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Values

Is Compassion Children's Most Admirable Quality?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.30.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

We are assured by experts that compassion is hardwired into all human beings because such qualities help us to become functioning members of society. But, if you're like me, you would swear that children are born without an ounce of compassion in them.

Moral Stories and the Media

Eldon Taylor | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

A recent study carried out by researchers, Victoria Talwar of McGill University and Kang Lee at the University of Toronto, demonstrated the value of p...

Being a Leader of Influence

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

Leadership is the product of multiple factors, not the least of which is influence. Leaders understand that a primary part of their job is to influence others towards a desired outcome.

Business. Kindness. Life.

Susan Kerr | Posted 08.20.2014 | Women
Susan Kerr

We get to choose our stories and craft them in ways of not only glass half full, but what are we going to do with all that liquid? All that life? All those oceans? We can't always change the beginning of our story, but we can always change the end.

The Return of Sixties Values

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The level of U.S. political rancor has reached an intensity not seen since the '60s with its battles over civil rights and the Vietnam War. On the one hand, we have Republicans advocating a new Iraq war and more tax breaks for the rich. On the other hand, we have Democrats saying no to war and standing up for working families.

The Recipe for Undying Hope: Your Weekly Wake-Up Call to Make a Difference in the World

Anthony Silard | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Anthony Silard

Hope is the last thing we lose. -- Uruguayan proverb In the 14th century epic poem Inferno, Dante Alighieri describes an allegorical trip through hel...

How Kids Learn About Money

Daniel Britton | Posted 07.30.2014 | Money
Daniel Britton

The same is true of our attitudes and values around money which very often can be traced to childhood influences, either through repeated exposure to a parent's habits and language, or like the barking dog, a single dramatic event.

Lessons From a Brush Fire: "What Do You Want Us to Grab, Honey?"

Tristan Higgins | Posted 07.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

"What do you want us to grab, honey?" my mom asks me on the phone. There's a fire raging towards my house. I'm not there. Someone else has to help me. "What do you want us to grab, honey?"

What's Great About Kids Today

Colleen Turner | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Colleen Turner

Bullying behaviors do not last long when a child's peer group appreciates the importance of respecting themselves and others

Reclaim Your Mind: Your Weekly Wake-Up Call to Become Your Greatest Fan

Anthony Silard | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Anthony Silard

The next time anyone says something critical to you or about you, initiate a three-step process: First, filter their comments through your value system. Second, learn from any part you consider relevant to your growth. Third, discard the rest.

Defining Luxury

Nate Zubal | Posted 07.08.2014 | Style
Nate Zubal

As a society, we're looking for ways to experience our own, perhaps unconventional, versions of luxury.

How to Live With Purpose, Identify Your Values and Improve Your Leadership

Anne Loehr | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Anne Loehr

Ever worked with a manager who knew what mattered and stood her ground about these things? Then you probably worked with a manager who leads from her values.

The NBA: Values and Public Opinion Will Prevail

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 06.30.2014 | Sports
Chris Komisarjevsky

The NBA took a very strong position, with a principled view toward what is right in the long run. There is no place in the NBA for racism -- unacceptable by any measure.

Chopping the Cherry Tree: How Kids Learn Honesty

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.30.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

In the '90s, in the midst of the so-called culture wars, dueling miscellanies represented a fundamental and acrimonious division over how to raise the next generation of American citizens. Lost in the bickering was a much more basic question: Can we really transmit a moral code to our children through the use of stories?

What to Do -- and Not Do -- to Live a Really Great Life

Hilary Wilce | Posted 06.29.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

Most importantly of all is the ability to appreciate the moment and to find real delight and joy in the world around you -- understanding that life is a miracle, and that our time here might well be shorter and more fleeting than we hope it will be.

What's Love Got to Do With It?

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 06.19.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

I was struck by a question from Curtis Ogden of Interaction Institute for Social Change which boiled down to "What's love got to do with it?" As it turns out, when making a connection between values and practices, love can play a central role.

To Be or Not to Be Judgmental -- That Is the Question

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

We will need to remain aware of the status of our self-esteem as well as holding compassion for others and ourselves. We can then find our way out of the knots of hierarchy, honoring of our uniqueness and the uniqueness of others.

Marriage and Happiness: David Blankenhorn Interviews Charles Murray

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Can Charles Murray help us be happy? Curmudgeon, yes. Conservative, yes. Happy? As Andy Kline succinctly writes: It is widely agreed, by friend a...

A Different Four Questions

Stuart Dow | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
Stuart Dow

Leaving aside the curiosity that none of what the children ask about has actually occurred at that point in the evening, I'd like to suggest four different questions for adults to ponder (if not sing) this year during Passover.

Board Your Own Ship

Anthony Silard | Posted 06.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Anthony Silard

To bring our lives closer to what we imagine they can become, let's consider the origins of the word "discipline." Discipline is derived from the word...

New Jewish Camp to Teach Entrepreneurship to Teens

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Rabbi Jason Miller

You know it's a good idea when parents lament that they wish there was something like this when they were teens. That seems to be the general consensu...

Quality Care As a Driver for Health System Change

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

To fundamentally engage the American public in the future of the health care delivery system, we need to see value through their eyes as people endeavor to live their lives to the fullest, despite limitations. This can best be achieved by putting quality of life measures on the same level with quality of health measures to truly drive health system change.

Take Off the White Gloves and Become a Change Agent

Laura Butler | Posted 05.17.2014 | Women
Laura Butler

By honoring my values, paying attention to opportunities, following my passion and balancing my commitments, I'm empowered.

Invest in Life Experiences

Sean Kim | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Sean Kim

Experience can be relived. Experience has emotional longevity. It can be improved in our minds as we continue to grow and progress in life. It stays with us and they are lessons we can use everyday for as long as we live.

Why Write Your Own Retirement Tribute?

John G. Taft | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business
John G. Taft

I know that when I retire, I don't want anyone talking about the titles I held or how "successful" I was making money or advancing in the corporate hierarchy. Instead, I want them to talk about the values I embodied and brought to work every day.