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The Gift Inside the Gift

Sue Shanahan | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

Before the birth of Christ, the world muddled along in darkness. Humanity didn't have the awareness or power to live any other way.

Messages Our Daughters Need to Hear in This Overly Sexualized Society

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Each young woman has purpose well beyond what they see on TV. Self-love is what will bring our daughter long-term happiness and fulfillment. Self-obsession will only bring her depression.

5 Healing Strategies I Discovered After My Boyfriend Tried Cheating On Me

Alec Fischer | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Alec Fischer

Just days before my 21st birthday I discovered that my boyfriend had tried cheating on me for the fourth time that year. I was heartbroken and exhausted from trying to share my love with someone who couldn't stay dedicated to me. Due to a promise I'd made to myself after catching him the third time, I ended it.

What I Don't Want and Who I Don't Want to Be in 2015

Alexis Meads | Posted 12.22.2014 | Women
Alexis Meads

As 2015 is upon us, I've been thinking not so much about what I want to do this upcoming year but about the kind of person I wish to be.

Learning to Let Go

Lisa Duncan | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Duncan

Yet, letting go can also be freeing, and full of new surprises.  So what if it gets messy or feels awkward for a bit? Each time you choose to let go, you build up the trust you need in yourself to be better the next time.

Superego on Steroids: Standing Up to New Year's Resolutions

Mindy Utay | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mindy Utay

After the holidays are over, we are not quite ready to stop and take a breath, as there is one more item on most people's to-do lists: making New Year's resolutions.

In Their Own Words: Girls On Self-Esteem

Mary Alice Stephenson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Style
Mary Alice Stephenson

Sometimes it feels like girls have to act and look a certain way because it's what is expected of them, and if you don't act or look this way you will be judged. This pressure can cause insecurity.

What I Learned From A Spiritual Teacher

Christine Hassler | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine Hassler

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend time with an incredible spiritual teacher named Arkan on sacred land in New Mexico. He does not have a ...

It's Christmas: 7 Reasons Why We Should Forgive But Never Forget

Jenny Florence | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny Florence

If someone has treated us badly, an inability to forgive will cause the situation to return to our mind again and again, each time loaded with intense emotions that can eat away at our own inner well-being. It is important to remember that forgiveness doesn't mean that we are condoning something that wasn't all right.

Everything You Should Know About Bereavement at Christmas

Jenny Florence | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny Florence

For most people family relationships are the most challenging in our lives, so it's not surprising that if we are in a place of profound loss and vulnerability then spending time with family members at Christmas may trigger some complex emotional responses.

Is Self-Compassion More Important Than Self-Esteem?

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.

Is it important to love yourself? It seems that depends on how you do it. Few concepts in popular psychology have gotten more attention over the las...

The Year of Speaking Kindly

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.16.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Would you like to increase harmony in your life, cut the potential for conflict and hurting other people? If yes, then this challenge might be for you...

Do You Make Others Your Higher Power?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

One of the things I always tell my clients is, "Don't give your authority away to me. Don't assume that I know more about you than you do, or more abo...

The 'Plain' Truth: Confessions of a Non-Beauty Queen

Kathleen Long | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Kathleen Long

The plain truth that they're missing is that physical appearance isn't very important. To some extent, it reflects a life lived, especially at the extreme ends of the "looks" continuum.

Learning With Eckhart Tolle: Geneen Roth and the Power of Enoughness

Lisa Aisling Montagu | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Aisling Montagu

Click to play video On any given day, Geneen Roth spends a considerable amount of time listening to people question their own actions. People oft...

Why I Couldn't Look Myself in the Mirror

Sugandha Chapman (Sig) | Posted 12.12.2014 | Women
Sugandha Chapman (Sig)

Beyond the window, I see the mind and the heart of someone who chooses to listen to herself, her emotions and watches them pass by -- acknowledged but not burdened by them. Who doesn't use food as a quick, cheap fix for those feelings.

The Hands of Time

Robin Korth | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

I wasn't planning on getting old. Do any of us? But into my future I must go. So, with my heart open and my spirit very curious, I am walking full-wide and brave into this next great adventure of my life. I'm walking into the hands of time.

Why I Don't Want to Be a Kardashian

Alexandra Harra | Posted 12.12.2014 | Women
Alexandra Harra

I realized that, as women, our first instinct is to personalize the best qualities of another female upon ourselves; we "wish" we had the lips of Angelina Jolie and the eyes of Megan Fox. This, in turn, leads us to neglect the beauty we already possess.

WATCH: 'I'll Be Happy When...'

Brad Yates | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

Happiness is something we too often put off until certain criteria are met. During this holiday season and on into the new year, I hope you might allo...

Woman Who Move the World

Princess Märtha Louise and Elisabeth Nordeng | Posted 12.11.2014 | Women
Princess Märtha Louise and Elisabeth Nordeng

She is small and dainty, has a warm, gentle handshake. She is dressed in traditional clothes, with a dark veil over her head. She is a proud Pashtun. Her name is Malala.

The No-Makeup Challenge

Gabi Holzwarth | Posted 12.11.2014 | Women
Gabi Holzwarth

I came to the conclusion that my life would be much more productive if I could gain the confidence to go out and about my life without having these worries weigh me down. How would I do this? I decided to take a no-makeup pledge.

What Your College Application Decisions Won't Tell You

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.11.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Applying to college is a big deal, and there are a lot of people who love you for who you are. They hope it all works out for you when college decisions are announced. Whether it works out or not, they'll still love you for who you are.

When Lacking a Partner Turns Your White Christmas Blue: How to Celebrate Instead of Hibernate

Z Zoccolante | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Z Zoccolante

The pain of not having a significant other over the holidays can feel like a deep purple bruise. The pain of a breakup can feel like a gaping wound you're trying to close with a Band-Aid.

How to Love Yourself Now (Not 10 Pounds From Now)

Jenn Hand | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenn Hand

Don't get me wrong, it is a choice. And not an easy one. But when you accept your body, really truly accept yourself where you are now, your whole world will change. Because how you feel on the inside affects everything else in your life. And you deserve a life where you feel good, both inside and out.

Empowering Women and Girls to Own Their Worth

Michelle Fetsch | Posted 12.16.2014 | Women
Michelle Fetsch

I was tired of feeling that I wasn't thin enough, pretty enough, smart enough, tall enough or good enough, was keeping me from going after the things I wanted in life. I knew that regardless of what I weighed or looked like -- it was about changing the conversation.