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Overcoming Adversity

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.

Lightning Strikes: What the Weather Taught Me About Infertility

Karen Blessing | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Karen Blessing

We had an amazing gift, did we really want to jump onto that emotional roller coaster again? If not for those lightning strikes on Little Tree Lane all those years ago, I could very well have been a person who believed you beat the odds but once in a lifetime. But as it happens I was not.

What a 6-Year-Old Taught Me About Epilepsy

Melissa Gil | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Gil

I met Nicole one Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. outside the doctors office. My heart broke. She was incapable of standing on her own. Her mother explained Nicole had as many as 15 seizures a day. She had been going to a general hospital and was being medicated.

You're More Compassionate Than Resentful If You Faced Adversity in Childhood

Brian F. Martin | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian F. Martin

Experiencing adversity in your childhood home can make you more compassionate than most. It can make you a more compassionate adult, because if you e...

6 Ways To Overcome A Life Challenge

Mary Holloway | Posted 05.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Holloway

Whether you're still in the midst of the storm or idling in the aftermath, the truth is that you have to reach down and make the decision that although you may have had no control over what happened to you, you do have control over how you respond and move forward. These six tips will help start you on that journey...

How a Racehorse Named Afleet Alex Kept Our Daughter Alex's Legacy Alive

Jay Scott | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

My wife Liz and I knew nothing about horse racing at the time, but in our minds, we thought, why not? We soon learned that the owners had undersold the ability of the horse, he was more than "pretty good."

I Know Something About Grace

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 06.29.2015 | Good News
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

As an African American woman parenting alone with little to no support, I know something about grace. Time and again grace, meaning unmerited favor, has intervened and sustained me through each difficult challenge that I have faced.

I'll Never Let My Epilepsy Stop Me From Living My Life The Way I Want To

Melissa Gil | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Gil

My parents face tough choices every day. They have endured my love for travel knowing that when I travel sometimes I will be out of their protection. But they are equally determined to celebrate these joys with me. They love and support that I work at overcoming the limitations epilepsy tries to impose.

5 Ways To Deal With Adversity In Business

Alex Pirouz | Posted 06.10.2015 | Small Business
Alex Pirouz

Sometimes, it takes a trip to hell and back to really open your eyes. And sometimes, really opening your eyes can change your whole life. If you're an entrepreneur, that means it also changes the way you see your job -- running the company you started.

Eulogy For My Father

Roger Narvaez | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Roger Narvaez

As I face the inevitable of not knowing when my father will pass, I know that because of him, I will be able to get through it. All that I am as a son, brother, father, and person is not something that will end because of his death. More importantly, because I am my father's son and the relationship I have had with him, I will carry it on in who I am.

Why Drake Bell Inspires Me

Julia Schemmer | Posted 06.06.2015 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

As the college decisions come in, test results are handed back to you and scholarship winners are announced, it's important to remember to press on.

How to Turn Your Struggle Into Your Gift

Erin DiAngelis | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin DiAngelis

I now know that we all have the capacity to turn our shadows and struggles into our greatest light. In fact, I believe that's what we're meant to do. It's my hope that we can ALL turn our struggles into our gift back to the world, because if each of us did that.

When Flying High No Longer Scares Us

Tajci Cameron | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Tajci Cameron

I meet with Stowe at the house she and Peter had built together. She still lives on the same gorgeous property south of Nashville, but in a guest house now that she moved into after their amicable divorce.