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Aleteia's collection of articles on family or kinship relations, friendship, marriage, relations with associates, work, clubs, neighborhoods, and places of worship, from a Catholic perspective.

St. Bernardine’s advice for handling criticism gracefully

3 tips from the life of a great man who was routinely criticized.

8 Steps for dealing with toxic people you can’t avoid

You can't always avoid people who bring a lot of negativity to your life, but here's what you can do.

8 Ideas for people who have a hard time saying “I love you”

Don't wait until it's too late. Here are some ways to start expressing your feelings to family and friends.

6 Reasons why childhood friends are so valuable when we’re adults

Bonds formed early in life leave a permanent mark, and can enrich our lives now, even if they've been dormant for years.

Why accountability is the unsung hero of my marriage

I never knew just how significant this aspect of my marriage was to my well-being.

What to say to that person who’s always complaining

We shouldn't dismiss complaints too easily, but rather look for what's behind them.

How to balance vulnerability and honesty when you’re dating

It's a fine line, but if you want to build a healthy relationship, it's best to do this from the beginning.

How to be a good neighbor

Turns out that good fences -- both literal and metaphorical -- really do make good neighbors.

6 Ways that practicing mercy can save your family

Knowing how to be merciful to those we love the most is the secret to a happier home.

The secret to jump-starting your marriage when it’s in a rut

An accumulation of small offenses on either or both sides can really hold us back.

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