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The Secret to Well-Being

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Like love, happiness is often treated like a physical object we must find and snatch up. Yet, also like love, happiness is something we are more likel...

Your Brain on Exercise

Dr. Claudia Aguirre | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Claudia Aguirre

Evidently, exercising keeps our brain in shape just as much as it does our bodies. The great news is that it doesn't take much to reap the benefits -- moderate exercise, brisk walks, even just 30 minutes a day -- can power up our brain to renew itself and keep us sharp as a tack.

Meaning Is What We Make It

Stephenie Zamora | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephenie Zamora

We don't let ourselves love the people we want to love, do the things we want to do, pursue the passions that light us up, or reject the people and things that we simply don't resonate with. We think, "I'll deal with/get around to this later". But what if later never comes?

Rapper Scarface Opens Up About His Battle With Depression

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living

Rapper Brad "Scarface" Jordan opened up to HuffPost Live about being diagnosed with manic depression, which is detailed in his memoir Diary of a Madma...

How This Former Teen Mom Got Past Feeling Like She Had To 'Over-Parent'

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 04.23.2015 | Parents

As if facing motherhood as a teenager isn't challenging enough, countless young women must also battle the stereotype that they're unable to effective...

The Pit Bull at the Gate

Doug Kreeger | Posted 04.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Doug Kreeger

The first time I experienced sex I was too young to understand what the act was, let alone how to process the complex emotions of what was happening. ...

Of Melancholy and Magic

Anne Almasy | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Anne Almasy

The next time I lay down to die, I hope to be an old woman, with deeply-etched laugh lines and gnarled knuckles from gripping my camera too fervently, my pen too fondly. Because it won't be tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the day after that. I still have so much light to find.

Bully For Ancestry: The Upswing to the Mood Swing of Personal Growth

Greg Archer | Posted 04.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

We are never handed a "Growth Manual" when we enter this life. We often learn by observation and tend to integrate things from there--or try to. Of...

Suicide Is Not the Answer -- Reach Out!

Gigi G. | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Gigi G.

Why am I writing this post? On Thursday, one of our neighbors took his own life. He was a brilliant, talented man -- top of his field of work in Aust...

Depression: A Disease Lurking in the Shadows

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Marcel Hidalgo

Vince Grant has got the blues -- not the genre; he really has the blues. His new indie pop/rock EP starts with "Melancholia" and from there the next f...

Global Day of Hope Raises Awareness for 350 Million Living With Depression

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) is galvanizing support on Saturday, May 2, for Global Day of Hope, when ...

Having Both Depression And Type 2 Diabetes Increases Dementia Risk

Posted 04.18.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Agata Blaszczak-Boxe Published: April 15, 2015 12:14pm ET on LiveScience. Adults who have either depression or type 2 diabetes may have an ...

Would You Rather Be Right or Be Real? Letting Go of Our Obsession With Rightness

Nancy Colier | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Refrain from feeding your mind's case for your rightness and others' wrongness; turn away from the thoughts that habitually defend and explain your version of truth. Instead of diving into your mind's narrative and returning to engage in your defense, use your awareness as an invitation to inquire into your experience.

Can Sleep Problems in Teens Predict Substance Abuse?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep problems can set teens up for increased risk of substance use and abuse and the dangerous behaviors associated with alcohol and drugs. Poor and insufficient sleep also makes teens more likely to experience other health problems.

A Little Unwell

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 04.16.2015 | College
Stephen Gray Wallace

An era of senseless tragedies has begrudgingly brought to the fore issues of mental health and the fragility that often lies beneath the surface of sometimes highly functioning, seemingly "normal" people.

Taming the Beast: How I Stopped the Blame Game From Controlling My Life

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kruczyk

I escaped the cage and found freedom from the wood pellets and stale feeder food. Maybe certain people tried to look for me; maybe they didn't. I didn't care. I was a hamster with a plan. I came to a fork, took the road less traveled and began running like my life depended on it (and hey, maybe it did).

An Open Letter to 'Cool' Parents

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.16.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

If you act like a friend or a cool parent, then you are essentially giving up your role as an authority figure. This is not a good role to part with. Teens not only need authority figures in their lives, but they thrive when they have parents who set limits, boundaries and structure.

In the Meantime, Find What Brings You Joy

Z Zoccolante | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Z Zoccolante

Childhood can be terrible, my friend stated. It's important to remind people that it will get better. Between bites of breakfast, the discussion circl...

Why Shedding Weight Is So Important To My Mental Health

Mike Bushman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Fifty
Mike Bushman

Physically and mentally, I was slipping. A downward spiral began whirling. For 35 years, since the depths of my depression as a teenager, I've known that I can't afford to let that spiral continue. It takes me to a bad place. I also know what I need to do to heal myself. I've done it before.

What Happens When Your Midlife Crisis and Menopause Collide

Julie Dargan | Posted 04.12.2015 | Fifty
Julie Dargan

Most of us will meet a transition of some sort in life, and usually it occurs when we least expect it. Next time when you come across your "mini crises" take a step back and break it down.

Do You Feel Lonely?

Bernadette Farrell | Posted 04.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Bernadette Farrell

We are all born with and driven by a need for connection with others --a need to be loved and to belong, to be part of something or someone outside of ourselves. Loneliness is the feeling that we get as a result of being without the companionship of others.

I Have a Mental Illness, and I am More Than the Same Single Story

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

The problem with the same story about those suffering from mental illnesses is that it keeps us shrouded in secrecy and shame.

Christians Suck at Grieving

Zach Hunter | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Zach Hunter

Christians. There are some things we're good at. These things are ideas that most Christians agree on, at least in theory, and get right at least some of the time. For example, caring about those in need, working hard, and treating others as you want to be treated.

Make Meditation a Habit to Improve Your Life

Richard Taite | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Honestly, a 30-minute meditation session felt like some sort of torture for someone with a mind like mine. However, it was only a very short time before I started being able to sit longer and being more comfortable when I did.

Is It Right To Blame Depression For The Crash Of Germanwings Flight 9525?

David Feldman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
David Feldman

Countless media outlets have speculated strongly that mental illness -- particularly depression -- may have been the cause of the Germanwings tragedy. Here's why this troubling: It highlights the media's -- and by extension our society's -- tendency to view mental health difficulties as permanent.