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Dear Parents: No, I Won't Run Your Child Over With My Wheelchair

Emily Ladau | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

But then, you heard your son's questions and you cut him off. You told him "She could run you over!" as you laughed a condescending laugh and pulled him away. It seems you entirely missed the point of what could have been a perfect teachable moment. And it stung.

Forever Changed, Never Fixed

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Survivors of infertility know how quickly your joyful high can be crushed by the breath-stealing loss of heartbreak.

I'm A Person With A Disability And My Body Is Not A Mistake

Kristin Duquette | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women
Kristin Duquette

But as inner turmoil may come and go, I've come to realize that my body is pure, specifically designed, and not left to be abandoned. That my body is a dimension of myself, and something of power and strength.

How to Help Someone Who Is Grieving

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

Not until losing my mother to metastatic breast cancer earlier this year did I become all too familiar with the painful journey of grief. It is a difficult path. There is no Google map that can provide perfect guidance on how to support someone who is navigating loss.

5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself This Holiday Season

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

The good news is that the holiday season doesn't have to be so stressful and draining. With a few little changes, it is possible to turn your exhausting holiday experience into one filled with joy and cheer -- it just all boils down to how you take care of you. Here are five ways to do that...

How to Deal With Difficult Family Members Around the Holidays

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

There are some simple mindset shifts can help turn a potential challenging holiday into an enjoyable one. Here are four tips to remember during this holiday season to make yours a better one.

The Day I Stopped Trying To 'Cure' My Son With Autism

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

The doctor was brisk without being bristly, matter of fact in the most consolatory ways. He said lots of things that day that left Dominic's father and I with a mixture of understanding and fear. It was the first time someone spoke harshly, honestly to us about our son's condition, a condition that was just starting to infiltrate every corridor of the media and overwhelm our functioning.

How to Escape the Worry Principle

Richard Koch | Posted 12.16.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Richard Koch

Explore the depths of your "self." Hone your mind and your spirit. Excavate the best version of yourself. Keep digging -- there's a lot down there (or "up there" if you prefer). It's the task of a lifetime. Be creative -- you can create wonders.

Walking the Deferral Tightrope

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 12.12.2014 | College
Rebecca Joseph

While getting deferred is disappointing, the students are still under consideration. The deferring college just wants to look at them in the regular admission pool. While chances of ultimately getting accepting are somewhat less than regular admissions, they still have a chance.

Why I Don't Want to Be a Kardashian

Alexandra Harra | Posted 12.12.2014 | Women
Alexandra Harra

I realized that, as women, our first instinct is to personalize the best qualities of another female upon ourselves; we "wish" we had the lips of Angelina Jolie and the eyes of Megan Fox. This, in turn, leads us to neglect the beauty we already possess.

The 5 Faults With Forgiveness

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

The reality is, in being human we go through pains that are not excusable, justifiable or reconcilable. Yet we are taught if we do not forgive that we are, now, also immoral and doomed to live in some sort of an emotional prison of hatred and resentment.

10 Ways to Improve Your Body Image

Linsey Hart | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Linsey Hart

Culturally, we have this perverse notion that poor body image is a sign of modesty. It's not. And people, especially women, who accept and appreciate the way they look can be perceived as narcissistic. They're not.

It's The End of the World As We Know It

Randy Malamud | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Randy Malamud

I propose that it is time for us to accept as a premise in whatever environmental discussions we have -- or indeed, in any deliberations on anything taking place in the future -- the fact that the world is coming to an end.

These Things Terrify Me

Cathy Cassani Adams | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Cathy Cassani Adams

Instead of expanding the fear, we expand our awareness, we let go of some our defensiveness and righteousness. We learn to stop fighting who we are, to stop numbing the voices in our head, and instead learn to accept and cohabitate with these pieces of ourselves.

Here We Go Again. From Fear to Love?

Sister Jenna | Posted 12.01.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Sister Jenna

The peace found deep within would be worth the attempt to move our comforts of fear to love, and loving each other the same, not only those who agree with our side of the story.

An Unexpected Seasonal Bonus: Accepting What I See in the Mirror

Jodi B. Katzman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Women
Jodi B. Katzman

A perfectionist for as far back as I can remember, I can now embrace my imperfections. I realize at last that I wouldn't have half the insight upon which I have come to rely were it not for those trying times in my life.

How My Broken Face and Crooked Smile Freed Me from Insecurities

Darah Zeledon | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Darah Zeledon

Then I stepped out of my comfort zone and did it! I laughed out loud as my left eye twitched uncontrollably. I smiled big and crooked, and had a blast disconnecting from the worry about whether my face was in compliance or not.

3 Keys of Life

K. Suresh Rao | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
K. Suresh Rao

Based on my personal experience, I have come to the conclusion that gratitude, acceptance of the present moment and prayer constitute the the keys to face any challenge that life may throw at us and lead a life of peace and happiness.

The Production of Monsters

Francesca Milliken | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Francesca Milliken

Perhaps in the future, when a severe episode of depression seeps back in and I find myself overwhelmed and sickened by the prospect of getting out of bed, showering, or even just brushing my teeth, I will be able to picture my two images of fear.

Thanksgiving Desserts: Showing Love With Food

Erin Janda Rawlings | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Erin Janda Rawlings

Those childhood feelings of participating in mandatory traditions that did not feel right still sting during the holidays. I think that is why I am so passionate about making chocolate chip cookies for my kids at Thanksgiving. Baking those cookies is my way of saying, "I love you. I see you."

Why You Need to Love Yourself Unconditionally

Elyse Gorman | Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Elyse Gorman

So the next time you want something in your life in order to feel good about yourself, give a little chuckle at the folly of your reverse thinking, and decide to feel good about yourself now. Then the things you desire will inevitably be drawn into your life.

Embrace vs. Replace

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

We live in a world of replacements and upgrades. Sometimes, even before something is broken, the world decides it needs to be replaced and seemingly forces our hand to do so. In many cases purchasing something new is cheaper and more time effective than repairing the original.

God Esteem and Self-Esteem

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Mark Goulston, M.D.

I am not religious (in the organized religion sense), but I have been on a journey to become and feel spiritual. Why? Because I know there is more and even much more to life than "living in a material world."

The Hard Work (and Art) of Forgiveness

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

Forgiveness is a common theme in my office. Forgiveness of ourselves. And, forgiveness of our loved ones. Much like the art of letting go, forgiven...

10 Things You'll Hear If You Keep Your Maiden Name

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 12.22.2014 | Weddings
Kate Van Dellen

Over the past six months, I've played 20 questions more than I've wanted to about my lack of martial name change. These are the top 10 things married women, who kept their maiden name, are sick of hearing.