Supporting Others: Are You Being Helpful or Dismissive?

Seeing a loved one suffering from stress, anxiety, grief or depression can be heartbreaking. It can be difficult to know what to do or how to react. You may wish to fix the situation or take on some of the burden to improve your friend or family member’s mood. It …

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Giving Thanks: Six Easy Ways to Live a Healthier Life

Both intuition and research have shown that feeling grateful makes people feel good, physically and emotionally. Gratitude, as defined by psychologist Robert Emmons  studying this positive emotion, is a two part emotion. First, gratitude is when we affirm that there are good things in the world. Secondly, gratitude is when …

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South Asian Couples: A Story About Gender Roles

Purva and Ashok were absolutely in love. They were caught up in their romance for the two years they were dating and after Ashok proposed, they became consumed with wedding planning. This left little to no time for either of them to talk about the important issues such as finances, …

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South Asian Marriage: Seven Tips to Prevent Divorce

Divorce is a life-altering and potentially traumatic event. For most couples who get divorced, significant time, energy and heartache were spent before coming to the decision of getting divorced. Most South Asian countries have some of the lowest divorce rates in the world. As men and women are becoming more …

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South Asian Couples: Support Each Other During Times of Stress

Srishti sunk into the sofa and burst into tears. “What happened,” Sapan, her husband, asked. “Who was on the phone?” “It was my mother. My father has cancer,” Srishti said between sobs. Sapan sat beside her and hugged her while she cried. “I can’t believe this is happening. He’s so …

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South Asian Parents: Eleven Tips to Increase Happiness

It is safe to say that parenting is one of the most difficult jobs someone can have in a lifetime. The demands exist around the clock, the appreciation comes years later and the stress of being a good parent can take a toll on physical and emotional health. While most …

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Teen Dating Violence: The Warning Signs

February is National Teen Dating Violence month in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control, 10% of all teens between 7th grade and 12th grade experience teen dating violence. Teens who are abused are are higher risk for substance abuse, developing depression, developing eating disorders and attempting …

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Three Tips to Overcome Resentment

Resentment, colloquially known as bitterness, is a toxic emotion that is primarily induced by feeling as if you are being treated unfairly. Resentment can be felt in any type of relationship including intimate partnerships, friendships and professional relationships. It is an emotion that is built up over a few weeks, …

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Top Five Dating Mistakes

For many South Asians, entering the dating scene is like stepping onto an entirely different planet. Not built into the culture, young South Asians can rarely rely on their parents’ experiences to provide some familiarity or guidance on how to navigate this new stage of life. In addition, dating is …

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