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Acceptance

Haunted by Perfection

Gary van Warmerdam | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Gary van Warmerdam

What is peculiar about an Image of Perfection is that it is nothing but a concept. From one point of view, it can be a vision that can inspire us to excel and accomplish great things. From a darker point of view, that same concept can be used as a club by the ego to emotionally beat us down into fear, doubt and self-sabotaging behavior.

The Strength Behind People With Mental Illness

Chelsea Stephens | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Chelsea Stephens

What I want to address is that not only are these stigmas inaccurate, but they couldn't be farther from the truth. People who deal with mental illness have an incredible amount of strength, even though many times they don't see it.

Set Your Trajectory and Trust Your Path

davidji | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
davidji

Trust and acceptance go hand in hand. And it's important to know that acceptance doesn't mean that you're compromising to life, situations or people. It is a wonderful opening of the heart; it opens you up to greater possibilities and frees you from shackles of emotional constraints.

Missteps in Resiliency (And Why They Might Be Good for You)

Rachel Verlik | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Verlik

I'm starting to realize this is in iterative process -- there is no finish line or end game. I'm adjusting my resiliency journey to be more focused on awareness and forgiveness of missteps, because that is where the true resiliency shows up.

Make Happiness Your Default Setting in 3 Easy Steps

Naomi Goodlet | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Naomi Goodlet

When you notice a positive feeling, try consciously inviting it to stay a while longer. Imagine the feeling growing and expanding. Don't force it, just allow it to stay for as long as possible.

Vacuuming With Pearls

Megan McDonough | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan McDonough

Illusions of what a holiday should look like, how clean our house should be, the clothes our children should wear, the schools they should attend, the raise we should get at work, and how we think our boss should treat us all cause strife. Stress arises when our thoughts fight what is.

Are You Controlling in Your Relationships?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 10.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Relationship problems can seem to be quite tangled and hopeless when the intent is to control each other's behavior or feelings while resisting being controlled. Yet the moment loving oneself and one's partner becomes more important than controlling and resisting control, the relationship problems magically dissolve.

4 Real Solutions to Change Resentment Into Acceptance

Michael Feeley | Posted 10.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Feeley

It doesn't mean you have to like the person. It doesn't mean you have to make them change. Your criticisms might be 100 percent correct, but you do owe it to yourself and them to see the truth. And that will always make you free -- ending the war of inner thoughts and resentment.

I Want To Be That Girl

Anna Caltabiano | Posted 10.07.2014 | Teen
Anna Caltabiano

Maybe it's only jealousy. Maybe it's not. We don't understand it, but you know it's not just you. Your friends hate her guts too, and it baffles them as well. All we know is that we want to become something we hate.

Beyond Awareness: National Down Syndrome Acceptance Month

Meriah Nichols | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Meriah Nichols

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month here in the United States. I'm personally not out to promote awareness anymore, because we are there already. We are aware that people with Down syndrome are the same as people without.

Your Reflection Is Perfection

Nicole Glassman | Posted 09.25.2014 | Women
Nicole Glassman

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I stood at the foot of their bed when my dad interrupted me, "Are you getting a little chunky there?" He pointed to my stomach. I looked down sheepishly and said, "No, I am just standing funny." I wondered what he meant. I was only eight years old.

Donning Costumes and Shedding Stereotypes in the Desert

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts
Ritu_Sharma

I'm probably the last person anyone would expect to say this, but this year I went to Burning Man. Friends had been trying to get me to go for years

The Greatest Enemy Is Fear, Not War

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Letting fear in and making friends with it does not necessarily come easily; fear is a powerful feeling that demands understanding and patience, but by recognizing fear when it arises and just being with it, rather than reacting to it, we reduce its power.

The 9 DO NOTs of Active Listening

Janice Taylor | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

Listening to one another takes skills that some of us haven't picked up along the way. (Probably, because we weren't listening. Vicious cycle!) Thus, causing misunderstandings, disagreements, frustration, irritation, disputes and discord.

Sometimes Your Happiness Depends On Walking Away

Kristen Houghton | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristen Houghton

Too often we focus so much on a door that has closed abruptly and unexpectedly in our faces that we don't realize that the world is full of other doors that are open to us. You won't find your happiness demanding that a certain closed and locked door reopen; all you will do is miss seeing alternate avenues of opportunities that are available to you.

Why Do You Eat the Food You Eat?

Margaret Marshall | Posted 09.16.2014 | Home
Margaret Marshall

You can be accepted by another person's culture quickly by eating their insider food. It's as important as knowing their language and customs. This concept is invaluable in today's culture where the world is smaller and business is conducted on a global scale.

How To Break The Body-Shaming Cycle And Accept Your Lumpy, Bumpy Body

OWN | Posted 09.15.2014 | OWN

Kristin grew up in a family that was critical of her weight. At age 49, she still finds herself plagued by the voices in her head. Hoping to finally e...

A Happiness Experiment: The Good, The Bad And The Miserable?

Janice Taylor | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

I don't know about you (although I could make a guess), but I have super powers -- an innate ability, a real knack for the "miserable." I have the power to be in a bliss state, and in a New York minute, I can and do turn supreme happiness on its ear.

101 Things I Will Teach My Daughter

Sierra Vandervort | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Sierra Vandervort

Don't regret the times you feel sad. How else will you appreciate the times you feel good?

The Difference Between Tolerance and Acceptance

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Often, I see the words "acceptance" and "tolerance" being used interchangeably. The LGBT community often talks of building a tolerant society, but it is by no means enough.

Become Your Own Best Friend

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Meditation has no set rules or structures. It asks simply that you pay attention, that you make friends with being quiet, with sitting still, with doing nothing. This is a space just for you to be with yourself, to remember your dreams and who you really are. In this quiet space you become your own best friend and, therefore, a better friend to all.

Seeing Myself From The Other Side Of The Fence

Mohini Kundu | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Mohini Kundu

"This might sound weird, but I'm so proud of you and everything you're doing," he said. And in that moment, when I let myself stop feeling unkempt and behind schedule and not successful enough and sleep deprived and mediocre -- I was pretty proud of me, too.

#EndBullying, A Message That Starts With Us

Sue Scheff | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Words hurt. They can stay with you for a lifetime. It's easy to tell victims to ignore their bullies, but any of us who have experienced this type of abuse know that it's much easier said than done.

Why I Wrote A Book About A Transgender Child

Jessica Herthel | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Jessica Herthel

My husband and I looked at each other and breathed sighs of relief. They got it. Or at least, they got enough of it. I had told them that Jazz was a girl born with a boy body and yet never once did it occur to my girls to refer to Jazz as "he" or "him."

We're Still Getting This Body Love Thing All Wrong

Amanda Trusty | Posted 09.15.2014 | Women
Amanda Trusty

Body love is driving to work in the morning and not judging the different-sized women that run past us on the sidewalk. It's going shopping and not eyeing up the woman next to us trying on clothes that we decide are too tight on her.