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The Health Benefits of Sex

Eight ways sex does a body good. Sure, it feels good. But sex does a body good, too. Here are some of the science-backed body and mind benefits of sex. 1. A Stronger Immune System See ya, sniffles. A study by researchers at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, found that college students who reported having sex once or twice a week had higher levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA) than those who had sex less (and surprisingly, more) frequently.

The 5 Worst Habits for Your Libido (And Some Better Alternatives)

Are you unconsciously wrecking your love life? In your fast-paced daily life, you may find sex taking a back seat to all of the other responsibilities competing for your limited time and attention. If this sounds familiar, you should know that it’s important not to let your relationship with your mate fall by the wayside.

The 8 Best Habits for Your Libido

A certified sex therapist offer eight tips for keeping your sex life humming. Having trouble getting in the mood for love? The fact is that your libido (your sexual desire) can vary, depending on the many factors, including state of your relationship and what else is going on in your life. "Most people in a new relationship experience high sexual desire for one another the first few months of dating," says Kristie Overstreet, a mental health counselor and sex therapist with the Therapy Department in Jacksonville, Florida.

Helping Your Teen Through Their First Breakup

What parents should (and should not) do to help a teen experiencing heartbreak for the first time. It’s still probably your most vivid memory, your first love. The butterflies in your stomach, your first kiss, the heart-wrenching, tear-filled breakup. You survived, and so will your teen. With time, your son or daughter will be ready to explore other relationships.

6 Tips for Singles

Get more out of the single life on Valentine s Day and every day. If you're flying solo, Valentine's Day can be an excuse to feel sorry for yourself—or it can be an occasion to celebrate your singleton status and resolve to enjoy life to the fullest. To mark February 14 in the happiest and healthiest of ways, here are six expert tips on everything from dealing with set-ups to managing curious (or intrusive) family members.

7 Habits of Happy Couples

Improve your love life with these helpful hints. This Valentine’s Day, instead of truffles or champagne, how about introducing some small but valuable changes to help your relationship go from good to great? Habits of Healthy Relationships A heart-shaped box of chocolates or a dozen red roses are classic romantic gestures that can bring a smile to your loved one’s face.

Divorce Rates Among Cancer Patients

A cancer diagnosis may raise a woman's risk of divorce. Here's why. When you exchanged wedding vows with your spouse, you promised to love, honor, and cherish each other in sickness and health. But if you became ill, would your husband stand by these promises? While you may take this fact for granted, for some women grappling with cancer, their diagnosis has led to the end of their marriage.

Is Passive Aggressive Behavior Affecting Your Life?

Hostile cooperation is at the core of passive aggressive behavior, a common way to avoid confrontation. Learn more about how to deal with conflict in a healthy way. Anger is a normal human emotion and stating your feelings appropriately can help you move forward and preserve important relationships. Some people, however, are unable to directly express anger. They develop patterns of indirectly expressing negative feelings, thus avoiding confrontation and short-term conflict.

Your Guide to "Me Time"

"Me time" has many benefits, including better time-management and improved mental health. Here's a five-step strategy to help you sneak it into your schedule. Busy people are great at checking items off their to-do lists of work, family, and community responsibilities. At the end of the day, they have a happy boss and clients, well-cared-for family and friends, and an exhausting sense that somebody's been neglected.

How Well Can You Read People?

Some experts believe that recognizing emotions in others and responding appropriately is a key component to happiness and success. Learn more. How well do you recognize and empathize with other people's emotions? The answer could be an important indicator of your emotional intelligence, which may be affecting the level of satisfaction you experience in your life. While in the past intelligence...