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What's the Lesson in the Story You Tell?

Kare Anderson | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

Want to understand and share the incidents of your life in ways that make them meaningful to others? Nothing rings more real than sharing the stories that mark turning points in your life.

What Not To Do When You're Fighting

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 07.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

All relationships have conflict. Conflicts are a part of life and can provide an opportunity for learning and growth -- if they are approached with caring for yourself and the other person.

WATCH: Love 'Em Anyway

Brad Yates | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

We can't even solve what is going on inside ourselves with hate. In order to cultivate more love in the world, we need to cultivate it inside ourselves first... and we can't wait until everyone "out there" changes and behaves better.

How to Let Your Inner Elvis Out

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 07.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

The practice is to acknowledge our fear and embrace it rather than deny or run from it. To embrace our fear means we are making a conscious choice not to allow it to define who we are or what we can accomplish.

After Boston, Eyes-Wide Open Hope?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Frances Moore Lappe

How do we know the difference between head-in-the-sand hope and eyes-wide-open hope? One is a killer; the other, a life-giver.

Lost and Found

Myra Demeter | Posted 06.29.2013 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

They can't be avoided and they tug at my heart -- the flyers crying out for lost cats and dogs. I try not to look at the postings, but find I am drawn to the sad faces and I involuntarily begin to scour yards, sidewalks and driveways, hoping to spot a glimpse of the lost pet.

4 Steps To Managing The Fear Response

Marc Schoen, Ph.D. | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Marc Schoen, Ph.D.

Can we do something to reverse the fear epidemic? Yes, we have two choices: either to remain at the mercy of our fears or to take control of our fears. Choosing to manage our fears is far easier than you might think.

How To Stay Present During An Emergency

Connie Corley | Posted 06.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Connie Corley

For the first time in my 30-plus years of teaching on a university campus, I was part of an evacuation that was not just a drill. Here are the keys to "CLICK" that I found myself using in order to stay calm as this emergency unfolded.

Reclaiming Your Life After Being Diagnosed as Chronically-Ill

Toni Nagy | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Toni Nagy

I wish that during those dark days, I had access to a book that so well articulated not only how I felt, but also how I could actually come to change my viewpoint. It took me years to begin a proactive path of psychological and spiritual healing.

Fear, Good and Bad: Lessons From an Awful Week in Boston

David Ropeik | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

Fear is not something we can turn off, something we can consciously control.

How to Fearlessly Fight Childhood Hypochondria

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 06.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

In this day and age of self-diagnosis via the Internet, it seems that everyone can find something wrong with themselves by conducting a simple search of symptoms online. Sadly, even young people fall prey to this.

Am I Menopausal or a Powerful Werewolf?

Donna Highfill | Posted 06.23.2013 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

Maybe real life has gotten so boring for those constantly entertained by television that we're sure we must have magical powers, because checking in and out of a mind-numbing job is just a little too depressing to accept.

How Faith Conquers Fear: The Week After The Boston Terror

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The goal of terrorism is not simply to hurt and kill people. It is to instill fear. It is to create a climate of uncertainty in which people are afraid to leave their homes and engage in the basic tasks of life. Our best response is faith.

Why You Haven't Accomplished Your Big Goal

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

The reality stung for a moment. But then... I felt liberated. After all, if I couldn't be the best runner around, then I could just focus on being the best runner I could be. Knowing and accepting I'd never be the best at it actually made me free.

When You Get Back in the Saddle Again, Expect to Fall

Holly Sidell | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Holly Sidell

I decided to dip my toe back into the water... and belly-flopped instead. I had set myself up to fail because I had set unreasonable expectations in place.

Getting Knocked in the Head

Peri Pakroo | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Peri Pakroo

Sure, challenges are great for learning and personal growth, but what if you're trying to create in the moment and you haven't had time to process what you're going through? What if it's just too damn heavy to deal with creatively? That's what I've been grappling with.

If Everybody Likes You, You Are Doing It Wrong

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

If about 85 percent of the people you meet like you, you are probably doing something right. In contrast, if much more than 85 percent of the people you meet like you, you are probably doing too much to get along.

How To Keep Our Babies Safe

Glennon Melton | Posted 06.20.2013 | Parents
Glennon Melton

Safe means that you are being your best self and living the life you've imagined even in the face of uncertainty. It means that you are being kind and brave -- to yourself and to others -- even if you are afraid. Even when you don't know what's going to happen next.

Fear Shuts Down Boston

David Ropeik | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

Our responses may not make intellectual sense tomorrow, or whenever this calms down (hopefully with no or minimal additional violence), when we can look back at things in the cool calm of rational hindsight, but they make emotional sense now. Because we are afraid.

Letting Love Win: Coping with Fear, Anger, Grief and Despair in the Wake of Tragedy

Lauren Jacobs | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Jacobs

It can be so hard to find love in our hearts, to imagine peace, to practice compassion, to have faith in a benevolent universe after terrible things happen. But for as long as we hold on to anger and fear, we add to the darkness in our own hearts and in the world.

Remembering to Breathe After Boston

Amber Hinds | Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents
Amber Hinds

I look at my little girls and I think about how every single person started this way: innocent and precious, naturally inclined to do good.

To My 7-Year-Old Son: "Your Play Date Isn't Going To Happen Today"

Jeanine Goodwin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents
Jeanine Goodwin

Like most Bostonians, I never dreamed that we would experience a day like this in Newton.

On Not Bonking

Michael Rudin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Los Angeles
Michael Rudin

I'll admit that for the last twelve or so years, I wake up every morning expecting exactly Monday. Or at least some horrific form of it. Looped feeds, eyewitnesses, social feeds feeding.

Boston Mayhem: The New, New, New Normal

Lisa Belkin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

I spent much of Thursday night virtually holding my 21-year-old niece's hand -- and she mine. She was alone in her house in Newton, MA, across the Mass Pike from Waterbury, and she could hear the explosions and the sirens. "Is this normal?" she asked as we texted through the night. It is now. Over and over we learn -- that we can't protect our children, that we can't guarantee tomorrow, that we should treasure today because tomorrow a crazy police chase might lock down your neighborhood. That is something lost, yes, but it is also something found. This is not the first time we have been knocked off our feet, and we are not the first generation to pick ourselves back up. That is normal. It will take us a while. We'll mourn and grieve and recalibrate. And then... We'll get started.

Lessons: Boston and the Human Spirit

Binta Niambi Brown | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Binta Niambi Brown

I am a runner. I'm not likely to ever qualify for Boston, but as always, I will do what I can do... and when I run, will carry Boston in my heart.