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Letting Go of the Past

The Necessity of Forgiveness for Our Well-Being

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 10.04.2014 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Letting go of the past, in order to be free and grateful in the present, allows us to make good choices that contribute to our health and well-being in all areas of our lives.

Dear Inner Child

Michelle Renee | Posted 09.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Renee

I have been sitting at my computer for two weeks off and on searching for places to go. Yes, I am an adventurer. I love to travel, meet people, live...

Camp Karma

Marnie Nir | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Marnie Nir

Seems it takes something to realize your "no" is simply a chicken's cluck, roll up your sleeves and head into exactly where your head tells you not to go, only to happily find out you've been 40 years wrong.

My Dream Guy Became the Best Thing I Never Had

Christina Scribner | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
Christina Scribner

I used to think that being in love meant you'd do everything possible to claim another person as your own and that seeing them with other people was supposed to make you a walking disaster.

Are You Willing to Let Go?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

One of the joys of writing is simply trusting that an article, a movie, or even a snippet of a conversation can be the spark to ignite the creative im...

How Social Media Has Distorted Our Ability to Let Go of the Past

Catherine Zinger | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Zinger

Before social media, we simply accepted that certain relationships and friendships died a natural death. Now we can't let sleeping dogs lie. We push, we delve, we foray into former relationships, perhaps eager for a "do over" of an experience that we feel like we didn't get right the first time.

Letting Go of Stuff

Katie Lance | Posted 04.08.2014 | HuffPost Home
Katie Lance

I was reminded that at the end of the day our stuff -- is just that -- it's just stuff. It's just that so much of our stuff has so much meaning.

The Most Painful Moment Of My Life

Robin Hoffman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Fifty
Robin Hoffman

By finally giving thought to this and opening up about it, I can begin to see how this experience has effected who I've become. That night shook to my core my ability to trust myself, to appreciate the beauty around me, and to be fully intimate.

Learning to Let Go

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Lillie Leonardi

For all too many years, I have pondered the question as to how to let go, when in reality, I had already done so.  Perhaps not in the terms that a trained mental health expert would prefer, but in my own way.  It was the only approach that made sense to me. 

Why Is It So Hard to Let Go of Your Ex?

Deborah Hecker, Ph.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Divorce
Deborah Hecker, Ph.D.

The end of an intimate relationship is an inevitable landmark in most of our lives, yet we don't learn to let go in the same way we learn to attach. Instead, when loss happens, we often don't know how to deal with it.

3 Lies That Bind Us to Guilt and Shame

Hale Dwoskin | Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Hale Dwoskin

Guilt and shame are tricky feelings that cause so much unnecessary suffering. Nearly identical in the way they work within us, guilt and shame generally form a single complex.

10 New Steps to Getting Unstuck by Forgiving

Dr. Karin Luise | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karin Luise

"Giving forth" is a powerful spiritual step of change. Reinforcing this emotional chapter of your journey will be important as your mind, body and spirit learn to function in a new way.

Let Go of Relationships That No Longer Serve You

Heather Strang | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Heather Strang

In truth, we can't be anyone's friend if we aren't taking care of ourselves first and foremost. And having people and relationships in our life that deplete us is the opposite of self-care.

The Art of Letting Go

Kyle McMahon | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Kyle McMahon

I'm beginning to really love who I am. I can honestly say that I never felt that way before. In fact, it was impossible for me. You can't truly love yourself if you haven't forgiven those who have hurt you so badly.

And She Rides

Nancy Sharp | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents
Nancy Sharp

I wasn't able to protect my daughter the day she was hit on her bike. I am, however, able to cheer her courage today. Love and letting go co-mingle; this is the axiom of parenthood.

The Ex-Piles: How Spring Cleaning Helped Me Get Over Old Boyfriends

Jill Di Donato | Posted 06.02.2013 | Women
Jill Di Donato

What exactly are you holding on to? A connection? That's hardly going to be found in a worn-thin Knicks jersey. And if said jersey is cluttering your closet, it might also be cluttering your mind -- unconsciously even, preventing you from letting go of your idealized version of what once was.

Winners Sometimes Quit: Why Persistence Isn't Always The Answer

Posted 03.09.2013 | Healthy Living

By Art Markman for A few weeks ago, Pope Benedict XVI announced he was resigning. His decision shocked the world, because popes don't...

WATCH: The Forgiveness Aha That Changed Oprah's Life

OWN | Posted 03.11.2013 | OWN

After 25 years and more than 30,000 guests, Oprah says it was one man's definition of forgiveness on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that changed her lif...

On Letting Go: 'Nothing Changes Until You Do'

Mike Robbins | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

As the saying goes, "The roots create the fruits." This means that it's our job to focus on our own growth, development, and internal transformation -- and in so doing, we put ourselves in the best possible position to create the kind of change we truly want.

Two Words

Sonya Denyse | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Sonya Denyse

Savoring the sorrow of life could seem antithetical to moving forward. Yet, I found that embracing sorrow has strengthened my resolve.

A Positive Take On Making Mistakes

Mike Robbins | Posted 01.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

While mistakes aren't a huge issue in my life, I actually spend and waste a lot of time worrying about making mistakes, and also find myself being unnecessarily critical of those around me when they make mistakes (both overtly and covertly).

How To Let Go Of Grudges For A Peaceful Holiday Season

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

It takes more energy to be angry with someone than it does to be peaceful, yet people hold on to grudges for months, years, and even decades. The reason is simple: It protects them.

Do You Feel Things Are Out of Your Control?

Helene Lerner | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Lerner

These days, with the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and the disruption of the lives of many New Yorkers, it is easy to feel powerless. However, I notice that lately when disruptions happen, I am surprisingly calm; if the same things had happened a few weeks ago, I would be agitated.

9 Ways To Gracefully Handle Change

Christian de la Huerta | Posted 01.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Christian de la Huerta

Change is in the air. Not only is the change of seasons palpable in many places, but in the case of many people I know, life changes are brewing, often showing up in dramatic ways or in the form of an unexpected curveball.

25 Things You Need To Forget About

Thought Catalog | Posted 10.26.2012 | Women

1. That stupid thing you said, like, four years ago that absolutely no one remembers except you. Running over it in your head again and again as you s...