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Am I A Real Person?

Aaron Weinbaum | Posted 09.19.2016 | Entertainment
Aaron Weinbaum

Just a few minutes before I decided to write this article, I submitted an application to Twitter to verify my account. You see, I am in search of a check mark next to my name.

Why Rigorous Studies Get Smaller Effect Sizes

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.18.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

When I was a kid, I was a big fan of the hapless Washington Senators. They were awful. Year after year, they were dead last in the American League. ...

What Are You Validating In Your Life Today?

Antonio L. Vereen | Posted 08.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Antonio L. Vereen

Since the days of playing on the playground, humans have wanted to belong. To be liked. Much didn't change all throughout around schooling. Especial...

When the World Doesn't Care, Make Your Art Anyway

Kevin Kleitches | Posted 04.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kevin Kleitches

The other night I went to bed earlier than normal. I wanted to wake up at least two hours before work so I could write this very post. Once I publis...

The Wonderful Reputation of Educational Research

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.21.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Back in 1993, Carl Kaestle memorably wrote about the "awful reputation of educational research." At the time, he was right. But that was 23 years ag...

Validation: The Hidden Force That Could Be Running Your Life

Dania Vanessa Illescas | Posted 04.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dania Vanessa Illescas

I can't remember a time when I wasn't looking around me for approval -- verbal and nonverbal. We seem to develop this sense of how others perceive us and use that to measure our worth. It felt great when I felt I measured up. More often than not, I saw myself failing time and again.

The Ultimate Credit Card

Francis Levy | Posted 11.12.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

All the pain of dejection, however, might have been worth it, if only your departure from life were delayed by a naysayer unwilling to issue the proper documents attesting to your credibility as a human being!

Gay Men and the Shirtless Selfie

Matthew J. Dempsey | Posted 07.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew J. Dempsey

Social media let's us pick and choose what we present about ourselves, but how can we tell when it becomes more indulgent and less authentic?

Dear Society: I'm Beautiful Not Broken

Kristin Duquette | Posted 03.08.2015 | Women
Kristin Duquette

Dear society, I'm not a broken doll that's aimlessly waiting for validation on a dusty, old store shelf. My home is in my heart, and regardless of all the outside noise, I refuse to believe that I'm disfigured and made out of leftover pieces.

How Hard Is it to Be Truly in Love?

Tracy Crossley | Posted 10.11.2014 | Women
Tracy Crossley

Relationships provide the potential for growth. When there is an ease, an acceptance and support, it can actually help us to be kinder with ourselves and accomplish the dreams we seek.

How The Lion's Gate Changed My Story

Maureen Anderson | Posted 09.28.2014 | Books
Maureen Anderson

Once upon a time I wrote a book about a Vietnam veteran. I was in foreign territory, all right. I knew very little about war, weapons, world history, world geography, and almost anything else that would've helped me translate this man's experience to the printed page.

Feel Like You'll Never Be As Good As That Person?

Natalie MacNeil | Posted 08.24.2014 | Women
Natalie MacNeil

Ever fixate on someone else's success to the point that you think they shine the "brightest," just like the North Star? (But guess what? The North Star isn't the brightest star in the sky, not even close!) Their "star" doesn't shine any brighter than yours!

On the Road Again...

Candy Spelling | Posted 07.20.2014 | Entertainment
Candy Spelling

Trying to embrace a Second Act, figuring out what that is for each of us, may be different in many ways.

Create Time for Teacher Appreciation and Validation Meetings

Calee Prindle | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Calee Prindle

Teacher appreciation and validation is typically minimal and short. It usually comes during a faculty meeting in a 60-seconds or less "shout out" or in a quick conversation passing by in the hallway or standing in line for the copier.

It's Never Been About Vanity

Nancy Davis | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Nancy Davis

The loss of my beautiful mane validates that I am indeed ill. All these years friends and strangers alike would remark, "Wow, you can't be sick you look so good", and damn it, I did look good!

Stop, Listen and Validate!

Rachel Cedar | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cedar

I'm not naïve about the way that children can treat one another, and I have no doubt that my son will be on the receiving end of teasing at some point in his life, but I certainly wasn't prepared to address it when we needed to be out the door five minutes ago.

You Are Not Alone

Polly Campbell | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

When we actively work to connect and engage with others, we create a sense of belonging for everyone. That is the seed of meaning, peace, and resilience. And you know what? It just makes life more fun.

When Reassurance Becomes a Crutch

Andrea Umbach | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrea Umbach

We have all done it. We try to say something that is helpful and reassuring. We try to say something that will take away someone's fears or doubts. The problem is it usually doesn't work. And sometimes reassurance does the exact opposite of what we intend.

The Invisible Woman Syndrome Is Just a State of Mind

Amancay Tapia | Posted 02.15.2014 | Women
Amancay Tapia

Whoever you are and whatever you do, make sure you use any experience you have -- good or bad -- as the clay you need to transform your sculpture into a piece of art.

The Power of Love

Mary Paleologos | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Paleologos

Self-love at its core is self-acceptance of who you are just as you are, the good and not-so-good parts of yourself. It's about self-respect and self-empowerment. It's about self-care and looking after yourself and having compassion for yourself when you are going through a hard time.

2 Easy Exercises For Better Relationships

Stephanie Michele | Posted 12.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Michele

What do successful people have? Relationships that support their success. How did they get those relationships? They exercised effective communication. Here are two communication exercises that can significantly improve the quality of your relationships.

Giving Up the Story: A Journey to Mindful Divorced Parenting

Ellen Kellner | Posted 06.09.2013 | Divorce
Ellen Kellner

I gave myself permission to acknowledge the validity of my own story. And once known -- deeply, truly known and felt in my soul -- I didn't need anyone, including my ex -- to hear me.

We Validate Our Parking, Why Not Each Other?

Ilana Ross | Posted 05.01.2013 | College
Ilana Ross

Like my haircuts, my birthdays never turn out just the way I want. Somebody important forgets to call and then I realize this is just a day like any other day in history. The next thing I know I'm two skim lattes into a blog post about my irrelevance in the world.

Learn How to Not Jump the Gun

Deborah Calla | Posted 03.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Deborah Calla

Jumping the gun is when we are reacting to something rather than initiating. In these situations, stopping to take time will either allow us to see the light or allow for a greater sense of certainty once we decide on a course of action.

Validate Me

Amy Chan | Posted 11.07.2011 | Women
Amy Chan

We've all done it before -- played something up in order to make ourselves appear more important than we really are. Why do we do this?