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Fear Is Just a Nightmare: An Ancient Japanese Tale

Dragos Bratasanu | Posted 11.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dragos Bratasanu

AN ANCIENT JAPANESE TALE During a war in ancient Japan, the invading army would quickly sweep through villages, kill everybody and take control. In o...

Open Letter to Students in Light of Recent Events

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

You know, you're young, and yet in your lifetime, you've known, most of your lifetime, a post-9/11 world. You are not the first generation to know violence in your time. You, I'm afraid, will not be the last.

An Open Letter To Anyone Having A Bad Week

Clara Wagner | Posted 11.12.2015 | Women
Clara Wagner

I'm sorry. I have no idea why your week is bad, or how bad it actually is. But I want you to know that your grumpy, stressed out, short-tempered self is just as awesome as your cheerful self. Please do not shun your suffering.

Why You Should Give the Gift of Encouragement

Gregory Ciotti | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Gregory Ciotti

Just as important as the work you do is the person you bring to work. Your mood, outlook, and actions echo out to those around you. One of the best w...

Oh, It's College.

Taylor Johnson | Posted 10.27.2015 | College
Taylor Johnson

In this very moment, I find myself ranting to a friend, as I continued to talk like my life depends upon it, she looks up from her bed cluttered with over-priced textbooks and said, "Why is college so bizarre?"

Four Ways My Selfishness Healed My Marriage

Toneka Etienne, Ph.D. | Posted 10.22.2015 | Black Voices
Toneka Etienne, Ph.D.

I know it may sound a bit counterintuitive, but I decided to place my own personal development and interests as a priority. And you know what? My marriage became stronger in the process.

Beauty and Pain: Finding Encouragement in Strange Bedfellows

Sarah Burkhart | Posted 10.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sarah Burkhart

I've been working on a photography project for most of 2015. Not necessarily with any purpose in mind for it. Or at least no clear purpose in the publ...

Are You Afraid to Travel? How to Change Your Life for Good!

Erika Lafrennie | Posted 10.01.2015 | Travel
Erika Lafrennie

If the world stopped spinning at this very moment, could you honestly say you are satisfied with the way you are living your life? What aren't you doing because you are allowing fear to stand in the way? And what would you do differently if you knew you could not fail?

The Problem of Invisible Resistance

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Bronwyn Lea

The first two or three miles were gorgeous: an encouraging warm sun just rising, the breeze in my hair, the regular breathing that felt like life in my lungs. But a few miles in, I was suffering.

5 Lies We Tell Ourselves

Cheryl Elizabeth | Posted 09.22.2015 | Women
Cheryl Elizabeth

Yes, sometimes lies work for us. For example, there are times when we should say yes to a new commitment. But when we think of these statements as absolutes, it can cause us stress and make us hesitate to do what we know in our hearts is best.

Overcoming the Blues When You Didnt Hit Your Life Goals

Shanita Hubbard | Posted 09.15.2015 | Black Voices
Shanita Hubbard

I treat birthdays like most folks treat New Year's Eve. It's not only EPIC but It's also a time where I look back at my year and determine if it was successful or not. This year I will be celebrating a birthday.

How Small Changes Can Radically Improve Your Mindset

Alicia T. Glenn | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Alicia T. Glenn

The more frequently you start using positive self-talk, your subconscious mind will slowly start to replace the negative programming.

Why We Must Play 'Know and Tell' With Our Story

Kimberly Inskeep | Posted 08.18.2015 | Women
Kimberly Inskeep

Even on days that seem uneventful, your story is being written. Whether or not your story evolves into the life you've always wanted is dependent upon how well you know your story from the past, how you live your story today (yes, TODAY!), and what directs your story for the future.

Guide to Mothers Raising Teenage Daughters

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

realistically, she wants to be separate from her mother physically and emotionally most of the time. She's a teenager who wants her own identity. So how do you focus your motherhood to maintain a solid relationship with your growing teenage daughter?

That 'One Little Thing' You've Been Meaning to Say? Say It

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 07.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

Sometimes, it's the smallest thing... the simplest sentence... one tiny expression of encouragement and love... or just a quick email out of the blue... that can really impact someone's day.

When Motherhood Is Harder Than You Thought

Sarah Sandifer | Posted 07.14.2015 | Parents
Sarah Sandifer

I pour the juice and pour out the blocks and pour out the multi-toned painting water. I pour out the snacks and I pour some coffee and then I pour the coffee again because the first cup got cold.

What to Do When You're Discouraged: A Return to Courage

Pam Stucky | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Pam Stucky

If courage is bravery, then maybe when we are discouraged, what we're really feeling is fear. The further away we are from courage, the closer we are to our fears.

An Open Letter to All of the Impacted

Taylor Johnson | Posted 06.03.2015 | College
Taylor Johnson

So, I leave you with this: Did you ever imagine seeing your name Sharpied on some ones hand? I hope so, because that is what life is all about.

When the Going Gets Tough

Simran Baxendale | Posted 05.13.2015 | College
Simran Baxendale

Courage is a difficult characteristic to possess. The courage to be different, the courage to succeed and even the courage to try something new and risk failure are all forces that govern our daily activities.

My Thank You To Leslie

Brian Akers | Posted 05.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Akers

Leslie was the kindest and most loving human being I've ever known. She was genuine in her interest in others and would do anything to support and encourage their success.

Time, Hope, and Stark Determination... March on... Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk, May 2, 2015 SF

Debbie Davis | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Debbie Davis

It doesn't take a family member or friend to be a brain tumor survivor, or to know someone who has lost their life to this ugly disease, to help fight the fight or 'talk the walk and walk the talk.' But it definitely can make you pay attention and participate.

How You Can Help Someone With Mental Illness: What to Do First

Farsh Askari | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Farsh Askari

Instead of an assessment (which implies judgment) and advice (which implies expertise), what someone who's mentally distressed, in any context, needs first, mentally and emotionally, is some acknowledgment and support.

What's It Like?

Mary Katherine Backstrom | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Mary Katherine Backstrom

I had wondered that same question not so long ago. When my belly and heart were stretched to the brink with life and potential.

Courage: It's Just About... Life

Mark Brodinsky | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Brodinsky

Whether you are selling something, are in some other career, not working at all, just starting out, or simply living life -- and flying high, or feeling low -- courage is a must. For without courage, all is lost.

How I Lost a Kidney and Gained My Faith

Mary Katherine Backstrom | Posted 06.22.2015 | Women
Mary Katherine Backstrom

"You are donating your right kidney, correct?" Sharpie Nurse asked without really needing an answer. "That's what my kidnappers said," I cracked, as she pulled aside my hospital gown. She scrawled a big YES on my right side and a NO on my left. I felt cold.