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What I Learned About Tragedy and Resilience From 1,743 Students and Their Teachers

Julie Crain | Posted 02.26.2015 | Education
Julie Crain

Nestled in suburban Kansas City, the Vikings of Shawnee Mission West High School are a tight, supportive community. That strong foundation of community ushered the students through the separate events of four deaths during the school year when I was the principal.

6 Ways To Get Moving (Without Getting A Gym Membership)

meQuilibrium | Posted 02.26.2015 | Healthy Living

Though a sedentary life can lead to many disease, it alone is not a disease. It's a behavior. And that means it's most definitely one you can change, even if you drive a desk for a living and love watching television at night.

How One Man Used Meditation To Survive A Fiery Plane Crash

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.24.2015 | Healthy Living

Doctors were amazed when Allan Lokos not only survived a plane crash in 2012 but also the severe burns he sustained during his escape from the aircraf...

The Secret To Getting Through Tough Times

Bernadette Anat | Posted 02.23.2015 | Teen
Bernadette Anat

Picture this: Your life's going normally, maybe even awesomely, when suddenly, it happens -- something huge, something heavy, something that shoves your world into a blender. And weirdly, it does not come with a manual on how to cope. Now what?

How About an LGBT Institute for Community Resiliency and Climate Adaptation to Support Our Health and Wellness?

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 02.20.2015 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

We have had five nor'easters in a month and nearly four feet of snow are still piled high here in the boondocks of eastern Connecticut. Throw in arctic temperatures, ice, wind, the monotony of a gray-and-white landscape, and cabin fever, and even a resilient Yankee heart can sink.

The Real Reasons Money Stresses You Out (Regardless of How Much You Have)

meQuilibrium | Posted 02.23.2015 | Money

The fact is, there's no easy answer for money worries. Earning enough to support yourself or your family, spending what you do have wisely, saving enough for college, retirement, and more--those are serious, real concerns.

10 Life Lessons Learned From Being A Rock Star

Susanna Sung | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanna Sung

I am remarkably not musically inclined, can't keep a beat, and have a wonderful case of stage fright. I pushed through it all, and threw myself into learning the songs as best I could. I have grown so much both as a person, and as a musician. I've discovered making music is very much like life.

4 Ways To Lose Weight Without Exercising

meQuilibrium | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Weight loss doesn't have to be a single, radical, excruciating ordeal. Positive long-term changes don't happen like that. Instead, think of it as reshaping the little moments of your life to make space for weight loss. The physical and mental strength and resilience you gain is well worth this subtle but powerful effort.

Teddy Roosevelt's Jiu-Jitsu Skills and 5 Other Traits that Made US Presidents Better Leaders

Bob Rosen | Posted 02.13.2015 | Business
Bob Rosen

Ask business leaders what keeps them up at night, and often, they'll say they wonder what their legacy will be. U.S. presidents are no different. They all want to know how their actions will be remembered.

Putting Mindfulness on Your Agenda: Resilience for Care Providers

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Bertin, M.D.

While there is certainly benefit to making mindfulness a consistent formal practice, creating any new habit along these lines enables caretakers to remain more resilient themselves. A few breaths when shifting from one discussion with a family to the next is a mindfulness practice.

Climate Change and Transformational Resilience

Robyn Brentano | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Robyn Brentano

We recently learned that 2014 was the hottest year on earth since record keeping began in 1880. Now more than ever, we need to rethink the ways we conceive of climate change and what we can do to get out in front of its impact on us, our families, and our communities.

Heal Your Inner Cheapskate: 3 Ways to Shift Out of Scarcity Thinking

meQuilibrium | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living

The evidence is in. Generosity literally makes you happier and healthier, whether you give money, time, or even just attention.

Making Stress Your Friend: It's All in Your Mindset

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

While it's no secret that sustained levels of stress are not good for your health, there is more to the stress story than "stress is bad." As it turns out, how you perceive stress is just as important as the amount of stress you're experiencing.

Youthful Exuberance Softens the Corners of Aging

Sukey Forbes | Posted 02.02.2015 | Fifty
Sukey Forbes

Exuberance, joy, laughter and optimism come naturally when we are young. The experiences of those feelings are forever stored in the reservoirs of memory. Wisdom earned through the trials of time gives us all the more reason to hold in a tight embrace the uplifting and awesome moments as they occur.

3 Ways To Boost Your Empathy

meQuilibrium | Posted 02.01.2015 | Healthy Living

With small gestures, you can consciously widen the circle of your empathy and be stronger for the effort. Not only will be you more resilient, but your life may well be more filled with love.

My 11-Year-Old Taught Me Resilience

Melissa Levis | Posted 01.30.2015 | Divorce
Melissa Levis

When I asked him how he was able to rebound, he simply said that he noticed himself slipping and didn't like it. So he decided to change. He was only in 4th grade! No therapy, no coaches, no self help books, no medication. He just decided to change and did the work to make it happen.

Why I Don't Want You to Feed My Children

Susanna Sung | Posted 01.30.2015 | Parents
Susanna Sung

Notes come home from school reminding me to pack a snack for my child. Sign-up sheets for snack rotations are circulated for team sports. A two-hour swim at the pool with friends includes crackers, two kinds of fruit, pizza, cupcakes and two kinds of beverages (I am not exaggerating.)

7 Resilient People Who Should Inspire You This Year

meQuilibrium | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living

At the end of year I took a good hard look at who had exhibited considerable resilience in 2014, and made a list of my favorites. Not only do they serve as great examples of great empathy, optimism, self-efficacy, hope and initiative; they also are the most likely to flourish in the next year.

10 Life Lessons Hitting Rock Bottom Has Taught Me

Roxanne Ford | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Roxanne Ford

With each hardship I've learned that I am a survivalist. I am resourceful. I am an alchemist of my surroundings. And I'm resilient beyond (even my own at times) belief.

First Build Gay Men's Resilience; HIV Prevention Will Follow

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 01.22.2015 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

A recently published study connects the dots between the disproportionate rate of mental health problems among gay and bisexual men and their equally disproportionate rate of HIV infection.

Being Mindful About Mindfulness

Robyn Brentano | Posted 01.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Robyn Brentano

Whatever your practice might be, I hope that it involves training in compassion. Now, with all the challenges we face in the world, we can be confident that kindness and compassion are the bedrock of personal and social change.

The Lies We Tell Ourselves: Resiliency and Nostalgic Reverie

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

Nowadays, we call these false recollections "nostalgia." But do we mean when we use this term? Is there a formal definition? And why does this matter in today's sometime grim world?

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: A New Approach to Old Resolutions

Mindy Utay | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Mindy Utay

The ball dropped. Confetti is swept. The lights and ornaments are packed away for another year. It's 2015 -- and January doldrums are setting in. L...

How to Make a Dream Come True

Isa Adney | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Isa Adney

Making a dream come true is a long, laborious process. It requires incredible patience and resilience. Choose a dream for which the work is something you can see yourself getting up for every morning, because to make a dream come true you'll have to be willing to work harder and more strategically and with more focus, discipline, and dedication than anyone else.

On Being Unbowed

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 01.08.2015 | Black Voices
Safiya Jafari Simmons

With the new year, what I feel in addition to excitement is a renewed confidence in my community, a belief that no matter what comes or what the future holds, we can make it, because we made it through last year.