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Cynicism

A Bad Attitude Could Cost You $3,600 A Year

Amy Morin | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

Do you think most people are selfish? Do you have difficulty trusting people, even when they treat you with kindness? If so, research shows your attitude may be affecting your income.

Want To Make More Money? Try Changing Your Attitude, Scientists Say

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 06.02.2015 | Science

Being a cynic comes at a pretty high cost -- literally as well as figuratively. A cynical worldview has been linked with poor physical health as w...

What Was So Great About A Gen X Childhood?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Daniel Cubias

I'm here to tell you that growing up the way we did was not a long-term favor or blessed accomplishment. Let me be clear that I don't blame my parents. No, my disdain for nostalgia has more to do with cold, hard facts and unpleasant anecdotes than personal issues.

Are You Single for the Right Reasons?

Lisa Firestone | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

There is nothing wrong with being single. In fact, one of the most important lessons someone can learn is that they can be a whole and happy person on...

Between Rocco's and a Hard Place

Charlie Carillo | Posted 06.03.2015 | New York
Charlie Carillo

I'm about to leave the house on my way to the airport and when I pat my jacket pocket to make sure I've got my wallet, it's not there. Don't panic, I tell myself -- it's somewhere in the house.

How a Stranger's Parenting Story Made Me Realize How Life Perspectives Can Change

Catherine Zinger | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Catherine Zinger

It's been said that those who know the deepest sadness wear the brightest smiles or that the most compassionate are those who have experienced searing heartache.

15 Things to Let Go of in 2015

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

One of my Facebook friends is letting go of 50 percent of his Facebook time in 2015, and I think I might follow suit. How many relationships, interesting conversations, and business opportunities have you missed because you were glued to your screen?

Why More Women Are Burning Out in Their 20s and 30s

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 03.08.2015 | Women
Paula Davis-Laack

Messages about self-care and the importance of recovery aren't always sent as strongly as messages about achievement and success, and that has implications for how women eventually work, live, and parent.

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

Cynics, Stoics and Other People

William Irvine | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
William Irvine

Medical researchers recently made headlines when they reported that cynics are more likely to develop dementia than non-cynics. In the study, publishe...

Curing a Critical Spirit in Students

Tim Elmore | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

The irony of our day is this: we may have produced the most critical kids in modern history, but also ones who cannot take criticism themselves.

How Burnout Impacts Men and Women Differently

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Do women and men experience burnout differently? If we can pinpoint the ways men and women experience burnout, then folks like me who work to help busy professionals better prevent burnout can tailor better, earlier and more specific interventions.

Global Warming: The Inevitability Trap

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Paul Loeb

Is the biggest hurdle on climate change outright denial? Or is it the sense that of being overwhelmed and too late, that there's nothing we can do?

A Kiss for the Hopelessly Jaded

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2014 | Media
Mark Morford

Do not misunderstand. Some (most?) pop culture chyme comes predisposed to caricature, and frequently deserves parody (Hi, Kanye West). But in the case of a humble and heartfelt, low-budget moment, parody can also be the sincerest form of casual cruelty.

Have Scandal and House of Cards Succumbed to Post-Snowden Syndrome?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.25.2014 | Entertainment
Lorraine Devon Wilke

To watch two concurrent, high-profile dramas about the presidency and the government and have both as fixated on the darkest, most vile, unscrupulous, and cynical versions of that place, those jobs, and most of the people populating them, is to reflect a culture at odds with itself. Certainly its government.

Killing More Than Kennedy

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher Holshek

Kennedy's call to action, from his first to his last day as president, was a constant call to citizenship - local, national, and global. It was a call to embrace the promise of American reinvention and renewal.

On the 50th Anniversary of His Assassination, JFK's Message Is More Important Now Than Ever

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We were once a country that wasn't scared to do the big things, weren't we?

Their Real Goal: To Make Us All So Cynical About Government, We Give Up

Robert Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

As average Americans give up on government, they pay less attention to what government does or fails to do -- thereby making it easier for the moneyed interests to get whatever they want.

Why Feeling Competitive Is A Good Thing

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Competitive feelings are an indication of what we want, and acknowledging what we want is key to getting to know ourselves.

3 Other Things Christians Ought to Worry About

John Backman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
John Backman

We've spent decades fighting over sex, sexuality, and gender. To a large extent, however, we have missed speaking out on other weighty matters: the megatrends of our age.

Lifting the Veil: Obama Has Compromised My Notion of Hope -- Which Has Led to Greater Faith... And Not in O

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Loren-Paul Caplin

My loss of hope in the vision of change that Obama inspired -- and it's subsequent morph or collapse into my individual Faith -- is not a binary phenomena. It's not an either/or, all or nothing, in or out thing.

The Post-Cynical Christian

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Skepticism is a good and healthy thing. But cynicism is a spiritually dangerous thing because it is a buffer against personal commitment. Personal commitment is all that has ever changed the world, transformed human lives, and altered history.

People Know They Matter When...

Angela Maiers | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Angela Maiers

Choose2Matter is a global movement that challenges people to solve problems that break their hearts.

The Triumph of Progressivism: Graduation 2013 and 1968

Robert Reich | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
Robert Reich

Many of you soon-to-be college graduates are determined to make the world a better place. But many of you are cynical about politics. You see the system as inherently corrupt. You doubt real progress is possible. Let me remind you: Cynicism is a self-fulfilling prophesy.

5 Unconscious Habits That Block Your Inner Peace

Pamela Dussault | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Pamela Dussault

There are many different ways to attain inner peace, tranquility and serenity. Practicing meditation, affirmations and breath work are a few good ones. However, sometimes hidden blockages exist that may prevent you from attaining that inner calm you seek.