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Five Ways to Restore Humanity to the Classroom

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.25.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

For many educators, the testing paradigm has removed the joy of teaching, leaving little time for connecting deeply with students. This sense of connection isn't a luxury. Throughout the country, teachers are resisting the testing paradigm by putting those person-to-person bonds first.

Standing up to Our Fears in the Face of Extremism

Hugh Hogan | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Hugh Hogan

These dismal, cowardly responses by our nation's leadership are reverberations of precisely what the perpetrators of the Paris attacks have sought: to trigger terror in the hearts and minds of ordinary people.

What a Greater Good School Looks Like

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Seth M. R. Jaipuria School in Lucknow is helping to counter the impact of these challenges by encouraging students to tap into their own and others' humanity through the practices of gratitude, self-compassion, mindfulness and more -- all of which are transforming the school.

Microaffection: The Antidote to Microaggression

Jim Burklo | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

I have work to do, myself, to make kindness and respect so ingrained in my soul that they are automatic responses in moments of emotional challenge. Universities and institutions of all kinds have work to do, also, to create atmospheres that inculcate this kind of mindfulness, to prevent microagression and to encourage microaffection.

Why Imagination Is Our Strongest Weapon Against Climate Change

Kajsa Paludan | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Kajsa Paludan

If our civilization was to disappear tomorrow, would you be able to say what the future world had lost? When you work to create a sustainable future, are you certain that your approaches serve life and people?

Gratitude: The Gift You Give... to Keep

Liz Higgins | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Liz Higgins

When you practice gratitude, you are honing in on everything within the current moment and space in your life that you actively acknowledge. So... it would make perfect sense to say that the best way to give thanks for that recognition would be to give it away.

Breaking the Cycle

Marianne Kuzujanakis | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Marianne Kuzujanakis

Forgiveness is breaking the cycle. Forgiveness isn't giving up and waving the white flag. In fact, forgiveness is perhaps the most courageous thing a human can do. It's arriving at a point of understanding. It's moving forward in time and closing one's anger to the past.

A Moment of Silence

Monisha Vasa | Posted 11.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Monisha Vasa

Today, and in the week ahead, I invite you to join me in creating moments to seek a greater awareness of ourselves. It need not take lots of time, but simply an intention to turn inward and reflect. Let's pray that this translates into the greater energy of peace and compassion.

Listening Our Way to Peace

Sharon Eakes | Posted 11.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sharon Eakes

"The root of not listening is knowing. If I already know the truth, why do I need to listen to you?" -- Adam Kahane How do we listen? Nineteen coac...

The Spectrum of Educational Trauma

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

Current methods of education, and evaluating academic achievement, are causing long-term damage to people and communities, with the greatest impact occurring in people of color, and in low-income areas.

The Evolution and Ethology of Terrorism: We Are Unique, Violence Is a Dead End, But There Is Hope

Marc Bekoff | Posted 11.23.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

A number of people have asked me questions about the evolution and ethology of terrorism, and I consider that to be questioning whether or not we can we explain human terrorism and violence by looking for their roots in the behavior of nonhuman animals (animals). And, if not, is this one arena in which human exceptionalism reigns free?

Christian Truth, Muscular Hospitality, and the Reception of Refugees

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Truth can be hard to find, although the search has been going on for thousands of years. "Truth lies wrapped up and hidden in the depths," said Seneca...

4 Reasons to Stop Punishing Your Kids

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

Here's a few specifics on why it doesn't work (except in the VERY short-term -- and parenting is NOT a short-term project), and what you can do instead to foster connection and cooperation in your home.

Why Fear Can Create an Epidemic

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ed and Deb Shapiro

As long as we deny or ignore fear it will hold us captive, emotionally frozen, unable to move forward. Trying to run away from, ignore, or stop fear will simply create more tension.

Processing Paris

Shannon Cutts | Posted 11.20.2015 | World
Shannon Cutts

In the wake of the shock of Paris, I had allowed myself to adopt and believe what I now realize is a lie I've been telling myself - that this is the best we, the world, which includes me personally, can do, and there is no way it can or will ever get better.

Paris vs. Beirut: A Balanced Look at Why Our Solidarity is Lopsided

Rosemary Pritzker | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Rosemary Pritzker

There's been a lot of talk about how horrible it is that we grieve for France when we're not similarly frenzied about Beirut and others. On the one hand, that argument is totally right. Yes, we should mourn the deaths of innocent people wherever they are, in a far more balanced way than we do. All lives are equal, and all innocent deaths are tragic.

Terrorism: What Would Jesus Do?

David Mochel | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
David Mochel

There have been loud calls to be "ruthless" and to "bomb the s**t out of them." I understand these sentiments, because I have felt them myself. But then what? Human beings are biologically wired for to be judgmental, self-defensive, and vengeful.

Open Letter to Students in Light of Recent Events

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

You know, you're young, and yet in your lifetime, you've known, most of your lifetime, a post-9/11 world. You are not the first generation to know violence in your time. You, I'm afraid, will not be the last.

A Call for Solidarity

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Matthieu Ricard

Compassion allows us to express unlimited empathy for the victims and their loved ones and also permits us to free their spirits from being executed again by hatred and cruelty. We need to ask ourselves what series of events over the course of time led to this terrible situation.

Be Not Afraid: A Christian Response to Refugees

Micaela Connery | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Micaela Connery

After being persecuted by those who feared him, Jesus, a refugee himself, leaves us with a final commandment: "Love one another as I have loved you." Is closing our borders to thousands of refugees an expression of His love?

The Paradox of Uncompassionate Management in Institutions Built on Compassion

Rena DeLevie | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Rena DeLevie

The HuffPost LIVE segment on Compassionate Management was a powerful experience for me. It validated what I believe, and do, and gave me the chance ...

PDC Communication for the Compassionate Manager

Rena DeLevie | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Rena DeLevie

I've heard many clients say they have an idea but it's not their place to share it. I say - Yes it is! Regardless of your level, title or expected ...

All That Is Good in the World: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Lately, we have been inundated with news of all that is wrong with our world. Sometimes it is hard to maintain a sense of hope and possibility. That i...

Songs in the Key of Life

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 11.17.2015 | Good News
Katharine Angelina Love

I awoke this morning to a glorious warm and sunny day, unusual for mid-November in Toronto. I decided to take Lucille for a walk in our favourite ravi...

Restore Your Faith in Humanity: Here's How

Christina Grasso | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact
Christina Grasso

Humanity is everywhere, if and when we choose to see it. Here are a few ways to get your hands dirty and restore your faith in humankind, because often we need to see it to "be" it.