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How to Handle Manipulators

In an earlier column addressing toxic friendships, I briefly described the “social exchange” theory of friendship development: Friendships and other …

The History of 'I'm Sorry'

Is it just me, or do we all find ourselves, every now and again, feeling like we need to apologize? In my life, this often arises in situations like …

7 Tips to Boost Your Day | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our …

3 Ways You Zap Happiness (And How to Get It Back)

<i>By Jan Bruce</i><p>For better or worse, we believe that happiness is a natural born right, and maybe even an obligation -- if you aren't happy, you have an obligation to your family, your work, and yourself to make it happen.<p>But as a recent program on NPR's "TED Radio Hour" pointed out, happiness isn't a …

How to De-Stress in Just 10 Minutes

For all the times you need to cool down fast<p>We've all had intensely stressful moments in life where you find yourself wishing that wine came in those convenient six-packs of juice boxes with the pop-in straws. As genius as that may sound, getting sloshed before an important meeting or moment in …

Ebola scare forces Senegal to close borders

Health officials are racing to contain a deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea, with one neighbouring state closing its borders and two others reporting cases amid warnings of a "serious threat" to the region.<p>Senegal on Saturday said its border crossings to Guinea would be closed "until further notice", …