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God Doesn't Laugh at Our Plans

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

To think that God orchestrates everything from inconvenient mishaps to devastating catastrophes in order to teach us a lesson, is to believe in a God without mercy or compassion. Would you laugh at these situations? No, and neither would I. Neither would God.

2 Proven Ways to Conquer the Pain of Heartbreak

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

When painful thoughts or emotions arise, notice them without judgment, allow them to be present, and send love and kindness to yourself.

You Won't Find These Items On Any Holiday Gift Guide, But They Could Change A Family's Life

Posted 12.16.2013 | Impact

During the holiday rush, it's easy to get caught up in (and stressed-out over) the buying and giving of expensive gifts to family, friends and co-work...

Gift to the Soul: The Space of Presence

Tara Brach | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

For many of us this is a season when it feels that we are going faster and faster. Everything's racing, through school semesters, wrapping up work com...

The Daily Practice That Changed My Life

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Daily giving has brought me closer to my family and to my community. It has enriched and blessed my life. The initial impulse to be more connected to and engaged in my giving -- has resulted in me receiving so much more than I've given.

Compassion for All Viewpoints: When the Jain Principle of Anekantavada Meets Practice

JAINA | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion

The Jain principle of anekantavad is about respecting the variety of perspectives in the world, but it has its roots in the interconnectedness of all beings.

The Simple Process That Will Lead To Better Mindfulness

Kripalu | Posted 02.07.2014 | Healthy Living

Often in the yoga world, you'll hear directions like, "Let it go," "Relax," "Breathe into it." These all sound lovely, but when I'm in a wound-up state, they strike me as abstract, unattainable, and a tad annoying. Let what go, where? Relax? Thanks, I'll get right on that. And breathe into what?

How Loving Myself Helps Me to Love Others

Christie Taylor | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Christie Taylor

Our thoughts and emotions are our own. No one has the power to create our thoughts or emotions or change them. We are our own captain of how we react to situations or internalize them. Certainly people can influence us, but ultimately, we make the final decision.

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: The Heart of Leadership, An Ode to Nelson Mandela

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

Nelson Mandela was a natural leader. The essence of the man propelled him to greatness, amidst the suffering and depersonalization to which he was subjected, forgiving his jailers in a profound teaching of compassion.

Are You 'Exactly Where You Are Meant to Be?'

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

You are exactly where you are meant to be if you are filled with peace, acceptance, compassion, and love for our fellow humans.

14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story. Our emotion...

What Elan Gale Should Have Tweeted

Sara Esther Crispe | Posted 02.02.2014 | Good News
Sara Esther Crispe

The (apparently fake) reenactment of your Thanksgiving flight in 45 tweets inspired me to want to create my own version of what could have happened (mine takes only 20 tweets). This is the story I wish you had shared.

The One Belief That Ties All Religions Together

OWN | Posted 12.03.2013 | OWN

Bestselling author and TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong has conducted decades of research on the world's religions, and says there's a universal theme...

Welcome, Stranger

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

While scrubbing pots at the soup kitchen, I realized this truth: We are all strangers to one another. Then I realized: We can all welcome one another home.

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Compassion and the Art of Having Fun

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

In the same way that an airline attendant will tell passengers in pre-flight instructions to secure their own oxygen mask before assisting others, in life we need to learn how to feel compassion for ourselves first, before we can be happy or contribute to others' happiness.

Choosing Compassion

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

On the morning of Dec. 14, 2012 inside the walls of Sandy Hook Elementary, our school endured a tragedy beyond comprehension. 26 lives were taken far too soon, senselessly and brutally. In the midst of such unimaginable loss, loss that could have very well been the loss of my own life, I had to find meaning again.

Why Compassion in Business Makes Sense

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business
Emma Seppälä, Ph.D

Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress -- and research has shown that high levels of stress carry a number of costs to employers and employees alike.

The Hidden Sources of Attraction

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 01.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Overcoming the natural, understandable resistance to this process requires courage, strength, commitment, and perhaps most importantly, the support of a partner who is willing to go the distance, even when it can feel like the stakes are one's very survival.

Lessons From Kayaking: Finding a Way to Be With Fear

Tara Brach | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

The key to being with fear is in contacting what is here now, rather than trying to push it away. Here's a story from the river that helps us understand that. In kayaking, you learn about what is called a keeper hole.

This Video Shows That We've Gotten The Point Of Sports All Wrong

Posted 11.26.2013 | Good News

Sports are about much more than winning and losing. To wit: This high school basketball team which gave up the ball in the final moments of play to a ...

The All Too Secret Path to a Happier and More Meaningful Life

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 01.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

The world needs our compassion -- now more than ever. And that compassion begins with you and with me. Start by practicing compassion for yourself and those closest to you.

8 Ways to Save Your Sanity This Holiday Season by Taking Things Less Personally

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

So often we cause ourselves unnecessary distress because of the way we interpret what others have said or done. We may become anxious, sad, angry, resentful, or insecure because of someone else's words or actions, or even their silence and inaction.

How I Came to Understand the Meaning of Self Compassion

Christie Taylor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Christie Taylor

Self compassion can be a rocky road at first, like most changes are. But, once I started taking care of myself and sharing some of my son's needs, it had a positive effect not only for myself, but for our entire family.

The Best-Kept Secret To Highly Successful Couples

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D | Posted 01.25.2014 | Weddings
Emma Seppälä, Ph.D

In order to understand where you fit in and how to best navigate your relationships with others, here's a summary of the three styles of romantic partners.

6 Ways to Stop Escalating Fights With Your Partner

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

It's a big challenge to accept helplessness over another, but when you fully accept it, then you are free to take loving care of yourself and do whatever you need to do to not escalate the fight, and to then compassionately tend to your own feelings.