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Social Creatures: How Animals Can Help us to Connect, Heal, and Love

Kim Samuel | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Kim Samuel

Pioneering psychologist Helen Thompson once said, "In riding a horse, we borrow freedom." I thought about that recently, when I read a story about Hor...

Who Are You? Reflections of a College Freshman

Megan LeGresley | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Megan LeGresley

What are you thinking about? I'm thinking about the past, about the parts of me I had hoped I could leave behind when beginning this new stage of my life.

James and The Giant Sneetches Teaches Us a Thing or Two About the Psychology of Market Driven Economics

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Kay Tacke Morse

My friend James has sculpted a big glorious life out of clay mixed of abundance and brilliance. He buys, grows, sells, creates and sculpts companies. He grows people too. He teaches them how to be better versions of themselves, with his wisdom.

Celebrate Global Dignity Day With Empathy, Inclusion and Action

Kim Samuel | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact
Kim Samuel

Dignity, to me, is rooted in both freedom and respect: the freedom to live as you choose based on what matters to you most, and the respect granted to your choices and your values by those around you.

Longing for Home? This Might Be the Place

Mary-Lou Stephens | Posted 10.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mary-Lou Stephens

Is it something innate? Something in all of us? This longing for home, this wanting to belong? Or is it just in those of us who never felt as though ...

Feel Like You Don't Fit In?

Jena Griffiths | Posted 10.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jena Griffiths

Our lives are driven by the questions we ask ourselves. This applies to everything, not just niche issues. If things aren't working out the way you want them to, re-examine the questions you are asking yourself and simply ask better questions.

The Beautiful Game and the Goal of Belonging

Kim Samuel | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Kim Samuel

The Homeless World Cup is devoted to combating homelessness in Scotland and around the world. Soccer can be a means to equip and empower homeless people to change their lives, by restoring their confidence and self-esteem and replacing isolation with belonging.

How to Create a Convivial Team of Teams

Kare Anderson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Kare Anderson

Sadly, "In 1985 about half of Americans said they had a close friend at work; by 2004, this was true for only 39 percent," according to Wharton professor, Adam Grant.

Ya Just Have to Love Those Temperamental, Terrific 12-Year-Olds

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

After being the oldest in elementary school then adjusting to being the youngest in a brand new middle school, finding your way around a bigger place, having many teachers, meeting lots of new kids, finding your body changing, more expectations by parents and teachers -- phew -- who can blame your 12-year-old for feeling vulnerable?

Finding a Role (And a Sense of Belonging) in the Park

Quiet Revolution | Emily White | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

This specific passage from Count Me In takes place right after I decided that belonging to my local pool was the wrong fit: the people were lovely, b...

Beauty of Belonging

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 08.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

If we think of beauty as the heart rejoicing in what it senses and feels, then there can be a vast amount of beauty in our experience of authentic bel...

The Hazards of Non-Belonging

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

We have explored the nature of non-belonging, how it is created, the losses and consequences and what it means to bring healing to it. It is important to allow for differing levels of belonging with an inner circle of friends being where we feel most welcomed, understood and accepted.

Viewing Ourselves In and Out of Context

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To view ourselves in the context of our background, history and the present, is an essential aspect of self-acceptance.

When We Fully Claim Black Lives Matter, We Move Closer to All Lives Matter

John A. Powell | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
John A. Powell

All lives should matter but in this America, we are constantly reminded that blacks lives have not mattered as much as whites lives. And by proclaiming our target of fully embracing that black lives matter, we come closer to our aspirations of a society where all lives matter.

Confession: I Loved My Onboarding Experience

HopeLab | Posted 05.14.2015 | Business

It's been over a year and a half since I joined HopeLab, and I'm still wistfully thinking about my onboarding experience. Who does that? Well, apparently I do. It's one of my idiosyncrasies, but we'll get to those in a moment.

Fantasy Ball

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.05.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


Daily Meditation: A Sense Of Belonging

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Do You Feel Lonely?

Bernadette Farrell | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Bernadette Farrell

We are all born with and driven by a need for connection with others --a need to be loved and to belong, to be part of something or someone outside of ourselves. Loneliness is the feeling that we get as a result of being without the companionship of others.

Where Do I Belong?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

It is now, as a 35-year-old woman without children, where I'm struggling, thankfully, for the first time in my life, with the sense of not belonging. I have learned there are two major things no one tells you when you begin the journey of IVF.

The Healing of Community

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

So much of our identity is enshrined in our community, so is it any wonder that when we subvert our "true" identity simply to satisfy our thirst for belonging, we sabotage any hope of actual connection?

At Home in the Airport: Lessons On Belonging From an Acclaimed Global Writer

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
 Camalo Gaskin

Author Brittani Sonnenberg has received high acclaim globally, including The New York Times Books Editors' Choice, for her new novel Home Leave. In it she masterfully narrates the layers of stories, anxieties, and familiarities that seep in and out of the heads of women and their family members who embody this itinerant lifestyle.

Needing to Belong and the Joy of Being Different

Ayelet Baron | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayelet Baron

Imagine, who you could be if you let down the walls. I know too many people who believe they are stuck and cannot leave their prisons. The biggest prisons we have today are not institutions... they are ourselves.

Trends, Individuality and Belonging Part I: 5 Stars and Algorithms

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 08.12.2014 | Technology
Cosmin Gheorghe

It might look like a non-issue for many of you, but for an 11 years old this is a crucial matter: how do I deal with the fact that my personal choice is invalidated by the opinion of the masses?

Microaggressions Weigh Heavy on the Heart

Nashwa Lina Khan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Nashwa Lina Khan

They could champion me; I was the brown girl at student senate representing what otherwise looked like a very homogeneous white space. I was Muslim, but not "scary Muslim."

You Are Not Alone

Polly Campbell | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

When we actively work to connect and engage with others, we create a sense of belonging for everyone. That is the seed of meaning, peace, and resilience. And you know what? It just makes life more fun.