The Least to Most Awkward Greetings, In Order

Greeting a stranger/acquaintance/boyfriend's father is such a stressful experience for me that I sometimes have to remind myself that, no matter how awkward our fumbling hands/faces/bodies are as they smoosh together, it'll all be over and forgotten soon (life is rough). We ranked the best to worst greeting gestures… » 10/01/13 7:00pm 10/01/13 7:00pm

How to Throw a Bachelorette Party that Doesn't Suck

Chances are that at some point in your life, you'll be asked to stand up as Maid of Honor at a friend or relative's wedding. And while the travails of bridesmaidery are vast and varied, one of the more tricky feats involved in being the Maid of Honor is planning a bachelorette party that isn't embarrassing while it's… » 3/23/12 7:20pm 3/23/12 7:20pm

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 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 for… » 11/03/11 6:30pm 11/03/11 6:30pm