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Barton Goldsmith: A life without pleasure, the pain of anhedonia

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Located somewhere between sadness (when your life isn’t going the way you want it to) and depression (when you can’t get out of bed) is the pit of anhedonia. Simply described, it is the inability to feel pleasure, but that hardly covers just one aspect of this seldom-discussed disorder.

Anhedonia can refer to reduced desire and reduced ...Read more

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Barton Goldsmith: How to stay in emotional balance

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The first thing to understand about emotional balance is that to keep it, you have to be constantly moving, but it’s inner movement, not break dancing. If you seek peace of mind, please know that it requires continual practice, but once you learn the basics, the practice becomes a valued part of your lifestyle.

Isn’t it interesting, how you...Read more

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Erika Ettin: How to have a great first date

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While a lot of the advice I give revolves around how to get the first date, even more important is how to nail that first date. First dates — even on Zoom (or maybe especially on Zoom) — can be nerve-wracking, whether you’re a seasoned dater or not. Let’s take a look at some tips for the all-important first date, in whatever form it ...Read more

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Barton Goldsmith: All bad things in life start with a lie

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All bad things in life start with a lie. Perhaps it’s one of the lies you tell yourself, like “I’m not good enough.” That lie can hold you back from many things. Then there are the lies others tell you to manipulate their way to getting what they want. That may cost you some money, time, and heartache, but you do recover and learn. ...Read more

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Erika Ettin: Mask up in public, but mask down in your online dating photos

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We are all living — and therefore dating — in odd times. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, more consideration must go into meeting with new people face-to-face, talking about exclusivity, and so much more.

While many people have updated their dating bios to reflect the current state of the world (and if you haven’t, please do), like ...Read more

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Lonely? You're not alone. Matchmakers are busier than ever during the pandemic

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There has been no shortage of single women seeking Evin Rose's advice during the pandemic.

A typical day for the Los Angeles-based dating coach starts with a team meeting to work on marketing copy for her new course on cultivating self-worth, then posting a mini training to Instagram to help her nearly 14,000 followers upgrade their self-talk. ...Read more

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If you're sick of Tinder, try new dating app Struck for astrology lovers and skeptics alike

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Astrology has become almost therapeutic during the pandemic, with apps like Co-Star and Sanctuary making the spiritual practice more accessible.

But can astrology help users find love?

Struck, a dating app that matches users based on their birth charts (the placements of the sun, moon and planets at the time of a person’s birth), launched ...Read more

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Barton Goldsmith: Tips to make a homemade pandemic Valentine's celebration loving and safe

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We needed the winter holidays. They were different for most of us this year, but we celebrated because, quite frankly, we needed to, and Valentine’s Day is no different — even if you don’t have a romantic partner.

Right now, we need all the love we can get, and even if you’ve been a bit of an anti-Valentine’s person in the past, this ...Read more

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How to do date night during COVID-19 pandemic: 7 Valentine's Day ideas

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A buzzing restaurant filled with diners, a packed concert hall. Date nights of the past aren’t available this year, claimed by the pandemic.

But date nights can still be vibrant and romantic. We asked Illinois couples how they are making it work. Some picked up at-home painting kits; others are creating a restaurant-style environment at home,...Read more

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Erika Ettin: The third degree will not get you the second date

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While I don’t usually have calls with clients on the weekends (though, I still do work … dating never sleeps), when a client frantically texted me tonight to talk about a date (I’m writing this on a Sunday evening), I knew it was a call I had to take.

She started by saying that after she got home from a first date last night, she cried ...Read more