Topic: friendship

Real Talk: Your Friends Hate Your Diet

Real Talk: Your Friends Hate Your Diet

Eating healthy and being fit are both great–so great, in fact, it’s kind of what this entire website is about. But even kale-eating, gym-going, water-drinking health and fitness enthusiasts agree that moderation is key if you’re looking to, you know, maintain normal social bonds and be a person that people enjoy being around. If you’ve gone off the deep end with your diet–and are unable to talk about much else–your friends may be losing patience. In fact, they may kind of hate it. More »

Be A Pal: Easy Ways To Help Your Friends Stick With Their Goals

Be A Pal: Easy Ways To Help Your Friends Stick With Their Goals

As of today, it’s mid-way through January, and if you’re still going strong with your health and fitness resolutions, you’re probably feeling unstoppably awesome. Unfortunately, this point in the month is also when you may start to notice some of the folks you love losing their motivation. Suddenly, your gym buddy is mysteriously busy, and your bestie is insisting you share a charcuterie plate, when you’ve both agreed you were going to try veganism. How can you be a great advocate, and offer the support your friends need, without compromising your own goals? What do you say to your friends who are falling off the resolution wagon? More »

Friends With Benefits (and Feelings)

Friends With Benefits (and Feelings)

Watching the trailer for the upcoming film, Friends With Benefits, brings up some interesting questions. Namely, can you really enter into a purely physical relationship without love, jealousy and other complicated couples-only emotions getting in the way?

If other F.W.B. flicks like No Strings Attached are any indication, we pretty much know the answer. More »

Feng Shui Yourself, Not Your Negative Friends

Feng Shui Yourself, Not Your Negative Friends

I love MindBodyGreen, one of my top sources for anything and everything related to yoga (including great recipes and inspirational quotes), but a post from author and contributor Jayme Barrett yesterday has had me feeling a little miffed. Her post, “Feng Shui Your Friends,” instructs readers to inventory their negative friends and, where necessary, “cut the cord” for the sake of your health. (Negative friends are like “energy vampires” who suck the life right out of you, she says.) While her advice might be spot on for particular situations, in general, I think our “negative friends” deserve more of a chance. More »

Jimmy Kimmel’s National “UnFriend” Day on Facebook: Can You Really Cut Your Friend Fat? Really?

Jimmy Kimmel's National "UnFriend" Day on Facebook: Can You Really Cut Your Friend Fat? Really?

Last week, Jimmy Kimmel declared today, November 17, as National “UnFriend” Day (NUD) on his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live. “Friendship is a sacred thing, and I believe Facebook is cheapening it,” Kimmel explained. In an effort to restore true meaning to the word “friend,” he’s encouraging everyone to clean up their Facebook page by “cutting out some of the friend fat in your life.”

If you’re an avid Facebook user, then you probably have a stockpile of “friends” who aren’t really your friends. (If you’re not sure, you can try Kimmel’s suggested friendship litmus test: Post a moving announcement, and see how many of them actually show up to help you pack the moving van.) But will cleaning up your friend page really improve your life? Sorry, Kimmel, but we don’t think so. In fact, we think you’d be a Good Samaritan not to. More »

Dramatic or Dull: 10 TV Relationships We’re Glad We’re Not In

Dramatic or Dull: 10 TV Relationships We're Glad We're Not In

Watching TV is such an ego boost. Look at all the crazy relationships they’ve got going on inside that small screen! Sure, the characters have perfect teeth, expertly maintained figures, and shelter-magazine-worthy homes. And of course we’re jealous of all that. But we sure as hell don’t envy their romantic situations, whether they’re as dull as a doorknob or as dramatic as a David Mamet monologue. However, they’re all addictively fun to watch, because they make us feel better and superior about our own lives and relationships. (Thank you, tee-vee.) Yes, we know it’s just acting (and sometimes bad acting at that, Brothers & Sisters and Parenthood), but we’d like you to meet 10 TV relationships we’re thankful we’re not having. More »

Shakespeare’s Othello, With Sassy Gay Friend: Video of the Day

Shakespeare's Othello, With Sassy Gay Friend: Video of the Day

We know William Shakespeare’s works are classics, so why do we choose Eat, Pray, Love over Othello? In Shakespeare’s day, even though dudes rocked the tights, you just didn’t see a lot of sassy gay friends sticking up for female leads, which resulted in more than a few unnecessary deaths and suicides. Finally, here it is: An alternate ending to Othello, reinvented for a modern audience. More »