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Life Lessons: One Father’s Open Letter to His Graduating Son

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

How to Overcome 3 Common Barriers to Success

Some words of wisdom from a father to his son.

Tomorrow you are graduating from high school and preparing to move on to what’s next. It is a surreal moment for me, both as a parent and as a man. In watching you over these last 18 years, I have seen clearly that you have accomplished so much: as a young man, as an actor and as a human being.

Your efforts and grades reflect your unwavering dedication to achievement, and your wanting the best out of life. You have internalized and demonstrated critical lessons in discipline, planning, focus and tenacity. You are on your way.

Feeling Sad? Try These 5 Ways to Feel Happy Instead

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Active and happy senior woman running at the beachHow to find enduring happiness in your life.

Is it possible to be happy and sad and the same time? This might sound like a trick question, but it really is not. The answer to the question lies in understanding that there are at least 2 ways to understand what happiness is.

The first way of understanding happiness takes happiness to be the opposite of sad. Here we are talking about how you are feeling at the moment, and what your emotional state of the moment is.

Couples Therapy: 6 Exercises You Can Try at Home

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Couple embracingTips and tricks to work it out before moving out.

We’ve all watched enough reality television to know things could be a lot worse with our relationships. Angry yelling matches, threats of divorce and even drinks to the face can occur. But couples therapy isn’t just for the dysfunctional pair.

Maybe your relationship hasn’t reached Marriage Boot Camp level, but that doesn’t mean some healthy exercises won’t benefit you in the long run. In fact, you’d be surprised how you can replicate these professional exercises without ever leaving your house.

The Science of Love: 9 Ways Being in Love Affects Your Personality

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Couple in loveFrom boosting happiness to making you less judgmental, here’s how head-over-heels transforms you.

Love makes us all walk around like giant goof balls. We’re smiling for no reason. We’re asking people how their days are just so they’ll ask us back and we can sigh and say things have never been better. It makes us wake up in the morning and want to get out of bed and want to say hello to the brutal morning and want to be the greatest version of ourselves.

But as great as it makes it, it also makes us crazy.

Kiss, Kiss! 7 Healthy Perks to Puckering Up

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Couple Kissing and Laughing Outside

Your mom always said that you have to kiss a lot o’ frogs before you meet your prince … but whoever said that was a bad thing? From burning calories to offsetting signs of aging, it turns out that smooching has scientifically-proven health benefits.

So go ahead — pucker up!

4 Ways to Stop Being Needy and Start Being Confident

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Embracing A New Relationship With An Old Flame

Are you coming across as needy or confident? Find out!

Trust me, you need to read this article. Why? Because I was that needy girl. Fine on the first date, content if I was not that into him, but as soon as I liked him I fell apart. I did not know what to say, how to behave and bit by bit that gorgeous guy smiling across from me would disappear.

To make matters worse, the more I would not hear from him, the more I would blow up his phone asking him where he was, what he doing, when he wanted to meet. I know I am not the only one who does this, so if I am talking to you, my hope is that this article can give you some insight.

Our Love of Guidance: Why We Crave Relationship Advice

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

mother daughter talking

We treasure relationships, making us willing to approach them with an open mind.

Most of us, both men and women, are having an affair with guidance and counsel: In short, we love advice for relationships.

We read blogs, we ask our friends (well, if we’re female … guys mainly just grunt at each other), we page through magazines and we, in times of desperation, even turn to our parents.

There’s no doubt about it: We adore advice for relationships so much that we seek it out wherever we can find it.

Spring Is Here! Could You Be Emotionally Allergic to Your Partner?

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Why Are We Drawn to Sad Movies?

This time of year allergies are affecting most people in some way. Some of us suffer from allergies to pollen, mold spores and other substances, which can really get us down.

I bet you are wondering what allergies have to do with love.

Did you know that you could have an emotional allergy the same way you have a physical allergy? Emotional allergies negatively affect us the same way physical allergies effect us, and emotional allergies can be just as debilitating.

10 Lies Singles Tell Themselves About Love After 40

Friday, May 16th, 2014

When Depression Becomes Depressing

Single and sick of it? Find out what you can do to change your behavior.

If you are a single woman over 40, you have a love history. You’ve been in relationships before and you may want one now, but for whatever reason you haven’t found the right person yet.

Maybe you’re divorced and frustrated with dating or haven’t ventured back out to the dating pool. You could be a widow and unsure of ever finding another man like your husband. Perhaps you were in a live-in or long-term relationship that ended, so you’re single again.

Taking the Plunge? Keep These 12 Successful Marriage Tips in Mind

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Wedding - Marriage Day Circled with Heart

Are you really ready to get married? See the 12 predictors of lasting love.

The truth is answering the question, “Am I really ready to get married?” is the most important issue to consider. In fact, there are 12 indicators of a successful marriage that can help you decide if you’re ready for the next step.

Avoid These 3 Toxic Conversations With Your Kids

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

5 Tips To Help Parents Worry Less

Think before you speak! Three conversations that you should absolutely avoid with your kids.

You feel it coming. You’re at your breaking point as a parent. Your kids have pushed every single button you have ever had and are verging on demolishing your sanity.

You have tried every parenting trick known to you, and you are still getting nowhere with them. You have silently counted to 10 in your head and realize it’s way past the point of no return.

On Your Own: 5 Tips to Get from Scattered to Focused

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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For those times when you just can’t get going on your To Do list, try these tricks to get moving.

Do you ever wonder if you’re “losing it?” You know what needs to be done — there’s a long To Do list right in front of you. And you find yourself starting a task, getting sidetracked to another item on the list and going back and forth to a few more until you actually complete one!

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