How To Make Friends When You're 'Old'

In addition to the many messages you will begin to notice comin' directly at your brain-face as you hit your late twenties/early thirties about all the things that will get "harder" for you as you get older (ever being skinny again, finding the right dude to impregnate you with the right, skinniest baby) a big one… » 4/30/13 3:20pm 4/30/13 3:20pm

How to Act at Someone Else's Church

Back in December, we offered some tips on going to a holiday celebration of another religion. But religious services of various kinds go on all year, and different rules apply when you're in church than when you're at a Hanukkah party. Herewith, some advice on going to someone's place of worship without making an ass… » 2/09/12 3:30pm 2/09/12 3:30pm

How to Chat Online Without Being a Jerk

Instant messaging is kind of a no-man's-land where etiquette is concerned, inhabited by tweens and people who type like them. And yet most of us must use it — often even for work. Let's take a look at how we can do so in a less dickish fashion. » 2/02/12 5:30pm 2/02/12 5:30pm

How to Speak in Public Without Fear

Even if you're not, say, the President of the United States, you may well be called upon at some point to give a speech or presentation before an audience. This can be super-stressful! Luckily, we've assembled some tips to help you wow anyone and everyone. » 1/26/12 3:00pm 1/26/12 3:00pm

How To Quit Worrying About Being Bitchy and Actually Assert Yourself

When you're a lady — even if you're smart, together, and tough — standing up for yourself can be pretty difficult. Women are supposed to smooth things over, be nice to everybody, and defuse conflict rather than cause it — so asking for anything at all controversial can seem transgressive or even bitchy. Here's how to… » 1/19/12 3:30pm 1/19/12 3:30pm

How to Help a Friend Through an Abortion

After we discussed helping a friend deal with a miscarriage, a reader asked us for tips on how to support a friend in the similarly sensitive situation of going through an abortion. From the decision process to the aftermath, abortion can bring up complicated emotions — but we have some advice on helping your friend… » 1/05/12 4:00pm 1/05/12 4:00pm

How To Attend A Holiday Party When The Holiday's Not Yours

While lots of holiday parties are mostly about fun, togetherness, and hot cider, they may also include expressions of the host's religion. Below, a few tips for attending parties of faiths different from your own — and for hosting a friendly, meaningful affair. » 12/22/11 5:00pm 12/22/11 5:00pm

How To Help A Friend Deal With Miscarriage

When someone you know has a miscarriage, it can be hard to know what to say. We have some tips for responding sensitively in this difficult situation. » 12/15/11 5:00pm 12/15/11 5:00pm

How To Attend Your High School Reunion

During the holiday season, one event sometimes crops up that's potentially even more stressful than a long dinner with your extended family. I refer to the high-school reunion. And whether you'll be attending this year or sometime in the years to come, we have tips for you. » 12/08/11 4:30pm 12/08/11 4:30pm

How To Get And Keep A Mentor

Everyone tells you to seek out mentors in your career, but how exactly do you do that? And how do you interact with a mentor when you get one? Never fear, we have some answers for you. » 12/01/11 4:30pm 12/01/11 4:30pm

The Sensitive Etiquette Of The Bikini Wax

Whether you're going in for an eyebrow wax or a full Brazilian, paying somebody to rip your hair out can present some etiquette challenges. Today, we tackle those challenges head-on. » 11/17/11 4:00pm 11/17/11 4:00pm

How To Keep Your Social Life Alive In A Long-Distance Relationship

Especially now that jobs are hard to come by, a lot of people find themselves in long-distance relationships. And there's a lot of advice about to manage such relationships. But what about the rest of your life — how do you keep up with your friends when you're always jetting off to see your partner? Below, some tips… » 11/10/11 3:40pm 11/10/11 3:40pm

How To Hang Out With Couples

When you're single, hanging out with coupled friends can be awkward. You don't want to break up with your friends when they enter relationships, but you don't want to be the third wheel, either. And what about "couple-y" social functions where everyone seems to have a partner? Never fear, we have tips for you — and… » 11/03/11 6:30pm 11/03/11 6:30pm

How To Have A Sober Social Life

A lot of social events involve, or even revolve around, alcohol. If you're sober, or if a friend or date is, this can cause some problems. Luckily, we have some tips for solving them. » 10/27/11 5:40pm 10/27/11 5:40pm

How To Stand Up To Adult Bullies

Bullying is supposed to be a junior high thing, but everyone knows it doesn't always end when childhood does. Today we have some tips for dealing with bullies, mean girls, and mean guys who are long past their cafeteria days. » 10/20/11 4:40pm 10/20/11 4:40pm

How To Get Out Of Any Conversation

We've all been there: trapped in a seemingly neverending conversation with no obvious way out. How do you escape without hurting the other person's feelings. Never fear — whether you're at a party, on the phone, or stuck in an email chain, we have exit strategies for you. » 10/06/11 4:50pm 10/06/11 4:50pm

How To Tell Someone They Smell Bad (And Other Awkward Conversations)

Do you have something uncomfortable to tell someone? Like maybe she smells bad, or he needs to wash his hair more, or everyone can see her underwear when she bends over? Here's how to break the news with minimal fallout — and how to decide if you should keep silent instead. » 9/29/11 3:30pm 9/29/11 3:30pm

How To Talk About Religion Without Starting A Fight

Religion is one of the three things you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table (along with politics and The Great Pumpkin). And yet it's pretty important to a lot of people. Here's how to discuss God stuff without getting into a shouting match. » 9/22/11 4:15pm 9/22/11 4:15pm

How To Handle Four-Letter Words

We've all been caught cursing in inappropriate situations (sorry Mom). But how do you recover from this embarrassment, and avoid it in the future? And are there situations when cursing is actually a good idea? Today we answer these questions and more. » 9/15/11 5:35pm 9/15/11 5:35pm

How To Give A Great Wedding Toast

At weddings, people with no public speaking experience — and no desire to have any — sometimes have to get up in front of a big group of people and say something moving, charming, and memorable. Unsurprisingly, this is stressful! But we have some tips to make it less so. » 9/01/11 4:25pm 9/01/11 4:25pm