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The Plugged-in Paradox: Why Always Being Connected Makes It Harder to Connect

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 10.23.2015 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

Take a moment to look around the next time you're in a meeting, at a social event, waiting in line or walking down the street. You'll likely find yourself surrounded by people staring at a smartphone or other digital device. Chances are you'll join them. What's going on here?

The Pope and a Collective Conscience

Sonya Hamlin | Posted 10.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sonya Hamlin

Have you ever seen this country and its media so addictively involved in the daily movements of a single man? With resultant security measures that n...

5 Secrets to Making College Friendships Last a Lifetime

Avelist | Posted 10.13.2015 | College

I hoped the end of college wouldn't signal the end of college friendships but I knew that life would move on. But I'm happy to say that although our lives are different and our daily interactions have changed, I still call them my best friends, and we still walk through life together.

The Angel at the Quick Stop

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 10.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jan DeBlieu

Six years ago, during a time when my life had completely lost its luster, I met a clerk at a Wawa convenience store who understood the healing power...

Look Up From Your Phone: The Answer to Awesomeness Is Sitting Right in Front of You

Scott Halford | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business
Scott Halford

The thing that is scary for our species is that as we become more and more tethered to each other via technology (that's good), we rely less on our social graces and curiosity to interact with each other at deeper levels (that's bad).

Comic Relief: How Comedians Give Us Permission to Be Human

Jamie Rautenberg | Posted 08.19.2015 | Comedy
Jamie Rautenberg

As a therapist, and general lover of humanity, I'm both hopeful and excited to see us all head in the direction of our shared acceptance of one another because we are all born out of the same darkness. It's from this dark place that comedians teach us to find the lightness of our being.

What If We Treated Homeless People Like Potential Friends?

Gina Ryder | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Gina Ryder

In the past six months I've spent more time with a 61-year-old formerly homeless man than I have with many of my friends and family. As our friendship developed, I wondered what would happen if we approached homeless people like we do new relationships: with openness to learning about the other person.

Beyond IQ and EQ, How Are Human Networks Connected?

Karthik Rajan | Posted 06.07.2015 | Business
Karthik Rajan

When you pop the question -- what is the innate quality of individuals that drive their success -- psychologists of repute have come up some interesting answers.

An Alternative to Pleasure Seeking

Jesse Bogner | Posted 06.07.2015 | Religion
Jesse Bogner

We all seek to profit from one another. It is the very nature of the capitalist system we live in. On an interpersonal level, we seek the comfort of others, because in the best moments they make us feel good.

Technology Is Taking Over The Most Human Of Jobs, And I Am Not Okay With It

Alena Hall | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Alena Hall

Call me old-fashioned. Call me intolerant. But I want to order and pay for my coffee with another human being, not a collection of cold, redundant and incredibly irritating glowing machines. Is that so much to ask?

An Actor's Dilemma

Bobby Steggert | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
Bobby Steggert

I ask myself why in the world I choose live performance as a career on, perhaps, a daily basis. It depends on when, as to the vote for or against such a peculiar vocation.

Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?

Jessica Rosenberg | Posted 03.17.2015 | Women
Jessica Rosenberg

My friends? My true friends? I miss them. I think that these superficial conversations and check-ins which give me that false feeling of having connected with people are the reason I feel lonely and dissatisfied as I sit here at my desk.

5 Simple Ways to Actually Enjoy Your Holiday Travel

Amanda Walkins | Posted 02.15.2015 | Travel
Amanda Walkins

The next few weeks of travel will be hectic -- there is no denying that. Flight delays, overbookings, lost luggage, and never-ending lines of people from the ticket counter to the only coffee shop inside security.

From The Outside Looking In

Osha Maloney | Posted 02.07.2015 | Parents
Osha Maloney

Do they notice my big eyes looking in from the other side of the glass longingly at their delicious plates of food, bags of goodies?

10 Things Solo Travel Taught Me About Relationships

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Sahaj Kohli

I took this trip because of a perpetual heartache I felt, a lack of connectivity with myself and with the world. I needed to step out of my comfort zone and decided to do that halfway across the world. And there is where I found a tribe of individuals who felt exactly the same way.

Smile and Make Someone's Day Brighter

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 01.24.2015 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Even when we do become more sensitive to the plight of others through expanding our awareness, we don't always respond by taking action to help in some practical way.

Life Lessons From Burning Man

Francesca Hogi | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Francesca Hogi

I don't plan to start burning my possessions or deconstructing my very home anytime soon. However, I do plan to practice the art of releasing my attachments when the time has come to move on.

How Talking To Strangers Can Transform Your Life

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living

We have all heard the warning from our parents time and time again: Don't speak to strangers. As we grow older, avoiding strangers becomes less of a s...

As Fitbits for Feelings Emerge, Whither Empathy?

Techonomy | Posted 07.29.2014 | Technology

Are we losing touch with one another? Are we sinking towards something like Roman civilization, when bloodthirsty spectators eagerly watched men fight to the death in the name of entertainment, now just on high-def screens? Or could empathy in society actually be enhanced by the capabilities of technology?

What Your iPhone Can Teach You About Trust

Tara Hedman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Tara Hedman

Nearly every day, I plug my iPhone into my computer at the office. My phone has about a six and a half minute battery life these days, so avoiding the dreaded plug in is not an option. When I do, a little box pops up on the phone screen that makes me click "Trust" or "Don't Trust."

Why Our Children Need Us Now More Than Ever

Stephanie Bender | Posted 07.01.2014 | Fifty
Stephanie Bender

Many believe that the current age of technology keeps us more connected. I disagree. Computers, cellphones, iPads, etc. serve a purpose, but it's not to keep us connected with each other. The disconnect amongst people is startling. Instead of interacting with a real, live human being, we read emails or texts. Or, perhaps we read a blog. We're far more attached to technology than people.

Only Connect

Richard Abrons | Posted 06.17.2014 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

Nothing is more satisfying than connecting, truly connecting, with another soul or group of souls. Mostly, however, we skim the surface, maintain our poise, do not penetrate or reveal.

Why I've Stopped Putting Anyone on a Pedestal

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD

This year has been quite an adventure. I've moved from having many of my heroes on my vision board to meeting nearly all of them in real life, and in ...

The 4 Differences Between Surviving And Thriving

Kate Bartolotta | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Bartolotta

In light of those things we cannot change, it makes sense that we would do everything in our power to choose habits that will serve to strengthen our ability to bounce back in difficult times.

Karen van Bergen: Where Should We Meet? Sustaining Real Connection in a Hyper-Connected World

Karen van Bergen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Karen van Bergen

More than we care to admit, we now pay for the ease and frequency of our communication with the depth of our relationships. And those depths are where true and meaningful human connection resides.