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Overcoming Adversity

Standing up to My Fears (and Finding My Voice Along the Way)

Bryan Behar | Posted 11.03.2015 | Comedy
Bryan Behar

There are a lot of reasons that I'm a writer and not a performer. My nose has more turns than Google Maps. I have a comically oversized head that would only really work in a Munsters reboot. But I decided to try stand-up comedy for the first time since 1988.

It's Just About... (Helping Another) Life

Mark Brodinsky | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Mark Brodinsky

We all know it can happen in the blink of an eye. We just think it won't happen to us. But life happens. For nearly the past two weeks Brian Granek's life has been happening as a series of life-changing ups-and-downs, literally from one moment to the next.

#TransWivesMatter: Presidential Recognition and Honor for the Transgender Widow of a Fallen Firefighter

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 10.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

Nearly 6 years ago my firefighter husband, Captain Thomas Araguz, was killed in the line of duty. While this was a horrific tragedy, the torture continued as my marriage was voided and all of the support that most widows of fallen heroes receive disappeared.

The Power of Talking to God

Emily Stroia | Posted 10.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Emily Stroia

"Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing." -- Dr. Wayne Dyer Have you ever heard the phrase "prayer is talking to God and meditation is lis...

Overcoming Fear: 15 Tips to Break Free and Move Forward

Bob Miglani | Posted 10.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Bob Miglani

And just like other emotions such as love, anger or happiness, fear is something we can do something about. It is something that we can overcome. More importantly we must overcome fear otherwise, it will paralyze us.

The 5 Miracles of Loss

Alexandra Harra | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Harra

The following is an excerpt from my new book, The Karma Queens' Guide to Relationships: I can conjure three distinct memories from my childhood home ...

The Adversity Faced in Childhood That Has No Name

Brian F. Martin | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian F. Martin

Did you know that growing up facing adversity in your childhood home has an impact on your life that can last well into your adult years? The adver...

From Abused and Homeless to Ph.D.

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

"Oh, my God. Are you serious?" That's a reaction I often get when people hear how I accidentally discovered, at the age of twenty, that I was adopted.

Recurring Dream Changed My Waking Life

Sari Sheehan | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Sari Sheehan

The most significant was a recurring dream that spanned 12 years. The tiger dream started when I was 6 years old and concluded just before I turned 18. This dream had such an impact on my life that it propelled me forward in a way I could only have imagined.

How My Intuition Became My Home

Emily Stroia | Posted 09.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Emily Stroia

"At times you have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'...

Surrender: Your Only Guarantee in Life Is Uncertainty

Darah Zeledon | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Darah Zeledon

As I write this, life today is still very much precarious and riddled with ambiguity. Yet despite bouts of anxiety, I've learned to submit to life's waves, buoying me up and down. Reality can change in a split second--this, I know.

How HONY Has Given a Face to My 'Hidden' Condition: Epilepsy

Melissa Gil | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Gil

It's 5:55 a.m. I've been awake an hour. I'm still jetlagged. And I will not complain. There is nothing to complain about. I've been reading Humans...

What Surfing Can Teach You About Overcoming Adversity

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 08.20.2015 | Healthy Living

Surfing is frequently associated with long-haired goofballs on an endless search for the perfect wave. But as counterintuitive as it sounds, surfing ...

3 Ways I Gained Power Over Cancer

Tom Martin | Posted 08.17.2015 | Fifty
Tom Martin

"It's stage-four cancer." Those were the words my oncologist shared with me on February 16, 2011. Learning you have cancer is a life-altering ex...

Voices Of Strength: Your Stories Of Survival

Rita Wilson | Posted 08.17.2015 | Fifty
Rita Wilson

Earlier this summer, I asked to hear stories of survival from Huffington Post readers. I wanted to know about the tragedy you faced, how you survi...

My First 5K in 27 Years, After Losing 100 Pounds.

Don McNay | Posted 08.09.2015 | Sports
Don McNay

I've convinced myself that I don't really care about my time in the Midsummer Night's Dream, 5K race in Lexington Kentucky. Then I just put on the race shirt. All of that "non competitive" talk goes right out the window. I want to win this baby. Or lose giving it everything I can.

Greg Louganis - Back on Board, Big Time!

Donnie Demers | Posted 07.24.2015 | Sports
Donnie Demers

Inspiration, when it happens, can be life-altering. A song. A movie. A poem. A dance. A painting. A hug. A smile. An act of kindness witnessed from afar. No matter where the inspiration comes from, its power can shift our perception and alter the way we see ourselves, forever.

The Impact Adversity in Your Childhood Home Has on Your Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness

Brian F. Martin | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian F. Martin

Our founding fathers believed everyone was "endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of h...

4 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Marginalized Millennial

Riley de León | Posted 07.02.2015 | College
Riley de León

It's time to start capitalizing on our age, millennials. In life, it is important to be aware of your inexperience. But it's equally important to be confident in your potential -- because when you really think about it, our memories, our hopes, our fears and our ideas synthesize so that we may all find our place in this noisy, social world.

Fighting our Goliaths

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

Our task in the world is to help the vulnerable in our community find their release and their radiance. To help them realize they have a value much greater than the sum of a series of terrible experiences.

Rita Wilson: We Are Seeking Stories Of Survival

The Huffington Post | Rita Wilson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Fifty

Dear Readers, Since October 2011, Huff/Post50 has sought to remind people that we can still accomplish great things -- while also having loads of f...

One Board at a Time: Building Cuba's Skateboard Scene

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr. | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.

Skateboarding is a global family. Language, cultural, and social barriers are broken down everyday throughout the world thanks to the power of a plywood board and four wheels. Therefore, it is of no surprise that American skateboarders have been a key part of rescuing the Cuban skate scene.

Big Ears. Ice Skating. And, Getting UNSTUCK!

JP Maroney | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
JP Maroney

It was October, 1974. Houston, Texas. My family gathered at "The Houston Galleria" to celebrate my 4th birthday party. A favorite place of mine... "Ferrell's Ice Cream Parlor."

Sticks and Stones: Insensitivity Training

Richard Greenberg | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

Learning to deal with hurt feelings is a lesson that travels through our lives. The office replaces the playground. The mean kid becomes the self-aggrandizing unhelpful boss. Teaching our children to overcome childhood adversity not only gives them the tools they'll need to solve these problems in adulthood, but also lets them identify the "bad guys and value themselves as "nice" people.

9 Ways Mentally Strong People Stay Resilient

Amy Morin | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

Mentally-strong people refuse to allow self-pity to sabotage their success. Instead, they use life's inevitable hardships as a way to grow stronger and become better. Here's how mentally-strong people avoid the self-pity trap.