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If you're not happy with the quality of your life, this may be why.

“The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives.”  In a recent keynote speech at SXSW in Texas, Esther Perel, couples and sex therapist from New York City, again made this statement and as I watched the talk for a second time it began to rattle around in my head, to solidify itself in my being. She had a damn good point.

Have you got what it takes to make a new friend?

What would you do if you wanted to make a new friend? How would you go about it? I was sitting with one of my girlfriends, at the bar of a rather nice quiet restaurant, celebrating her birthday a few weeks ago.  The prep chef was doing her work behind the bar, creating hors-d’oeuvres and salads, it was an open concept kind of place

Cutting her off was the best thing I did.... Part 2

Imagine someone is trying desperately to solve your problem, and you didn't ask them to. How does it feel? In last month’s blog I shared with you two stories regarding empathy.The first was told by my girlfriend after she and I had a conversation where I told her I didn’t need her to “fix my problems.” The second was a story about a woman I had once worked with who’s empathy response was always “one upping” and how that had made me and others, keep their distance from her. 

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