Friendship

It's Official: Having A Big Group Of Mates Could Help You Live Longer

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Friends: they laugh with you, drunk cry with you, and most importantly, they put up with your drama 24/7. But sadly, some of us choose to let hecti...

The Ghosts of Friendships Past

Sarah Pylas | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Pylas

At the time, it was certainly easier for me to avoid a big falling out. I felt no animosity towards anyone, just no longer had the same desire to hang out. Would admitting this have been fairer on them, or served only to lessen my own guilt?

Mental Health Stigma Is Still Alive

Danielle Lowe | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

People keep insisting that the stigma of mental health problems are long gone. From institutions saying it's okay to speak up about your mental health...

Mummy Speed Dating

Elfa Wilmot | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Parents
Elfa Wilmot

It's a bit tedious going to playgroups and meeting mums at school and having to spend months figuring out who you want in your gang. Mummy Speed Dating would make life a lot easier. If you had four minutes with each mum, what would you look for? This is how I would suss out my mummy friend soul mate.

This Bunch of Friends Is Changing London

William Barylo | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
William Barylo

Have you ever dreamt about exploring the cultural treasures of London but wondering how to access it and get immersed in these wonderful universes?

There's No One I'd Rather Talk About My Vagina With...

Amy Ransom | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Parents
Amy Ransom

I'm sitting in the park and on the table in front of me are a new NCT group. They've all met up with newborns and husbands and I've had to stop myself from going over and sitting with them. Joining in their conversation. Talking about my piles. And giving unsolicited advice. (Yup. I'm going to be THAT type of MIL. Shoot me now. Do it.)

It's Okay Not to Be Resilient All the Time

Vicky Bullen | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Bullen

A quick straw poll of some of my friends and colleagues revealed that, whilst many of the emerging themes were common resilience themes, a real plethora of slightly unexpected techniques came through - so I thought I would share some of those.

This Two-Year-Old's Best Friend Isn't Who You Would Expect

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Parents

This two-year-old has made his first best friend, who he looks forward to seeing every Friday. They don't meet in a playgroup or at the park, but a...

Why I'm Deleting All My Dating Apps

Jessie Thompson | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Tech
Jessie Thompson

Do you know what's more enriching to your life than sitting in an overpriced cocktail bar with a person you're never going to talk to again because there's less sexual frisson than your nan's 80th birthday party and you wish you'd just stayed at home drinking tea and watching Question Time? Going outside and talking to real people.

Mummy Friends: Ten Reasons You Need Them

Claire Kirby | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

Personally I think this parenting gig is a whole lot tougher if you don't have Mummy Friends. Whatever life stage you are at you tend to feel better when you have people you can turn to who get where you are coming from because they are in the same situation as you.

Beating the Big Girl Bullies

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

If you feel like you have met one of these delightful social treats, you are not alone - I know I certainly have, and recently. When bullied as a child I struggled to process what was wrong, as a grown adult, it left me hollow, shattered and totally paranoid.

How Two Little Girls Found Friendship While Being Treated For Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Parents

Two little girls with cancer have formed a friendship that has helped them find happiness while being treated in hospital. Ava Garcia, four, was di...

My Pregnancy Realisations

Ceri Gillett | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Parents
Ceri Gillett

I was adamant I wouldn't lose myself in the process of having a baby. I now see that the women I thought had been consumed by babies were never lost. I couldn't begin to understand the newer more complex versions that motherhood had made them.

Six Tips on How to Meet and Make New Friends

Helen King | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen King

I've recently moved to a new area of the UK, far away from my existing network of friends. I realised that I'd never had to do this before, as I'd always been within reach of school or university friends or meeting people through my work.

A Friend Till the End

Elaine Benton | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Having a much-loved pet put down, is one of life's unpleasant responsibilities when owning a dog. Saving an animal from unnecessary suffering, when nothing else can be done, we sometimes have to make the difficult decision, knowing it is the kind and humane thing to do.

Depression Sufferers Open Up About The Social Networking Site Made Specifically For Them

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When depression takes hold, those caught in its grips can feel increasingly isolated. The mental health condition is not uncommon - in fact, rough...

Why Facebook Friends Matter

Juliet Simmons | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Tech
Juliet Simmons

If Facebook really is just about superficial friendships and the right now then why do I care much about the people out there and what they think about what I have to say? The truth is that I've found that Facebook has been a magical way of connecting me with people from different parts of my life.

On Making Peace With Social Media and Navigating Life Online

Christobel Hastings | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Tech
Christobel Hastings

We would do well to remember that it isn't social media that's made us unsocial. We simply over-indulged, lured away from living in the moment as we hungrily traversed the web. The platforms themselves enable us to make connections... by nature their vast reach makes them ideal for proliferating dialogue, highlighting injustices and uniting people through common causes.

Why Growing Up Just Sucks a Little Bit!

Chloe Bevan | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Bevan

When growing up your life changes a lot from moving school to leaving education all together. I have come to the realisation that my life over the next few years could really change, from where I live, to my family and friends, and that is a very scare thought indeed!

Ditch London's Grey Weather And Have a Bestie Break in Paris

HuffPost UK | Liz Jarvis | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

What's the plan for the weekend? Same old drinks in the same old bar followed by the same old late night bite waiting for a cab under a windswept umbr...

Keep Your Friendships Fresh

Karen Pine | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

As humans we have evolved as social animals. It once made sense for us to stick to our own tribe because outsiders represented danger. They don't any more. Invite more outsiders into your tribe and freshen up your friendships and your life.

The Unbearable Kindness of Strangers

Chloe Palmer | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Palmer

I have been travelling for just over six months and haven't put finger to keyboard for the whole time beyond the weekly reassuring email home. The good English girl that is still left in me feels like I should apologise for being so slack and not meeting expectations.

The Power of One: A Tribute to Kim Pearson

Georgie Bradley | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Georgie Bradley

Kim Pearson was from South Africa and my teacher in Bahrain from 2002-6. It swells my heart with pain to say he has left us. A multidisciplinary teacher, he taught across the board, but Geography and Religious Education in the main.

'Learn To Love Yourself' And Other #GoodAdviceIn4Words

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When we're in need of some advice, we usually turn to our best friends or long-suffering mothers to offload. But we might be looking to social medi...

Your Perfect Boyfriend... or Your Female Friends? When the Gender Differences Stab You Through Your Heart.

Olga Levancuka | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

We women, stopped trying to bring our remarkable female qualities that can only benefit our relationship, our career, our social circles, our community. We think of our unique qualities as something to be ashamed of, given our inner beauty and our female nature held us captives in a male world... only decades ago.