25 Best Christmas Eve Traditions to Make Lasting Memories With Your Family

So many things to do while you wait for Santa!   Christmas Eve is one of our favorite moments of the holiday season, the night you can relax after lots of prep—and hopefully checking lots of fun activities off your Christmas bucket list—slow down, spend some quality time with your friends and family, and take part[…]

How to Handle the Stress of Holiday Shopping Amid Supply Chain Disruptions

Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list is rarely easy. But this year has some additional challenges that may make holiday shopping even more stressful than usual.   Surging rates of COVID-19 in some areas make in-person shopping a potential health risk. The price of goods has climbed a staggering 6.2% in the 12[…]

Make Your Holiday Meals More Nutritious

The holidays are a time where celebrations abound, many of which center around food—and for a good reason. Gathering for meals is a long-standing tradition and is ingrained in many cultures. It is a time when people strengthen family bonds and build community around the table.   Not surprisingly, creating a relaxing and enjoyable meal[…]

Why Your Friends Are More Important Than You Think

How can you sustain your friendships in a pandemic? The first step is recognizing their importance, argues author Lydia Denworth.   Researchers and philosophers have explored in great detail the emotional dramas of love and family. But they’ve spent much less time pondering the deep satisfaction of a good friend.   A similar thing happens[…]

Amazing Staycation Ideas That Won’t Blow Your Budget

No time or budget for a weekend getaway? These cheap staycations are surprisingly luxurious.   Remember to be safe and follow health guidelines in your community.  Be creative and turn into an online activity with family and your friends.   Or, create a bucket list for a staycation, long weekend or mental health day activities.  […]

Tips for Telling Stories That Are So Interesting Listeners Won’t Be Tempted to Pull Out Their Phones

“I’m having the absolute worst day,” a friend of mine said as she sighed and plopped herself down in the chair across from me at a restaurant where we were meeting for after-work drinks and appetizers.   “Oh, no! What’s going on?” I asked her, giving her the prompt she needed to launch into her[…]

The Health Consequences of Loneliness

Causes and Health Consequences of Feeling Lonely Loneliness is a universal human emotion that is both complex and unique to each individual. Because it has no single common cause, the prevention and treatment of this potentially damaging state of mind can vary dramatically.   For example, a lonely child who struggles to make friends at[…]