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Sometimes at the end of a relationship, we’re so sure we want nothing to do with the other person that we’re happy to scorch the earth with the break up conversation. But it’s probably better to do it with some compassion and empathy.

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The nuances of managing relationships on social media can give anyone a headache. And while I hate invoking the KonMari phrase, you shouldn’t have to put up with things (or people) that don’t spark joy in your digital gathering grounds.

We’ve given you lots of tips on how to purge your online life of stupid, irritating people ... but what if you’re the one causing others grief?

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Late one night last year, I was sitting in my apartment doing some work when my phone rang. It was my close friend, *Alex. Alex was dating another one of my good friends, Sonia, and she had brought him up to Michigan to meet her family. I assumed they were together and wanted to say hi, but I was immersed in what I was doing and ignored the call.

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I’ve gotten very good at saying no to second dates, largely because I go on so many first dates. There are times when we both acknowledge there’s no spark and go our separate ways; there are times when they reject me; and statistically, there are a fair number of people who want to take a second run at it even though we have literally zero chemistry.

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Watching our kids get rejected, especially by their own peers, is among the most heart-wrenching parts of parenthood. We obviously can’t protect them from rejection: Not only is it going to happen, it’ll be something they’ll experience to some degree their entire lives. But we can still support them in ways that both help them through the hurt in the moment and teach them how to build up their resiliency.

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In this week's episode, we're talking about heartbreak. How do you know when your heart is broken? What can you do about it? And how do you help the heartbroken people in your life? Our expert guest is Guy Winch, noted TED speaker and author of the forthcoming book How to Fix a Broken Heart.

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Like most kids who are five, Jia Jiang's son Brian hears "no" often. But unlike most kids, who might see the word as their invitation to melt onto the floor and wail, Brian sees it as an opportunity. Or at least that's what his dad is training him to do.

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Rejection is one of those things that we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. There's always going to be women that don't want to go on dates with you and promotions that you don't get.

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In a perfect world, nothing bad would ever happen to anybody. On the other hand, some misfortunes can help to make you a better person. All of these experiences build empathy, teach a lesson, or make you appreciate the good things in life.