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Is Your Life Today Not How You Want It to Be? Read This Comeback Story

Mercedes Maidana | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Mercedes Maidana

(Photo used with permission by Shannon Marie Quirk) This post is to hopefully inspire you to never give up on your dreams. I am a professional bi...

No Car, No Home -- Yet Truly Abundant

Mercedes Maidana | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Mercedes Maidana

Whatever is not serving you anymore will drop away. New space will be created to allow greater abundance in all of its expressions in your life: From more joy, to more creativity, to more forgiveness and peace of mind to more money, loving relationships, career success and anything you truly want.

How My Progressive Disease Taught Me That It's Okay To Be Human

Kristin Duquette | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Duquette

Facts are facts, there's no doubt about that, but the human spirit is truly immeasurable. No matter how immobile a person may be, the human spirit can light up a room. The human spirit is more powerful than the adversity we face. My spirit is bigger than a scientific diagnosis and weak muscles.

Excuses Get In The Way Of Success

Tyler Tervooren | Posted 03.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Tyler Tervooren

In each of those cases, there are two stories. One you can control, and one you can't. If you focus on the story you can't control, you'll spiral towards failure. But if you focus on the story you can, you'll spiral towards success.

How to Find Gratitude in the Midst of Challenges

Mercedes Maidana | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Mercedes Maidana

I want you to imagine a bright white light coming from above. It's the light of gratitude. Now surround yourself in that light. Get covered from your head to your toes in that white light and let it surround your fears and your pain.

Food Assistance Needs Remain High

Brynne Keith-Jennings | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Brynne Keith-Jennings

As many Americans prepare to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, millions in this country still have trouble affording enough to eat. Moreover, poverty and food insecurity, or the share of households with difficulty affording adequate food, remain well above pre-recession levels -- signs of the critical importance of SNAP and other food assistance.

Giving Thanks for Crud

Nancy Davis Kho | Posted 01.24.2015 | Parents
Nancy Davis Kho

I have spent a lot of tearful hours trying to figure out what possible good could be coming of this particular pile of crud. Last week, the liturgy included the line, "We give thanks for those moments that remind us that we are not in power." Being grateful to realize we're not in control?

Suffering Optional: Walking Into the Wild Is a Quest of Privilege

Andrea Louie | Posted 12.07.2014 | Arts
Andrea Louie

So today, as we are confronted daily with the images of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled extremists, I am unmoved to feel pity for the voluntary brushes with death that Marquis encountered.

Why the 'My Job Is Harder' Fight Isn't a Battle You Want to Win

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

If you want to be miserable, keep trying to win the "I have it harder than you do" award. If you want to be happy, express gratitude for the person on the other side.

This Dog Helped His Owner Through Testicular Cancer

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living

After being diagnosed with testicular cancer, one man found support in an unlikely place. Thomas Cantley joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarr...

When Do You Know You Need Therapy and How Do You Pick a Therapist? Dos and Don'ts

Ann Rasmussen | Posted 07.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Ann Rasmussen

The more active and forthright you can be in addressing difficult issues, including about the therapy experience itself, the more productive your therapy will be.

The Key To Making Difficult Moments Mean Something

OWN | Posted 04.23.2014 | OWN

On a bus bench in Bishop, Calif., spiritual teacher and author Adyashanti experienced an unexpectedly powerful shift of consciousness. He had spent ye...

How To Overcome Life's Ups And Downs

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

See every obstacle as an opportunity for personal growth. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Allow reality to set in and understand not only the scope of what is happening but also the reasons behind it.

Not All Happy Couples Have Had Happy Childhoods

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Many of the couples we know who are living deeply fulfilling lives grew up in situations that were far from ideal, and some were downright wretched. So, you might ask, what then are the critical factors that determine the likelihood of relationship success?

For Better or Worse Until...

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

If you love each other you shouldn't fight, things will be consistently blissful forever, you never have to say you're sorry... about anything, you'll never be lonely again and about a thousand other things that will turn out to be untrue. The word for these beliefs is "illusions."

WATCH: Finding Meaning In Great Tragedy

OWN | Posted 05.23.2013 | OWN

Elizabeth Lesser is the co-founder of Omega Institute and the author of "Broken Open," a book that explores how difficult times can help us grow not j...

The Alliance of Adversity

Raymond Torres | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Raymond Torres

Through struggle, we give birth to new features of our character. In those features, we unlock the possibility of appreciating our commonality and of realizing our most profound potential.

New York Is Meant to Break You

Greg Jacobs | Posted 12.09.2012 | New York
Greg Jacobs

The pain and struggle that come with living in this city are all worth it in the end. We're all climbing up the same stairs of an endlessly tall skyscraper, just trying to make it in a place that is meant to break us

How To Get Stronger Through The Storm, By 'Push Girl' Auti Angel

Auti Angel | Posted 09.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Auti Angel

Whether it's financial, the loss of a loved one, a health issue, or any other hurdle in your path, I find that if you take a step back and change your perception of the situation, you just might bounce back and prevail.

5 Ways To Cope With No-Win Scenarios

Linda Durnell | Posted 08.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Linda Durnell

We must be diligent in our efforts to overcome the challenges we face in our lives and never give up. When we refuse to look at situations as un-winnable or impossible, we gain the invaluable experience that will allow us to move forward in a new direction.

Happier People Deal Better With Hardships

U.S.News | Phillip Moeller | Posted 04.12.2012 | Healthy Living

By Philip Moeller for U.S. News Some people are much more resilient than others. They bounce back quickly from a hard day. They mourn but adjust to...

Getting More From Everyday: A Meditation for Discomfort and Stress

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 04.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

Through my mindfulness practice, I've had a glimpse at living authentically, but have yet to make that my permanent expression.

Hardship in America, Part 1: Majority of Poor Children Live in Households With Major Hardships

Arloc Sherman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

Poverty rates rose in 2010 under a variety of poverty measures, as the economic downturn continued and long-term unemployment hit record highs.

Advice for Graduates

Anne Hill | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Hill

You will often feel that you are going through the hardest years of your life. It will always be true. Accepting that life involves lots of hard work allows you the opportunity to do it anyway.

3 Steps That Turn Hardship Into Hope

Carolyn Rubenstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Rubenstein

Various studies show that an optimistic mindset will lift your mood and might add years to your life. But how do you look on the bright side when life is really bleak?