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Let Altruism Be Your Guide: TED Talk

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 03.31.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.29.2015 | 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 03.29.2015 | 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 03.28.2015 | 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 03.28.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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...

How Stress Kills Compassion

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Stress isn't just bad for our physical and mental health -- it may also inhibit our ability to empathize with others, according to new McGill Universi...

Begging for Change from a Smartphone - by Simona Asinovski

Kindness Blog | Posted 03.18.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Have you ever asked a stranger for something as basic as food or shelter? I have. It's the most humiliating and humbling experience you can ever have.

Being Mindful About Mindfulness

Robyn Brentano | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Robyn Brentano

Whatever your practice might be, I hope that it involves training in compassion. Now, with all the challenges we face in the world, we can be confident that kindness and compassion are the bedrock of personal and social change.

Altruism in the Face of Violence

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Matthieu Ricard

At a time of worldwide challenges, altruism is an ever-more-urgent necessity. Whether we pursue a spiritual path or not, the first task we have to set for ourselves is to become better human beings.

Social-Emotional Learning: Why Now?

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Yet a closer examination of the science behind social-emotional learning reveals a story of human development that suggests an even deeper reason for implementing it -- one that goes beyond teaching these skills solely to remedy our social ills or to enhance academic success.

Days of Inspiration for the New Year!

Menna van Praag | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

"The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." -- Sylvia Plath Self-doubt is the meanest of murderers. It likes to torture its victims slowly, pullin...

Days of Inspiration for the New Year!

Menna van Praag | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

"Your will shall decide your destiny." -- Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre A creative life is not for the faint of heart, at least not if you want to mak...

On Dealing with Drunk Guys

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 03.15.2015 | Women
Kathleen Buckstaff

I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. I recently read a story that confirmed that women have been dealing with drunk men for thousands of years.

New Year, New You? No Way!

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Jessica R. Dreistadt

During the first few weeks of each new year, I feel overwhelmed with the deluge of advice for how I might improve my life. Lose weight. Save more. Get...