Spreading kindness is beneficial for you and the recipients of your kindness. The happiness we feel from giving and receiving kindness promotes general good health. You can spread kindness in many ways, such as by being friendly and generous, and infusing the world and your community with positivity over the
Dear Amy: My partner and I are currently house and dog sitting for my parents. We asked our friend to watch our own house while we are gone. We just moved into this house recently. We managed to clean the house up and make it presentable, except for the kitchen.
Dear Coleen I’m a 28-year-old man and still live at home with my parents. I’d love to move out, but I can’t afford to buy my own place, even though I have a decent job. I live in London, so rents are sky-high too, and I don’t want to throw
Over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year and there are many more who try to attempt it.Having suicidal tendencies is actually a call for help that shouldn’t be ignored by the society. A person’s life is at stake from the constant torments of their inner demons to the
I found out a few years ago that she was pregnant with me when she and my father got married. I was looking through some papers (birth certificates and such), and I saw that their marriage license was in a sealed envelope. I thought it was kind of strange, but
I’m transferring to a big university this year, and I’m worried I’m going to be lonely there, too. I always make declarations to myself the night before the first day of school (I’ve done it since something like fourth grade). I decide to be more outgoing and less self-conscious, to
Dear Mr. Dad: My 10-year-old son is quite smart and perfectly capable of reading, but it’s always been a challenge for him. And unfortunately, his teachers aren’t doing very much to help the situation other than send home notes and report cards saying that he’s reading below his grade level.
Dear E. Jean: I’m an architect and have been working as an independent contractor at a company for about seven months. I love the place, and my boss has assured me that I will receive a full-time offer at the end of next quarter. Meanwhile, I want to be prepared
Dear Mr. Dad: I have two kids, ages six and seven, and I’m completely crazy about them. On one hand, I’m confident that we have a good relationship, on the other, I worry that I’m a bad dad. One of the things I hate about myself is that I can’t
Most of my extended family and friends live in far-flung places. We can’t visit them all in any given year, and there are too many to send gifts to annually. I’d like to send gifts (usually “Boston boxes” of regional goodies) to people we’ve stayed with in a given year,
Dear Coleen I won a relatively modest amount of money recently – enough to pay off my mortgage and put some in the bank for my retirement. This should be a happy time, as I’ve never had much money and my wife and I have struggled and worked hard to
Dear Care and Feeding, My husband and I have a great toddler, and after some medical challenges in trying to have a second child, we’ve decided to adopt. We’re excited! But we’re dealing with two sets of issues. The first is that the logistics of adopting seem confusing at the
Dear Amy: My friend recently got married. I understand that her life got crazy with everything surrounding the wedding. Her mother threw her a three-day bachelorette party, held out of town. Afterward, I don’t think she even texted anyone a simple thank you. It would have been nice to know
Dear Coleen My daughter has three young children aged two, four and seven. She has an on-off relationship with their father, which has been tough on the children and consequently their behavior is very bad a lot of the time. They constantly have meltdowns if they don’t get their own
Q: My husband and I, together a long time, have two children. He can be a good dad, but sometimes he’s lazy about doing things for the kids. I’m self-employed. Since having children, I didn’t work as much as I used to or as much as he does. I’ve asked
Dear Amy: My family tries to be close, but when it comes to me (the youngest) and my oldest sister (eight years older) — we just don’t click. Despite being born to the same people and raised in the same household, we have very different views, opinions and beliefs about