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Helping Others

The Incredible Value Of Gratitude At Work

Noelle Nelson | Posted 04.24.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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.

Rabbit Hole Invitations: Saying 'No!' to Conflicts You Don't Need

O'Brien Browne | Posted 04.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
O'Brien Browne

The root of all conflict is insecurity. And the root of all insecurity is fear. Many people use conflict as a form of communication. Because of thei...

Born to Be Good

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 04.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Matthieu Ricard

A wise education should highlight the interdependence that reigns between people, animals, and our natural environment. By being taught to put more emphasis on cooperation than on competition, and on caring rather than indifference, children will be better equipped to contribute to a more altruistic society.

Finding Harmony in 2015, Part 2

Jodi B. Katzman | Posted 04.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jodi B. Katzman

Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water - it will make ripples throughout the entire pond. -- Jessy and Bryan Matte...

5 Simple Ways To Express Gratitude And Other Lessons I Learned From My Mom

Jacqueline Whitmore | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Jacqueline Whitmore

When you keep a journal, you can look back and remember how much you have to be thankful for during the times when life doesn't seem to be going your way.

3 Powerful Lessons I Learned From my Mom

Barb Abramson | Posted 03.24.2015 | Women
Barb Abramson

Although she was not a risk-taker and often saw the negative aspects of a situation first, I could not have had a better role model than my mom.

How to Be a Gay Ally to the 'Other Others'

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

There are many of us in the LGBT community who want allies, but do we extend ourselves to help the "other others," those people who are seemingly most unlike ourselves? Now that we as a community are gaining strength and more equality, it is time for us to become vocal and visible allies to other communities.

Why We Need to Talk to Strangers

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Minding your own business (or calling the cops) is fine, knocking on a stranger's door or helping someone else's kid off the jungle gym is creepy. What has become of us?

5 Ways to Actually Help Someone Dealing With Loss

Melanie McKinnon | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie McKinnon

My experience of losing my 5-week-old son to SIDS has taught me a few things about how to help other people who are dealing with loss of any kind. I've come up with a list of the best ways to really help someone in the emotionally taxing situation of losing a loved one, in hopes of helping you navigate those complicated waters.

4 Things To Give To Others In Order To Be Happier

Kayla Matthews | Posted 03.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Kayla Matthews

One of the simplest and most powerful things you can do for another person is to listen to them. Giving someone your attention shows that you respect them and can also improve the quality of your relationship with that person.

The Not-So-Simple Fix: Misery Fundraising Brings Out Our Best and Worst

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Jan DeBlieu

Giving money to worthy causes is a vital part of selfless service. It's my belief, though, that what will save this world is a growing corps of people who are willing to go out of their way for someone else, who'll take a chance and say, sure, I can give that guy a ride.

Good Citizen Interview: Jeff Hoffman

Brad Jamison | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Brad Jamison

I am happy to present the second installment of the Good Citizen Interview Series, where I talk with inspiring individuals in the areas of service and volunteerism. This week I interviewed someone I have known for quite a while, Jeff Hoffman.

Finding Harmony in 2015, Part 1

Jodi B. Katzman | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Jodi B. Katzman

So far, I've engaged my guitar as "musical medicine" several times, and, despite the unhappiness of seeing sick children, there is joy in the experience -- for the giver and the getter. I want to turn this hobby into a habit.

Giving Back -- On My Way Home

One For The Table | Posted 02.26.2015 | New York
One For The Table

Once we got to the closest station, the kind woman helped me get her off the bus and said she knew where to take her and that she would get her home. I thanked her and they headed off in the night as Olivera yelled back to me "I'll see you next week."

Volunteering -- 7 Big Reasons Why Serving Others Serves Us

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathy Gottberg

My time as a volunteer isn't always fun -- there is usually time, energy and even money involved -- but it is always meaningful and gratifying.

Dear Jessica Biel: Here's The Thing

Jacqueline Wilson | Posted 02.11.2015 | Celebrity
Jacqueline Wilson

We need people like you -- people who obviously have a heart for kids with the resources to make a change -- to step up and start making a change in communities that really need it

Our Time on Earth

Debbie Davis | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Debbie Davis

It's only taken me 50 years to realize that, while we never really know how long we have on this earth, eventually we do realize that it won't be forever. And were we placed here to satisfy ourselves, entertain ourselves, and forward only our own interests? Sad, boring, and hopefully not.

See a Need, Fill a Need

Sybil Brun | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Sybil Brun

Medical bills were mounting. Kids needed glasses, cars needed repairs, and the dog needed surgery. On top of that, Christmas was almost upon us so presents needed to be purchased.

When the Bad News Comes, Be There and Remain Faithful

Martha Nelson | Posted 12.25.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

This is the final part of a four-part series on death, and life, and decisions we face going forward into our final twenty or so years. (For the first...

Asking for Help: Must It Be So Hard?

Susie Wolbe | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Susie Wolbe

Become a volunteer at your school, your place or worship, a hospital, or other community service organization. This will help you make friends, will expand your circle of acquaintances, and will place you among others with a giving heart who are open to new possibilities.

7 Ways You Can Change the World

Monica Bourgeau | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Monica Bourgeau

When you do something meaningful, you do more than just change the world. You increase your own happiness.

Man's (and Woman's) Best Friend

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
Kindness Blog

Across the country, there are nonprofit groups that help people who are homeless care for their pets by providing free food, water, medication, and other supplies. This is an often-overlooked need, but it is such a priceless and incredibly kind service to offer.