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How to Have a Conversation When You Don’t Know What To Say

Picture yourself sitting in the cafeteria during your lunch period. Now imagine a kid you know from class sits down across from you at the table. You recognize each other. You both say “hi,” and comment on how crowded it is in the lunchroom. Then what? For some people, the answer is obvious. Those people [...]

Why You’re Lonely, and What You Can Do to Change It

Nobody likes feeling lonely. That’s not to say that taking some time for yourself isn’t a good thing, or that you shouldn’t aim to be independent. Those things are positive, because they’re choices that you make. They’re not the same as being lonely. Lonely is the way you feel when something or someone is preventing [...]

When to Apologize (and How to Do It)

Everyone makes mistakes. That’s a fact of life. We’ve all said things we wish we could take back, or acted in a way we later regretted. The important thing is to make sure that when other people are hurt by our mistakes, we do everything we can to remedy the situation. Typically, it doesn’t take [...]

Bragging: The Bad Habit You Don’t Want to Show Off

Having confidence is a good thing. When you feel good about yourself, it’s easier to join in on conversations and make friends. But you have to be careful about how you choose to express your confidence, because if you go about it wrong, you could wind up pushing people away instead of drawing them in. [...]