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The Time Is Always Right to Do Right

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We must act upon his warnings if our children, nation's future and founding principles -- subverted and still sullied by the legacies of slavery, Native American genocide, exclusion of women and non-propertied men of all colors from our electoral processes -- are to be saved.

The Meaning of Happiness

Jennifer (Alice) Fidder, M.A. | Posted 03.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Jennifer (Alice) Fidder, M.A.

Look inside you and find what makes you truly happy, look around and be grateful for the little things that light up your day, and embrace every moment that you are allowed to spend on this beautiful planet. For me, that's what happiness is all about!

God's Business Advice to Moses

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 03.01.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

God showed Moses a coin made from fire, teaches the Midrash, showing him the amount that everyone must give towards the mishkan, tabernacle.

How Much Enough Is Enough?

Jill L. Ferguson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Jill L. Ferguson

In a study conducted by the UK company Gocompare.com, researchers found that the average woman has more than 19 pairs of shoes and spends more than U.S. $25,000 during her lifetime on shoes.

Whither America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The start of this New Year finds America at an inflection point as wars and terrorism abroad are echoed in violence, suspicion, and fear at home. How will we meet the moment?

What Is the Ultimate Luxury?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

The offices of Park Avenue psychiatrists are filled with people who have "everything" but feel empty inside. Philosophers and religious teachers have known this forever and research confirms it. Study after study shows that materialism is bad for wellbeing. It actually undermines happiness.

It's Not the Holidays That Make Kids Materialistic

Jennifer Breheny Wallace | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Breheny Wallace

While the holidays can certainly feel too materialistic, a recent study suggests it's actually the signals we send our children day-to-day, all year long that matter most.

Why Buying Stuff Isn't Going to Make You Happy -- And What Will

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

We live in a world where we all have a tendency to want instant gratification. We're upset when our computer is slow, our phone doesn't have a signal, or when our Netflix movie just isn't streaming right.

Keeping Up With the Judases

John Schlimm | Posted 12.03.2015 | Religion
John Schlimm

We have become the golden calf. Gilded in likes, favorites, shares, and retweets. Periscoping our every moment while perched on a towering pedestal of selfies. All of it new-century building blocks of ego and validation.

For Black Friday and Christmas: Why Consumerism is Not the Problem -- Reshaping Desire From the Bottom Up

Joerg Rieger | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
Joerg Rieger

As we are being bombarded with enticements that reach all the way into religious worlds, how can religious communities and their theologies escape being shaped by the neoliberal capitalist economy?

Where's the Thanks in Thanksgiving?

Debbie Hampton | Posted 11.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Debbie Hampton

Living with gratitude and mindfulness will bring you more health and happiness. Seems to me that Thanksgiving -- and every day for that matter -- should be about appreciating the good that's present in our lives, not about the perfect dish, dining room, or light fixture.

Rethinking the American Dream Ahead of the Paris Talk

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.11.2015 | Green
Andrew Lam

Once upon a time, frugality was also a virtue in America, but that no longer seems to be the case. These days the average American produces about 130 pounds of garbage each month.

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 06.22.2016 | 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 06.22.2016 | 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 06.15.2016 | 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 06.02.2016 | 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 05.07.2016 | 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.