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Barton Goldsmith: How to navigate your way through the rest of this pandemic

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As we continue to navigate the current emotional landscape of living through a global pandemic, most people are feeling that their valleys are way outnumbering their peaks. It is still hard to relax, feel balanced and find some happiness, with all this pain and fear going on around us. Learning how to enjoy the passing of time will help. It ...Read more

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Erika Ettin: The worst excuse for canceling a date is back

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There were very few silver linings to the past year of battling the COVID-19 pandemic, but one was this: People stopped using the “I’m not feeling well” line to get out of everything from work and Zoom calls with friends to, of course, dates.

Now that feeling sick isn’t automatically tied to coronavirus, thanks to the vaccine rollout, ...Read more

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Barton Goldsmith: Simple life hacks to improve your emotional health

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Life hacking has become one of my favorite things to watch online. There are so many different ways to make things easier and prettier and more profitable. But what about hacking your way to a better emotional life? Here are a few “hacks” I share with my clients.

1. Removing the fear about fixing things

If you are handy, you can skip this ...Read more

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Erika Ettin: Ask this question next time someone comes to you with a problem

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“Are you looking for me to listen or offer advice?”

I find myself asking some form of this question all the time — to clients, friends and romantic partners.

Sometimes, someone calls you and starts to vent about something. Human nature — at least mine, and most people I know — is to jump to finding answers or solutions when, in fact...Read more

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Erika Ettin: Clients seek answers to dating dilemmas

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Every so often, I get a truly great dating question or two from a client that I want to share with my readers. This week, I’ll be sharing two of these, one from a man and a woman, respectively, along with my responses:

Q: I went out with a woman a month ago for coffee (outdoors!). Then I went out of town, so we just got together again this ...Read more

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Barton Goldsmith: Finding new opportunities when the world has changed

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These days, it’s pretty easy to get caught up thinking about lost opportunities. During the pandemic, you may have been unable to move your life forward the way you’d like — and been unable to see the gains you may have made. This can set you up for a difficult time emotionally.

It’s hard when you see that the 664 billionaires in the ...Read more

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With capacity restrictions loosening, couples hope for larger weddings. But they'll have to navigate tricky vaccination questions first.

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CHICAGO — When Nicole Bowles and Hosein Heidari sent out invitations to their August wedding, postponed by a year from the original date, Bowles couldn’t stand the thought of trimming the guest list to fewer than 50 people.

So Bowles, 33, of Albany Park, sent invitations to the full 120-person group and hoped Chicago’s COVID-19 capacity ...Read more

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Erika Ettin: Expanding your search criteria… without compromising your deal-breakers

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Knowing yourself and what you’re looking for in a partner is essential to online dating, whether you’re swiping through apps or browsing profiles on a computer. However, all too often, people are more focused on what they don’t want ... and swiping left or clicking out of a profile as soon as they come across a potential conflict.

Two ...Read more

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Barton Goldsmith: A heartfelt thank-you to the mothers of the world

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I cannot count the number of texts, emails and phone calls I have received that began with “My mother sent me this column you wrote.” All these moms caring for and continuing to nurture their now-grown kids — what a wonderful example of motherhood!

You never stop being a parent, even when your kids aren’t kids anymore. You don’t ...Read more