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Living The Good Life: Why Gratitude Is Golden

Miriam Ava | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

Gratitude has opened me up to the beauty of life. Big time! Being able to see the sun rise, hear kids play, taste summer's first basil, smell the salty ocean air, touch someone's heart -- those are simple, profound pleasures ushering in more of what lets you thrive.

The Parenting Advice I Hate to Give

Jenny Witte | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Jenny Witte

Even before you give birth, advice is doled out to you freely, whether you are receptive to it or not. Everything from how to feed your baby, how to swaddle it or put a diaper on it or look at it or hold it, is heaped on you left and right. Most of it is good-natured. Some is not.

Dare To Be Naive!

Fabiana Fondevila | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Fabiana Fondevila

"Dare to be naive!" I utter that phrase to myself like a mantra. I know that to be astonished by the force of life, by that mystery that keeps us striving and sometimes thriving, is probably our most important assignment.

Breaking Up With Myself

Laurel Lederman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Laurel Lederman

My mom said, "I'm moving out," in the same casual voice I use to order my 7am coffee. I must have blacked out because the only thing I remember from that night is slamming a door and suddenly I'm 15 again: frustrated, emotional and dramatic.

Using Stress as an Opportunity for Growth

Susie Wolbe | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Susie Wolbe

Stress used to be one of the feelings that I liked to avoid. It kept me from sleeping, seemed to lead to multiple extensions of the same worry, and, i...

Warning: Try This And You May Never Go To Bed Angry Again

Aenslee Tanner | Posted 05.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Aenslee Tanner

I've experimented with all sorts of different gratitude practices over the years, and upon reading an article warning against the relationship dangers of taking one's partner for granted, I decided to implement a nightly ritual with my own partner, declaring three things that we appreciated about each other each day.

Start Here for Mental Health Awareness Month

Susan Vernicek | Posted 05.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Vernicek

This is an important month -- mental health plays a vital role in our identities. Our mental well-being is probably the most difficult muscle to exercise. One thing I do know is that it's never, never too late to practice, teach and learn.

Bruce Jenner: Conformance and Judgment

Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC | Posted 04.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC

I commend Jenner for opening a much-needed area for discussion, and, hopefully acceptance for many. After all, Who says we can't all live together in harmony and enjoy life?

The Incredible Value Of Gratitude At Work

Noelle Nelson | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Noelle Nelson

When you're the boss or in a supervisory position at work, gratitude for your employees can make a real impact -- not only to your workers, but also t...

Celebrating the Little Moments

Helen J. Russell | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Helen J. Russell

When we allow ourselves to stop and feel grateful we are no longer peering out into a future that doesn't yet exist. Now we're really living, in the only place it is possible for us to live -- the here and now. That's what I loved most about that moment yesterday. I was nowhere else.

The Results of a Mindfulness Meditation Practice

Susie Wolbe | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Susie Wolbe

Mindfulness meditation is a funny thing. If you don't have a practice and don't know very much about it, you are hesitant. Leery. A little... concerned. Will this change me? Will this change my relationships? Am I going to turn into someone or something that I'm not?

The Roller Coaster Called Life

Stephen Bell | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephen Bell

Every now and then someone asks me if I wish I didn't have cystic fibrosis. Or if I ever wonder why I have to deal with all the bad? Lately, I've often flipped that question back on them. Well, yes sometimes life does suck, but life is also extraordinary.

16-year-old Amandla Stenberg Schools Everyone On Cultural Appropriation

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices

“What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?” That’s the question 16-year-old Amandla Stenberg, th...

Be Grateful: An Open Letter To Myself

Matt Richardson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Matt Richardson

Tomorrow is going to be lonely if I don't do something differently today. If I don't do something soon.

The One Thing I'm Most Thankful For: My Body!

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Debbie Gisonni

I think of my body as my vehicle for this lifetime -- a vehicle that can't be replaced or traded in like a used car. It needs to be nourished with whole, healthy foods and exercised daily. So, I don't just give thanks to my body with lip service, but with active service by taking care of it with good nutrition and movement every day

Recognizing the Gift Each Moment Bears is a Mindfulness Practice

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

What gift has been laid at your feet today? Perhaps now would be a great time to stop, look down, and appreciate it, because as with my roses, it may not be there forever. Appreciate the gifts that life brings you in every moment. You deserve them.

Awareness Of How Much I Have To Be Grateful For

Juliana Park | Posted 03.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Juliana Park

Instead of thinking about the money that I don't have, the people that don't love me, the activities that I haven't done yet, I can choose to appreciate all that I do have and all the things I have done.

How to Quit Letting Your BUTTT Get Bigger

Sheila Viers | Posted 04.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Sheila Viers

This morning I woke up and before I jumped out of bed to start my day, I laid there for a few minutes. Today is the first day of another adventure: 1....

Thank You Notes: Yes or No?

Dayna Steele | Posted 04.08.2015 | Business
Dayna Steele

As the person responsible for interviewing prospective employees for your company, what are your thoughts on thank you notes after the interview? Do you expect one, appreciate the effort, keep the note on file?

Stopping Time

Terry Newell | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Terry Newell

Walking along the tan sands on the beach at Longboat Key yesterday, I felt the gentle breeze and the warming temperature that had just barely pushed a...

Mother

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 03.31.2015 | Women
Amy Elias, MS

Of all the words there could ever be titles and fashions of the lady I love, Mother shines way above the beauty of all tragedy. Of all the...

Though I Need No Reason

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Though I need no reason, I'll give you one anyway. Every day, I'll wake you with a smile and a hug so that I might show you each day must be met by bold gestures for the ones we love.

Sowing the Seeds of Goodness

Jess Ly | Posted 03.22.2015 | Travel
Jess Ly

Looking back, and now having time to digest what I saw and felt, I was greatly moved by this land and its people. So let me take you for a walk through one aspect of what I learned and what I felt this country stood for, using food as an extension of what I experienced.

Life Skills for Work and Play: Sustained Appreciation

George Vou | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
George Vou

To appreciate does not mean you can or should not ever have more, but it does mean that we place things in order, at least in our minds, and remember to be continually grateful.

Letters to Hadley: Little Things

Liz Olson | Posted 03.14.2015 | Women
Liz Olson

My favorite little things are these: The way your sweaty skin feels right after you wake up from a nap, the way your little kid breath smells when you come in close for a nose kiss, the way you inspect my whole face -- pushing on my nose, noticing everything with your curious eyes.