Topic: friendship

Sex Re(Ed): How To Talk To Your Unsafe Friend

Sex Re(Ed): How To Talk To Your Unsafe Friend

All this week, we’ve been talking about sexual and reproductive health, and arming our readers (who are a pretty savvy bunch, anyway) with an eyeful of information about birth control, STIsabstinence, their rights, and their choices. However, there are plenty of women out there who won’t be reading this information, and will continue to make unsafe sexual decisions for one reason or another. And if you’re close friends with someone like that, it can be hard to let them know that you care, and that what they’re doing can be dangerous, without going into mom-mode. So how do you tell your friend that being safe about sex is really, really important? More »

Study Finds Friends, Family Influence Health—Are We Just Passing The Blame?

Study Finds Friends, Family Influence HealthâAre We Just Passing The Blame?

A new study found that friends and family are one of the biggest influences on your health, with nearly half of respondents in a multinational survey reporting that their social circles have the most impact on their lifestyle choices. But researchers also confirmed what many of us already know: That there’s an “action gap” between peoples’ desire to be healthy and their willingness to change. Which leads us to wonder: Are friends and family really to blame for poor health, or are they just another excuse for making bad choices? More »

Make Nice With Your Boss To Live Longer

Make Nice With Your Boss To Live Longer

At some point in our career, we’ve all worked for a Miranda Preistly (if you haven’t yet, don’t worry, she’s still out there). The high-powered magazine editor from hell played by Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada may have exaggerated what a bitch on wheels (or bitch in heels, in this case) is like to work for, but I’ve been there, and she’s not that far off the mark. As much as your job can make you want to stick needles in the eyeballs of a voodoo doll of your boss at times, according to researchers, if we want a long and healthy life, we have to find a way to make nice with her. And that includes our co-workers too. More »