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Disarming the Selective College Arms Race: 6 Strategies for Parents

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 08.26.2015 | College
Hélène Tragos Stelian

So how can we, the parents, help our kids navigate this crazy arms race of elite college admissions without feeding the beast? While we may be powerless to change the system, what steps can we take to make the best of a difficult situation, for our kids, our families, and our communities?

A River Runs Through You: It's Just About... Life

Mark Brodinsky | Posted 08.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Brodinsky

River: a natural stream of water of fairly large size flowing in a definite course or channel. This can be you. You can be a river. It's time. Tim...

The New Global Leader, Part X: Dana Bentia, and the Sensuous Pageantry of Slow Food

O'Brien Browne | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living
O'Brien Browne

Dana's passion is food and our senses with a mission of showing how the richness of our multi-sensory environments and the multitude of our everyday i...

Lights Go On: Part LI -- A Single Word

Thomas Bähler | Posted 07.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Thomas Bähler

LOVE it means the most to feel it it means the most to say it it means the most to hear it it means the most to read it it means the most to wri...

$3 Can Buy You Happiness: How I've Learned Integrity Fom the Poorest People in the World

Dragos Bratasanu | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Dragos Bratasanu

A few years ago I went on a journey in Nepal. From the moment you land in Kathmandu, taxi drivers ask absurd sums of money for very short rides, merchants charge you a lot more because you're a foreigner.

How To Avoid Toxic Friendships

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Erris Langer Klapper

We tell our teens to surround themselves with true friends who promote positivity and healthy self-esteem. Shouldn't we practice what we preach? Spring is here, and it's the perfect time for taking emotional stock and ridding ourselves of winter's cobwebs.

Advice From a Judgmental, Perfectionist, Control Freak

Kylie Dunn | Posted 05.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Kylie Dunn

I wanted to be less of a judgmental, perfectionist, control freak... and finally work out what I wanted to do with my life. The project gave me more than I could ever have imagined, or hoped for, but there are three fundamental lessons from My Year of TED that I think everyone should apply to their own lives. They are a great start to improving your mental health and general happiness.

Is Sharing Really Caring?

Avital Schreiber Levy | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Avital Schreiber Levy

When we really drill down into what sharing is and what it isn't and what it means to share, we might find ourselves misaligned, misinformed or simply mistaken. So here are seven thoughts to provoke your stance on sharing and whether or not sharing truly equals caring.

Why I Choose To Write About My Divorce

Jessica Kahan | Posted 06.17.2015 | Divorce
Jessica Kahan

I am not glamorous like the women who star in The Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce. But, guess what? Neither are most of the women going through this. When I write and women respond, it's because I am just regular and so are they.

13 Reasons Why the Miles Don't Make a Difference When It's Your Best Friend

Lisa Katz | Posted 06.13.2015 | Women
Lisa Katz

You can still dream together, talk about getting older together and even hope to move near each other again and then reminisce about that again a week later.

How Do We Teach Our Children to Be Kind?

Diana Grycan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Diana Grycan

Every time I pick a paper or magazine to read lately, I seem to find someone who appears to want to tell us about the issue of raising kind children. As much as I believe in teaching values such as kindness to our children, there are a few points that I feel are important to add to this debate.

Sharing Services Will Continue to Dominate in 2015

Paul DeLong | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Paul DeLong

As the sharing economy becomes more widely accepted, it opens the door for sharing services in new industries to take root and build reputable brands. Based on the principle of communal goods or services, companies will continue to help users solve common annoyances.

What I Don't Want To See On Facebook -- Ever

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 04.29.2015 | Fifty
Janet Eve Josselyn

Everyone knows someone who shares way too much on Facebook. Too much information about the awards your children have won or too many pictures of the food you're about to eat. So I offer this advice: there are the 10 things that you should avoid posting on Facebook.

We ALL Need the Village

Kindness Blog | Posted 04.27.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Here's the thing: I've spent an evening broken to pieces, with my spirit in shreds, because of some of the things I've seen or heard about, which show where the village has failed.

'So Much More Than Enough' -- Lessons in Gracious Sharing

Jesua | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Jesua

What would happen if all of us in our world who have "so much more than enough" (and we do, really, in so many ways!) could simply extend generosity with this kind of ease and joy, this quality of open surrender and trust?

Touch As Nutrition

Kindness Blog | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Kindness Blog

Children actively shape their sense of self, not just mentally, but with their hands, elbows and knees, their bellies and mouths, inside the frequency, textures and intensities of this constant, rich field of contact.

Shared Resources and Expectations

Joel Tauber | Posted 04.20.2015 | Money
Joel Tauber

I grew up in an Orthodox Jewish community in Boston that felt both nurturing and stifling. If anyone in the community struggled financially, they knew that tzedeka (or charity) would be raised to sustain them

How Choosing to Go Public With Your Life Challenges Can Change the World

Kathy Caprino | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Kathy Caprino

Claire's story reinforces a fundamental truth that is so important to remember but so easy to forget: Everyone you meet is fighting a hidden battle that you know nothing about. Be kind, and live from your heart, and share your love and support.

I'm One of Those Moms and This Is Why

Deborah Carberry | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Deborah Carberry

You know those moms who post on Facebook all these wonderful things about their kids? Why do they do it? Well, I'm one of those moms, here's one of those posts and this is why I do it.

Campfires, Socialism, and Multi-Level Selection

Joel Tauber | Posted 04.12.2015 | Arts
Joel Tauber

I'm certainly grateful that I have biological impulses to act altruistically, but I'm also aware that I can't rely on them. They won't free me of the fundamental conflict between altruism and selfishness that is wired into my DNA, and they won't enable me to reach beyond my current limitations.

The 4 Types of Couples On Social Media

Stephen Mariani | Posted 04.11.2015 | Technology
Stephen Mariani

The oversharers: Whether these two are fighting, doting on one another or checking in to their bed on social media, they can't stop talking about each other. They're the type to post a #wcw on Instagram, and follow it up with a post on Facebook.

How to Design a Sharing Market (Hint: Empathy Matters)

Markus Giesler | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick raises an important issue. Most people think that the sharing economy is all about convenience and the power of networked technology. But the biggest risk for sharing companies does not emanate from technology but from a failure to manage social expectations around it.

Do Monsters Exist?

Dave Gill | Posted 03.30.2015 | Good News
Dave Gill

Rarely do we hear about the good stuff in the world. Yet most of us see it happen time and time again with our own eyes.

How Do We Figure Out How Much to Share?

Joel Tauber | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Joel Tauber

There are plenty of reasons to embrace the value of sharing, even if it's difficult to lump all of those reasons together into one philosophical framework.

To What Extent Are We Teaching Our Kids to Share?

Joel Tauber | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Joel Tauber

There's tremendous variation in different classrooms about the values that are being taught, and there's a long history of ambivalence in our country about whether values should even be taught in our schools.