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One Snowy Night in a Little Country Town

Mary McLaurine | Posted 02.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mary McLaurine

A few years ago while living in Western Maryland, otherwise known as "The Land of Never-Ending Snow," my boyfriend and I were suffering from cabin fev...

What Is the Evidence That Confirms a Person Has Achieved Enlightenment?

Terry Mollner | Posted 02.09.2015 | Good News
Terry Mollner

My best friend Johnny and I were on the way back from seeing the movie Wild. During the drive home, while for a few moments sitting in silence in the passenger seat next to him, I became aware that I was feeling sad.

Passages

Tricia McCallum | Posted 02.05.2015 | Books
Tricia McCallum

This story is included in Tricia McCallum's first book of poetry: Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Mother and Father Remembered .

This Is a Test -- Let's Play

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Once I decided to leave the gym I desperately tried to figure out what would replace it... the class or the boot camp or the activity that would be the right fit now.

5 Ways to Learn From Troubling Times

Kathleen Pasley | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Pasley

Most of us dread and despise difficult times -- whether it be financial woes, relationships breaking down, marriages ending, losing a job, fighting wi...

The Secret Medicine of Heartbroken Kindness

Jesua | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Jesua

It is easy to be kind when we are feeling wonderful about life, when we're feeling buoyantly inspired, or luminous in love, or poignantly connected to...

How to Handle the 'Fondue Effect'

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Yes, life is for the living. And fondue can be awesome when the time is right. The trick is just remembering how those little bits can add up... and knowing how to keep them from doing so.

Personal Image: Positive and Negative Signals

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 01.20.2015 | Style
Lisa Mirza Grotts

When dealing with other people, it's important to be able to read their expressions. But it's just as important to understand what your facial expressions may be saying to others.

This Is What Grief And Loss Feel Like

Susanna Sung | Posted 01.06.2015 | Divorce
Susanna Sung

Grief is not sadness. I get sad when I break a nail, or when the shoe I want is not available in my size. I get sad when someone calls my son a wimp. But this feels different. Grief is so much more complex.

What's the Cure for a Holiday Hangover?

Lauren Stevens | Posted 01.05.2015 | Parents
Lauren Stevens

I was left with a fatigued sense that, somehow, things had gone horribly wrong. Christmas was supposed to be an exciting and enchanting experience for our little one, yet I had the distinct feeling that he had ruined it.

I Found Heartbreak in a Tinder Place, Too

Serena Piper | Posted 02.27.2015 | Divorce
Serena Piper

I had always promised myself the next time I had to face heartbreak, I would get closure so that moving on would be easier (like it ever is). This time, even though I got my closure, moving on is still difficult as ever.

5 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress and Enjoy the Festivities

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

The holiday season can be a fun and exciting time of the year with festivities and great food. For many people, however, the holiday season causes inc...

8 Things Guaranteed to Happen to You in the New Year

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Enjoy the awesome stuff and make the most of it. And when the not-so-awesome stuff comes your way... allow it to happen, do your best to stay calm, deal with it, and know that it's on its way out, too.

4 Solutions for Holiday Grief: Breakups, Divorce and Death

David Kessler | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
David Kessler

As a grief expert who has spent decades working with those who have lost loved ones, I can tell you it's so much more than one season and then you're "done" grieving.

A Pale Blue Christmas

Brent A. Strawn | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Brent A. Strawn

The presence of sorrow doesn't mean that Christmastime, even with sadness mixed in, can't be truly joyous and happy. It just means we have to redefine our understanding of "happy" and "joyful."

Holiday, Shmoliday: What to Do When Christmas Feels Blue

Beth Frede | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Frede

There are plenty of folks who just feel blue, but can't pinpoint why. So how do you navigate this time with a little more ease, grace and holiday spirit? And how can you be more supportive of those around you who are experiencing their own ups and downs?

5 Ways to Fight Loneliness Over the Holidays

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

It's a universally meaningful time for millions of people, and I would argue that this sense of connectedness is a large part of what makes the season seem sort of magical. Yet for many people, the winter months don't always live up to their heartwarming reputation.

When Stupid, Ugly Numbers Freak You Out

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

So I got my credit card statement yesterday. Immediately my heartbeat picked up speed. After all, my spending has been a bit... shall we say... activ...

The Best Thing You Can Do When Someone Is Sad

OWN | Posted 12.08.2014 | OWN

When someone we love is sad, our gut reaction is often to do one of two things: run from the situation, or try and fix it. Episcopal priest Barbara Br...

Is There An Upside to Bullying or Exclusion?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I learned to be empathic and to think about the impact of my behavior on others because of some of my less-than-positive experiences. I learned to look into the eyes of others when I was speaking to them to see what kind of reaction I was causing.

Stigmatize Me, Fool

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kruczyk

Depression isn't weakness. It's an illness. I think this message will make itself clearer as more people feel free to talk about it. So here I am, talking about it.

How to Find Gratitude in the Midst of Challenges

Mercedes Maidana | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Mercedes Maidana

I want you to imagine a bright white light coming from above. It's the light of gratitude. Now surround yourself in that light. Get covered from your head to your toes in that white light and let it surround your fears and your pain.

How to Like Your Life More

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

It's up to us to remember why it excited us, and to ask ourselves if it still does. It's up to us to ask ourselves how we can make it fun again, perhaps in a new way. And then it's up to us to do it.

Giving Thanks for Crud

Nancy Davis Kho | Posted 01.24.2015 | Parents
Nancy Davis Kho

I have spent a lot of tearful hours trying to figure out what possible good could be coming of this particular pile of crud. Last week, the liturgy included the line, "We give thanks for those moments that remind us that we are not in power." Being grateful to realize we're not in control?

The Necessity of Sadness

Holstee | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Holstee

Loss of any kind has the capacity to make us bitter, angry, self-righteous, indignant. Demanding an answer doesn't change the fact that sometimes there isn't one, and that's okay.