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The Myth of Authentic Travel

David Sze | Posted 09.16.2015 | Travel
David Sze

When I first stepped onto Khao San Road, the main backpacker drag in Bangkok, I was a little overwhelmed. I had arrived after weeks spent cycling alone in the Thai countryside, winding through rolling hills, beside acres of fields filled with rice and corn, passing by bustling towns and cities without a single tourist.

Why Gratitude Is Good for You

Dr Lauren Tober | Posted 09.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dr Lauren Tober

If you've been anywhere near social media in the last few years, you'll know that gratitude is good for. You might even have seen quotes like this: ...

The Marketing Genius of Brand the Donald

Marian Salzman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Marian Salzman

For any serious student of marketing and media seeking a perfect pop culture storm, I give you the man currently dominating the race to be the U.S. Republican Party's 2016 presidential candidate.

The Most Powerful Way to Alleviate Suffering

Laura DiMinno | Posted 09.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Laura DiMinno

(Photo credit: Peter J. Hughes) Do you know someone who's experienced a sudden loss? A child who is struggling with the cruel behavior of other kids...

Authentic Politics -- What is That?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

All political candidates dissemble. Indeed, all people do. A degree of deception is required in order to be civil. "It was a pleasure to meet you," is often just a way to gracefully exit a conversation. But at what point does a political candidate take deception too far? In Hillary Clinton's case, that is a critical question. Andrea Mitchell told Clinton she has an authenticity problem. S.A. Miller of the Washington Times described Clinton's "authenticity gap" as a major issue for her coming up to the New Hampshire primary. What does it mean to be authentic, particularly an authentic politician? The term may seem an oxymoron. Politics by nature is about strategy, knowing what to say when, in what way, and to whom. Where is the room for authenticity?

2 Vital Business Lessons From Nature

Megan K. McAvoy | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business
Megan K. McAvoy

Nature can teach us wonderful business lessons, if we just pay attention.

The 7 Sustainables

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 09.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

We live in a time that calls for radical honesty about the nature of life and what it means to commit to a sustained relationship with our lived experience. The hope is that the seven sustainables offer a way to live more deeply while preparing the way for future generations.

Want to Build Relationships? Start by Serving Others

Sar Haribhakti | Posted 09.04.2015 | Business
Sar Haribhakti

My personal mantra for networking (read it as connecting) is adding net value to people around you and your communities without any ulterior motives. Such graciousness sets you up for accomplishments and satisfaction in both personal and professional spheres in the long run.

The Dream That Changed My Reality

Megan Baca | Posted 09.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Baca

That dream really changed the way I think. I no longer obsess over how things are going to work out before I take a step. It may have been my dream, but really we are all in that reality. This life is your stage and whether you like it or not, you are the lead role. You have a choice.

What Is -- Being True to Yourself? 4 Quotes to Find Out

Michael Feeley | Posted 09.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Feeley

Here's what pops into my head when I think about being true to yourself -- integrity, beliefs, personal values, honesty, sincerity, unwavering princi...

Should You Wear a Ring to an Interview?

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 08.27.2016 | Women
Kate Van Dellen

My wedding ring was the first ring that I've worn on that finger (no engagement ring). I was so proud of the man I married, yet still harbored something inside me that felt less valuable to this work team because I was a married woman.

Disarming the Selective College Arms Race: 6 Strategies for Parents

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 08.26.2016 | College
Hélène Tragos Stelian

So how can we, the parents, help our kids navigate this crazy arms race of elite college admissions without feeding the beast? While we may be powerless to change the system, what steps can we take to make the best of a difficult situation, for our kids, our families, and our communities?

How Can You Be Authentic? A Fun and Easy Test!

Michael Feeley | Posted 08.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Feeley

Are you authentic? The same person wherever you are -- with your closest friends, at work and then with strangers? Maybe it doesn't matter to you bu...

Yellow Conference to 'Spread Goodness and Bloom' in LA

Amy Cummins | Posted 08.25.2016 | Impact
Amy Cummins

Yellow Conference will host its second gathering on Aug. 26 and 27 in downtown Los Angeles. Founded in 2014 by graphic designer and branding expert Joanna Waterfall, Yellow is an annual conference aimed at equipping creative women to effect positive change in the world.

6 Signs You Worry Too Much About What Others Think: Why It's a Problem and What to Do About It

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 08.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

This being true to your whole self -- this individuation -- isn't easy. It takes courage and perseverance, but in the long run it feels better. And for many people, bringing their unique offerings to the world is what gives their life meaning.

Why I'll Never Shave My Pubic Hair Again

Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D. | Posted 08.21.2016 | Fifty
Sandra LaMorgese Ph.D.

One month before I went to a nude beach for the first time at 59, I started dreaming up ways to camouflage my private parts, scars, pale skin, and stretch marks. It had been awhile since I'd needed to worry about beach-body stress.

12 Commandments For A Happy Life

Elyse Santilli | Posted 08.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Elyse Santilli

Wake up and ask yourself: how can I serve today? How can I embody love? How can I bring joy? How can I leave this world a better place? Have a spirit of service as you go about your day. Be a blessing, good company, an inspiration to others. You get more of what you give, so if you lack love, joy or abundance, find a way to help others find it. It will return to you a hundredfold.

My Transgender Life: Second Chances

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 08.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

Even though I transitioned at the age of 64 I don't believe anything I've done in my life was a mistake and I am in deep gratitude that I now have a second chance to live my life in a manner that is true to how I see myself.

A Word About My Tribe

Alexandra Allam | Posted 08.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Alexandra Allam

I was recently posed the question, "What is your tribe?" To me, tribes have always been associated with ancient civilizations, distinct traditions, an...

Veronica Pooh Nash Poleate: Feminist Icon

Julie Gray | Posted 08.13.2016 | Women
Julie Gray

Veronica is a woman speaking truth to power in a way that homegrown and sincere. She simply is who she is, without an agenda. Imagine that.

So Artificially Sweet, Your Friendship Is Giving Me Cavities...

Lacey Johnson | Posted 08.06.2016 | Women
Lacey Johnson

Flattery only lasts for a moment. It offers no depth and no substance. It is like a lovely arrangement of flowers guaranteed to die within a few days. They are nice to have and lovely to marvel at, but the actual flowers won't get you very far.

Simone de Beauvoir and Loving Authentically

Skye Cleary | Posted 08.03.2016 | Books
Skye Cleary

Romantic loving is, for Simone de Beauvoir, existentially dangerous. Romantic relationships can be such intoxicating experiences that lovers get lost in euphoria. Authentic loving, according to Beauvoir, needs to overcome such traps.

Stop Photoshopping Your Story

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 07.29.2016 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Women don't give themselves permission to fall apart and we certainly don't want to be seen as not having our shit together. That's become taboo in a culture that, for women especially, demands the lie of seamlessness, of perfection, of freedom from blemishes and funky lighting and embarrassing angles.

Feeling the Bern

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.23.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders, to put this another way, doesn't need a focus group or a poll to tell him what he ought to stand for. He already knows what he stands for, and he'll freely tell you exactly what that is.

Marching to a New Beat

Erin Parker | Posted 07.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Erin Parker

I have spent the last decade of my life in constant inner turmoil because of a nagging feeling that I just didn't fit in. I've always felt loved and a...