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Greater Life Satisfaction Is Tied to This Major Belief

If you believe in the idea of “oneness,” you’re likely to be happier, according to this new study published by the American Psychological Association. But what does that mean, exactly?

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Not-So-Happy-Hour: Faking Smiles at Work Could Increase Your Risk of Heavy Drinking

If you work in service, the phrase “service with a smile” is likely familiar. But this practice could be hurting you, according to a new study.

Smiling group of friends at pizzeria.

10 Best Things to Say to Someone Fighting a Chronic Illness

These aren’t your generic “hope you feel better” statements, or awkward sentiments of “call me if you need me.” These are phrases that will open a line of communication, and even jumpstart actions that will make a lasting positive impact on the health and life of your loved one.

Woman discussing treatment options for IBD with her doctor.

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Ulcerative Colitis

You walk into the exam room and greet your GI. You know you had a million questions, but now your mind’s gone blank. Use this crib sheet to get the info you need.

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Yes, You Need Help for Your RA, but You Are Not Helpless

There is no maximum number of ‘asks’ when it comes to needing help from a loved one, so why does it often feel uncomfortable to make yet another request?

Mother smiling at her teenage son.

Metastatic Breast Cancer: Leaving a Legacy

Having metastatic cancer is a time to live to the fullest, continue making memories, and create a legacy for the loved ones you’ll leave behind.

Man and woman on a first date.

That Time I Went Speed Dating on the Same Day as My Colonoscopy

Going to a speed dating event 12 hours after a scope for ulcerative colitis would be chill… right? Here’s what happened to one woman — and what she learned in the process.

Women holding hands in a hospital bed.

Friendships Are Forged In Cancer Treatment

Cancer patients find buddies, exchange advice, and share encouragement with a community of fellow patients in the treatment room.

Two young women sitting on stairs talking and having coffee.

It Doesn't Have to Be Awkward: 4 Ways to Be Friends With My Chronic Illness

Ankylosing spondylitis is a full-time job and flares are unpredictable. Including me in your plans, even if I have to cancel, helps me feel welcome. Here are 4 ways you can support me and my illness.

Sisters making dinner for their senior father.

How to Deal With Resentment of Family Members Who Don't Pitch In

How to breach the delicate issue of when siblings don't pitch in? Here are some practical pointers that help save your health and relationships.