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I Spent a Year Listening to Strangers Tell Stories They Can't Share With Anyone Else

Helena Bala | Posted 01.25.2016 | Women
Helena Bala

For a little over a year now, I've listened to strangers I meet on Craigslist tell me stories they've never told anyone before.

How to Save Lives When You Travel

Amanda Walkins | Posted 12.29.2015 | Travel
Amanda Walkins

Traveling ignites something in the soul - there's no denying that. Every new experience, every new place explored, and every cultural barrier knocked down brings about a change in our perspectives and in the very way we live our lives.

Refuting ISIS & Reaffirming America --Tis the Season to Help -- Not Trump -- Thy Neighbor

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 12.11.2015 | Impact
Douglas Kmiec

ISIS is busy "radicalizing" the mentally or socially challenged worldwide via the internet. One of its consistent themes is that the U.S. is in decli...

Everything Is Awful and I'm Not Okay: Questions to Ask Before Giving Up

Catherine Sigit | Posted 12.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Sigit

Recently I've found an interesting blog post with self-care questions to ask during depression or suicidal ideation. The author, Sinope, has been seei...

#CoolToCare - Engaging the Youth for Global Changes

Gage Cass Woodle | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Gage Cass Woodle

If you look around at recent events it might seem that the world is falling apart. However, humanity has dealt with tragedy and injustice forever. So now, thanks to the global village that social media has created, there is immediacy to the awareness in which our fears are broadcast and regurgitated back to us.

Honoring Our Veterans at Annual Luncheon

Marc A. Coronel | Posted 12.03.2015 | Los Angeles
Marc A. Coronel

While there are many companies in the entertainment industry that make considerable monetary donations to a variety charities, one company consistently takes philanthropy to another level entirely. United Talent Agency, with one of the most impressive talent rosters in the business, consistently raises the bar in terms of fostering a culture of generosity and giving back to the community.

One Of The Most Powerful Ways To Find Meaning In Your Life

Mara Karpel, Ph.D. | Posted 11.03.2015 | Fifty
Mara Karpel, Ph.D.

I saw a photo on Facebook of an elderly man panhandling in New York City. He was in a wheelchair and holding an old-style flip-phone. A comment was made about how this man was tricking people out of money because he obviously had enough to buy a cellphone.

A Pair Of Shoes Can Travel A Long Distance

Marc A. Coronel | Posted 10.28.2015 | Los Angeles
Marc A. Coronel

Thousands have no choice but to call this home, but most if not all are alone without shelter. Due to this lack of resources, many walk hours to find a place they call home. South of Third Street, West of Alameda Street, North of Seventh Street, San Julian and 6th: Welcome to SKID ROW.

How Do We Make Sure We Matter?

Grace de Rond | Posted 10.21.2015 | Good News
Grace de Rond

We all have an inner drive that pushes us to be an uplifter, to be a creator of positive change. And opportunities are everywhere. Everyone we encounter would like to hear us say, "The world is nicer because you're here. You're wonderful, and I'm glad I know you."

4 Things To Think About Before Offering Advice To Someone In Pain

Lauren Marie Fleming | Posted 10.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Marie Fleming

Before you offer advice to someone in pain, think about these four things:

How to Create a Culture of Giving

Stephen Turban | Posted 10.13.2015 | College
Stephen Turban

Massage trains are the perfect "giving organization." They create a "pay-it-forward" norm, and they train members to help everyone else. Massage trains can teach us a lot about the psychology of groups. In particular, they show us how to create a giving culture.

Changing the Lyrics: Finding the Meaning of Prayer

Christine Organ | Posted 10.09.2015 | Religion
Christine Organ

How could I explain to him that my deepest prayers are not the ones that start with a "dear God" or have any sentences at all, but the ones that start with a deep sigh, hold plenty of tears, and consist almost entirely of a desperate "please-please-please"?

Can We Keep the Empathy State of Mind Alive?

Alyssa Piperis | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Alyssa Piperis

The 14th anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone. My social media newsfeeds are filled with less outward sensitivity and commemoration today than they w...

Warm Up Those Emails!

Sar Haribhakti | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
Sar Haribhakti

Cold emailing is now a very prevalent tactic used for building connections for getting us where we envision ourselves sometime down the road.

How Do We Do the Just-Right Thing?

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Kay Tacke Morse

Doing the right thing is relative, I realize. Yet, I am curious if there is a basic foundation of character within us that leads us to make more 'right' rather than 'wrong' choices?

Open Letter to the Immigrant

Erdika Wirengjurit | Posted 09.06.2015 | World
Erdika Wirengjurit

Dear Sisters; Dear Brothers, Your reasons to cross the lands and seas to come to us may be justified for security reasons, economical reasons or sim...

Why I Stopped Giving Unsolicited Advice

Sezin Koehler | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Sezin Koehler

What a relief to let go of that cumbersome crutch of advice-giving and get down to the business of being an active and supportive friend, finding out what they need from me, not saddling them with what I think they need.

Doing Something for Someone Else Without Keeping the Score!

Amanda Gore | Posted 08.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amanda Gore

A person who is happy to help you, guide you or set you on the right path and expects nothing in return. They don't think in terms of "reward," or expecting you to reciprocate. Their joy is in seeing you prosper, grow or develop.

Reading Lessons: The Art of Not Giving Up

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 08.06.2015 | Impact
Jan DeBlieu

I am teaching a little boy to read. That is, I am hoping to teach a little boy to read. The first sentence expresses what I envisioned when I signed up last spring to work as a volunteer tutor with young Latino students. The second reflects reality.

A Step at a Time: High Adventure and a Lesson on Helping Others

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Jan DeBlieu

Last month I had an incredible adventure, marked with a few moments of -- well, "terror" is probably too strong a word. But it's fair to say that I was well out of my comfort zone and nose-to-nose with my own mortality.

We Create Harmony: The Brand and Campaign That Kickstarts Careers

Sara Panagiotopoulou | Posted 06.30.2015 | Style
Sara Panagiotopoulou

One of the toughest obstacles new designers face is how to successfully market their label so that it produces a sustainable profit, allowing them to survive in the saturated marketplace.

What's Generativity and Why It's Good for You

Elizabeth A. Havey | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth A. Havey

Generativity also means creating the very future itself through teaching, nursing, volunteering, voting, forming and helping social institutions like community centers, churches, schools and health centers. In each of these created things resides a part of us and the good in us.

How Red Cross Issues Hurt Others Who Help

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Jacqueline Wilson

There are still many amazing and honest nonprofits out there -- both large and small. Do your research. Ask them questions. Don't be shy about inquiring exactly where your money goes.

Big Ears. Ice Skating. And, Getting UNSTUCK!

JP Maroney | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
JP Maroney

It was October, 1974. Houston, Texas. My family gathered at "The Houston Galleria" to celebrate my 4th birthday party. A favorite place of mine... "Ferrell's Ice Cream Parlor."

The X-Factors of Success

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 06.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

To be successful you must work hard, count deeply on yourself and strive to owe nothing. You know you are a "somebody" when you are both intelligent and kind. These are traits hard to find wrapped up in one person.