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Women see few models for heroines culturally. Almost every hero in books, movies, and on TV is male. Strong, noble, and courageous, these are many of the attributes we look up to in these men. The female figures we see alongside them more often tend to be damsels in distress. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, but this is the general pattern.

There are many shy, quiet women out there, fantasizing about one day getting the hero. Although in reality, often they don’t think it will ever happen to them. But it is possible to get the hero…


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Don’t talk to strangers. That’s what they tell us our whole lives. But, I’m going to be quite controversial here, and tell you that you that you SHOULD go ahead and talk to strangers. Should you use common sense and caution? Yes, of course. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it. From a young age, this whole idea is beaten into our heads that talking to strangers is dangerous, that we shouldn’t do it, that we should avoid it at all costs.

On the contrary, , research has shown that to talk to strangers significantly lightens our moods…


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Healthy friendships can make life much sweeter. Some would even go so far as to say that they friendship is one of the greatest pleasures in life, if not THE greatest pleasure. There are numerous extremely practical positive benefits of having friends.

Benefits of Friends #1 Reduced Stress


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Some people were right on the verge of a breakthrough. You’re pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, every single day, doing things that stretch you just a bit more little by little. You’re trying to think of every way you can to help your social anxiety. It’s so painful, and you’re putting yourself out there in a way that you’ve never put yourself out there before.

You forced yourself to go to that networking event when all you really wanted to do was stay home. You even went up and talked to a couple of new people, although it…


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You met someone really cool online. You got all your courage together, and reached out to them, and you felt proud of yourself. But now you’re starting to get a bit nervous about this whole meeting people online business.

After the initial exchange of pleasantries, you’re not quite sure where to take it from here. How do you actually make this person into your friend? Especially given the whole COVID situation going on, and the fact that it’s really hard to meet in person right now.

It will be easier to make friends online if you have a strategy and…

Kelly Carmody

Creator of HelloSocial: online course on conversation skills (www.hellosocialapp.com/course): Free 5 day email course: www.hellosocialapp.com/emailsubscription

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