10 Tips to Managing a Long-Term Relationship

February 4, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

While it may seem to be humming along, a good relationship needs care, maintenance and plenty of attention if it is going to survive the long haul. Here’s a list of suggestions, many of which will be familiar to you, but which cannot be repeated often enough, on how to promote and maintain long-term happiness.

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Grandmother 911: Out of the Storybook and Into Reality

January 28, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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While there are common themes in our readers’ comments, one of the most frequent is a sense of being taken advantage of. Many of you wrote to say that your children take you for granted, expecting you to babysit at a moment’s notice without taking into consideration the realities of your life circumstances.

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A New Treasure from Elizabeth Strout: ‘My Name is Lucy Barton’

January 21, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

No matter how long it has been since we have left home, we still long for our mothers, even those who haven’t suffered the kind of deprivation described by Elizabeth Strout.

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Three Ways to Improve Your Mind/Body Connection This Year

January 7, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Much has been made of the mind/body connection, and in recent years, evidence has kept piling up to support its importance. A strong mind means a strong body, and vice versa. Here are three very easy things you can do to keep both mind and body healthier in the months to come.

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Grandchildren: Pleasures and Burdens

December 31, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

As a parent, you are free to make your own decisions, but when you are taking care of someone else’s children, you are expected to abide by their rules. This can be especially sticky within families, because as a caretaker you have been given responsibilities, but may not be given much of a “voice” in the decision making.

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Your New Year’s Resolutions — Five Tips for Success

December 28, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

How can you make yourself one of the successful New Year’s resolution setters, rather than someone who ditches the plans the first week? Here are five scientifically based tips to help you succeed in the new year.

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Dr. Ford: Living a ‘First World’ Life in the Wider World

December 24, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Therapist Joseph Brugo wrote a blog on ‘The New York Times’ “Opinionator” site about an increased tendency lately in his patients to apologize about talking about their problems, which seem trivial in comparison to the magnitude of some of the crises in the news today.

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Love Is All There Is: My New Thoughts on Christmas

December 23, 2015 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

I invited people to come to an Open House on a December weekend. I did not go crazy with the guest list: I invited every neighbor in my Block Watch Association, some of whom I don’t know, my entire senior aerobics class, and my book club, as well as the usual suspects: The point was inclusion, rather than “yes to her, no to him.”

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Movie Review: ‘Carol’ — A Love Story

December 17, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the remarkable things about the film is that the issue of homosexuality is almost “incidental.” The film is a love story first, and the details of the lovers are secondary. Within the story, many of the familiar but important themes are present: How much pain can the lovers endure? What will they be willing to risk to be together? Can their love endure after they have hurt each other and is real forgiveness possible?

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Random Acts of Violence: How to Avoid Living in Fear

December 14, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

While we cannot control all the dangers in the world, we can control our response to them. We don’t have to give in to the terrorists’ plan and respond by distancing ourselves further and making the world all the more divided. Educating yourself and your family about what is really dangerous is the best way to stay safe.

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Alone Together: Humans in the Digital World

December 10, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Though we are all more connected, networked, and wired than ever before, the price has been the erosion of intimacy, and decline in our powers of empathy as well.

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The Benefits of Meditation Are Many

December 5, 2015 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

In my professional and personal life, I have always sought to optimize my performance and well-being. Research shows that meditation can re-wire your brain to be more efficient, help prevent disease, and even promote natural healing.

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Christmas Given and Received

December 4, 2015 by Ro Howe

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By Ro Howe

Gifts to give to a young parent of limited means:
A series of classes on how to plan, shop, cook and serve healthy meals for their family and a copy of “The Joy of Cooking.”
Because: Give a person a gift card to McDonalds and you feed them for a day; teach a person how to cook and you feed them — and their family, for a generation.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Young Women, Dating Apps, and Sexual Hyperactivity

December 3, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

While casual sex became acceptable to many young people, it wasn’t until the advent of the Internet that people didn’t have to actually meet each other to have sex. A recent article in ‘Vanity Fair’ describes the “hook-up culture,” which is facilitated by apps like Tinder and Hinge, as the “dating apocalypse.”

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The New Thanksgiving: Memories of a Faithful Dog

November 29, 2015 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Fifty years ago, Jim adopted his first dog from a shelter. He told me how much all the dogs he had cared for over the years had meant to him.

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