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The Woman in the Empty Room: We Are Not What We Own

Colleen Berge | Posted 01.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Colleen Berge

We can be made anonymous by too many possessions. Rather than being defined by them, we become overwhelmed by them. Lost among them; uncertain of who ...

How Gratitude Helped Me Find My Courage

Helen J. Russell | Posted 05.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Helen J. Russell

As time went on I began to see how I had been struggling under the weight of my stuff. I had bought into the illusion that 'more' equates with self-worth and happiness. I had lost touch with the true source of my joy and inner peace -- my spirit.

Life and Death in Hope: How Much Do You Bid for a Memory?

Eric Mink | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Eric Mink

It's 8 a.m. on a Saturday, and I'm standing under a heavy sky in a muddy yard behind a three-story structure of hand-hewn limestone in the middle of nowhere. Everything feels wrong.

Why We Need to Place More Value on Experiences

Tausha Cowan | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Tausha Cowan

So, if our relationship between possessions and happiness is so tenuous, why do we still give it so much worth? Why are our physical possessions still tied to success and, in some cases, how we define ourselves? Perhaps it's time we redefine what we measure and how.

2014 Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Animated Appetizers

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 04.05.2014 | Entertainment
Corinna Clendenen

This year's animated shorts are an impressive testament to the talents working in today's animation, harnessing the potential of the medium's inherent freedom.

Why Our Stuff Matters

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

I am ashamed by my lack of interest in expanding my knowledge of what happened during those years, but I am hugely grateful that there are people who make it their life's work to continue to remember and remind us. It may just be "stuff," but it's the stuff of our lives.

Easy Come, Easy Go

Irene Tanner | Posted 12.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Irene Tanner

We come into this world with zero possessions other than God-given gifts of body, mind and spirit -- tools with which fortunate beings are equipped to...

The Gifts of Giving

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

The greatest strength that we possess does not come from money, from fame, from influence, from glory, or from any of the trappings of power that most of us spend vast amounts of time and energy pursuing.


Rashard Mendenhall | Posted 06.21.2013 | Celebrity
Rashard Mendenhall

I have recently relocated. I packed up all of my belongings, tagged my townhouse with a "For Sale" sign, and have journeyed to the other side of the country. As a result of not bringing much with me, I've been able to exist solely in this very place at this particular point in time.

Paring Down

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 04.29.2013 | Fifty
Ruth Neubauer

On my back, I carry a three-bedroom, 2,200 square foot house. It all looks great. It would be great to live here with someone. But that is not going to happen, so I'm trying to get out of here.

Do You Own Stuff, or Does Stuff Own You?

Julie Gray | Posted 12.25.2011 | Healthy Living
Julie Gray

I yearn to live the simpler, quieter life of expat aestheticism. Getting rid of my stuff is the price of admission, the first test.

Balanced Life -- Beware the Snare of the Linen Cocktail Napkin.

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 09.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

I'm a classic under-buyer, and practically the only time I do any successful shopping is when I'm with my mother. Once, when we were out shopping in K...

It's a Lie: Survey Reveals Best Things in Life Far From Free

Mark C. Miller | Posted 07.12.2011 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

Common wisdom says the best things in life are free, but according to Consumers' Favorites Magazine's annual survey of 100 of Life's Best Things that isn't the case.

The Value of Stuff

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Schneider

If you look at the value of things in terms of numbers, well, it can get you nuts. Since going nuts is expensive, I'm trying to think of markets differently.

Are You Possessed?

Vaishali | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

It has occurred to me over the years how interesting and revealing our use of the word "possession" is. How many of us allow our lives to be possessed by our homes, cars, or boats?

Compulsive Hoarders Suddenly In The Spotlight | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Folks were shocked in early October when police forced their way into the home and discovered the 72-year-old DeOcampo dead, surrounded by six feet of...

How To Be Happier: Know Yourself (It's Harder Than It Sounds)

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

I'm working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone's project will look different, but it's the rare person who can't benefit. ...