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Before You Give Someone Advice, Try This First

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Some of your friends who are committed to pessimism may question or judge your new attitude. Some may find fault with it. But some will be intrigued and drawn to it and to you. And you may also find that there are other "closet optimists" who welcome your perspective into their world. What have you got to lose by trying?

My Transgender Life: Second Chances

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 08.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

Even though I transitioned at the age of 64 I don't believe anything I've done in my life was a mistake and I am in deep gratitude that I now have a second chance to live my life in a manner that is true to how I see myself.

A Different Type of Independence: A July 4th Reflection

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

Freedom without direction leads to confusion, and independence without rules creates chaos. That is why children need rules in order to grow, and adults need a compass in order to navigate the turbulent waves of our world.

12 Thought-Provoking Passages From Viktor Frankl: Man's Search for Meaning

Thai Nguyen | Posted 05.14.2015 | Books
Thai Nguyen

As many as 6,000 people were killed each day during the Holocaust. Escaping death and enduring the brutal conditions of the concentration camps, Vikto...

A Sign From God

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Halamandaris

Viktor Frankl realized he could not resolve the matter and got up to go home. As he left, he thought that if there ever was a time that a man could use a sign from God, this would be such a time. The issue was beyond human resolution.

Can People Recover From Mental Illness?

Emily Grossman | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

In my estimation, recovery from mental illness, as I personally define it, is definitely possible. However, it takes a lot of work and perseverance. With the proper treatment and support, people can and do get well, contribute to society, and live highly productive, fulfilling lives.

Tips for Handling Difficult Family Encounters During the Holidays

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD

Mindfulness is all the rage these days -- and many people use this term interchangeably with the word "meditation." While there are forms of meditation that invoke mindfulness, we can also practice mindful awareness in everyday activities and interactions.

Retirement Isn't for You

BJ Gallagher | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

The one thing I know for sure is that retirement isn't for me. Old age isn't for me. Being an old lady isn't for me. Because unless my life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile.

A New Enlightenment?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

In a recent PBS interview with Charlie Rose, 85-year old Harvard University professor emeritus of biology, E. O. Wilson, talked about his latest book, The Meaning of Human Existence, and what he calls "the new enlightenment."

Viktor E. Frankl's Devastating Letter On The Death Of His Wife And Mother In Auschwitz

Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion

Excerpted from Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl with selected letters, speeches, and essays translated by Helen Pisano. Copyright 2014. ...

Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness

Business Insider | Emily Esfahani Smith | Posted 10.23.2014 | World

"It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness." In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in ...

The United States: A Country Fighting for 'The Last' of Our Freedoms!

Laura Wellington | Posted 11.29.2014 | Religion
Laura Wellington

No doubt, it is our natural instincts as parents to protect our kids from any harm. To watch them suffer is harder on us -- many times -- than on them.

What We Might Learn From Robin Williams' Death

John Amodeo, PhD | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
John Amodeo, PhD

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Plato As shock waves resulting from Robin Williams' suicide begin to settle, we might ...

Why Buddhist Meditation Can't Solve All Our Problems

Ted Cadsby | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

Our muddling is forever constant because the human condition is a predicament to be continually managed, not a problem to be fixed or solved.

Viktor Frankl on the Human Search for Meaning | Maria Popova | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living

Celebrated Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, born on March 26, 1905, remains best-known for his indispensable 1946 psycholog...

On Savoring Life

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD | Posted 05.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD

Isn't savoring our lives at least as important as enjoying Reese's? For, like chocolate, this moment will be gone in a flash. So, it's probably worth paying attention to.

This Man Faced Unimaginable Suffering, And Then Wrote The Definitive Book About Happiness

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living

Thousands of self-help books are published each year, promising the keys to happiness, transformation, and a meaningful life. But a 1946 memoir, set a...

Breaking (Through) Bad

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

What should be clear is that most events in our lives are, simply, beyond our control. The one aspect that we do control -- how we choose to react to what's occurring around us -- is the decisive factor as to how we will perceive and experience our lives.

Out of the Nest and Into the Fire

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 08.11.2013 | Divorce
Robin Amos Kahn

I never imagined that in my 50s I would find myself pushed out of my nest -- marriage, family -- and forced to learn how to fly.

Everybody Say 'OPA!'

Alex Pattakos | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

The notion of the "good life" can be viewed as the human quest for meaning, a formidable challenge that involves both making a living and making a life that really matters, that has significance.

Theater Review: Complete - A Hot Mess With Good Intentions

Ellen Snortland | Posted 05.15.2013 | Entertainment
Ellen Snortland

Watching Complete, a new play written by Andrea Kuchlewska, directed by Jennifer Chambers and having its West Coast premiere at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, left me -- ironically enough -- with the experience of being "ambivalent and incomplete" which may be a more apt title.

The 7 Things Everyone Wants

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

The interesting thing about these ideas -- the things we most desperately want out of life -- is that they are all functions of mind, and it's clear that the human species can eat, live and reproduce just fine in the complete absence of them.

No Whining

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

Life will never be perfect. We know that. But we also all know that if we practice "No whining," at least we will not make it any worse.

Revisiting the Meaning of the Statue of Responsibility

Alex Pattakos | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics
Alex Pattakos

No matter who wins on Tuesday one thing is clear: the country can not afford to conduct its public business like it has done over the last four years. In other words, it's time for politics not as usual! Something has to change, and it must be change that we truly can believe in.

The Secret Of Suffering

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 09.27.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

We have been given the ability to glimpse a sliver of reality and also to use our intellects to "see" beyond our limitations, but like small children, we cry out when we're in pain -- it's a function of our basic humanity.