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Damn, Sam: Reaction of a Kansas Activist

Stephanie Mott | Posted 04.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

He does not speak for Kansas. He does not speak for God. Hate is not a Christian value. Hate is not a Kansas value. Hate is not an American value. The greatest possible gift I can give to this world is to be my true, authentic self. Sam Brownback has no power to change that.

Snow-Blanketed Buddha: A Meditation

Ellen Frankel | Posted 04.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Ellen Frankel

I realize this is a meditation moment. I sit down in the sunken living room next to the Tibetan prayer wheel by the fireplace, arranging myself into a lotus position. I breathe in gratitude for the cycle of seasons in New England, refusing to complain about record snowfalls, instead focusing on the preciousness of just this moment.

Surviving the Winter Waiting Game

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 04.10.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

This is a time of agonized waiting for many high school seniors. They have submitted their college applications and supporting materials. Now their fate lies in the hands of admissions officers who are busily reading through applications.

Lessons Learned in Loss: How to Prepare for the Unpreparable

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

Loss makes you ache in places you didn't even know existed. Familiar landscapes become unrecognizable. No matter how hard you try, there is no way to fully prepare for the emotional wreckage it leaves behind. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try, just a little.

It's Not The Oven's Fault (A Lesson in Patience)

Janet M. Neal | Posted 04.08.2015 | Women
Janet M. Neal

I have lost my ability to be patient. I KNEW that even though the turkey had "popped," it couldn't possibly be ready yet. So, instead of trusting my gut, I relied on a piece of plastic and rushed the rest of the meal.

Why We Should Be More Self-Accepting (According To Science)

Happify | Posted 02.05.2015 | Healthy Living

You say "I love you" to your grandmother, your significant other and maybe even the stranger on the train who pointed out that you dropped your wallet...

'Beauty Is Something That I am Not Really Willing to Settle On'

Wendy Reese | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy Reese

I suppose I am very visual. I see beauty in some really unique places. I see it inside people, and it annoys the crap out of me when the person has tried to hide or dim their beauty, consciously or unconsciously, in order to feel safe, accepted, or loved.

How to Move On When You Can't Ask 'Why Did This Happen?'

Rachael Yahne | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

Give up asking "Why?" in the first place. It is a rear-view mirror approach to tackling the obstacle. It proves you are still looking backward looking for the nail that popped the tire, instead of forward for where you need to steer to. Either way, you've got to pull over for repairs.

38 Things I've Learned to Let Go of in 38 Years

Dawn Gluskin | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Dawn Gluskin

Last year, to celebrate another trip around the sun, I wrote a birthday blog called "37 Life Lessons in 37 Years." It was reminiscent of my life's big...

15 Rules to Live by for a Happier Life

Elyse Gorman | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Elyse Gorman

1. Treat every day as a beautiful gift. Hands up if you count down the days until Friday. We're wishing away more than half of our week while simulta...

Exit Expectations

Trish DeLuca | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Trish DeLuca

So 20 days into the new year, and just 11 of those days back in the good old freezing gray January days that I thought I'd become accustomed to, and I find that it truly is easier to be exactly who I am.

18 Essential Keys to Create Your Abundant Life

Pragito Dove | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Pragito Dove

Here are some qualities to consider to create greater abundance: 1. Take personal responsibility -- "I create my own reality." 2. Commitment to y...

Anxiety's Number One Killer

Linsey Hart | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Linsey Hart

As it ebbed away, I realized that anxiety is like a slip-knot. If you pull away it gets tighter and chokes you. If you sit still and calmly accept it, it can't tighten. And it becomes very easy to undo the simple knot.

Why Do You Care What Other People Think?

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Dr. Gail Gross

Since primitive times, humans have relied on relationships to survive. If a man or woman was accepted into a tribe, then he or she had a greater chance of living to see another day. The person who was cast out would most likely not have survived the primitive world on his own.

Climbing the Steps (of Acceptance) in 2015

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

My goals for the new year can be summarized in one word: acceptance. These are some areas where I'd like to put it into practice.

The Problem and Beauty of Accepting

Leslie Contreras Schwartz | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Contreras Schwartz

If you're having a hard time, and the alarms are starting to go off in your head, just stop for minute. Observe and accept this moment. There will be another moment to replace it, and another. And every one has new possibilities to be something different.

5 Things We Must Accept to Move Forward in 2015

Bob Miglani | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Bob Miglani

I've narrowed it down to five things that we must accept in order for us to move forward in times of profound change, uncertainty and complexity. By accepting we arm ourselves to move forward more quickly despite the often complicated nature of life.

Restore Your Harmony And Connection With 2 Words

Panache Desai | Posted 03.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Panache Desai

No matter what set of circumstances seem to be conspiring to rob you of your ability to thrive, there is one way you can shift gears, expand your energy, and immediately restore your flow. Be still, take a breath and say, "I accept."

The Thing You'll Never Hear A Woman Say About Her Hair

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 03.15.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

Why is it that women are forever coloring their hair -- curling, ironing, extending, feathering, crimping, pulling, twisting and bending it? I have a dear friend who, for the 26 years I've known her, has been trying to undo the curls she naturally has, while I have always coveted her spectacular head of curls!

What I Wish I Knew Then

Kathy Radigan | Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Remember it was never her job to be the dream child you expected. Children are their own people, whatever their challenges are. Give her the freedom to be the Elizabeth she's meant to be.

10 Hopes I Have For Past Loves

Lexi Herrick | Posted 03.09.2015 | Women
Lexi Herrick

Only love will set you free. Forgiving hearts soften, and want what is best for everyone, especially those who at one time brought them great happiness. How can we know real love until we let go of hatred?

I Talk to Trees... Do You?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.08.2015 | Fifty
Malcolm Boyd

The tree is obdurate. It is deeply experienced, obviously rooted in ways that I am not. Yet I can see clearly that I am -- with the tree -- a part of this world.

Dear Society: I'm Beautiful Not Broken

Kristin Duquette | Posted 03.08.2015 | Women
Kristin Duquette

Dear society, I'm not a broken doll that's aimlessly waiting for validation on a dusty, old store shelf. My home is in my heart, and regardless of all the outside noise, I refuse to believe that I'm disfigured and made out of leftover pieces.

The Beauty and Danger of Acceptance

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 03.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Searching for a simple formula to offer our lives guidance often leaves us wondering aimlessly, unable to lean into true north. We live in a culture t...

The Only New Year's Resolution You Need to Make This Year

Hannah Sentenac | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Hannah Sentenac

I used to be a self-improvement junkie. I could frequently be found in the book store, eagerly scanning the psychology section for a title that would ...