Everybody likes to be happy, right? via GIPHY And I don’t know about you, but I can definitely say that it brings me great joy to make a friend smile or laugh. via GIPHY That’s especially true when it comes to friends who are going through something and are feeling a little down — or who maybe just need a reminder that, if they need a cheerleader, they’ve got one who believes in them wholeheartedly right here. But there’s more to being a good friend than just cracking a joke to lighten the mood. Sometimes, you need to make sure…

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I was a super active person until last summer. Between teaching several fitness classes per week, walking a few miles a day (hey, I’m a New Yorker!) and being a Fit Bottomed Girl who co-hosts and produces the Fit Bottomed Girl Podcast, exercise and being active is a big passion in my life. Then my life changed. One evening last August, I ordered some tacos for dinner and excitedly headed down the steps (I live on the second floor of a walkup) to greet the delivery guy. At some point, I felt myself spinning in the air and had no control…

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I talk about the weather a lot. But, you know, I live in Florida, so it tends to be at the forefront of our minds — in the cooler months we discuss how grateful we are to not have all the snow our friends and families up north are getting, in the summer we complain about the heat, and, of course, hurricanes and thunderstorms frequently give us easy small talk fodder. But here’s the thing: I don’t love talking about the weather, and, for the most part, I think that’s probably true for just about everyone. via GIPHY But it’s…

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Here’s a scary and rarely discussed stat: eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and suicide rates are 23 percent higher in those with eating disorders than in the general population. In addition, for those with eating disorders, rates of death are elevated compared to those suffering from other mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Because this topic is so important — and alarmingly, on the rise — we reached out to Jamie Manwaring, primary therapist at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, for her tips on how to talk to a loved one…

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When a new baby joins the world, friends and family come out of the woodwork to visit. Sometimes, it’s great for the new mom to have another pair of hands around the house. But sometimes … well, we’ve all heard of the mamas hosting not-so-helpful visitors, right> Let me give you a quick idea of what I’m talking about. New mom and baby come home from the hospital, and family (or friends) come to visit and meet baby. Some of these visitors are from out of town, so they stay over for a couple of days … or more. This…

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It doesn’t take long to forget how it felt to be pregnant. My last baby was born almost three years ago — which is not long, I realize, but long enough that I’ve forgotten what it was like to be a pregnant woman surrounded by family, friends … and deeply held (and proudly spouted) societal beliefs about what I should do and how I should feel during that extremely intimate time in my life. Long enough that I’ve realized … it doesn’t take long to find yourself on the unsolicited advice side on the topic of pregnancy. An old friend…

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