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  1. ask polly
    ‘I’m Lazy, Reckless, and Addicted to Social Media. Help!’The way you’re processing the world is broken. If you don’t fix it, you’ll just keep creating new problems.
  2. ask a boss
    How to Write a Cover Letter That Will Get You a JobI’ve read thousands of cover letters in my career. Here are all the elements of an actually good one.
  3. office hours
    There’s Only One Good Way to Email Your BossMy boss gets 500 emails a day. Here’s how I get her to reply quickly.
  4. advice
    How to Break Up With Someone in the Kindest Possible WayA relationship therapist’s advice for how to prepare, what to say, and how to move on.
  5. advice
    Guess How Ariana Grande Feels About Engagement-Ring Shopping NowShe has some sage advice.
  6. ask polly
    ‘I Am So Bad at Making New Friends!’Resist the urge to treat friendlessness as a personal failure.
  7. ask a boss
    10 Impressive Questions to Ask in a Job InterviewTo show employers you’re exceptional, and find out if it’s the right job for you.
  8. my two cents
    ‘After My Parents Died, I Got Enough Money to Buy an Apartment in Cash’Will it ever stop feeling weird?
  9. living with money
    I’m 30 and Planning on Retiring in 10 YearsYou don’t have to be rich or crazy to retire early.
  10. ask polly
    ‘My Boyfriend of Three Years Just Ghosted Me!’Your ex-boyfriend strikes me as the kind of person who is acutely aware of his own feelings, but has very little knowledge of other people’s feelings.
  11. ask a boss
    ‘My Best Friend at Work Is Bad at Her Job!’It’s actually better for her if you don’t help her so much.
  12. my two cents
    My Boyfriend Owes Me a Ton of MoneyAnd I’m scared it will ruin us.
  13. ask polly
    ‘I’m Slow at Everything and It’s Ruining My Life’I think you have to work with what you’ve been given.
  14. ask a boss
    Are Informational Interview Questions Even Useful?Do not ask, “Will you hire me?” And it depends entirely on your approach.
  15. my two cents
    I’m Terrified I’ll Still Be Living With My Parents When I’m 40How do I start climbing out of debt?
  16. ask polly
    ‘I’m Obsessed With a Woman Who Doesn’t Want Me’You seem to want to get swept away in a fantasy without ever having to show up.
  17. ask a boss
    ‘My Co-worker Is Rude and Unprofessional!’Where is this person’s manager?
  18. my two cents
    ‘Working With Rich People Is Making Me Depressed!’Let your rage fuel you.
  19. ask polly
    ‘Everything I Do Is Wrong’A lot of people — women in particular — feel unbelievably accountable to others.
  20. ask a boss
    ‘My Co-workers Are Hanging Out Without Me!’Not everyone clicks with everyone else at work, but you can do a few things to feel more comfortable.
  21. my two cents
    I’m Really Anxious About Money and I Feel Like I Have No One to Talk ToI’d probably feel better if I had someone to vent to or talk me through it when I’m panicking.
  22. ask polly
    ‘My Broke Boyfriend Wants Us to Live Together!’No no no no.
  23. work
    How to Gracefully Decline a Job OfferIt’s completely okay for you to reject an employer.
  24. my two cents
    I Want to Travel, My Fiancé Wants to Save for a House. How Can We Compromise?He views my spending as frivolous, even though he spends money on all the sports packages.
  25. ask polly
    ‘My Ex-Best Friend Is Talking Trash About Me to Other People!’It’s understandable to want to know what others think of you, but at some point you have to recognize that you’re gathering information you can’t use.
  26. work
    ‘My Co-worker Got Promoted Instead of Me But I Do More Work!’You were passed over unfairly … or you weren’t.
  27. mind the gap
    How One Couple Quit Their Jobs and Traveled for a YearA new book shows how they made it work after dating for four months.
  28. my two cents
    I Defaulted on My Student Loans. Now What?What to do when you’re in a debt trap.
  29. ask polly
    Ask Polly: ‘My Parents Don’t Love Me!’You don’t deserve to get hurt, over and over again.
  30. ask a boss
    How to Ask for More Vacation TimeThis is (a) something people do, and (b) a request that’s often granted.
  31. my two cents
    How Can I Recover From the Money Problems of My Early 20s?Your problems might be frustrating, but at least they’re fixable.
  32. ask polly
    ‘How Can I Make Art When So Many People Expect So Much Greatness From Me?’It’s crucial to recognize that the work IS the end, not a means to an end.
  33. ask a boss
    How to Prepare for an Interview: The Ultimate GuideSpend twice as much time preparing than you think you need to.
  34. my two cents
    How to Live With Student Debt Without Losing Your MindEating cereal for dinner isn’t the solution.
  35. ask polly
    ‘How Can I Believe in Anything, After So Many Shitty Things Have Happened?’When the stakes are high, trying to navigate your current, disappointing reality is the most terrifying thing of all.
  36. my two cents
    I’m a Freelancer. What Should I Do With My $20,000 Savings?A solution for those of us without a 401(k).
  37. ask polly
    Ask Polly: ‘All of My Friends Are Terrible But I Love Them. What Can I Do?’Your old ways of doing things won’t work anymore.
  38. ask a boss
    ‘My Boss Is Passive-Aggressive!’Whenever your boss sulks or behaves like a child, that’s not your problem to solve.
  39. my two cents
    ‘My Husband Spends All His Money on His 13-Year-Old Daughter’And we’re about to have a baby.
  40. ask polly
    Ask Polly: ‘Should I Quit My Day Job to Write a Book?’It’s harder to finish creative work when you view it as a means to an end.
  41. ask a boss
    How to Answer the 6 Most Common Job-Interview QuestionsThink about what your interviewer wants to hear.
  42. my two cents
    How to Stop Cheating on Your BudgetThe key is to catch yourself at just the right moment.
  43. ask polly
    Ask Polly: ‘I Like Myself, But I Hate Being Single’I can tell that you believe in yourself. But do you believe in love?
  44. ask a boss
    ‘My Boss Is Having Sex in the Office!’You are not overreacting.
  45. my two cents
    I Think My Broke Roommate Is Taking Advantage of MeBut I also feel bad for her!
  46. your mileage may vary
    How to Deliver a Pep Talk That’s Actually MotivatingWhen “You’ve got this!” doesn’t cut it.
  47. ask polly
    ‘How Do I Start Over Now That I Know How Damaged I Am?’Start by grounding yourself in reality.
  48. ask a boss
    ‘How Should I Explain My Weaknesses in a Job Interview?’Do not say, “I’m a perfectionist” or “I work too hard.”
  49. my two cents
    What If I Don’t Want to Combine Finances With My Live-in Boyfriend?There’s a difference between laissez-faire trust and turning a blind eye.
  50. ask polly
    Ask Polly: ‘Should I Divorce My Extremely Frustrating Husband?’You both seem to like having someone to blame when things go wrong.
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