To The Playground Mum Who Asked If I'll Have More Kids: Please Don't

Ursula Tavender | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK Parents
Ursula Tavender

When you meet someone and it becomes obvious it's starting to get serious, the relentless quizzing begins: "Are you going to put a ring on her finger, then?" The engagement announcement goes out and everyone wants to know urgently when the wedding is going to be. On the wedding day the question shifts to when the first child is going to make an appearance.

Anyone Who's Single Will Relate To This Guest At Her Friend's Wedding

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When you’re single, weddings are good for one thing and one thing only - getting sloshed. One woman who attended her friend’s wedding decided to e...

Why It's OK To Say 'I'm Happy'

Katie Teehan | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Teehan

I rarely vocalise this. That's not to say I'm an outwardly gloomy person - I'd like to think I'm cheerful enough most of the time. I just don't ever feel that it's appropriate to bang on to my friends or colleagues about the great things in my life.

Ten Ways To Enhance Your Wellbeing In 2017

Dr. Barbara Mariposa | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Barbara Mariposa

Most people these days can reel off a list of things we need to do to stay healthy - exercise, nutrition, water, sleep etc. The elements of what I call the Outer Game of Health. But how often do we follow our own good advice?

Being Somebody Else's New Year's Resolution

Laura Krippner | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Krippner

On Friday night I'm catching up with an old friend for coffee. The last time that we did this was never. We don't live in cities where it's easy to pop in somewhere mutually convenient on your way home for a quick drink or bite to eat.

10 Things Your Friend With Anxiety Needs From You

Stephanie Bushell | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Bushell

1.) If you know about my anxiety, it means I trust you - so please treasure that. It's not something I give away easily. Anxiety is invisible so I can keep if from people if I choose - other excuses can step in if needed. But if I tell you the truth instead of an excuse then you are special. Thank you for making me feel safe enough to tell you.

10 New Year Resolutions For A More Interesting Life

Paul Sloane | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Sloane

Stop wishing for a better life; make it happen. Carry out some of these resolutions and I guarantee that you will have a more creative, more successful and more interesting new year.

Losing Friends, Holding On To Others

Stephen Mayne | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Mayne

They were the people I spent a significant proportion of my week with, the people who, if only for a brief time, shared the same concerns. I listened when I was told to expect changes, and I heard but didn't really believe. When it's so easy to keep the conversation going, why would it ever stop?

A Text Free Lane In Life - The Development And Devilment Of Text Etiquette

Alison Powell | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Tech
Alison Powell

It seeps into our social time with other people too, and I'm sure we're all guilty of checking and sometimes responding to beeps when with friends or family. We wouldn't wander off to talk to someone else mid-sentence, so why do we respond to the bleep?

The Sleepsuit That Saved 2016

Laura Pearson | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Pearson

Our daughter, Elodie, had been born prematurely and had spent her first couple of weeks in intensive care. Meanwhile, I was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Our lives were in tatters, and the people we loved were sending things to try to make it better.

40 Years On - Meeting An Old School Friend

Arnie Wilson | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Arnie Wilson

It was our first meeting for 40 years. The lanky Ted, with his sullen good looks, was once my best friend. Strangely, we had little in common except a strong rebellious streak, a bohemian lifestyle and a love of the open air.

Reaching The Summit Of Mont Blanc, With No Mountaineering Experience

The Tempest Two | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Tempest Two

The reason we took on Mont Blanc, was to show that ordinary people can go and take on these challenges. We could have easily come back down and said it was easy, a walk in the park. But what is the point of that?

How To Survive In A Wheelchair

Kevan Chandler | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kevan Chandler

I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which weakens my limbs and leaves me highly dependent on others. I have my wheelchair and I do fine on sidewalks. But batteries die, stairs show up, and I do get hungry from time to time. Now, throw zombies into that mix!

7 Tips For Shy People On How To Start Conversations With Strangers

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Whether you’ve moved somewhere new or simply want to expand your friendship circle, often the only way to make a new connection is to talk to a stra...

When Your Best Friends Are No Longer Your Best Friends

Lucy Wigley | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Wigley

I started to feel like that about a lot of my friendships, from very early on in my pregnancy, and once my first baby arrived, it became clear that maintaining certain friendships was going to be harder than climbing Kilimajaro in heels. But it was a struggle of emotions- these were friendships I'd had for 20 years- I'd been friends with these people for longer than I hadn't been.

Real-Life Footage Shows The 'Magic' That Can Happen When You Meet Your Neighbours

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Only half of us know the names of our neighbours, but a new campaign is aiming to change that by bringing community spirit back to Britain. The initi...

Guy 'Delivers' Best Friend A Hug At 2am, Gives Us All #FriendshipGoals

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

You may think your best friend is awesome, but they (probably) haven’t got anything on Jeffrey Walsh. The 16-year-old was recently chilling at home ...

Landing And Leaving Expat Life In Dubai

Susan Devaney | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Devaney

I'm standing on the cobbled streets of Rome, surrounded by politely pink pastel walls. It's my final stop. I had moved to Dubai shortly after my 2...

Grandma With Wrong Number Invites Stranger To Thanksgiving, So They Become BFFs

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A grandma accidentally invited a stranger to Thanksgiving dinner after texting the wrong number. But, after the pair realised the mistake, the loving ...

Social Life After Becoming A Parent

Mark Thomas | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Mark Thomas

Friends will know you as socially reliable - you're one of the inner-circle. You will be there at "the event", whatever that may be, and you're great for that. You're not one of the flaky guys who will inevitably cancel at the last minute and give some sorry excuse.

Things I Could Never Tell The Expectant Parent

Samantha Wills | Posted 06.11.2016 | UK Parents
Samantha Wills

They started to tell us about the absolute non-negotiables - the car seat, that would be researched with absolute scrutiny, likewise the breathing sensor pads. My husband and I threw an almost imperceptible glance towards each other. "Oh, they're in it now alright. They're in the baby game. And they don't even know the half of it."

11 Pitfalls Of Ghosting A Best Friend

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Everyone has that one friend in their life who brings more drama and emotional baggage than an episode of Eastenders, and now you’ve decided to get ...

Why I Ghosted My Best Friend

Charlotte Long | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Long

A day after my 20th birthday I 'ghosted' my best friend Gemma*. Feeling particularly hungover after a night clubbing we had our very first fight, where eight years of toxic resentment surfaced. I then deleted her off all social media sites, blocked her number and never spoke to her again. I never told her the real reason why either.

The Moment A Boy With Autism Found True Acceptance

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Parents

A mum was moved to tears when she witnessed the moment her son, who struggled to make friends, found true acceptance. Shanna Niehaus’ five-year-old ...

How To Deal With Moody People

Amy Shefik | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Shefik

One of the best pieces of advice I have ever been given about leading a positive and inspiring life, is to take yourself away from negative people and situations. Our environment and the people we spend our time with have a huge impact on our happiness and success.