You're getting ready for a big night on the town when your companion turns to you and asks, "Do I look OK?" Gulp. Do you fire off a "Yep!" without looking? Do you tell them they always look so, so good? Or do you give them some honest feedback? We asked you what you would say, and this is what you told us.
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There's something magical about cancelling plans last minute - yes, I've heard the John Mulaney joke. You instantly get to do whatever you want and not feel beholden to anyone. True freedom is only a shameful text away. But flaking out is a slippery slope that can lead to a detrimental, and fairly rude, habit. Here's why you get such a rush of relief when your evening suddenly frees up, and how to stop yourself from becoming the person who always bails.
You have problems, I have advice. This advice isn't sugar-coated - in fact, it's sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.
Welcome back to Mid-Week Meditations, Lifehacker's weekly dip into the pool of stoic wisdom, and how you can use its waters to reflect on and improve your life.
I don't like conflict, but I love holding a grudge. I easily fall into the pattern of noticing a loved one's annoying or frustrating behaviour, telling myself I'm not really bothered, hoping it will go away, getting increasingly irritated, then bringing it up as ammunition during a discussion about something else.
I hate hugging people I don't know, or even ones that I barely know, and I'm not the only one. Whether you value your personal space, are concerned about germs, or for any one of a million totally valid reasons just don't want to have body contact with another person, there are a few things you can do to still come across as warm and welcoming without having your bubble breached.
Management consultant Perter Drucker once said: "If you can't measure it, you can't manage it". That quote lead to a business revolution that took us through the era of Kaplan and Norton's Balanced Scorecard through to the world today where every interaction is measured, evaluated and optimised. Unlike other complex measurement systems, the Net Promoter Score is all about answering one simple question: How likely is it that you would recommend our company/product/service to a friend or colleague?