Relational Well-Being

Taboo Truths of the Holiday season

Navigating Differing beliefs, social pressures, & The Holiday Blues The holidays are not always the joyous time we’re told they should be. For many of us, the holiday season is fun and festive while also being stressful and chaotic. In this article, we explore the ways in which the holiday season affects our well-being, emotionally, …

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The Impact of Growth on Friendship

When personal or professional growth pushes us to redefine our friendships. Life has a way of redefining our friendships for us. As we experience growth in our career, or invest in family relationships or our emotional well-being, our friendships naturally change. But what happens if we choose to intentionally redefine our friendships in the midst …

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Let’s Talk About Codependency

What To Do When Giving Becomes a Lifestyle Maybe you’ve heard the term “codependency” but don’t really know what it means. Or maybe you’ve only heard about it in extreme situations, where one person in the relationship is struggling with mental health or substance abuse. But codependency can occur in any relationship, not just romantic …

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Milestone Anxiety: How To Cope

Read on if you’ve recently been asked, “When are you giving me grandbabies?” Getting a degree. Buying a house. Getting married. Starting a family. All of these are considered “life milestones.” And while they can bring excitement and joy, they can also inspire anxiety and frustration. Whether you are currently pursuing one or more of …

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The Intersection of Stress & Sex

 At the beginning of the pandemic, when many couples were quarantined at home together, there was talk of a potential “COVID baby boom” to be expected 9 months later. However, there was no baby boom. And here’s the reason why: “Two zebras won’t mate in front of a lion.” Translation: in the presence of a …

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Unspoken Family Challenges: The Elephant in the Room

Is blood really thicker than water?  Modern families experience countless challenges, many of which are unspoken and laced with shame. Many families choose not to see or address these challenges, for fear of stigma, more shame, and further harm to family members.  In Joy Society, we are dedicated to promoting holistic well-being for professionals, leaders, …

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Let’s Talk About “The Apps”

The popularity and prevalence of dating apps was already on the rise before the pandemic, but global shutdowns seemed to guarantee that anyone and everyone looking for romantic (and social) connection downloaded at least one.  Online dating is now so popular that studies suggest it’s the third most common way to meet  a partner in the U.S. …

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The Importance of Work Friends

We all know co-workers can make or break your workplace experience. Feeling supported and genuinely cared for by those you work with improves productivity, job satisfaction, creativity, and more.  But are you aware of how your co-workers impact your life outside of work? A new study from the University of Bath in the UK reveals that care …

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