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#Compassion

On Erasing the Worst Five Minutes of Each Day

Sandra Shpilberg | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Sandra Shpilberg

This way the worst five minutes of each day turn into the best five minutes of each day, shining a bright neon sign that says "UNDER CONSTRUCTION" on the areas that need more attention for us to grow into self-aware, conscious, grateful people that embody loving kindness.

7 Steps to Being a Kinder Person

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

Kindness is the best gift. You know because it gives you that welcome skip in the heart, whether you're giving or receiving. Yet in this time of frantic holiday making, kindness can get lost along the way.

I Can Breathe; You Can Breathe -- Eric Garner Cannot

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Robert V. Taylor

The root word for spirituality means "breath of life." It is the breath of life that feeds our humanity, our values, our sense of connection to all sentient beings, our spiritual pulse and our uniqueness as individuals. Our life needs spirit and our spirit needs breath.

Take Care of Yourself This Holiday Season

Stephanie Harrison | Posted 02.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harrison

Self-care brings me great peace and joy, which in turn allows me to bring peace and joy to the world around me. It is empowering to be able to make small daily choices that have positive ripple effects through my life. This holiday season, how will you strengthen your light and use it to illuminate the world around you?

5 Ways Faith Contributes to Strong Marriages, New Studies Suggest

David Briggs | Posted 02.08.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Four studies published in the Journal of Family Psychology indicate that cultivating practices such as selfless prayer, spiritual intimacy and compassionate love can help keep couples happily together through the challenges of marriage.

What Do Emotional and Social Agility Have to Do With Creativity?

Todd Kashdan | Posted 02.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Todd Kashdan

Ask yourself, "Is this contributing to my wholeness?" and if you're getting constructive criticism, if you're dedicating effort toward a meaningful goal, and you feel uncomfortable... it is.

Compassion: Who Needs It Most Over the Holidays?

Catherine Zinger | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Zinger

And again I found myself guilty of having made false assumptions and was reminded that all is not what it appears to be -- that because a person is successful and admired deeply by so many, doesn't mean he doesn't suffer his own demons.

Room at the Inn

Steven Crandell | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
Steven Crandell

When you have no place to rest and little money, a coffee shop that permits you to visit its warm premises, use its free power or free Wi-Fi, that hands out cups of cold or hot water, is more than a resource. It's a temporary sanctuary.

I'll Keep That In Mind

Stephanie Giese | Posted 02.07.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Giese

I do not owe you an explanation, and I think anger is a healthy reaction to what this child has endured in his very short lifetime. As you huff and pull your children away from our "bad example," I will roll my eyes and remind myself that you do not know what you do not know.

Our Brains Are Hardwired For Compassion

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living

Our culture is often portrayed as greedy. We supposedly want money, power and fame, but at the same time, it's in our nature to care deeply for others...

Debunking the Myths About Boys and Emotions

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Yet scientists are discovering that what society says about men's (and boys') social and emotional abilities is simply not true, and that cultivating their natural capacity for emotional attunement and relationships is critical to their overall well-being. But we need to start when they're young.

The NYPD Needs Training in Compassion

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

In the wake of the death of Eric Garner, and the lack of indictment of the officer who killed him, I am heart-broken. I did not know Eric, nor did I k...

Compassion Is Not the Most Important Tool for Success

Rena DeLevie | Posted 02.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Rena DeLevie

Don't underestimate rest. It's a beautiful gift we can give ourselves. Rest the body, rest the mind, rest the heart. Rest is a gentle segue to sleep and, for most of us, we need to rest before we can drift off to sleep.

For a Better Brain, Please Sit Still

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

With mindfulness, the meditator cultivates an impartial and non-reactive awareness of everything inside and outside the body and mind. Compassion meditation strengthens an attitude of love for all other beings.

Here We Go Again. From Fear to Love?

Sister Jenna | Posted 01.31.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sister Jenna

The peace found deep within would be worth the attempt to move our comforts of fear to love, and loving each other the same, not only those who agree with our side of the story.

Healing by Degrees

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

For me, truth lies in the faith of forgiveness, and when I surrender to this "faith of forgiveness," a newfound freedom enters my life. I don't believe that forgiveness is a one-time act, but rather an unfolding process.

10 Best Lessons I've Learned From My Middle-Aged Body

Vikki Claflin | Posted 01.31.2015 | Fifty
Vikki Claflin

Last month, I turned 58. As in 'years old.' Fifty. Eight. I don't care who you are, 58 is no longer "young." Body parts have shifted downwards. Skin has lost its memory yarn. Thighs ripple when we're standing still. Once-defined triceps now flap like sheets on a clothesline. Weight has moved into our hips and bellies with the tenacity of squatters on the back 40 of the Ponderosa.

The Radical Choice of Militant Kindness

Kindness Blog | Posted 01.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Kindness Blog

Kindness. It seems like such an easy choice. But a crazy thing happens when you drop your guard and step from behind that icy stand-offish barrier: people become comfortable around you.

Why Parents Should Introduce Philanthropy to Their Children

Lynn M. Croneberger | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Lynn M. Croneberger

When I was a young teen, my parents took me to visit poverty-stricken communities in my hometown of Detroit, MI. It was their way of giving me a crash course in philanthropy, and I learned a lot from those visits.

Acknowledging Our Shared History

Maura O'Neill | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Maura O'Neill

As long as I have been able to vote elected officials at the local, state and federal level have struggled with what to do about immigration. When I u...

The Groundbreaking Study Proving Dogs Can Help Us to Be More Fully Human

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

While teaching his partner dog basic obedience, the dog opened Ernesto's heart and mind to feelings of empathy, patience, pride, responsibility, and loving affection he had not experienced in his childhood or adolescence.

You Are More Than Your Job

Rena DeLevie | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Rena DeLevie

Knowing who we are and how we want to be in this world, this is what makes work fun. The way we do it -- in fashion or electrical engineering or waste management -- doesn't matter as much as the awareness of self.

As We Are

Francesca Milliken | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Francesca Milliken

Carrie spoke through narrow lips that looked like they were sewn on too tightly. She had the gravelly voice of a lifetime smoker, but her trembly tone...

10 Ways to Have a Meaningful Thanksgiving

Kindness Blog | Posted 01.24.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Clink your glass often in praise of others. Toast the chefs and hosts, generously complimenting them, even if the turkey is a bit dry and the green beans are overcooked. You will enjoy the food and company more if you prime yourself for appreciative thoughts by voicing them loudly.

Our Infertility Rap Sheets

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 01.24.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

As men and women suffering through infertility treatments we are identifying ourselves, sometimes completely, through how many treatments we have endured. We are so much more than this.