The Art of Giving and Receiving Compliments and Criticism

Both compliments and criticism have the ability build you up or break you down. When giving and receiving both, it goes without saying to practice empathy and respect, but I said it anyway because who doesn’t welcome a criticism disguised as a friendly reminder? I’m about to disclose what I think is the most importantContinue reading “The Art of Giving and Receiving Compliments and Criticism”

Confronting Uncomfortable Topics of Conversation

Uncomfortable topics are, well, uncomfortable. Though everyone has unique triggers, I imagine there are topics of conversation that cause internal (or visible) squirming for many. Some of the named uncomfortable topics in my recent research were money and financial status, politics, mental health, future plans, feelings, and anything that might not be well-versed to theContinue reading “Confronting Uncomfortable Topics of Conversation”

Family Dinner in a Time of Social Upheaval: 7 Steps to Success

Your family dinner table has perhaps five or six generations gathered. As you take your seat, it’s hard to settle in when you’re anticipating someone will cross the threshold of small talk into something a little bit deeper. Why can’t you have a real conversation without worrying about reactions, tension, or even ruining relationships? AfterContinue reading “Family Dinner in a Time of Social Upheaval: 7 Steps to Success”