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Donning Costumes and Shedding Stereotypes in the Dessert

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 09.23.2014 | 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.

Celebrating One Year and Many Victories

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Here at Schools for Sustainability (S4S), we are jumping for joy as we celebrate the first anniversary of our organization. In merely one year, what b...

The Genius of Marian: Remarkable Alzheimer's Documentary

Marie Marley | Posted 09.02.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The Genius of Marian is an intimate, poetic documentary about Pam White and her family as they all struggle to deal with Pam's Alzheimer's disease.

Peace Is Not What You Think

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Meditation is about making friends with ourselves, just as we are. When we're at peace with ourselves then we'll be at peace with our world. That's one less person suffering and one less person causing suffering to others.

5 Ways to Make Your Classroom LGBT Inclusive

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

The best example you can set for your students is to be a great leader. Use inclusive language, make the classroom a place for safe dialog by allowing students to have conversations that presents questions, but is without judgment.

The Land of Empathy and Wonder

Kristi Rieger Campbell | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Kristi Rieger Campbell

The only thing important in my imagined land is a person's heart. And his empathy. And his ability to find wonder.

3 Ways To Escape Boredom

Jennifer Taitz | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Taitz

In the same way we hopefully wouldn't run out of the airport when we hit an unpleasant wait, we can find strategies to change our relationship to our fear of boredom.

Perfection Is Overrated. Be Happy Instead

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 08.08.2014 | Women
Debbie Gisonni

Perfection is like a carrot on the end of a stick mounted to your head. You keep thinking you can grab it if you run hard enough, and sometimes you can get a little taste of it, but it's never quite enough.

4 Ways to Accept a Compliment

Katie Markey McLaughlin | Posted 08.05.2014 | Women
Katie Markey McLaughlin

If you constantly feel like you're not good enough or that you don't deserve whatever great things have come your way in life, try changing the way you respond to the compliments you undoubtedly receive.

Today My Arms Really Ache

Bridgette White | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Bridgette White

As I take in everything about him, my sweet nephew, I start to feel that ache from deep inside scream out to me again

How I Learned To Love Myself For Who I Am -- Not The Size I Am

Ally Del Monte | Posted 08.04.2014 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

Some people might look at this photo and see a fat girl. I see a girl who fought many demons, dealt with many medical problems, wanted to give up on life but crawled her way back inch by inch to see that life is wonderful, and in fact, decided to# BeBrave and believe in herself.

The Moment I Stopped Being Perfect: What Beauty Really Is

Erin Dullea | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Erin Dullea

I've spent many moments staring at another woman in awe of her appearance and then -- somehow -- finding myself feeling less than. But then, Monday happened.