Friendship

Why Schmoozing Works, However Bad It Feels

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Significantly, people who had more power in the office were less likely to report feeling dirty when it came to networking, and engaged in it more often. That effect can make it harder to penetrate existing power structures, because it means those already in power are more comfortable with networking and continue to reinforce and advance their positions.

When Helping a Friend With Mental Illness, Know Your Limits

Arthur Gallant | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

I expect my friends and family to be there for me when I'm in a time of need and I know they expect the same of me, as they should. But is it OK to have a breaking point where you can just throw in the towel and say, "I've had enough"?

All I Can Do Is Show Up

Shannon Fisher | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Shannon Fisher

Friendship exists for us to live out our need for belonging and connectedness by sharing our stories. Our wonderful, brutal, happy, gut-punching stories.

17 Rules For Friends With Benefits

Carlen Costa | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

Have the talk before you hook-up (or once you've peed right after) and set the lay of land. You both know what this is. Games are meant to be played with rope and whipped cream, not with each other's emotions. If you're feeling compromised about a situation have the courtesy to put it out there and mutual respect to problem-solve together.

When and Why It's Crucial That You Form a Band

Rob Mitchell | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Music
Rob Mitchell

If you messed up that guitar solo you've been working on or you busted your ass on some decrepit stage only to receive a payment of a burger and two drink tickets, remember; you have had the opportunity to 'hang out' with good friends and hopefully, dare I say it, have a fun. Days move fast, changes happen quick and in no time you will be at a job, shirt tucked in your freshly pressed khakis.

Give a Busy Mom a Break, And Be A Kid Again

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

Summer is finally here: Sunday barbecues, family vacations, and half-day Fridays. Everyone loves summer, right? Except every once in a while, you'll run into moms who dread summer -- at least a little. Give a busy and tired mom a break like I did. You'll be surprised at how much fun it can be!

Secrets of a Reformed Girl Hater

Hannah Jack | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

I used to be one of those girls who said I didn't like girls. Now I'm really embarrassed. I am a reformed girl hater. I still have a ton of dude friends (whom I also love and am obsessed with and think the world of and enjoy the person I am when I am with!) but I learned how to be a good girlfriend.

I'm Not Gay But I'd Like To Have An Intimate Relationship With A Man

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

For me, as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse in which the perpetrators were male, the issue is further complicated. I've struggled with revealing my thoughts and emotions to other men, and when I do, it's generally camouflaged by using jokes. Women typically build relationships based on social connectivity while men build them based on shared activity or goal orientation.

Why Everyone Doesn't Like You

Lauren Messervey | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

We can't be Sally Field on Oscar night all the time. We will all be served with harsh criticisms, strange accusations, and cruel comments every once in a while, and it's how we deal with it that really demonstrates the true nature of our character. If you know who you are and strive to be the best person that you can be, you have nothing to worry about.

The Year of Fun: The Science to Being Single

Megan Fielding | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Living
Megan Fielding

Expressing my recent distaste for being single, my friend shared her secret to healing the wounds of a long-term relationship that ended. After months of feeling down, she decided to pick herself up and embark on what she branded, "The year of fun." The formula breaks down into a simple equation: open-minded attitude + thirst for adventure = year of fun.

What's Actually Happening With People My Age

Katie Boland | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

"I want to write about what's actually happening with people my age." "And what's that?" "Coke. Tinder. Bad relationships. Good relationships. Molly. Not being able to get a job. 25 being one thing for one person and something completely different for another." I turned 25 almost a year ago.

Sometimes Nice Guys Do Finish First

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

You may recall that in a previous Huff Post story, I reported that my good friend Phil, a 50-something Richmond Hill accountant, just prior to Christm...

Having Friends Is Actually Good For You

Deri Latimer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

It is well established that our brains are social. Neuroscience is confirming what we have always known: we are better -- healthier and happier -- when we have friends. So, if you're thinking that you might want to re-connect with some old friends, or cultivate some new friends, here are 15 reasons to get you started.

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends -- And You Can Too

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada
Sylvia Forrest

Teresa is falling apart. On the verge of divorce, unemployed, caring for a special needs child, she fears she cannot hold it together for another day....

I'm 34 and Refuse to Let Go of My Partying Ways

Heather Magee | Posted 11.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

When I was in high school, I spent an entire summer dissecting the dialogue of Richard Linklater's coming-of-age classic "Dazed and Confused." A few decades later, I caught myself muttering a popular line from the film to colleagues over lunch -- the one that quite arguably kickstarted Matthew McConaughey's career, "I get older, they stay the same age." Unlike McConaughey's character, I wasn't referring to high school girls. I was referring to my network of friends.

When Friendships Flourish -- and Fail

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 10.25.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

Friendship has been on my mind a lot lately. My daughter is at an age when she's transitioning through friends. A long-time friendship has fallen by ...

Surviving Cancer Made Me Realize I Like Fewer People

Annie Horcasitas | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Living
Annie Horcasitas

My whole life, I have always cast a wide net when meeting new people. And the mesh was tight. All were scooped up, all were brought in close, barely any escaped through the tiny holes. I have been told I am friendly -- typically meant as a compliment -- but cancer taught me that even good things require moderation.

A Retweet Doesn't Really Show You Care

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Impact
Elizabeth Hawksworth

It's time to disconnect and really reach out. I know I need to call more. I know I need to reach out to you, to let you know I love you. It's so easy to think that a Facebook message or Twitter retweet shows my love, but I know it really doesn't let you know just how much you really cross my mind.

Best 'Friend' Songs Forever

HuffPost Canada Music | Aaron Brophy | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Music

Drake may claim that he needs no new friends but maybe if Drizzy had more friends he wouldn't be so mopey all the time. With the United Nations' ...

Benefits of a Motley Crew of Female Friends

Heather Magee | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

Ten years ago, most of my friends were male. That's not to say that I didn't see the value in having girlfriends, I just preferred the simplicity and lighthearted approach of men. There was very little drama and very low expectations associated with these kinds of friendships. But once I reached my mid-20s, girlfriends became more important.

Sometimes It's Easier To Give Than To Receive

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

"Tell me something happy," my friend requested today after an hour of divorce-talk. "I don't want to be the friend who just calls to cry. I don't want to use you as a crutch." "I'll be glad to tell you happy things," I replied, "but don't think it's not okay to call and cry. I am honoured that you choose me to call when you need advice."

Friends Don't Let Friends Look Bad

Barbara Aleks Hecht | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Style
Barbara Aleks Hecht

Many of us aren't really sure how to let someone else know that their choices (fashion or otherwise) aren't necessarily the most flattering or becoming, without hurting their feelings. Or maybe we feel like we should mind our own business. But in all honesty, don't you think that a good friend, a true friend, wouldn't let their friend out of the house looking anything less than stellar?

Being Alone Doesn't Mean Being Lonely

Natasha Koifman | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Loneliness is something we all experience at certain times. It's not simply a function of being single or alone. You can feel lonely in a crowd, at a party, in the office, even in bed with somebody. Here are good things to remind yourself if, and when, you feel lonely.

Can Just Listening Change A Friend's Life?

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

She'd never told me, but Tom not only drinks too much, he also berates Mary when she needs support, avoids her when she needs love, and stifles her when she needs to express herself. Over time she learned to cower and hide, until her voice became as faint and tentative as the yip of a puppy locked too long in the cellar.

A Token of Friendship

Robin Farr | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Alberta
Robin Farr

It started with a prenatal yoga class. Across the room, the beginning of a bond formed with another mom-to-be with a due date close to mine. We had a lot of the same pregnancy side effects. We were both having boys. She was energetic and outgoing - and SO excited about having a baby - it was hard not to notice her.