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Staying Stress-Free During the Holidays

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Perhaps we should all reevaluate the true meaning of this time of the year and reintegrate a little fun into the holidays! Follow my seven simple steps to relieve stress and regain inner tranquility during your holiday season.

How to Become a Better Receiver, or Why It's Okay to Just Get Things

Marilyn O'Malley | Posted 11.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marilyn O'Malley

Receiving is natural. It's a positive and good thing. Taking (maybe with an agenda, recklessly or carelessly) is a different thing, but this often g...

When Frustration Hits, Ask Yourself This

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

It's not in my nature to take a pause for something when I'm dedicated to getting it done a certain way. But what I know is that stopping and asking myself if there might be an easier way is worth the potential time and energy I would save.

Hard Feelings With a Side of Blame--An American Thanksgiving

Janet Bertolus | Posted 11.20.2015 | Fifty
Janet Bertolus

Thanksgiving in the U.S. can be brutal due to of all the unrealistic Norman Rockwellian expectations. Unfortunately, what we imagine as warm and fuzzy, can quickly turn cold and prickly.

The Law of Response: Where Acceptance and Rejection Begin

William Kenower | Posted 11.18.2015 | Books
William Kenower

I was having dinner with my wife and two sons and fell into a discussion about respect -- about who deserved it and who did not. I was of the opinion that everyone deserved it. My oldest son, Max, then 12, was not so sure. "For instance," he offered, "I don't respect you, Dad, because you're not a success."

Wheelchair Wisdom: Unconditional Loving -- I Exist As I Am

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 11.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

"I exist as I am, that is enough, If no other in the world be aware I sit content, And if each and all be aware I sit content. One world is aware, ...

Before You Go on a Soul Search You Must Know...

Daniela Nikolova | Posted 11.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Daniela Nikolova

Before you go on a soul search you must know that soul searching is a process... You must be prepared to leave people behind in order to welcome oth...

A Trans Sisterhood

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 11.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

Throughout our lives, all I ever wanted was to be a big sister. As I was wheeled into my gender confirmation surgery, I took comfort in knowing that my family was there.

Transphobia at School

Taylor Vidmar | Posted 11.11.2015 | Teen
Taylor Vidmar

Transphobia is not what we should be teaching at our schools. Instead, we should be preaching and practicing tolerance and acceptance. Remember that transgender students are not lying, they are not dangerous, they are not tools for your bigotry.

Being There

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 11.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Katharine Angelina Love

I woke up early this morning with a novel thought bouncing around my brain. Maybe, just maybe, I can make peace with everyone and everything, just as they are.

A Pep Talk for High School Seniors: A Commentary on Confidence

Kamrin Baker | Posted 11.06.2015 | Teen
Kamrin Baker

You've already made it. The door at the end of the hallway was not your destination, but a rest break. A spot to buy a postcard and remember with fond eyes.

The Opportunity Gap: The Dirty Secret About the Small Inequities Holding Women Back

Linda L. Addison | Posted 11.09.2015 | Women
Linda L. Addison

Gender imbalance is detrimental not only to women -- but also to companies. The business case for gender equity has never been stronger, with numerous studies demonstrating that diverse teams result in better decision-making and stronger financial results.

Mindfulness: Why Nature?

Hanne Suorza | Posted 11.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Hanne Suorza

Interview with Dr. Bjarte Stubhaug, M.D., Ph.D. "There are great benefits in practicing mindfulness. In pure relaxation, in peace of mind, in the de...

When Your Child Comes Out: Embracing An LGBT Loved One | Posted 11.04.2015 | Black Voices

With an increasing number of Black parents being open to exploring the second option, here is some affirming and practical advice from everyday people and LGBT experts on how your family can best support a young person who likely needs it now more than ever.

Why Tolerance Won't Be Enough

Taymullah Abdur-Rahman | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Taymullah Abdur-Rahman

Tolerance simply stated, is the absence of physical violence against someone else. But it doesn't guarantee that laws and edicts won't be issued that undermine the spirit of coexistence.

How to Lighten Your REAL Load

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 11.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Deirdre Maloney

Today finds me writing my blog not from my home state of California...but from my original home state of New York. How do I know I'm in the Empire St...

October's Down Syndrome Awareness Month Was Never About Human Rights

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Kari Wagner-Peck

If Down syndrome is to survive it needs a message that accepts it as not a problem to solve, an experience to overcome or an opposing faction, but solely as a human rights issue to address.

The Lizard Woman

Catherine Sigit | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Catherine Sigit

"How come your arms are all wrinkled up?" the little girl asks. I've got ichthyosis. It makes my skin look overly dry, scaly and cracked, darker than normal. Much like a snake's skin, but I suppose 'wrinkled' describes it too.

Losing Sophie (My Yellow Lab)

Robert Levithan | Posted 11.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

When you take an animal into your life, you are signing up for heartbreak. If all goes according to nature, you will experience an entire life cycle in years rather than decades. When that beloved being dies, everything changes.

How to Shine as an Introvert

Z Zoccolante | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Z Zoccolante

Remember no matter who you are, whether an introvert or an extrovert, you can be a leader, a mover, and shaker. And skills can be learned.


Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 10.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Katharine Angelina Love

I live with my close friend. We live in a light-filled 1,200 square foot apartment in the heart of Toronto. My bedroom looks out on the city and on a ...

Freedom Is Not What We Think It Is

Jassica Nia | Posted 10.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jassica Nia

As most of us might have experienced, I grew up within the chains of culture, and grew up needing to conform to expectations of others and needing t...

The One Mental Shift You Need to Make to Stop Overeating

Michele Lian | Posted 10.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michele Lian

Have you ever woken up and gone into your day with an intention to eat well, stick to your workout routine and be 'good'? Probably. I've done it t...

Who Shall I Be Today? How About -- Me? Oh, No!

Noelle Nelson | Posted 10.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Noelle Nelson

That's the secret: when you pursue your own way, nurture your uniqueness with passion and perseverance, you cannot help but succeed. And one thing for sure: you will succeed at being happy and fulfilled.

Pope Francis and I. And You. And Love

Maria Rodale | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Maria Rodale

Photo courtesy of Jared Gruenwald by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger The run-up to the papal mass in Philadelphia felt like a countd...