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5 Ways Travel Feeds Your Soul

Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA | Posted 05.11.2016 | Travel
Shakti Sutriasa, LCSW, MA

Whatever the reason you have for staying in one place, make sure to schedule time away. Time to explore a new city or to simply relax. We all need it -- our bodies, minds, and psyches. Being away from home feeds our souls.

4 Silly Things That Cause Anger and One Useful Alternative

Connor Kozlov | Posted 05.10.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Connor Kozlov

Here are four silly ways that this anger shows up in our modern lives:

The Haiti I Love and Revere: Part 3

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 05.10.2016 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

May 7, 2016 | End of Trip We brought the Hokey Pokey to Haiti today....and so much more. There was a bad rainstorm in Haiti today and we couldn't ...

Sitting Is Like the New Smoking, Screens Are the New Crack

Gabriela Masala | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Gabriela Masala

May we have the discipline in this wild, plugged in world to prioritize face to face intimacy with living, breathing beings and to live playfully in our bodies, not watching "life" through screens.

3 Playful Activities With Benefits Beyond Pleasure

Connor Kozlov | Posted 04.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Connor Kozlov

Playing just to play is what I'm all about, but for the more corporate and practical oriented people, here are a few activities you probably already do that have more benefits than you might suspect.

More Than Just Fun: 9 Little-Known Reasons to Play With Your Kids Every Day

Candis Lynn Hidalgo | Posted 04.28.2016 | Parents
Candis Lynn Hidalgo

When you're a kid, play isn't a goal or something you pencil in to your schedule every day. It's something you just do. And it's fun.

Good for the Soul -- Play

Jess Ly | Posted 04.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jess Ly

Sometimes life requires play and spontaneity. Listen to this voice when it calls.

My Kid's School Eliminated Recess And I'm Worried

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

My child has recently been diagnosed with ADHD, I am beginning to wonder if what's wrong is not with my child, but the way they do schooling. I have homeschooled before and am seriously wondering if this should be an option again.

How Play Creates and Fosters Connection

Connor Kozlov | Posted 04.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Connor Kozlov

Particularly useful is putting play into practice. Here are some steps for you to do that.

4 New Ways to Play for Any Age

Connor Kozlov | Posted 04.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Connor Kozlov

If you can maintain a balance of your time and not become addicted to video games, they are a great tool to improve your reaction time, imaginary thinking and creative processing. All of these are useful in the workplace if they find an outlet in what is typically considered "child's play."

How Being Playful Can Help You Avoid Burn Out

Hannah Massarella | Posted 04.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Hannah Massarella

Burn out isn't an inevitable outcome to a stressful work life, it can be avoided, but it takes conscious self care to ensure that happens. Being playful is just one strategy in the process.

The Butterfly Wings of Play and Learning

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 04.18.2016 | Parents
Christine Nasserghodsi

When launching Play Futures at the LEGO Idea Conference, Carla Rinaldi, President of the Reggio Children's Foundation, explained the butterfly logo sh...

Help! My Child Won't Share: 3 Tips to Make Sharing Simple

Danielle Lindner | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Danielle Lindner

My child won't share. The issue will either come up between siblings or when your child starts school. All of a sudden they can't keep all the toys to themselves and it's an emotional disaster.

Why I Won't Make My Child (or Yours) Share

Reem Kassis | Posted 04.05.2016 | Parents
Reem Kassis

Sharing, kindness, empathy, and politeness are all virtues I want to instill in my kids. But to bring up the topic of sharing when someone has just grabbed something from your kid is a sure-fire way to raise kids who won't want to share.

How to Play With Politics

Connor Kozlov | Posted 04.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Connor Kozlov

With these simple tools, changes, and mental shifts, you can survive the political election cycle with a sense of playfulness rather than tension and anger.

Creativity in a Time of Calm

David Kleeman | Posted 04.01.2016 | Media
David Kleeman

Suppose we could stop looking over our shoulders, worrying that we're developing for devices destined for obsolescence before we're finished. Ideally, we'd then be able to focus on creative content, and audience-friendly delivery platforms that support discovery and sharing.

Visit a Children's Museum!

Cecile McKee | Posted 03.28.2016 | Education
Cecile McKee

Summer is in sight. This matters to families following a traditional school calendar because children who take an educational break over the summer experience learning losses.

World Theatre Day

Beata Pozniak | Posted 03.28.2016 | Arts
Beata Pozniak

Sunday, March 27, was World Theatre Day. Established in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), it is an annual celebration that honors the art of theater. Every year a selected figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the state of theater.

The Childhood Games I Won't Play

Jackie Goldschneider | Posted 03.23.2017 | Parents
Jackie Goldschneider

Most parents know how important it is for kids to play. We know that playing is vital to a child's social and emotional development. And I love watching my little one's play. But there are a few games they love to play that I prefer to avoid. And when I say prefer to avoid, I mean I'd rather take them to Target on Black Friday. Here are six childhood games I can't stand.

Visual Working Memory May Provide a Clue to the Social Difficulties Seen in Autism

Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD | Posted 03.18.2017 | Education
Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD

Working Memory is the ability to remember and process information and is an important skill that is linked grades from kindergarten to college. Poor visual working memory can play an important role in the difficulties experienced by a child with autism.

12 Ways to Live With No Regrets

Elyse Santilli | Posted 03.16.2017 | Healthy Living
Elyse Santilli

We have been conditioned to justify everything we do, so we often ignore the things that bring us joy and bliss because there is no obvious or rational reason to do them. Our joy guides us towards our purpose and passions in life. So do more of the things you love and follow your inspiration.

Permission to Play

Erin McElroy | Posted 03.09.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Erin McElroy

As a 35 year old going through a major life transition, a few themes have come up again and again that all point to something I lost that I never knew I had until it was gone and I needed it...childlike wonder, creativity, imagination and play.

Observations From Below: Play Matters

Bryan Dooley | Posted 03.04.2017 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

I encourage you to check out your local playgrounds. Are they accessible? If not, work with your community to make them accessible. Encourage all parents to let their kids play. Create opportunities for inclusive play experiences like my family did and still does.

The Ted Talk That Had Me in Tears and Saying YES to More Play...

Sarah Gibbons | Posted 02.26.2017 | Women
Sarah Gibbons

I couldn't agree more with Shonda Rhimes, the more I give myself permission to play, the more I feel like myself, which is the ultimate goal, isn't it? To live and experience the truth of who we're here to become with grace and ease.

Buried Child: What Lies Beneath?

Danny Groner | Posted 02.23.2017 | New York
Danny Groner

Sam Shepard's Buried Child was probably once a marvel to witness when it came out in 1978, but today it's hard to decipher what's even at stake and why this nuclear family is so badly tormented.