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The Lacquer Box

John Feffer | Posted 07.06.2015 | Travel
John Feffer

My wife and I lived in Tokyo for three years. At the end of our time there, we threw a going away party for ourselves. "No gifts," we told all our friends. Instead, they could bring something for the potluck meal. Oh, and they had to take something away with them.

The Lure of the Lulu: Navigating Brand Name Obsessions

Lisa Goodman-Helfand | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
Lisa Goodman-Helfand

"Mom, can I get a pair of UGGS? I've never had a pair in my whole life." Should I alert the media? My daughter has lived nine years without ever slipping her foot into an UGG boot! This is madness!

The Secret of Happiness (It's Not What You Think)

Daniel Goleman | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Daniel Goleman

Given that true happiness begins with a modicum of material comfort but then depends on cultivating qualities of mind like contentment and caring, the purpose of economic development, in the Dalai Lama's view, can be found in furthering both goals.

Ramadan Reflection Day 4: How to Be Truly Rich -- On Surat al'Adiyat Part 2

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

For those who missed my last reflection, I had started to discuss the profound impact the 100th chapter of the Quran, Al 'Adiyat, had on me. At a time when I felt quite isolated and confused, I found solace in it like I had never found in the Qur'an before and it helped me to read the Quran in an entirely different way. It helped me to understand the human condition, my own condition, in a deeper way.

The Unencumbered Life

Tom Morris | Posted 06.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tom Morris

Are the things we own blessings or burdens? Actually, do we own our stuff at all, or does it own us? The New York Times ran a wild story this weekend...

Taking Aim at Mindfulness

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Arthur Rosenfeld

As shocking as it may be to hear from a Taoist monk, I've loved target shooting since I was a boy. Well, perhaps given China's history of warrior monks, it's not all that shocking. Simplicity is inherent in target practice;.

Beyond Brain Machines

Michael Grosso | Posted 05.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Grosso

An ad on National Public Radio regularly promotes the sale of machines that exercise our brains. They're used by millions of people everywhere, a tink...

Synchronicity, Evolution and Your Genes (Part 3)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra, M.D., and Jordan Flesher, MA Psychology Two views of the universe have been contending with each other to explain why human beings ...

Money Alone Can't Buy Us Happiness, But Gratitude Might Help

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 03.26.2015 | Healthy Living

Madonna may have nailed it when she claimed that we're living in a material world, but that doesn't necessarily make our lives any more joyful. Howeve...

How an Easter Dress Taught Me About Gratitude

Jenny Evans | Posted 05.25.2015 | Parents
Jenny Evans

I don't think I've ever bought her an "Easter dress" in her life, mostly because I don't buy stuff unless we need it and I like to think of us as minimalists. Also because I'm cheap. But as my daughter organized her closet full of dresses, I realized we were far from minimalists.

Beyond Reason

Dave Pruett | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion
Dave Pruett

Humanity is in a tight race between enlightenment and catastrophe: economic, environmental, and social. As a species we need all the wisdom we can muster. Truth is one, and any thoughtful effort to heal the enmity between science and religion should be lauded.

How Loving Parents Unwittingly Turn Their Kids Into Materialistic Adults

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.14.2015 | Science

Some parents use gifts to reward their children for good behavior. But a new study suggests that doing so could nudge children toward becoming judgmen...

The Thomas Dilemma

Susan Linn | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Susan Linn

As your son's social world expands, you will have increasingly less control over what popular characters he encounters and so it's good to think ahead about how you want to respond to his request for them.

The Moment I Decided Christmas Was the Most Horrid Holiday

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Lisa Abeyta

I'm so inspired by those who find this season a good excuse to help out those in need, to donate a little bit extra to their local food bank or shelter, to visit a nursing home to sing a few songs, or to share a plate of cookies with a neighbor.

Believing in Santa

Cathy Cassani Adams | Posted 02.16.2015 | Parents
Cathy Cassani Adams

Receiving toys and opening presents is great, but it's fleeting and only a small piece of the big picture. Santa reminds us to reconnect to our childlike awareness so that we notice the love and magic in our everyday lives.

How to Hate the Holidays

Sarah McCartan | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah McCartan

View image | Deck the Halls with Bitterness. Count your burdens. Harvest bitterness. Take out your internal struggles on your once be...


Peter Buffett | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Peter Buffett

By removing the connections to nature and to our nature -- one by one -- we have slipped into unconsciousness. Our agricultural systems, education policies, political structures and market economies all contribute to the increasingly open wound of disconnection.

The High Costs of Status Seeking

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

What is the psychosocial link between income gaps and societal dysfunction?

Why Happiness Is the Wrong Pursuit

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 02.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

In the end, the way to lead a joyful life is not to pursue happiness for ourselves, but to pursue it for others. The good life is not about getting what we want. It's about having what it takes to give to others.

Hope, Peace, Joy and Love

John R. Burbank | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
John R. Burbank

Thanksgiving is in our wake, and Christmas is upon us, with a vengeance of catalogs, push e-mails, to-do lists and gifts to buy. It is American consumerism at its apex.

7 Ways to Get Happy (Hint: It's Not About the "Stuff")

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

Many of us do get distracted and confused. After all, we need material security to live, and support our families, and our increasingly unequal society makes that more and more difficult.

Making the Holidays Meaningful

Beth Leyba | Posted 01.07.2015 | Parents
Beth Leyba

I have loved being able to create magical and memorable holidays for my kids, and now my partner's two grandkids as well. Last year they redecorated my tree -- another precious memory to hold onto!

How to Get the Kind of Engagement Ring Someone Like YOU Deserves!

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 01.05.2015 | Comedy
Stephanie D. Lewis

The larger the diamond, the more visual a "stay away" sign sent to other men. And the larger a reminder for you not to flirt -- otherwise you might forget and he wouldn't want that. Don't hesitate to add that if it's too small, you will be forever squinting to see it. This causes wrinkles.

The War of the Roses, 25 Years Later

Warren Adler | Posted 12.15.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

I am astonished at the staying power of The War of the Roses, which takes a rather dark view on the end of a marriage, and what the process itself does to people. People I meet are convinced that the story is autobiographical.

Toward a Post-Materialistic Science

Dave Pruett | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Dave Pruett

The newest frontier of science is the study of consciousness, for which a materialistic bias is particularly prejudicial.