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Why Americans Struggle To Be Happy

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

Some recent studies have found a paradox: The pursuit of happiness tends to make individual Americans unhappy. Did the Founding Fathers set us up for failure?

5 Ways to Step Into Freedom

Sue Shanahan | Posted 10.29.2015 | Women
Sue Shanahan

The first step to being fully alive is the recognition that you are the one holding yourself back. This is the cornerstone for all the other steps. When you get that at a deep level, you can decide your path to freedom. Whether it's therapy, a 12-step group or the support of good friends, use the resources that are available.

The Husband-Son Hybrid

Hina Husain | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Hina Husain

There is a class of men that exist in society. They may look like normal men, they may act like normal men; in certain aspects they may actually be pretty normal. However, if you dig a little deeper, you'll find that these men live under very peculiar circumstances at home with their families.

Protecting the Media in Transitional States

Dallin Van Leuven | Posted 09.15.2015 | World
Dallin Van Leuven

Certainly, the U.S. can and should lead the way in promoting free speech across the world. But when it comes to promoting a free press and protecting the media in transitional states, perhaps the world would be better off following the lead of countries like Ghana.

Finding the Right Pediatrician: 1 Aspect of Parenting With a Disability

Christinne Rudd | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Christinne Rudd

Our capabilities may be masked to the outside world because at first glance people just see our disability. Surprisingly enough this doesn't take away from our ability to take care of our baby and even ourselves.

Quebec's Separatist Movement Turns Violent

ADST | Posted 08.11.2015 | World

For Quebec, the month of October 1970 was its darkest hour, as the Front de Liberation du Québec (FLQ), a separatist paramilitary group formed in 1963 advocating the creation of an independent Marxist state of Quebec, targeted the government, English speakers and business, and the Catholic Church, which were viewed to be suppressing French-Canadian interests.

Why I Resent the Term "Alimony"

Nina Boug Lichtenstein | Posted 08.07.2015 | Divorce
Nina Boug Lichtenstein

I say let's come up with a new term for alimony that makes the recipient feel less like a charity case and more like a free agent paying her/his bills with returns from wise and hard earned investment.

Ode to the Three-Car Year

Karin Schott | Posted 07.31.2015 | Divorce
Karin Schott

There are times in life when the universe is writing a technical manual for you and the meter and rhyme of the poetry seems to elude you. Maybe an epi...

Small Girl, Big Apple

Susan Kaufman | Posted 07.31.2015 | New York
Susan Kaufman

As a suburban-born 20-year-old college student, living in the heart of the West Village of New York City for a whole summer is probably the best thing that ever happened to me.

A Key Word in Ending Up Happy After Divorce

Jackie Pilossoph | Posted 07.14.2015 | Divorce
Jackie Pilossoph

There are countless reasons why people get divorced, but they all the reasons come down to one commonality: one or both people in the marriage decided they would be happier alone rather than staying married.

True Independence Is an Inside Job

Erin Sharaf | Posted 07.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Sharaf

I invite you to pause and look more closely at the different choices you make in your life, both big and small. Are there areas where you have given up some of your power? Where are you being influenced and is it serving you?

Helicopter Parents, It's Up to You to Let Go Now as Your Teens Get Ready For High School

Dorothy O'Keefe Diana | Posted 07.07.2015 | Parents
Dorothy O'Keefe Diana

Your children will begin to individuate and make their own decisions, like choosing their course work, becoming involved in sports or clubs, and seeking their identity based on those choices. This is where we as parents need to learn to let go. Micromanaging or helicoptering your children does not help them -- it actually harms them.

Mini-Republics and True Democracy: A Plan to Make Ours a Government of, by and for the People

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

What to do? How can we create a system of "representativeness" in which members of Congress not only are in touch with the pulse of their constituents but genuinely act on their behalf? There are movements afoot to commence an Amendment convention to address campaign finance reform.

Thrive: My Way to Finding My True Success

Isa Camille Ybanez | Posted 07.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Isa Camille Ybanez

The influence of our culture, media, and even our loved ones can easily dictate what choices look good for our life. Only our individual selves can truly depict what is the true measure of success.

Lessons Learned From the American Independence

Glen McDaniel | Posted 07.04.2015 | Impact
Glen McDaniel

On July 4, 1776, the United States declared independence from Britain and a vigorous new democracy was born. This year, we celebrate our 239th birthday, and our Founding Fathers are probably doing somersaults from the grave and sputtering in wonderment, "Who knew?"

How America 'Won' Its Independence 2 Years After July 4, 1776

John A. Tures | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

I'm sure several of you are shaking your heads, wondering if I got the title wrong. But while American political figures officially declared their independence on July 4, 1776, winning it was another matter. And that came on a hot day in June, instead of a cold day in December.

It's Time to Revive the Spirit of 1776 -- The Declaration Project

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Something unexpected has happened along the way -- more and more participants have expressed the sentiment that what we really need is a new declaration of independence.

A Year Out Of The Closet

Aaron P. Skiles | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Aaron P. Skiles

This one-year anniversary of my coming out represents me standing firmly for who I am, despite all the family I have lost. It is hard to celebrate when this date will always be a day I remember as the day I said goodbye to my childhood home and every physical reminder of my past life.

Disability Housing: 'How Sweet It Is' to Have Choices

Micaela Connery | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

How many choices do you make in a day? We choose how and with whom we spend our time. We make choices about when to wake up, what to wear, how to decorate our living space, and what to have for dinner.

I'm Only 22. I Don't Want Someone Else To Be My Whole World.

Unwritten | Posted 06.23.2015 | Women

I don't want someone I "won't be able to imagine my life without." I don't want someone to "have my whole heart." I don't want someone to be "my whole world," or "my rock," or "my better half." I don't want somebody who can understand me better than I can understand myself.

The Best Disaster Relief Fosters Independence

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

It's quiet in Kathmandu these days. For the last 20 years the city has been overpopulated with tourists and guest workers, all of whom have left, so it's emptier. But it's more than that. The quiet relates to a sense of

Graduation Is a New Chapter For Our Kids And For Us

Annie Fox | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Annie Fox

Graduating from high school and heading off to college is a major milestone, irrefutable proof of their growing independence. The music swells along with our hearts. Our love for them and our hope for their future defies words. So we cry.

Parenting Without Fear

Lindley Pless | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Lindley Pless

When I am not there, I get the sense they dig a little deeper to find the strength to try new things without the "training wheels" of their mother's outstretched hands.

Taking Pause and Tending to the Roses we Have Been Gifted

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 05.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kay Tacke Morse

Stop and Smell the Roses The House had The rose garden that the garden club ladies made mention of on many occasion. They tended to the urban myth...

When Living Longer Isn't Really Living

Barbara Hammond | Posted 05.13.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Hammond

For years, my mantra has been, 'I don't want to outlive my usefulness.' As long as I am productive, which could be making dinner or helping a friend in need, I will feel useful. When that time ends I want to go quietly and quickly. How do you arrange that? Obviously you can't.