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Be Your Own Valentine

Barbara Biziou | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Biziou

Instead of expecting someone to make us feel special, let us do something to make ourselves feel special and loved on this Valentine's Day. We deserve love just because we are! And our ability to receive love makes us more able to pass that love on to others.

The Valley Between You and Your Magic Number

Penny Love | Posted 04.13.2013 | Fifty
Penny Love

What's your magic number? If you are a woman, you have one. It's that number on the scale that is just on the OTHER side of the Valley. You know the valley; It's the five, ten or fifty pound space between where you are and where you want to be.

From Dreadful to Delightful: Valentine's Day for Singles

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2013 | Women
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

If you're single, it's natural to feel a bit left out with all the commercial hype about the holiday out there. But the truth is you don't have to ignore the meaning behind the day -- showing love and appreciation for someone you love.

The Most Important Conversation I've Had With My Daughter About Her Body

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 10.03.2013 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

I was sitting on a toilet, feeling surprised and kind of insulted, when I realized I had an opportunity before me like no other.

Paint and Love: How Decorating Helped Me Get Through a Breakup

Diane R. Pagen | Posted 06.05.2013 | Women
Diane R. Pagen

On a December Friday night, I gave up any hope that he would come do this work himself, come have the tactile experience of breaking up; the unpowerful part where one must box up one's belongings and remove them as one has chosen to remove oneself.

3 Practical Valentine's Tips for Attracting or Enhancing Love

Luann Robinson Hull | Posted 04.09.2013 | Women
Luann Robinson Hull

I have had my share of broken hearts, romantic dinners and cozy nights by the fire with the "man of my dreams" who later turned into a toad.

A Zero of a Different Kind

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Monique Ruffin

There's a little over a month left in the Kickstarter campaign, and the excitement is growing about The Adventures of Zelza Zero & Friends becoming an...

I'm Awesome: How I Regained My Power

Elizabeth Jayne Liu | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Jayne Liu

This occurred to me very recently: I have the power to make my life easy or difficult. It seems like such a simple thing. If something can be distilled down into just a few words, it has to be easy, yes?

Are a Lack of Boundaries Turning Our Children into Criminals?

Ashley Ryan | Posted 04.07.2013 | Parents
Ashley Ryan

If we use punishment, this is the kind of communication our children will get used to, and, in turn, learn. Punishment sets an example of fear, aggression and pay back.

Do You Want to Be Liked or Respected at Work?

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 04.07.2013 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

It's natural to say that you want to be liked and respected, but when forced to make a choice, I urge you to seek the respect of your co-workers and your boss. Here's why:

Relationship Advice: 8 Strategies To Create More Love In Your Life

Randy Kamen Gredinger, Ed.D | Posted 04.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Randy Kamen Gredinger, Ed.D

Focus on the areas in which you can improve your relationships and discover the myriad possibilities that will unfold before you. Let this be the year that you deepen your relationships and find the love that you truly deserve.

What No One Ever Says About The Fat Lady

Brittany Gibbons | Posted 04.04.2013 | Women
Brittany Gibbons

Reminding me I'm fat, shaming me, didn't scare me into thinness -- it locked me in a closet with my emotions and a secret stash of food.

How to Gain Patience, Positivity and Confidence: Ask Noah

Noah Kass | Posted 02.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Noah Kass

It's essential for you to do anything you can do to create confidence and positivity in your current condition. These traits are not an added bonus in gaining access to greater opportunities -- they're a necessity for your toolbox.

The Upside Of Rejection

Maddisen K. Krown | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Maddisen K. Krown

Rejection tends to turn us inward in a negative way -- causing us to feel unworthy, flawed, not good enough, unlovable, frustrated, confused, angry, sad, etc. -- which can get us painfully bogged down in paralyzing self criticism.

Do Your Friends Make You Feel Bad About Your Body?

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.31.2013 | Teen

Although the media has commonly been targeted for its role in promoting body image issues among adolescent girls, recent research suggests that anothe...

One Way to Change the World

Maureen Anderson | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

"You see that guy over there?" I asked one of my daughter's teachers, who's fast becoming a family friend. "The one with the blonde hair?" She did. "H...

What Reading Books Like This May Do To You

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.31.2013 | Women

Readers of "chick lit," beware -- the woman-targeted fiction genre might not be as harmless as it seems. Reading about a protagonist with low body-est...

Letter to a Young Man Named K

Kevin Powell | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Kevin Powell

"I hope you read my short letter with an open heart and mind, even though you do not know me. I've heard about your situation and wanted to personally reach out to you, because I believe in you, and because I believe in the potential and possibilities of your life."

How to Love like a Child

Allison Berkowitz | Posted 05.21.2014 | Women
Allison Berkowitz

When I'm with a child, I feel about a million times lighter. What does this kid know that I don't? What is so a part of children that they can leaves us feeling like dopey adults, left out of their secret?

To Love Yourself: What Does that Mean?

Steve McSwain | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

When there isn't much love in my world, I've learned to take a look within myself. For, when I love me, then you become my neighbor... and the world becomes a neighborhood.

Why I Revived The Pippi Longstocking Inside Myself

Donna Highfill | Posted 04.01.2013 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

I used to be Pippi Longstocking, but somehow I lost her freckled, flaming spirit on the road to becoming an 'acceptable female,' a moniker modeled by a more realistic figure named Barbie.

'Why I'm Okay With Calling Myself Fat'

Heidi Loscar | Posted 03.31.2013 | Teen
Heidi Loscar

Your body is wonderful, and no matter how much you may weigh, that will never change. Beauty doesn't have a weight limit. Neither should you.

'The Message I Wrote On 1,986 Sticky Notes'

Ashley Monroe | Posted 03.29.2013 | Teen
Ashley Monroe

This is a picture of something I did at my school last year. I wrote out 1,986 sticky notes. Each said, "You're beautiful." I stuck one to every locker in my entire school.

Friend and Faux

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 03.29.2013 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Drawing on the latest research in psychology, Friendfluence provides a charming and informative examination of the impact of friendship at a time in which family relations and social structures have been scrambled.

Why Do We Women Denigrate Our Own Bodies?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 03.27.2013 | Women
Kristen Houghton

We have such unlovely terms to describe our bodies. How good can you feel about yourself if you use those expressions to define parts of your own body? Not very. I think we're going too far with personal insults we aim at ourselves.