How to Holiday

The mad dash between Halloween and New Year’s Day is loaded with opportunities to gather with family and friends and celebrate good times, good people, and good intentions. It’s can also be incredibly stressful. And for some, lonely and hard. …

Silent Agony

I recently experienced a blissful afternoon that took a fast detour toward instant heartache. It taught me that the older I get, the more my emotions get the best of me. I am blessed to be home with my 1-year-old …

Marriage as a Mountain

Originally published at VERILY MAGAZINE. There is a myth about marriage that the first year is the hardest. The real data about marriage doesn’t really back this up. The first year (or two) are an adjustment for sure, but research …

Empathy Cures All

Have you ever seen the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”? In the movie, the quirky father character uses Windex as a cure-all for anything from skin rashes to swollen phalanges. His famous line is… “Put some Windex on it!” …

Let Your Partner Influence You

A little self-disclosure here… I, Laura Heck, am a reformed fun hater. What?!? Carefree, joyful Laura Heck? Yes, it is true. I can find any excuse to not participate in fun activities. I have been a fun hater my whole …