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First World Problems

The Problem With First-World Problems

Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D.

One of the biggest drawbacks to having a life filled with first-world problems is that our days can all too easily become consumed with unpleasant tasks -- the sorts of "to-do list" items that cause us to moan and feel the walls of our life closing in.

You Have First World Problems, Now Experience First World Hell

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 07.21.2015 | Comedy

  First world problems ... in the next world. We all imagine hell as a fiery landscape, filled with people being tortured for all etern...

How an Easter Dress Taught Me About Gratitude

Jenny Evans | Posted 05.25.2015 | Parents
Jenny Evans

I don't think I've ever bought her an "Easter dress" in her life, mostly because I don't buy stuff unless we need it and I like to think of us as minimalists. Also because I'm cheap. But as my daughter organized her closet full of dresses, I realized we were far from minimalists.

10 First-World Problems That Will Put Things In Perspective

BuzzFeed | Nathan W. Pyle | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact

I know that many of the “problems” I complain about on social media are experiences only privileged people would know. This year for Thanksgiving,...

The World Has Problems? Ask Your Kids to Solve Them!

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Fifty
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

What happens when 2,000 kids from around the world show up in Ames, Iowa to solve world problems? They get solved, and by some of the brightest kid's who are between 10 - 18 years old!

Weird Al Has Some Classic First World Problems

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 07.21.2014 | Comedy

Have you ever bought so many groceries you can't fit them in your fridge? Have you ever been unable to take a shower because the maid was cleaning the...

Hard Lessons Learned by the Temporarily Homeless

Stephanie Lam | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
Stephanie Lam

Every college student is excited to be going home, graduating, or embarking on a grand adventure for the summer. I was supposed to have an internship with an amazing PR company and a whole summer in NYC. What I hadn't planned for was being kicked out onto the street at the last minute. In other words, I was homeless.

I Look Like Katy Perry, and it Sucks

Aimee Heckel | Posted 07.02.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

My friends now like to sneak in my name in karaoke with "I Kissed a Girl." If I protest, it becomes a big deal and draws attention. But the one time I went along with it, the DJ complimented my "impersonation."

This Video Proves Your First World Problems Aren't Real Issues

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact

Having trouble ordering pizza? Tell that to the starving children of the world. That's the jarring message of "Domino's Pizza Complaints," a YouTub...

Rewire Your Brain for Positive Thinking

Amanda Gore | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Amanda Gore

Become conscious of the origin of your thinking; trust your "gut feel' and listen to your heart's wisdom. Then you will choose kind and positive thoughts!

#Firstcenturyproblems (Matthew 1:18-25)

Rev. Keith Anderson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Rev. Keith Anderson

With just a few days to go before Christmas, many Americans will be rushing around completing their Christmas preparations: doing their last minute shopping, finalizing travel plans, figuring out how to deal with awkward family dynamics.

The One Thing You Need To Know When You're Having 'One Of Those Days'

Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.04.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Our credit card number has been stolen at least three times in the past six months. I blame it on my husband who regularly leaves the card at various scuzzy food joints. He blames it on me for shopping online. It's probably both or neither or just the fact that credit card theft is on the rise.

7 Everyday Complaints That Are Really Just Reminders To Be Grateful

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Updated December 2, 2013: 12 p.m. EST. Whether it's lamenting about loans or long lines, some of us love to complain like it's our job. (Especial...

Meditation for the Damned

Mark Morford | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Morford

You guys! Great news: Researchers have identified a new, fifth kind of boredom. It's true! Apparently the first four were getting a little musty, a little inadequate to describe what researchers say is a new, ultramodern kind of disinterested numbness.

Cancer Is Relative

Dan Duffy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

Let me introduce you to the idiot that was me 11 years ago. I actually said, "Man, that's nothing compared to what I have coming to me." I still cringe when I think of those words today, because when you are going through cancer, the last thing that will ever help you is comparing your situation to others.

17 Ridiculous 'First-World Problems'

Streeter Seidell | Posted 12.18.2013 | Books
Streeter Seidell

The difference is subtle, but it's there. To be a White Whiner your complaint must convey, simultaneously, that you are both fortunate and irritated.

8 People Who Don't Deserve A New iPhone

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.02.2013 | Technology

The new iPhone 5S is pretty awesome. Anyone who wants to buy it and show it off should do so... unless they're one of these people. These people are t...

Why My Body Image Issues Are Not a 'FIrst World' Problem

Jillian Lauren | Posted 11.17.2013 | Women
Jillian Lauren

Every time I talk about body image issues, I can preemptively hear the charges of "first world problems" being leveled at me. It's a popular argument these days and I'm not convinced it's a useful one.

ReThink Review: Afternoon Delight -- The Women of Summer

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.30.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

This summer has felt like a particularly strong one for women in independent film. Now, Kathryn Hahn makes a wonderful (mostly) dramatic turn in Afternoon Delight, a film about a woman who attempts to bring meaning to her life by letting a stripper move in with her family.

On Egypt and First World Choice

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Cassie Premo Steele

Sexuality, revolution, death, and love -- these are things that happen to us whether we choose them or not. Only someone whose life is so cradled in first world privilege can afford to deny this.

#MillennialProblems: 7 Issues Boomers Didn't Grow Up WIth

The Huffington Post | Katerina Rosen | Posted 07.24.2013 | Fifty

Although the onset of the tech age has made life so much more convenient, new technology has also created a host of first world problems that todays' ...

How To Raise A Kid Who Isn't Whiny And Annoying

Lyz Lenz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lyz Lenz

The tooth fairy only brings a quarter. There is no adjustment for inflation. Your birthday cake will probably always come from the store, as will your Valentine's cards for school. I didn't buy baby moccasins because the ROI on that investment was one good Instagram picture.

The Dentapist

Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | Comedy
Sarah Barness

The man looks deep into my soul and says, "Grinding is usually a sign of stress or anxiety. Your teeth are much more damaged than they should be for someone your age. Do you want to talk about it?"


Jill Knapp | Posted 03.15.2013 | College
Jill Knapp

I wanted to talk a little about the term First World Problems ( or "White People Problems" as some people say), and how ridiculous I think it is.

Jason Gilbert

Today In First-World Problems: An Electronic Fork That Buzzes When You Eat Too Quickly | Jason Gilbert | Posted 01.09.2013 | Technology

LAS VEGAS -- If your spouse, significant other, mother, father and friends are all telling you how to eat in order to shed some pounds, now, thanks to...