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13 Stress-Inducing Habits and How to Avoid Them

We've all been there: hearts racing, palms sweating, and panic rising when we realize that there is too much to do and just not enough time. Stress can be immobilizing, and it can negatively affect many aspects of our lives. Sometimes we just...

The Cost of Raising a Second Kid

It’s a fair bet that Prince William and Kate Middleton aren’t sweating the financials when it comes to having a second child. (Yes, the royal couple is expecting once again.) But as for the rest of us? Well, that’s another story. The government...

Is This Where You Thought You’d Be? Take the 10-Year Test

Picture this: You wake up (perhaps from a minor head injury or a very deep sleep) and forget everything from the past 10 years. In your world, it’s 2004: George W. has won a second term; Martha Stewart has been convicted; Apple just introduced the...

How to Present Your Best Self on Social Media

Remember when photographs were personal? And only a small group of people saw those snaps at any given moment? They usually remained hidden in an album, only to be paraded out (to very select audiences) infrequently. Maybe they induced a few...

Riding The Emotional Roller Coaster of Divorce? Don’t Go It Alone

Going through a divorce can be a very emotional experience, but you don’t have to do it alone. You might just need to turn to a divorce therapist for help.

Kerry Washington’s PSA Raises Awareness About Financial Abuse

This week, Emmy-nominated actress and “Scandal” star, Kerry Washington, appeared in a PSA by the Allstate Foundation about financial abuse — a tactic used in abusive relationships to manipulate victims into staying by controlling and limiting...

5 Reasons Americans Are Unhappy

The economy may be improving, but many Americans are still miserable. Some people recently expressed surprise that New York City — the home of Broadway, the Statue of Liberty and Central Park — was ranked as the No. 1 city where Americans are...

The Power of Limiting Your Choices

Unlike most of my mom peers, I resisted joining Costco. Too commercial, I said. Prevents me from supporting my local retailers. Forces me to hoard bulk quantities of planet-destroying consumer goods in my New York City apartment. But a year or so...

Never Get Cheated by Car Mechanics Again

What’s a car owner to do when his trusted auto mechanic leaves the business to run a funeral home? Such was the unlikely scenario I found myself facing a few years ago. I had been seeing the same mechanic almost since I bought my first car in...

Why You Need to Stop Trying So Hard

When has the ability to show virtual appreciation ever been easier? Make a statement online and your audience can star it as a “favorite,” click a button to “like” it or even just respond with a “+1.” But is this need for constant agreement...

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