Archive for the 'In the News' Category

Can you increase your happiness and attractiveness to others?

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

The New York Times is running an interesting piece called “The feel Good Gene.” Essentially the author, Richard Friedman, MD talks about how some people are less prone to anxiety and drug use to control it, due to a gene variation in the brain that leaves some folks less anxious and fearful. A higher level […]

Online dating–Scammers masquerading as potential soul mates

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

In his Washington Post column today, John Kelly writes his second piece on online romance scams. Apparently these are growing more abundant and many of the perps are from places like Nigeria. They masquerade as everything from Special Forces troops to regular guys, looking for a real romance. After establishing an online relationship with a […]

The bachelor’s problem? Arlington, Iowa

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Chris Soules is ABC’s present Bachelor in its reality series by the same name—and for an attractive and successful guy, he has certainly had problems finding a woman he can settle down with. This past week, I think The Bachelor audience got a good glimpse into the problem—Arlington, Iowa, population 427. The “town” is easy […]

Women working harder in the boardroom and the kitchen

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

The NY Times has a great piece running on how women are often the ones in the office who volunteer to step up and help other employees, plan an office party, offer extra mentoring to new hires, and/or stay late when a project needs someone to put in more hours. In this piece titled Madam […]

The Bachelor—More drama than reality?

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

If you follow the reality dating show, The bachelor, you will vividly remember how the last episode ended–with Kelsey hyperventilating on the floor. A paramedic was quickly on site and giving her oxygen and her crisis seemed more emotional than physical, most likely a panic attack. This followed closely on the heels of her abruptly […]

The importance of finances in relationships

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

In her Sunday column yesterday, Washington Post writer Michelle Singletary talks about her book pick of the month–The New Love Deal: Everything You Must Know Before Marrying, Moving In or Moving On. This book essentially instructs the reader to get it in writing before furthering commitment. It speaks to everyone, both the married and unmarried […]

Why aren’t American couples having more sex?

Monday, January 26th, 2015

According to Seth Stephens-Davidowitz,, a PhD economist and Contributing Op-Ed Writer for the New York Times—people are not having nearly as much sex as they claim they are. He bases this on a careful analysis of data, including the General Social Survey’s statistics. These include data collected from by heterosexual males that they participate in […]

Happy marriage= a happier life

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Two Canadian economists have come out with a paper that shows that people are generally happier in middle age if they are married. Accumulated research has already demonstrated that happiness follows a U curve—happiness is high when we are young, it dips throughout middle age, and it rises as we enter our later years. This […]

Are the Millennials a “Generation Unbound?”

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Isabel Sawhill is a Democrat and a former Clinton administration official—she has also been a staunch supporter of the institution of marriage throughout her career. Her stance has always been based on solid data—children raised in two-parent, married households do far better than their peers who are raised in other family arrangements.
However, Ms. Sawhill is […]

How to turn a single man into a married-to-you man

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

If you consider yourself a feminist or support what feminism stands for, you may need to brace yourself right now. A new dating guide, Single Man, Married Man, written by eight African-American men, is an in-your-face read about how a woman can win a man and get him to the altar. It’s filled with “old-fashioned” […]