It's official "Oreo Cookie Day" which just seems like as good a time as any to get together with your friends, doesn't it? How about having a little party where you bring different Oreo desserts and relax after work?
Here are a few recipes I found, all using Oreo cookies. Give them a try and let me know how they are.
If you're really feeling ambitious, you could even try making some homemade Oreo cookies.
If you can find another couple to bond with, your relationship will reap the benefits of the friendship. New research from Wayne State University uncovered a surprising fact about couples friends:
"Furthermore, when couples were more responsive with their new friends -- defined as validating the sharing of personal information in a caring and positive way -- they felt more passionate about their own relationship, researchers noted."
This means that if you have positive couples friends who care about you and are supportive of your marriage, you'll feel more positive about your romantic relationship.
Here's more about making and keeping couples friends:
We all deal with loneliness at times, so what's your way of getting through it? Sharing your tips can help another person who is lonely.
Check all that apply.
Or, leave your response in the form of a comment below.
It's "Fun Facts With Names" Day today. How will you celebrate? Why not look up some of your friend's names and let them in on the true meaning behind them.
For those new around here, I start every week with a list of news items I've found that might make for good small talk. Here are a few other subjects that would work as well. Keep these in mind as you talk to friends.
Alec Baldwin is done with public life. He said so!
I'm jealous of Oprah's first selfie because she was photobombed by Idris Elba. Swoon.
I liked this story about a 16-year old girl who invented something very cool and smart.
This parrot helped solve his owner's murder.
Who is the highest paid ex-NFL star? I didn't guess this, but it's Roger Staubach! He invested well. Good for him.
A stolen car gets returned 40 years later.
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The Academy Awards are tonight, and I'll be watching. I'm a movie fan plus I do like seeing all the glitz and glamour. The Awards, even if you don't watch, are also a good source for small talk, so it's a good idea to check to see who won so you can chat up a new friend who might be interested.
I'm still trying to get over the idea that Hugh Jackman didn't win for Les Mis last year. I loved that film, and think it showed so much about the human spirit and even about friendships.
Here's a few bits about the Academy Awards you might find interesting:
- A Trivia Quiz (which I did really bad on)
- Who Is Eligible to Win an Oscar?
- Jewelry at the Awards
- Oscar Fashions from Years Past
March 1st is "World Compliment" Day, which can be a good way to make a positive introduction or the fastest way to creep people out. Compliments need to be sincere in order for them to make a positive impact. Here's some tips on making your compliments count and how to find just the right one to say.
Bullying is a huge problem with kids today, but the effects of it are more than just temporary. I've often believed that bullying can affect people into adulthood, shaping their self-esteem and relationships.
A new study says that kids who have been bullied "have worse mental and physical health, more symptoms of depression and lower self-worth" and the longer the bullying goes on, the worse things are. This means that the younger kids who are dealing with bullying carry the effects of this longer and heavier than those who are older.
Bullying is wrong no matter how old you are. I really do think bullying is a problem even in adult relationships, but it starts when we're kids. Let's reach out to our children, talk to them about their day, ask how their friendships are doing, and help them adjust into happy and healthy adults who will make this world a more positive place.
There's been some interesting results to my poll about listening. So far, the majority of people (about 52%) said they either know they are not a good listener, or they aren't sure because no one has called them out on it.
By contrast, many of you (46%) have been told that you are a good listener.
This poll tells me that unless friends tell us whether we're a good listener or not, we're not really sure on our own. Maybe you should ask for your friend if they think you're a good listener. See what they say, and share it with us.
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Our readers have shared their experience in dealing with emotional abuse from their friends. One reader talked about a friend who tried to change her beliefs and even get her to dress differently. She said:
"....She once told me I needed mental help, so I told her the friendship was over. I feel so guilty I agreed to let us be friends again. We continued to fight a lot until she ended the friendship. Later she tried to be friends again by getting a mutual friend to try to get convince me to be friends with her again. This time I didn't feel guilt because she had ended the friendship and so I refused.
Looking back I should have ended the friendship way before I tried to. After all, she had become the biggest source of stress in my life. I'd always thought these things only happened in romantic relationships, but friends can be just as bad. It's sometimes better to just end a friendship even though society and many people believe that friendships should last forever."
Friendships don't last forever. There are plenty of reasons why they don't, and one of them is because people change. One person may mature and wants something different from their friendships, while another reverts to childish behavior.
There are lots of reasons why a friendship may end. If you've dealt with emotional abuse like this reader, know that you don't need to take that. Pray for the person that is doing this. Forgive them. But move on and surround yourself with people who deserve to be in your life instead.
One reason I talk so much about loneliness is that the more it is discussed, the easier it will be to deal with. If you're lonely, hiding behind those negative feelings won't help. You need to be brave and if necessary, ask for help.
The problem is, people don't always understand loneliness. Some people are also lonely and don't want to admit it, and others just don't know what to say. There are a lot of myths about loneliness, but hear me on this: there is no shame in admitting that you're feeling lonely.
If you tell someone that you're lonely and they react in a rude or ignorant way, forgive them. Let it go and keep trying to talk to people, keep trying to get help. Focus on getting out, volunteering, and meeting new people. This will help show you that people all struggle with something. You're not alone.
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