The Therapeutic Power of Friendships

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with one of my dearest friends. Actually, the word "friend" doesn’t fully describe the richness of our relationship. Dina’s more of a soulmate. She’s a person who delights in the fact that I’m uniquely me – a man who makes mistakes, gets confused, scared and has a silly sense of humor.

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with one of my dearest friends. Actually, the word "friend" doesn’t fully describe the richness of our relationship. Dina’s more of a soulmate. She’s a person who delights in the fact that I’m uniquely me – a man who makes mistakes, gets confused, scared and has a silly sense of humor.

What’s remarkable about our friendship is that it transcends time and space. We haven’t lived in the same city for years (Dina lives in Los Angeles and I now live in New York City). In spite of this physical distance, the bond between us hasn’t diminished. To the contrary, it has developed a rich and deep patina. We pick up where we’ve left off and connect in moments of laughter, tears and a foundation of trust. 


Of the many gifts in my life, my friendship with Dina is one of the most valuable. In it, I find incredible comfort and heal from the challenges and pain that frequently come my way.

As a therapist who works in the realm of human emotions, I know that human beings heal in safe, contained and understanding therapeutic frames. In this space, people learn new methods of being in the world and process their pain in constructive – not destructive – ways.

In a similar fashion, deep and soulful friendships enable us to heal, grow and change our lives. In them, we find the capacity to give and receive love and delight in being authentic with one another.

I encourage all of you to nurture and celebrate the significant friendships in your life. In so doing, you will add to its richness and process emotional pain in healthy and constructive ways.

3 Dos & Don'ts for Microwaving Popcorn

Microwave guru chef Matt Abdoo has his three tips for making the best, fluffiest and perfectly cooked popcorn.

Microwave popcorn is one of the best snacks! But sometimes it's difficult to get that perfect bowl. So microwave guru chef Matt Abdoo has his three tips for making the best, fluffiest and perfectly cooked popcorn.

DON'T USE THE POPCORN BUTTON

As tempting and easy as it may be, don't fall for the "Popcorn" button on your microwave. Not all microwaves are made the same, so they won't cook your bag the same way either. And there's no sensor to determine when the bag is ready, so it'll just keep cooking your popcorn until the set amount of time finishes.

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