Love. It’s that four-letter word that can be the antidote to most anything. It can motivate you to be healthier, to do better and be better. But the opposite is also true.

A lack of love can explain why your uncle is often called a curmudgeon, why your neighbor is constantly criticizing you and your co-worker is always talking behind your back. It’s the biggest secret we never talk about. The reason why difficult people are so difficult is that they only want to be loved.

It may seem hard to believe. But as my mother once told me, “the difficult ones are the ones that need love the most.” The next time someone’s giving you a hard time, whether they are bullying or bothering you, or just being plain mean, consider that it might be a silent plea for love.

Speaking of which, love is a reoccurring theme this week in our posts. Read on to discover ways you can work on loving yourself whether you have ADHD or dyslexia, haven’t been creatively successful or have trouble expressing your anger in a manageable way. It’s for parents who want to teach their children how to love their bodies and for singles considering making that jump from friends to friends with benefits. It’s a seemingly unrelated mix of posts all tied back to self-love.

Have a great weekend!

5 Ways to Help Girls Love Their Bodies
(Sorting Out Your Life) – It’s not just what you tell your kids that teaches them about life, but how you act, react and interact with the world that matters. If you want to counteract the negative body image promoted by the media, try these five things to help encourage your loved ones to love themselves more.

What Really Makes the Angry Birds Angry?
(Mental Health Humor) – The concept of the game Angry Birds is simple-knock down anything in your path. But Chato B. explains why being an “angry bird” is no way to live. In fact, it can be downright detrimental to others as well as to yourself. Here’s what to do instead.

‘Friends With Benefits’ or Friends With Complications?
(Healing Together for Couples) – Can you have your cake and eat it too? It may sound like a good idea, but here’s why jumping in bed with a friend could break a few boundaries and end up hurting one or both parties involved.

Visual Spatial Learners and Creativity
(The Creative Mind) – Haven’t been creatively successful yet? Don’t sweat it. You may just be a visual spatial learner. Grasp the differences between visual spatial learners and auditory sequential learners here.

ADHD Education And Community: Both Are Important
(ADHD Man of Distraction) – If you’ve ever felt alone living with ADHD, this post will help you realize you’re far from it. A community of common ADHDers, starting with this blogger, are right there alongside you.