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Tragedy Really Does Build Character

Melissa Piccoli | Posted 06.28.2015 | Good News
Melissa Piccoli

Everyone tells you that you will feel sorrow but no one could prepare you for legitimate heartache that comes with that. Everyone tells you how you will hurt, but I am here to tell you how you will grow.

Jefferson's Canons of Conduct

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 06.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Halamandaris

In 1825, Jefferson sent his grandson a letter, listing a "Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life." To mark his birthday, Jefferson's canons of conduct are copied here...

Play Ball! 6 Lessons From Baseball for Politics

Christine Pelosi | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

On opening day, rejoice that the fundamentals that America's pastime and American democracy share -- character, support, versatility, endurance and diversity -- strengthen and enrich us all. In that spirit, play ball!

5 Things I Didn't Expect To Feel As A Mom

Stephanie Ortiz | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Ortiz

I'm a stronger person because of them. I'm becoming a more patient person than I ever would have been. I've been pushed to my limits of endurance, and have been forced to look inside myself at qualities that needed to change.

Companies Led By Moral Bosses Are Actually More Profitable

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business

Good character is good for business.

'World Gone By': A Conversation With Dennis Lehane

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Dennis Lehane is known to millions of readers. His novels Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, and Shutter Island became blockbuster movies, with the most recent film being The Drop, which is based on his short story, Animal Rescue.

What's The Value Of Youth Sports?

Emily Cohen | Posted 05.12.2015 | Sports
Emily Cohen

The negative buzz around youth sports -- concussions, overuse injuries, out­ of ­control parents, costly travel teams, bullying coaches and more -- have parents wondering if it's worth it to let their kids continue playing. Have we reached a point where the negatives outweigh the positives in youth sports?

It's Not About the Emails

Terry Newell | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

The real issue is about ethics and character, both much more essential in a secretary of state -- and president -- than how they handle emails.

Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 05.08.2015 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

Excellent schools make sure their students have access to the world's most advanced knowledge, they strengthen key skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. But their main differentiator is that they also develop mindfulness, curiosity, courage, resilience and leadership.

Tomorrow Is Another Day

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.23.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


Grateful for SNL's Humility

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 04.21.2015 | Entertainment
Bruce Weinstein

Sincere humility and gratitude aren't qualities one normally associates with the entertainment industry. That's why I was bowled over during the closing segments of Saturday Night Live's recent 40th-anniversary broadcast.

10 Things More Important Than Being Liked

Gina DeLapa | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Gina DeLapa

Have you noticed lately how our culture all but worships likability? Often at the expense of higher values. If we're not careful, we can spend so much time making ourselves likable, we forget to ask if we like who we're becoming.

A Bold Plan to Revitalize Our Educational System

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

Keep this system as it is, but build another educational system on top of it, one that addresses the deeper and unfulfilled needs of children, particularly the unprivileged.

A Fitting End to a Dysfunctional NFL Season

Geoff Livingston | Posted 03.28.2015 | Sports
Geoff Livingston

Even though fans cry foul and sponsors chastise the league, people keep watching and corporate dollars still flow into the NFL coffers. So why should the NFL change? After all, even the unwilling have to watch the Super Bowl.

Smarts, With a Side of Grits

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Katharine Rose

According to a 2014 paper by the Australian psychology professor Arthur E. Poropat, research has shown that "conscientiousness" and "openness" (i.e. creativity and curiosity) are more important to student success than intelligence.

Giving Every American Kid a Real Opportunity and Rising Above Achievement Gaps, Cheating, Bullying and School Shootings

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

For a nation that is increasingly becoming a majority of minorities, this system will not unite it or allow it to become one nation experiencing the power of its founding principles.

The New Wild West

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

Tolerating uncivil behavior, unfortunately, is the price we have to pay for virtual communication. I don't like reading hateful responses to the things I online, but the alternative -- a policy that stifles speech -- is a lot worse.

The Growing Crisis in America: Part I

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

We are aware that the ever increasing rich-poor disparity of wealth is creating two Americas in increasingly conflict with our nation's founding principles. While our Founding Fathers sought succession from England, they envisioned a new nation governed by its people.

8 Things Parents Can Learn About Character Building From the Movie 'Unbroken'

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

No one in their right mind would suggest replicating the perils Louis Zamperini engaged in, but there is much to learn from what was done with what he did.

The Necessity of Failure

Terry Newell | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Terry Newell

From my earliest memories, I never wanted to fail. From getting the "right" answer in school, the highest batting average in Little League, the appro...

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.

A Little Sports Wisdom for the Holidays

Ken Reed | Posted 01.26.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

I need to reflect annually about what sports can be when our egos are tamed and we're led by our souls. It's a great time to appreciate and be grateful for sport at its best. That's why I need Thanksgiving.

What Do You Stand For?

Hans Hickler | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business
Hans Hickler

Thomas Jefferson wrote this recommendation of Meriwether Lewis on his qualifications for what was to become the Lewis & Clark expedition: "Of courage...

Unexpected Cost of Ethical Behavior

S. L. Young | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
S. L. Young

In pursuit of my college degrees, work at Fortune 500 companies, and memberships in professional organizations, I was directed and trained to ensure ethical compliance --- as it's a personal, organizational, and company responsibility.

The Secret to Remembering Critical Information

Tim Elmore | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

When I was a freshman in college, I remember taking a Jerry Lucas course on memory. It was designed to increase one's ability to remember--and I ended...