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The Positivity of Givers and Takers

Catherine Nagle | Posted 01.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

It seems that we are both the givers and the takers; it's only until we tip the scales of justice that we truly see who is the true giver of us all...

Beyond the Development Plan: 5 No Cost Ways to Inspire Others to Greatness

Laura Berger | Posted 01.30.2015 | Business
Laura Berger

Now in a new year with performance planning in the rear-view, as c-level executives and leaders, what more can you do to cascade a culture of achievement throughout your organization?

You Are a Miracle: A Letter to My Future Daughter

Kerry Vollherbst | Posted 01.30.2015 | Parents
Kerry Vollherbst

Daughter, when you feel surrounded by darkness, it's tempting to think you're meant to be dark, too. You might ask, "If others aren't beaming in this way, surely I'm not meant to; and surely I'm not capable of bringing light, right?"

No Tech, Just Brain

Rena DeLevie | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Rena DeLevie

Have you heard about the NPR show New Tech City's effort to save our brains? It's called "Bored and Brilliant," and they'll be tracking my iPhone us...

Lessons on Contagious Optimism, Hope and Global Citizenship

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

This morning I was walking on the sea shore on the outskirts of Rome, in the city of Ostia, where I find some time to relax and recharge my batteries.

The 2 Wolves That Live Within Us

Jesua | Posted 01.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jesua

We learn to choose love, grace, and forgiveness from receiving the painful slap of the alternative, and sometimes from delivering that slap, and experiencing firsthand the painful taste it leaves in our hearts.

Don't Dismiss Teens Who Volunteer Just To Boost Their College Applications

New York Times | Nicholas Kristof | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact

In my last column, I wrote about a high school buddy, Kevin Green, a warm and helpful man who floundered in a tough job market, hurt his back and died...

Days of Inspiration for the New Year!

Menna van Praag | Posted 01.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

"No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself." -- Virginia Woolf When I read this quote I felt my shoulders drop and a bi...

Days of Inspiration for the New Year!

Menna van Praag | Posted 01.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." -- Georgia O'Keeffe ...

Let Altruism Be Your Guide: TED Talk

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Matthieu Ricard

Excepts From My Latest TED Talk WATCH We have an extraordinary potential for goodness but also an immense power to do harm. Any tool can be used...

My Painful Meeting With Mindfulness

Jenifer Joy Madden | Posted 01.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Jenifer Joy Madden

Sometimes, fate needs to knock you right over to get you to pay attention. That's what it took for me to be mindful.

I See You

Justine Solot | Posted 01.27.2015 | Parents
Justine Solot

A woman walks through a busy mall. Tears distort her vision. Grief guts her. She feels invisible. A part of her is gone and will never return. A stranger approaches her and looks at the woman's swollen red face. "Can I help you?" The stranger asks.

The Right to Die

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Jennifer Wolfe

Why can't we offer dignity to those that know they are dying, that know that they will die in excruciating pain and will spend their last days suffering? Why can't we respect the wishes of those who want to exit gracefully, respectfully, surrounded by those they love?

The Travel Industry Loses Its Way In A Blizzard

Christopher Elliott | Posted 01.26.2015 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

As the snow falls today, maybe in a quiet moment, the managers who create and enforce these draconian policies should ask themselves: Why don't we do this more often? Why don't we show our customers a little more compassion?

Addicts' Lives Matter: Here's Why We Need a Hashtag -- and a Total Change of Attitude

Johann Hari | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Johann Hari

There will be some people reading this who shrug when members of this minority die, and say they brought it on themselves. I am talking about addicts. I would like to propose today the hashtag #AddictsLivesMatter, because we need to change how we think about them.

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Lianne Mandelbaum

Why are we so judgmental as a society to those we sense are getting away with something, or being treated differently? If someone has that handicapped sticker, or is pre-boarding a plane with or without an obvious impairment, there is most likely an untold story. Many illnesses or disabilities can be invisible, and they could be fighting a battle we don't understand and cannot see.

Faith With Honey

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact
Kathleen Buckstaff

He asked me if I would pray for him, and I said I would. Little did he know that in his asking and sharing, he had saved me. As I drove home, I wiped away my own tears and felt how deeply a meal and a night of song had filled my own cup with faith, sweetness and love.

Days of Inspiration for the New Year!

Menna van Praag | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

"You are your best thing." -- Toni Morrison I've not yet met a person who doesn't underestimate themselves, who isn't shocked to realize what they're...

Days of Inspiration for the New Year!

Menna van Praag | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

"I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still." -- Sylvia Plath Why do you write/act/sing/paint/do whatever it is you love ...

What My Daughter's Food Poisoning Taught Me About Suffering

Vanessa Loder | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Vanessa Loder

My daughter had no resistance to being sick. She had no experience with it; she'd never had a stomach bug before. Without that experience there was no story about what was happening or about what should be happening. There was no resistance.

The Danger of Physician Burnout on the Health Care Highway

Starla Fitch, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Starla Fitch, M.D.

Whether we're doctors, nurses, med students, or health professionals in other arenas, I can tell you that we went into this for the patients. Someone along the way touched our hearts and our souls and we decided that nothing else but helping patients would put the fire in our bellies.

Transform Self-Sabotage and Vulnerability Into Triumphant Growth

Erin Cox | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Cox

The positive shift in energy in 2015 has been palpable. Last year, starting on Jan. 1, I knew I was in for a year of major growth and mandatory shifti...

The Secret Medicine of Heartbroken Kindness

Jesua | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Jesua

It is easy to be kind when we are feeling wonderful about life, when we're feeling buoyantly inspired, or luminous in love, or poignantly connected to...

How Helping The Homeless Youth Helps You

Robin Hall | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Robin Hall

Having worked at a homeless shelter now for nine months, the problem seems clear: A distinct lack of compassion on our behalves, and a severe lack of mental health services for the homeless.

How To Train Your Brain For Happiness

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Broody, a very unhappy brain, is plagued by fear and self-doubt. "Seeing others in pain, physical or emotional, fires his own pain network," says A...