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I Love You, 'Terrible Person'

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

After sitting in sadness upon learning of her passing, and swimming in shame and guilt for not staying connected with her, I realized something that didn't occur to me until a few days later. A better question was, "Why had we not stayed connected with each other?"

What Is Your Purpose?

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.17.2016 | Religion
Holly Robinson

"What is my purpose?" I asked, panicked enough to sit up in bed and wake my husband, who made a befuddled Scooby Doo noise and promptly went back to sleep.

A Caring Heart: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.17.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

When a compassionate heart is moved to make a difference, it ignites change. Through advocacy, awareness, information, and resources this week's grant...

Calling Forward

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 02.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

We spend years in classrooms regurgitating either something we heard in a lecture or something we read. If the teacher approves of what we present, then we receive grades and points allegedly suggesting some measure of success

How Is Your Life Going? 3 Reasons You May Be Struggling

Donna Labermeier | Posted 02.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Donna Labermeier

I happen to strongly believe that when good people suffer greatly, it means they have a great destiny and mission in this lifetime to fulfill. It isn't enough to just talk the talk, we have to walk the walk and put ourselves in other people's shoes if we are meant to make a huge difference in this world.

How to Support Your Friend in an Emotional Emergency

Laura Jack | Posted 02.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Laura Jack

Next time, try out these new tools when you find yourself in a situation where someone tells you what is going on under the "I'm fine." The thing is, most of us want to say and do the right things for the people in our lives, but we didn't how. Here's a start!

Personal Development: Who Benefits?

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 02.11.2016 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

(Photo: ©MatthieuRicard) Nowadays, there's more and more talk of "personal development," an expression that is used very loosely and adapted to ever...

Surviving Valentine's Day, a Practical Guide to Healing from Heartbreak

Michaela Haas | Posted 02.10.2016 | Women
Michaela Haas

Yeah, I know: The ads for candlelight dinners, the roses on coworkers' desks, the pulsating hearts in every shop window - Valentine`s Day is hard to s...

Improving the Quality of Life: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.10.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week's grantees demonstrate a heart for humanity, animal welfare, small businesses, and the environment -- vital resources that enrich our world and lives.

Teaching Kindness and Compassion Key to Saving Planet

Max Guinn | Posted 02.10.2016 | Green
Max Guinn

Two experiences last summer changed the way I look at the world. I spoke on a panel with the Dalai Lama as part of the Global Compassion Summit in hon...

An Open Letter From Mother Earth

Dr. Andra Brosh | Posted 02.07.2016 | Green
Dr. Andra Brosh

Dear Human Beings: I write to you with a heavy heart and with great concern. I have been more then patient with your reckless insensitivity toward ...

How Meditation Benefits CEOs

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Emma Seppälä, Ph.D

The research on mindfulness suggests that meditation sharpens skills like attention, memory, and emotional intelligence. I spoke with a number of executives about their experiences with meditation, and saw again and again how their observations about meditation in the workplace connected back to the findings of academic research.

A Massive Shift Toward Love

Jennie Lee | Posted 02.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jennie Lee

It is time to eliminate concepts like "survival of the fittest" or "the one with the most toys wins." It is time to open our hearts and call in the survival of the most loving.

3 Ways to Get What You Want While Building Your Compassion Muscle

Laura Jack | Posted 02.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Laura Jack

By giving people the benefit of the doubt, sharing what is going on for you, and asking for what you need, you build compassion for yourself and others, and you are more likely to have your emotional needs met during these moments of inevitable heartache.

6 Surprising Health Reasons Why You Should Be More Compassionate

Posted 02.15.2016 | Healthy Living

Studies have shown that our DNA drives us to carry out acts of compassion for the greater good of our species. There’s evidence indicating that infa...

Inspiring Connections and Conversations: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Connecting people through conversations and resources serves as the catalyst to social change. The Pollination Project gives $1000 seed grants to grantees making a difference in the way that we talk about and address social matters, as well as how we allocate resources to the communities that need them most.

The Tyranny of Perfection

Dr. Randy Kamen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Randy Kamen

The pursuit of perfection contributes to heightened anxiety, stress, depression, and diminished self esteem. At the same time we cheat ourselves out of the potential joy and satisfaction that could be gleaned from what we do accomplish.

Check Your Friendships: The Voting Has Begun

William Spear | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
William Spear

The cacophony of anger, disappointment and outright disgust with the American political process coupled with the banality of cat videos and lottery winners gone bust has reached epic proportions

Danes Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands: Helping Refugees

Kajsa Paludan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Kajsa Paludan

Whilst men, women and children continue to drown in our seas as they leave behind their families and possessions in a desperate attempt to reach Europ...

The Cost of Compassion

Melanie DeSimone | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Melanie DeSimone

I can't help it. I think too much. I wonder too often. I work too hard to make sense of things. And the thing that is puzzling me right now is why people pull away from those experiencing deep and lasting pain.

Presidential Politics and the American Soul

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.28.2016 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

When I want to believe that America is a democracy -- indeed, to feel so deeply this is so that my soul trembles -- I turn to Martin Luther King, who gave his life for it.

The One Thing Caregivers Need to Know: How to Care for Themselves

Kristin Neff | Posted 01.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Kristin Neff

Think of all the generous, kind people you know who constantly give compassion and care to others, yet continually beat themselves up. "You're so stup...

Standing in Solidarity With the Hurting

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 01.27.2016 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

You can find some beautiful things in alleys and dark places. Just ask Elizabeth Gibson. On her typical morning walk she spotted something in a dumpster.

Social Responsiveness: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.27.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Around the globe individuals are answering the call of addressing social issues that impact the disadvantaged and underrepresented. Through $1000 seed...

Why Kindness Heals

James R. Doty, M.D. | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
James R. Doty, M.D.

Hopefully sharing this new science of kindness helps all of us -- physicians and patients alike -- to see in new ways how and why kindness heals and even more importantly how being kind results in one living a longer -- and happier -- life.