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If Caitlyn Jenner in Light of the Kardashian Craze Isn't Proof That Everything Happens for a Reason, I Don't Know What Is

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 06.17.2016 | Entertainment
Abby Rosmarin

Using something like the Kardashian craze as a reminder that everything happens for a reason seems frivolous and silly. But there is a reason. There is always a reason.

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...

Who Are You, Anyway?

Dr. Claudia Aguirre | Posted 06.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Claudia Aguirre

We know how easily affected we are by our environment -- our skin tans with sunlight, our taste buds activate when we see food, and so on. Our sense of self, too, is highly susceptible to environmental cues (both external and internal environments). In essence, what we experience as our self and, by extension, self-esteem, is a powerful depiction generated by our brain.

Beating ISIS on the Golf Course

Tom Morris | Posted 06.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Tom Morris

This is a true story in every detail. I had a very strange dream the other night. But then, I often do. And they sometimes involve me in a Jack Bauer ...

Are Careers Dead?

Zach Dean | Posted 06.04.2016 | Business
Zach Dean

I'm standing between two men, and we're looking out at rural Wisconsin. Red and white barns polka dot rolling golden hills and the high noon sun cast...

Does Nature Have Rights?

Martin Bunzl | Posted 06.03.2016 | Green
Martin Bunzl

Writing about historical carbon output, like most philosophers, I worry about who has done what, who is owed and who owes, whether ignorance matters or not, and so on. But in all of this debate there is an embarrassing silence about "Nature."

4 Inspiring Life Lessons I Learned From My Teenage Son

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 06.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Erris Langer Klapper

There is nothing more humbling and rewarding than taking advice from your kids. Can I make myself feel better by taking credit for my son's intuitive words of wisdom? Maybe not. But I can be smart enough to pay attention. He's making good sense, so perhaps I'm not screwing up 100 percent of the time.

The Impact of the Jewish People on Humanity, as Traced by Scholars Throughout Time

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 05.27.2016 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

When Abraham first discovered the method of connection, he told about it to whomever would listen, and those who joined him became the first truly connected people.

40 Years Worth Of Lessons From This Journey Called Life

Walter Punsapy | Posted 05.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Walter Punsapy

After celebrating 40 years of existence, I thought I'd share some tidbits of what I've learned. Change is the only constant in life. It moves forward regardless of how hard you resist. You are just a speck of sh*t in the grandness of the Universe. You are going to die. But that means you're alive.

Masters of Habit: Rituals, Lessons and Quotes From Marcus Aurelius

James Clear | Posted 05.28.2016 | Healthy Living
James Clear

Some of Aurelius' most famous passages were written from outposts and battlefields as he sought to expand the Roman Empire. It was through these essays that he shared his thoughts on how to balance the conflict of real life with the values of philosophy. Here, you'll find a range of quotes from Marcus Aurelius on philosophy, habits, and life.

Ex Machina Movie Review: Should We Be Scared?

Katharine Rose | Posted 05.19.2016 | Entertainment
Katharine Rose

There are many reasons to be impressed with Ex Machina, the recently released, exceptionally well-done sci-fi thriller directed by Alex Garland, starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander. Most notably, however, is its ability to be both ordinary and unique at the same time.

Mark Dendy Explores Social Issues at Joe's Pub

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.18.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

The Lower East Side has always been a playground for oddballs, creative types who diverge from Manhattan's mold. It's a quirky neighborhood filled with idiosyncrasies and secrets stuffed in blocks and buildings. These days, south of Union Square is trending, a wonderland of bars, movie houses, and restaurants that offer a refreshing contrast to Midtown.

Valuing Philosophy Without Valuation: A Defense From Within

Torrey Wang | Posted 05.14.2016 | College
Torrey Wang

"What are you going to do with your philosophy degree?" In graduate school, this question proved to be a favorite among those with whom I was getting acquainted for the first time.

Dolls and Princesses and Pretend Weddings, Ages and Stages and Phases -- Oh My!

Christopher Phillips | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

Every time I both celebrate and mourn my 8-year-old's passing from one stage and entry into another, I thank my lucky stars that I have another daughter, Cybele, almost seven years her junior.

This Poignant PSA Is Here To Shatter The Stigma Attached To Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living

Imagine a world where having a mental illness is as commonly accepted as having the flu. It's hard to fathom given the obvious stigma attached to m...

Got Stage Fright? This 'Invisibility' Trick Could Help

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.27.2015 | Science

If you want to ease your stage fright, take a few deep breaths and imagine the audience in their underwear. But if that doesn't work, here's another t...

A God That Scientists And Philosophers Can Believe In

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) When she was a teen, Nancy Ellen Abrams told her rabbi that humanity created God. She’s still at it. And according to her new...

One Word Could Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

HopeLab | Posted 08.07.2015 | Healthy Living
HopeLab

If the word is new to you, it might sound like a style of electronic dance music or a pharmaceutical. No, eudaimonia can't be downloaded from the cloud or packaged in a pill. But eudaimonia is a remarkable type of experience that can improve health and well-being, for yourself and others.

John Muir Was Right: Climb the Mountains

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 06.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara Mossberg

Halfway up an erupting volcano, I remember I am afraid of heights. Thousands of feet up and hanging on, there is no time like this for thinking about ...

How Do You Live the Life of Utilitarianism?

Quora | Posted 06.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Quora

Utilitarianism says that we should always do what will have the best consequences for all those affected by our actions. "Best consequences" generally refers to well-being, in some sense, although utilitarians differ on whether this means happiness, and the reduction of suffering, or something like the satisfaction of preferences.

What's In a Name? Great Expectations. Just Ask Your Baby.

Christopher Phillips | Posted 10.21.2015 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

Does it really matter what name we're given, or give ourselves? As I was holding dialogues for my newest philosophy book one of the questions that came up on more than one occasion -- especially when I was holding dialogues with expecting parents -- was, "What should a newborn expect?"

Learning Gratitude With Yoga

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 06.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Preetam Kaushik

So in a world that is getting quite complex, thankless and violent, yoga exercises can help to pull things back into shape. One of its interesting benefits is that it helps to boost your gratitude meter.

Tomorrow?

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.17.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

Tomorrow?

7 Pieces of Advice I'd Like to Give to My Younger Self

Mo Seetubtim | Posted 06.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Mo Seetubtim

Looking back to my younger years, I am sometimes amazed at how life has turned. Nothing is exactly what I had originally planned for. The only thing that stays the same is who I am, my values, and my interests.

Emergency Wisdom

Tom Morris | Posted 06.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

So: Don't wait for trouble. Seek wisdom now. Remember, I don't really have the flashing lights and siren. It was just in my imagination. Then again, if things get bad enough, at least chaplain apparently does.