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Influential Women Share Advice on Staying Calm and Centered in Hectic Times

Marianne Schnall | Posted 07.09.2013 | Women
Marianne Schnall

In our materialistic society, our quality of life tends to be measured by what we have and produce in the outside world, rather than the experience of our inner world -- our sense of peace, fulfillment and joy.

Is Design the New Opiate for the Intelligentsia?

Soren Petersen | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
Soren Petersen

Today, the use of design for personal propaganda has spread to such an extent that even ordinary people can produce their own virtual content, attracting thousands of viewers and gathering tens of thousands of devoted followers.

For Immigrant Women, the American Dream Is Alive and Well

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

The European mass media overemphasize American materialistic pursuits and the bigger-the-better mentality. Yet, many successful American women immigrants know better than to be sucked in by this simplistic image.

My Highest Practical Priority As A Dad

Kevin Hartnett | Posted 06.08.2013 | Parents
Kevin Hartnett

The lower cost of living here meant they could make career choices that were less based on salary considerations, and the smaller range of choices in everything from preschools to restaurants meant they'd be less compelled to reach for things that would end up making their lives harder.

Materialism: A Failure Of Imagination?

Roger Housden | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Roger Housden

For a materialist, there can be no mystery that will not eventually be made clear in the light of reason and critical intelligence. It chases away not only the old gods and spirits and half heard whispers in the night; it chases away the mystery of life and being itself.

The Reality of Raising Kids When Money Is Tight

LearnVest | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents

There is no shame in being broke, theoretically. But that hasn't stopped me from feeling horrible shame at how broke my family is.

Are Your Kids Riding the En-tidal-ment Wave? Part 1

Beth Kobliner | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business
Beth Kobliner

As a parent, you're not alone if you find yourself in shock and awe over all the stuff your kids possess. I mean seriously, would you ever have imagined having that much when you were a kid?

Valentine's Day With Kids, French-Style

Catherine Crawford | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents
Catherine Crawford

You can perhaps imagine my shock two years ago when my then-6-year-old asked me if she should "make a Valentine's Day present list." At first, I was impressed -- what a sophisticated joke. Alas, no joke. "Seriously, Mommy. What are you going to get me? I mean, besides candy."

I Don't Want a Man, Give Me a Prince

Kate Gale | Posted 04.13.2013 | Women
Kate Gale

We want a man who has the class, taste and style of a gay man, the masculinity and romantic idiocy of a Greek man who would fight for Troy and the charm, wit and panache of a prince.

MLK Injustice Index 2013

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Bill Quigley

While remembering how far this nation has come since Dr. King was alive, we cannot forget how far we have still to go to combat the oppressions of racism, materialism and militarism.

They Need to See the World

Andy Braner | Posted 03.09.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

One gift you can give your teenager before they graduate from high school is a bigger picture of the world. After all, it's only getting smaller.

Are We Wired to Want Stuff?

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 02.18.2013 | Parents
Christine Carter, PhD

Gratification still feels good. It is central to our brain's reward and motivation systems. But when we confuse it with actual happiness, we think that we can't really be happy -- or that our kids won't be happy -- without all the gifts and shopping.

A Holiday Without Presents ... Would You Try It?

Terri Cole | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

If you are tired of your holiday experience being too focused on stuff, I challenge you to do it differently this year. Concentrate on how kind, generous, and present you can be during the holidays.

Materialism Deconstructed?

Victor Stenger | Posted 02.01.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

Believe it or not, the particle-field debate affects heavy discussions on theology, spirituality and the interaction of religion and science.

The Gift of a Sustainable Economy

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.30.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

The holidays, once considered a sacred time for family and celebration, have been hijacked by big companies sending out a message to the American people, playing on an endless loop: "Buy, buy, buy!"

When Mom Forgets the Meaning of Christmas

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 01.30.2013 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

We studied store maps like Indiana Jones planning a crusade for the Holy Grail and figured out where the Barbie Jeeps were hidden. On Thanksgiving night, I tucked my little turkeys in the bed and pushed my husband out the door, into the cold, cruel world that is Wal-Mart on Black Friday.

A World Wide Choir: Sing Your Song

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 01.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

The world will heal. One person and one relatonship at a time. It starts with me and you. Sing your song and discover the voices of others.

Media Teaches Bad Values to Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.09.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

All you as a parent can do is educate yourself about these unhealthy influences on your children and do your best to limit their exposure to those messages and expose to them to positive values that will counteract the bad ones.

I Pared My Life Down to Only 100 Items

LearnVest | Posted 12.10.2012 | Women

Because we were working so much (my husband was a service director in the automotive industry), we had this mentality that we deserved to be rewarded. I was constantly spending on clothing and accessories; my husband and I would treat ourselves to dinners out and expensive vacations.

The Economy That Could Be

Chris Kempes | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Chris Kempes

Imagine a society where the most abundant natural resources are its writers, parents, actors, educators, poets, volunteers, and philanthropists. Imagine a society where we consume lectures and art instead of material products that will break and be tossed aside in a few months.

How to Be Truly Happy

Melissa Van Rossum | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Melissa Van Rossum

I tend to think the hallmark of good parenting is more about how well you teach your children to do for themselves. And I think what you teach them to do for themselves will largely determine their success and happiness in life.

Searching for Logic in the Bubbles of Ballyhoo

Ilias Sourdis | Posted 10.22.2012 | World
Ilias Sourdis

Once we burst the glittering bubbles of Ballyhoo and come face-to-face with reality, we can see without any doubt the continuous deterioration of the quality of life in our world.

Superheroes, a Hermit Crab and Lessons about Charity

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 09.08.2012 | Parents
Linda K. Wertheimer

Since Simon turned 2, my husband and I have tried to downplay materialism and play up the importance of helping others, even while knowing the concept of charity is hard for a young child.

Having the Right Stuff

Patricia Rust | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Patricia Rust

As hard as it is to hear, each and every one of us is exactly where we are supposed to be in our lives at any moment. As we grow, evolve, and live, we go through so much -- and the tapestry of our lives is never just about happy or sad.

Richer, But Not Happier: America's Financial Conundrum

David Geller | Posted 07.17.2012 | Money
David Geller

Once you accept this truth, you quickly can grasp that the goal of having money is never to die with the most, and you can choose to make the best use of our money while we have control over it.