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Mwb depression article

How Do You Know It's Depression?

An estimated one in 10 Americans report experiencing depression, according to experts at the Centers for Disease Control. While it’s normal for people to feel sad sometimes, feelings of sadness usually go away. Depression, however, is different. It interferes not only with your ability to enjoy your life but with your day-to-day functioning....

Mwb psychotherapy article

Using Psychotherapy to Improve Your Quality of Life

Your quality of life doesn't just involve creature comforts—it also has to do with feeling good about yourself, achieving your potential, and enjoying fulfilling relationships with others. But life is full of ups and down, and painful experiences, negative thinking, and health problems sometimes interfere with your quality of life. When this happens, psychotherapy can be a helpful tool in getting yourself and your well-being back on track....

Mwb food stylist article

8 Tips From a Food Stylist on Making Food Look As Good As It Tastes

It’s no secret among chefs and food stylists that the way food is presented on the plate is just as important as how it tastes. In a manner of speaking, we start eating with our eyes....

Mwb healthier holiday cocktails article

Healthier Holiday Cocktails

It wouldn’t be a holiday cocktail party without a proper cup of cheer! But not all holiday cocktails are created equal. If you’re trying to stick with healthier habits during this festive season, Erica Duecy, the author of Storied Sips, suggests mixing things up with lighter, simpler cocktails that aren’t loaded with fattening, sugary, or artificial ingredients....

Mwb winter hibernation article

Overcoming Winter Hibernation

Many people go into hibernation mode during wintertime, especially in cold climates. They hunker down, cozy up inside the house, cook and eat more, and exercise and socialize less. “We’re culturally conditioned to do these things in winter,” says Laura Wilson, a marriage and family therapy intern at Antioch Couple and Family Therapy Institute in Keene, N.H....

Mwb change article

How to Be Comfortable With Making a Change

The idea of “change” can really intimidate people and take them out of their comfort zones. And that’s probably why the notion that “people don’t change” has become so widely accepted. But people can—and do—change, and change can be beneficial. “People who change want to feel different,” says marriage and family therapist Noah Rubinstein, CEO of GoodTherapy.org....

Mwb caregiver article

How to Be a Resourceful Caregiver

Caregiving requires a degree of resourcefulness to get things done. Whether you're trying to deal with your loved one’s daily needs, communicating with health professionals on your loved one's behalf, or dealing with other common challenges of caregiving, knowing how to be resourceful in difficult situations can help you maintain the best quality of care for your loved one....

Mwb grieving article

How to Comfort Someone Who Is Grieving

It can be hard to know what the right thing is to say or do for people who are grieving. Naturally, you want to comfort them, but there’s no way to take their pain away. You can, however, offer your support in a number of helpful ways, say grief experts Meg Kelleher, a licensed clinical social worker and therapist at the Center for Grief Recovery in Chicago, Ill., and Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD, CT, the owner and director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colo....

Mwb infidelity article

How to Recover From an Infidelity

It’s not very romantic to think about—especially around Valentine’s Day—but research suggests that 50 percent of couples experience an infidelity. Being betrayed by the one person who is supposed to love and care for you unconditionally, above all others, is devastating. (And on the flip side, living with the guilt of having betrayed your beloved doesn’t feel so great, either.) For some, the blow is so painful, the anger and loss of trust so overpowering, that they can’t get over it. But the good news is that 70 percent of couples who've experienced infidelity devote themselves to mending their relationship. And in many cases, they’re able to recover from the fallout and create a stronger bond....

Mwb intimacy article

7 Ways to Encourage Intimacy

Given life’s many distractions, it’s not always easy to keep intimacy front and center in your romantic relationship, but that’s no reason to kiss it good-bye. There are many inspiring ways to reconnect and rekindle closeness with your partner, from being more physically affectionate and establishing emotional openness to pursuing common interests, building camaraderie, and offering each other support. Sex and relationship expert Dr. Laura Berman weighs in with seven tips to help you build more intimacy in your relationship....

Mwb practicing forgiveness article

Practicing Forgiveness

Letting go of bad feelings after you’ve been hurt or betrayed can be difficult. You may get tripped up by feelings of grief, resentment, contempt, fear that it’ll happen again, or other negative thoughts that are tough to shake. Some people have a hard time forgiving because it feels too much like condoning a hurtful action or reconciling with a harmful person. If you lack empathy or compassion, you simply may not want to forgive. But forgiveness can be a powerful tool that heals wounds and provides peace of mind.

“There are a number of reasons why people struggle with forgiveness,” says Fred Luskin, PhD, the director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project and the author of Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness. “One is that they don’t really understand what forgiveness is.”...

Mwb passion article

Prescription for Passion: Open Your Heart

Do you and your partner look back on the early days of your relationship and reminisce about how crazy you used to be about each other? While passion doesn't necessarily have to be a thing of the past, it’s natural for the novelty of early intensity to wane over time. “But that doesn’t mean the intensity has to go,” says sex and relationship expert Laura Berman, PhD, host of the radio program Uncovered With Dr. Berman and resident sex expert for Durex, the condom manufacturer. In fact, she stresses, you can create an even deeper intensity....

Mwb getting the spark back article

Getting the Spark Back

As the years go by, it can be easy to take love for granted. But there are some simple ways you can keep the fire in your relationship burning. Experts say that sharing positive energy can help build a healthier and stronger bond between lovers, even after a couple has been together many years....

Mwb challenge mindsets holding you back article

How to Challenge Mindsets That Are Holding You Back

It can be hard to step outside yourself and challenge mental habits that may be holding you back in life. Piers Steel, PhD, Distinguished Research Chair at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business and the author of The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done, suggests that there are three mind-sets that commonly get in the way of getting things done: It’s going to be too hard; it’s going to be easy; it needs to be perfect....

Mwb online learning article

World-class Educational Opportunities Are a Mouse Click Away

If you've ever wished you'd paid more attention in English Lit or knew more about the ancient Greeks, that knowledge and more is just a few clicks away....