of the most memorable moments of this hard-hitting movie, and that’s because it’s all too real. Like many women, the stress of her husband’s many indiscretions pushed her to seek pleasure and relief from food. Although temporary, this sense of pleasure is exactly why we tend to eat when we’re stressed. 

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How To Let Go If You Feel Too Much

I hope dropping biscuits in the tea counted as ‘to stop holding something’ because that’s something I already do. But being a person whose emotions come from the deepest parts of the heart, it’s hard to release anything I have ever felt.

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6 Books About Minimalism That Will Elevate Your Life

The more one is attached to ‘Maya,’ the world of illusions, the material world, the more one desires. The more one desires the more one suffers.

the good life

Happiness Vs. Meaning Vs. Psychological Richness: What’s Your Definition Of The Good Life?

In a paper titled A Psychologically Rich Life: Beyond Happiness And Meaning, researchers Shigehiro Oishi and Erin C.Westgate say that a psychologically rich life is “characterised by a variety of interesting and perspective-changing experiences.”

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4 DIY Coffee Scrubs For Clear And Radiant Skin

To make room for new cells, our skin sheds old, dead skin cells. These dead…

how to manage teenager's mood swings

How To Deal With A Teenager’s Mood Swings

Google was able to throw around 29,60,000 results in just 0.58 seconds when I searched for ‘managing teenage mood swings.’ And it took me precisely that amount of time to skim through the top 10 results to know that most parents, like me, are clueless and searching for answers in the ethers. Sometimes search doesn’t help but experience does. 

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It’s Not You, It’s Your Boss! 7 Telltale Signs Of A Bad Boss 

You may have bad days, but if you feel terrible about yourself all the time at work, consider these telltale signs of a bad boss.

phubbing

Phubbing Is Hurting More Than Your Relationships! 

The word ‘phubbing’ is made of two words – ‘phone’ and ‘snubbing’. Phubbing is when we snub someone we are sitting with in person in favour of the phone. It’s become so common to do this – at parties, at dinners, on date nights, while hanging out with friends and family, and even on Zoom calls – that we almost don’t question it.