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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 ...

4 Ways to Keep to Your New Year's Resolutions

Melissa Heisler | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Heisler

When we create resolutions, the intentions to do, act, or be differently, we often become very hard on ourselves. Every time we act in the old way, we...

My Ever Upward Mothering

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I mothered. I mothered not my own children, but I mothered nonetheless. I mothered in a way that I am accepting and embracing, but also defining for myself.

Gilly and Gary: Culver City, California, July, 2012

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 02.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Robert G. Zuckerman

We exchange cards, shake hands, bid farewell and leave, with a connection made and good will fostered, all thanks to an open door in a parking lot.

Dear Parents: No, I Won't Run Your Child Over With My Wheelchair

Emily Ladau | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Emily Ladau

But then, you heard your son's questions and you cut him off. You told him "She could run you over!" as you laughed a condescending laugh and pulled him away. It seems you entirely missed the point of what could have been a perfect teachable moment. And it stung.

Forever Changed, Never Fixed

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Survivors of infertility know how quickly your joyful high can be crushed by the breath-stealing loss of heartbreak.

I'm A Person With A Disability And My Body Is Not A Mistake

Kristin Duquette | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Kristin Duquette

But as inner turmoil may come and go, I've come to realize that my body is pure, specifically designed, and not left to be abandoned. That my body is a dimension of myself, and something of power and strength.

How to Help Someone Who Is Grieving

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

Not until losing my mother to metastatic breast cancer earlier this year did I become all too familiar with the painful journey of grief. It is a difficult path. There is no Google map that can provide perfect guidance on how to support someone who is navigating loss.

5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself This Holiday Season

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

The good news is that the holiday season doesn't have to be so stressful and draining. With a few little changes, it is possible to turn your exhausting holiday experience into one filled with joy and cheer -- it just all boils down to how you take care of you. Here are five ways to do that...

How to Deal With Difficult Family Members Around the Holidays

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

There are some simple mindset shifts can help turn a potential challenging holiday into an enjoyable one. Here are four tips to remember during this holiday season to make yours a better one.

The Day I Stopped Trying To 'Cure' My Son With Autism

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

The doctor was brisk without being bristly, matter of fact in the most consolatory ways. He said lots of things that day that left Dominic's father and I with a mixture of understanding and fear. It was the first time someone spoke harshly, honestly to us about our son's condition, a condition that was just starting to infiltrate every corridor of the media and overwhelm our functioning.

How to Escape the Worry Principle

Richard Koch | Posted 02.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Richard Koch

Explore the depths of your "self." Hone your mind and your spirit. Excavate the best version of yourself. Keep digging -- there's a lot down there (or "up there" if you prefer). It's the task of a lifetime. Be creative -- you can create wonders.

Walking the Deferral Tightrope

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 02.11.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

While getting deferred is disappointing, the students are still under consideration. The deferring college just wants to look at them in the regular admission pool. While chances of ultimately getting accepting are somewhat less than regular admissions, they still have a chance.

Why I Don't Want to Be a Kardashian

Alexandra Harra | Posted 02.11.2015 | Women
Alexandra Harra

I realized that, as women, our first instinct is to personalize the best qualities of another female upon ourselves; we "wish" we had the lips of Angelina Jolie and the eyes of Megan Fox. This, in turn, leads us to neglect the beauty we already possess.

The 5 Faults With Forgiveness

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

The reality is, in being human we go through pains that are not excusable, justifiable or reconcilable. Yet we are taught if we do not forgive that we are, now, also immoral and doomed to live in some sort of an emotional prison of hatred and resentment.

10 Ways to Improve Your Body Image

Linsey Hart | Posted 02.08.2015 | Women
Linsey Hart

Culturally, we have this perverse notion that poor body image is a sign of modesty. It's not. And people, especially women, who accept and appreciate the way they look can be perceived as narcissistic. They're not.

It's The End of the World As We Know It

Randy Malamud | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Randy Malamud

I propose that it is time for us to accept as a premise in whatever environmental discussions we have -- or indeed, in any deliberations on anything taking place in the future -- the fact that the world is coming to an end.

These Things Terrify Me

Cathy Cassani Adams | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Cathy Cassani Adams

Instead of expanding the fear, we expand our awareness, we let go of some our defensiveness and righteousness. We learn to stop fighting who we are, to stop numbing the voices in our head, and instead learn to accept and cohabitate with these pieces of ourselves.

Here We Go Again. From Fear to Love?

Sister Jenna | Posted 01.31.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sister Jenna

The peace found deep within would be worth the attempt to move our comforts of fear to love, and loving each other the same, not only those who agree with our side of the story.