Ours is an increasingly insular society. Hop on the subway and you’ll see dozens of people plugged into their phones. Sit down in a cafeteria and you’ll observe dozens more absorbed by e-readers and magazines. Head to the mall and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who wants to talk with, look at, or even open the door for you. And that’s fine: The people and activities we love always get prioritized above the general public. But here are a handful of surprising and compelling reasons why you should consider reaching out to strangers — not just to speak with them, but to compliment them. Keep reading »
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Happy New Year, Frisky readers! Did you have a fabulous holiday weekend? Smooch anyone special (or not special) on New Year’s Eve? Have you made your 2012 resolutions? My first resolution is to make resolutions I actually have a chance of keeping. I’ll get back to you on that. Until then, here are 14 celebs who’ve made big promises for 2012… (And check out celeb resolutions for 2011 after the jump — did they keep their word?) Keep reading »
Every year, the majority of us — stemming from the most noble of intentions, or the most nauseating of eggnog overindulgence — declare our desire to start anew and totally revise our lives. For most of us, though, Groundhog Day brings not just an excuse to settle in with a Bill Murray movie, but the milestone of having let ourselves down once more. And yet by the time the ball drops anew in Times Square ten months later, we’re happily preparing to drop our own ball all over again.
What would it take to make our resolutions stick? Psychological research on goal-setting and achievement has a lot to teach us: they need be the right balance of realistic and challenging, and we need to have clear, specific pathways to reach them. We also are better off focusing on only one or two resolutions rather than attempting the equivalent of a floor-to-ceiling structural renovation of our inner selves. Sound too complicated? Here’s how to give the most common resolutions a psychological makeover, after the jump… Keep reading »
Well, 2011 was a hell of a year, wasn’t it? We’ve almost made it through, but did your resolutions? Last year, we gave you some great resolution suggestions — among them to learn something new, date outside your “type” and end toxic relationships — but we’re sure you had your own ideas. So tell us: did you stick to your 2010 New Year’s resolutions?
For the new year, women go to extreme lengths to ditch old baggage: we clean out our closets, buy new “essential” wardrobe pieces, start looking for new jobs, vow to lose a few pounds or even get full-on makeovers. But sometimes our “special someone” is the real dead weight that should be tossed out. Here are 10 signs that Mr. Right has become so wrong. Keep reading »