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Acceptance

The One Thing Turning 40 Brought Me

Amanda Magee | Posted 04.11.2014 | Women
Amanda Magee

I want to go toward happy. I think that a lot of us do, but for whatever reason we get tripped up in what we're supposed to do. How we're supposed to look. What people think.

The Courageousness of Accepting Things as They Are

Anne-Sophie Reinhardt | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Anne-Sophie Reinhardt

I Ching: It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any self-deception on illusion. That a light will develop out...

Four Ways to Free Yourself From Your To-Do List

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

I tend to see my to-do list as something that will help me relieve anxiety -- when the to-do list gets smaller, so will my anxiety. Mistake. While it feels great to check things off the list, when there are still pending items I feel like a failure.

We Need Better Than Tolerance

Nathalie Vassallo | Posted 04.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathalie Vassallo

People often say "acceptance is not enough" when it comes to homosexuality. I, however, think it is. The problem is that often "I accept" means "I tolerate."

The Upside To Being Rejected

C.B. Bryza | Posted 04.06.2014 | Women
C.B. Bryza

Rejection can be hard to take, and even harder not to take personally. But with the right mindset, I've been able to keep my heart open and my chin up, to recognize that rejection has an upside: it helps me be a better person.

Sunrise, Sunset: A Son Rises

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Once I knew everything about my children from their sleep habits to their favorite foods. Now I stand on the periphery watching them change and grapple with adulthood.

Baby's First Surgery: The Perfectionectomy

Whitney Frink | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Whitney Frink

Let it go. Your child was born with an abnormality, despite you doing everything right. You planned, you controlled, and still. Your beautiful baby is beautiful, but not perfect. Not like you pictured.

Making Peace With Failure: A Love Story

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 04.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Making peace with failure can soften and possibly eliminate the blow of these self-diminishing assaults. When we make peace with failure -- that is, accepting its inevitability -- we make peace with life and with ourselves.

And Let It Begin With Me

Bethany Thies | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Bethany Thies

It's the end of the common sense world as we know it and I feel... incredibly guilty. Incredibly caught up in the very nonsense I rail against.

Accepting Where You Are

Debbie Martinez, M.A. | Posted 04.01.2014 | Divorce
Debbie Martinez, M.A.

What you expect, you will receive. Become the master of your mind and not the victim of your thoughts.

How To Deal With The Challenge Of Change

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

It has been said that in a contest between a river and a rock, the river always wins. Why? Because the river is willing to follow the natural call of gravity, going over, under, around or, eventually, through the rock, to its destiny which, as with all water, is to ultimately merge with the ocean.

No Flight, No Fight -- Simply Surrender

Courtney Perry | Posted 03.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Courtney Perry

The next time I felt the familiar foreboding before a panic attack, I said to myself, "Go ahead, have this panic attack. It's been a stressful week and this is your way of dealing with it. Nothing bad will happen, it's just going to be uncomfortable and will only last a little while."

If I Can't Accept You at Your Worst, Then Maybe You Should Stop Being So Horrible

Matt Walsh | Posted 03.29.2014 | Women
Matt Walsh

Newsflash: It's not OK to be selfish, impatient, and out of control. These traits, while common, are unacceptable. They should not be accepted, least of all by the people you claim to love. This philosophy is poison, and it stretches beyond one offensive quote from a 20th century Playboy Bunny.

You Are Not Alone

Polly Campbell | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

When we actively work to connect and engage with others, we create a sense of belonging for everyone. That is the seed of meaning, peace, and resilience. And you know what? It just makes life more fun.

Coping With Contagious Affluenza: Mindful Consumption

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

Do we really need all this stuff? Why are we eating so much? Why can't we focus on what's happening right now? The symptoms and effects of affluenza are plentiful, but there is good news -- relief is possible, and it can be put into action right away.

Dear Self: Do Not Fear Aging

Terry K Carr | Posted 03.23.2014 | Fifty
Terry K Carr

By 46, men stopped noticing me. Women, too. I began to understand why older people wore bright colors and stripes with polka dots: How else were they going to be seen?

6 Truths About Finding Happiness

Vanessa Dunne | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Dunne

I'm not saying forget about whatever it is that is bothering you. Those chapters in our lives shape us. What you can do though, is come at peace with these times. Accept them. Honor them. And move forward.

The Spirit Is Willing

Irene Tanner | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Irene Tanner

Acceptance eventually replaces resistance as the intellect finally comes to terms with the limitations of the body. Never has this been so obvious to ...

The 5 Stages of Coping With Loss -- No Matter How Small

Audrey van Petegem | Posted 03.15.2014 | Fifty
Audrey van Petegem

One of the greatest lessons of Buddhism is that of impermanence -- that what comes into one's life will, at some point, leave. I'm not saying that we all have to embrace the teaching of Buddhism, but there is wisdom in this train of thought.

Stop Hating Yourself for Hating Vacation

Nancy Colier | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Something amazing happened on this holiday. It seems that all the years of spiritual practice kind of kicked in. When I stopped judging myself for the experience I was having, stopped hating myself for hating vacation, I discovered two wonderful things: humor and compassion.

The Top Four Reasons Spouses Cheat -- And What To Do About It

Robert C. Jameson | Posted 03.05.2014 | Divorce
Robert C. Jameson

No matter what resolution you decide, to repair the relationship or to end the relationship, at some point in time, the acceptance process comes into play. How can you accept that your life has been turned upside-down?

2013: What's Behind the Headlines?

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 03.02.2014 | Entertainment
Amy Dardashtian

A look back at the sand slipping through the hourglass that was 2013 and very few of the headlines circulating reflect on a positive year. We remember...

One-Word Resolution

Rupa Mehta | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

When it comes down to it, choosing, using, and committing to your One Word in 2014 could be the best resolution you can make. If your spirit is healthy, you have lost the weight of words, and connecting to your One Word is a commitment to living your greatest life.

A Gay Man's Open Letter to Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty

Dillon Couvillon | Posted 02.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Dillon Couvillon

Some people will call for your show to be yanked, or you to be written out of the show, I don't think that is the appropriate response and answer. Rather I think staying, shows an even greater idea.

Can You Give Up the Quest for a Happy Holiday?

Polly Campbell | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

Let's all just get over it this idea that things must be ideal to be good. If you invite actual people to your holiday dinner, you can also anticipate a bit of uncertainty, chaos even. But, we certainly don't need to add more stress or drama by serving up a helping of unrealistic expectations.