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Miracles and Why We're Reluctant to Own Them

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
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Jane Simon, M.D.

A miracle suggests divine intervention in human affairs. Many of us tend to think that believing in miracles is unscientific. But it is science that h...

Holding the Mast in the Dark Night Sea Storm

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 11.02.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Linda: We can see intention as a light guiding our way through a dark passage. Or we can see intention as a machete blazing a trail through a thick ju...

Try Leaving Your Comfort Zone -- You Might Learn Something About Yourself

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 10.19.2016 | Healthy Living
The University of Central Florida Forum

The world, my world, is pretty much constructed for my benefit and convenience, as a white straight male. You know it's true - most people in power look like me and talk like me. If I didn't actually make the effort, I could make my way through life dealing with the myriad tasks and challenges I have, but without ever really having to think about myself in the midst of that.

Identity In A Hall Of Mirrors

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 10.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jane Simon, M.D.

To the extent that we are mirrored, encouraged and acknowledged for our achievements and our creative pursuits, we are unified within ourselves. To the degree that we are perceived through a distorted mirror, we are torn asunder and may search for approval at a cost to our real self and creativity.

Cues, Clues and the Mysterious Veils Through Which We Communicate

Ellie Newman | Posted 09.20.2016 | Women
Ellie Newman

Interpersonal cues -- body language, facial expressions, voice tone and pitch -- are great indicators of what is going on during an interpersonal exchange. Think of these cues as a starting point, a spark, to assess the situation; but, don't draw an iron clad conclusion based exclusively on your individual interpretation of their meaning.

7 Things I Didn't Know I Was Getting Into As A Stepmom

Jessica Valentino | Posted 08.29.2016 | Divorce
Jessica Valentino

There is no perfect way to learn how to become a stepmom. There isn't a template or "How-To" book with all of the answers. Figuring out everything you need to know before you become a stepmom is impossible.

The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want

Pam Nochlin | Posted 08.03.2016 | Books
Pam Nochlin

Dave Kerpen, Founder & CEO of Likeable Local, a social media agency and NY Times best-selling author recently published; "The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want."

Reframing Forgiveness

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

We can't force someone to forgive. Therefore, the road to forgiveness may also involve understanding the person who has harmed us. This requires starting off on a journey that may entail a close examination of the person we need to forgive. The journey can be long and torturous.

How Mindfulness Can Help Couples Cool Down

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 07.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

When each partner can react with greater equanimity, both partners can recover more easily. They regain a deeper acceptance of the other, recover their perspective taking and communication skills, and thus resolve disagreements more quickly before they spiral out of control.

The Eagle's Gaze

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

Harry Truman saw a great deal of misery in his life resulting from war. In WWI he served as a captain of Missouri's Regiment Battery D, serving in Fr...

Empathy: Our Hope In The Fight Against Intolerance

Chloe Hollett, J.D. | Posted 07.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Chloe Hollett, J.D.

The Technicolor parades inspiring hope throughout this nation have come to an end, and so, too, has 2016's LGBT Pride Month, dedicated in celebration ...

The Right Words: Finding Empathy In Fearful Vulnerability

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 06.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

There's a bit of fear that inhabits every truth that makes up who we are. It's a fear that is shared within every honest breath we give back to the world and undermines the self-assured faith we hold within ourselves.

Thanks Mom And Dad, For Divorcing Like You Did

Jackie Robinson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Divorce
Jackie Robinson

While I've always been grateful and even proud of how my parents chose to end their relationship as a couple, I can appreciate the challenges more today in the midst of my own painful break-up with my children's father.

How To Find Common Ground When You And Your Partner Disagree

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 06.15.2016 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

In midlife, our close relationships can experience considerable strain. The stress of work, family responsibilities, finances, and health problems can make you tense and irritable. Before you know it, you're in an acrid disagreement with the person you love the most.

Nagasaki Survivor and US President On Same Page for Peace

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
Christine Negroni

Nagasaki survivor Takeo Aizawa, a retired school teacher now living in Tokyo, did not watch President Obama's speech at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial l...

In Sickness and in Health: Practical Tools That Take Care of the Caretaker

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

As partners, when we discover and commit to who we truly are, our lives take on new meaning as love and joy are our natural states.

Hey Moms, Let's All Agree to Stop Doing This

Joanna Serth | Posted 05.19.2016 | Parents
Joanna Serth

Part of our job as mothers should be to support and bolster other mothers. We have the most difficult and unrelenting of workplaces. Let's all take a pledge to ease off in the comments section, okay?

How You Can Learn to Understand People on a Deeper Level

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC | Posted 04.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC

Clearly, we need to be able to pick up on the unspoken messages that people are conveying to us. So where do we start to understand people and pick up on social cues? Here is a list that will hopefully get you off to a good start.

A Nighttime Awakening

Eve Beck | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Eve Beck

While I still have my major faculties in tact (I hope!), as the years go by, and for those of you currently in less than ideal states of mind, how can we get a handle on this vary scary and serious business?

Dad of Child on the Autism Spectrum Writes an Open Letter to the Public Exposing Insensitive and Damaging Behavior From Grown Adults Toward Young Children

Lauren Rabin | Posted 04.15.2016 | Parents
Lauren Rabin

"Seek to understand, before being understood." -A basic principle in Empathic Listening As some of you know, I run an organization called Autism F...

4 Questions to Reshape Your Life

Alexandra Harra | Posted 04.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Harra

If you're seeking to reshape your life, reflect on the answers to these four questions to increase your awareness, expand your mindset, and change your outlook:

How to Talk About Sex

Angela Skurtu | Posted 03.18.2016 | Divorce
Angela Skurtu

Rather than putting a lot of pressure on your relationship, it is better to learn when and how to use the different negotiation tactics so that you can still be mostly happy. Hopefully, you can learn to negotiate your needs and desires in a fun, respectful way.

What I Learned From 'Messy Tim'

Noelle Nelson | Posted 03.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Noelle Nelson

There were about a dozen of us volunteers working on a community project that involved, of all things, a skit. Not a big deal, but one that still requ...

Campus Dialogue

Eric J. Furda | Posted 02.26.2016 | College
Eric J. Furda

On Sunday afternoon I was sitting on one of two buses coming back from the University of Pennsylvania's Posse-Plus Retreat (PPR) with a group of stude...

I Love You, 'Terrible Person'

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

After sitting in sadness upon learning of her passing, and swimming in shame and guilt for not staying connected with her, I realized something that didn't occur to me until a few days later. A better question was, "Why had we not stayed connected with each other?"