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Helping Others

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.

There is a Little Bit of Katie Meyler in Each of Us (And Why I'm Going to a Single Mom)

Jenn Lyons | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Jenn Lyons

Inside we all know there is something we can do for the greater good. We need to listen to the voice reminding us that we are fortunate and often take basic essentials for granted -- yet others are not as lucky.

Raising Children, Raising Citizens

Jennifer Bly | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Bly

We're not just raising children, we're raising a future. We're raising hope. We're raising the next generation of citizens.

The Incredible Value Of Gratitude At Work

Noelle Nelson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Noelle Nelson

When you're the boss or in a supervisory position at work, gratitude for your employees can make a real impact -- not only to your workers, but also t...

I Would Have Starved Without the Food Bank

Jennifer Bly | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Bly

The reality is, we all have times of need. We all have moments when we have to reach out for help. At that time in my life I was thankful for the food bank. Their services helped feed my mind and body so that I could continue with my education.

5 Great Reasons To Be Selfish

Meg Dennison | Posted 06.20.2015 | Fifty
Meg Dennison

Selfishness is a dirty word for many people. And yet, how are we to care for others, achieve at our highest level, be our best selves if we are not giving ourselves the time and care it takes to be our best?

Asking Questions Is Really Hard

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 06.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

So please understand that the next time I ask you a question, it is because I need your help. I don't ask questions about things for which I already have an answer. And if I ask you a question that doesn't make sense to you, please know that I am doing my best to inquire about something that I obviously don't have enough information to even ask the proper questions, so help me out.