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Please Hear What I'm Not Saying

Adrienne Austermann | Posted 03.29.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Adrienne Austermann

I never did find the papers I was looking for, but they didn't seem so critically important anymore. What is important is that as fellow human beings, we take the time to look a little deeper, hold those glances a little longer, and hold out our hands a little more often.

Time to Bury the Drug War and Envision New Drug Policies Rooted in Mercy and Compassion

Yolande Cadore | Posted 03.26.2017 | Black Voices
Yolande Cadore

This Easter, if you're a Christian-practicing or not, or just human, I admonish you to stop and reflect on what we've allowed to happen under our watch and to commit to take action to change these punitive and dehumanizing national and global drug policies.

How Important Is It For Politicians To Have Empathy?

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.23.2016 | Science

In a time of terrorist attacks, escalating racial tensions and violence, and outward bigotry against entire religious groups, it may seem like we need...

Sprouting Change: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.21.2017 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we recognize seven grantees who are receiving seed grants that are sprouting change in the community for all, fr...

Present Perfect

Amy Tirion | Posted 03.24.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Tirion

My husband Alex wakes up before me everyday at 5:30 a.m., checks his movement-sensitive phone app that monitors how well he has slept and then begins ...

Don't Let More Terror Make Us Terrible

Amy Crumpton | Posted 03.23.2017 | Politics
Amy Crumpton

This is not a political piece I'm writing; it's a personal one. It's a prescription for individuals to cure the terminal hate infecting our world. It's heavy because my heart is breaking over the disintegration of our culture.

Field Notes From the Front Lines of the Stomach Flu

Louise Storm | Posted 03.23.2017 | Parents
Louise Storm

It seems this season's stomach flu has been particularly widespread and vicious, at least in our house. Over the course of eight days, every one of my four young children, as well as my husband, succumbed to the tummy bug.

How to Bring Light to the Darkness

Darren Littlejohn | Posted 03.23.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Darren Littlejohn

I've been practicing meditation for over 30 years. I've had instruction from many masters and have logged thousands of hours of training and practice....

Empathy for the "Devil:" Exchanging Introspection for Outrospection

Lysa Heslov | Posted 03.22.2017 | Impact
Lysa Heslov

It's hard to believe, but we are already almost three months into a new year. Did you make any resolutions for 2016? If so, you're not alone: each tim...

A Tiny Shift in Perception: Walk in the Paws Of...

Gabriella van Rij | Posted 03.22.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Gabriella van Rij

Our perception of a situation is all we have. All of us, every living, breathing thing on this planet has it's own perception.

Three Magic Words: "Have a Heart."

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 03.22.2017 | HuffPost Home
Rep. Alan Grayson

One of the nice things about being a human being is that when you have a problem, you can appeal for help, and you'll often get it. People actually want to help people. (Unlike chimps, who have a very nasty attitude.)

Benevolence in Politics; One Man's Journey

Colleen Haggerty | Posted 03.20.2017 | Politics
Colleen Haggerty

California politics lost a legend this week with the passing of African American leader and veteran political advisor, Percy Pinkney. Personally, it'...

Haters, the Holocaust and Why We Need Bridges, Not Walls

Margie Warrell | Posted 03.19.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Margie Warrell

I took many things from our conversation but most valuable of all was not to become part of the problem; not to let the the small-mindedness thinking, hateful rhetoric and bigoted behavior of others be an excuse for my own.

'Just Do What The Bible Says' Doesn't Help Hurting People

Amy Crumpton | Posted 03.19.2017 | Religion
Amy Crumpton

Why do well-meaning Christians say this to hurting people? Why do we forego loving kindness and put rules before relationship?

Tips for Dealing With a Difficult Person

Marcia Naomi Berger | Posted 03.17.2017 | Women
Marcia Naomi Berger

Perhaps such reframing of "difficult" to "normal" can help us relax a bit when it comes to thinking about constructive responses to people by whom we feel besieged.

Building Bridges: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.16.2017 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we recognize seven recent grantees who are founding projects that help transition communities and individuals to be resourceful and creative in achieving a more optimistic future.

This Is About Abortion

Annie Brothers | Posted 03.17.2017 | Women
Annie Brothers

I don't want to make that choice for another woman and I don't want someone to make it for me. What I do want is more handholding, more support, more love, more compassion, more space for grief and anything and everything else that comes up.

Forget Veggies! Science Shows Volunteering Is Healthier

Tracy Hoover | Posted 03.16.2017 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

For years, volunteers nationwide have been telling Points of Light that they are happier, healthier people as a result of making a difference in the l...

How a Tow-Away Became a Lesson of Compassion

Katja Rusanen | Posted 03.16.2017 | Women
Katja Rusanen

My view in a situation truly depends on how I relate to that issue, and how I relate to myself when I'm going through the issue. I have learned that if I choose compassion, I will sail away from turmoil and knowing that the sun is always shining no matter what.

How Mindfulness Can Inform a Life and Death Situation

Erin Sharaf | Posted 03.16.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Erin Sharaf

And isn't life just like that sometimes? You can strategize and plan your morning down to the minute and then you will suddenly and inexplicably find a giant, gasping, half-dead behemoth at your feet and you will have to decide what to do.

8 'Stupid' Things Caring People Say About Grief

Mark Liebenow | Posted 03.16.2017 | Healthy Living
Mark Liebenow

Many people have not lost someone close. They want to help and take the pain away, but they haven't experienced grief and often say what makes those who are grieving feel worse. These are some of the phrases I heard after my wife died. If you're inclined to say them to someone who is grieving, do this instead -- ask how the person is doing, and listen.

Releasing the Barriers to Love: An Interview With Tara Brach

Mark Matousek | Posted 03.12.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

What is the role of radical acceptance in intimate relationships? Tara Brach, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, lecturer and popular teacher of Buddhi...

5 Surprising Reasons Compassion Is a Competitive Advantage

Great Work Cultures | Posted 03.15.2017 | Business
Great Work Cultures

Photo: Monica Worline by Monica C. Worline and Jane E. Dutton Recently, as Monica's beloved Bernese Mountain Dog was living her final days, Monica h...

Clinging to Compassion

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 03.10.2017 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

I knew I was in trouble when LaVoy Finicum was shot and killed during the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff. As I watched the video of the off...

To Mr. Trump (the Other 2016 Republican Candidates and Every Other Human on the Planet)

Julia Fehrenbacher | Posted 03.11.2017 | Politics
Julia Fehrenbacher

Our world is begging us to rebel against hate, to set down the sticks and run toward love - to vote for the only cause that will save us