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Is Compassion Children's Most Admirable Quality?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.30.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

We are assured by experts that compassion is hardwired into all human beings because such qualities help us to become functioning members of society. But, if you're like me, you would swear that children are born without an ounce of compassion in them.

Joel McHale Finally Addresses That Big Rumor

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 06.27.2014 | Comedy

No "Soup" host for you, CBS. In May, Joel McHale retweeted a photo of himself, CBS head Les Moonves and Julie Chen, and then everyone lost it. The ...

Can We Give Back "Giving Back?"

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

Overused, misunderstood and mildly condescending, this phrase turns the idea of helping each other into a way to celebrate one's superiority for acting like the basic, decent human beings we're supposed to be.

Where Do Our Children Feel Safe?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Few people would disagree that we've become a divided society with our own thoughts and beliefs taking precedence over tolerance and understanding. But what is it doing to our children?

Four Sure-Fire Ways to Build Community and Create Happiness (Portland Style)

Carrie Sturrock | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Carrie Sturrock

While keeping abreast of classmates and friends in faraway places in carefully crafted, real-time technicolor is valuable, it can feel empty too. Virtual connection doesn't necessarily translate into a supportive community that generates happiness.

Build Your Village

Paola Pearce | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Paola Pearce

I live in a city of over eight million. Now, I invite you to think for a moment to your mornings on the crowded sidewalks or in the queues for a coffee to-go. Think of your lunch time at a café tables and, again, of lifts, of subway and train stations.

For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Not Enough

Diriye Osman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

When I was a kid growing up in Kenya, I imagined that one day I would step out of the closet and find a sense of brotherhood and belonging in the beautiful, rainbow flag-waving LGBT community. But the reality differed a great deal from my dreams.

Doesn't Look Like 'Community' Will Be Getting A 6th Season On Hulu After All

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment

Well, this is bad news for the Greendale Human Beings: Hulu has reportedly ended its discussions to resurrect “Community” for a sixth season. ...

Newtown: A Shared Experience

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

A noteworthy event took place in Newtown, CT last month. On May 31, the Newtown community proudly hosted a gathering of visitors. No media, no politics -- just people.

A Third to Prison, a Third to War, a Third to College: The Game of Chance with Ambassador Young

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Horgan

I see a common theme in the African American community -- a tolerance of the current state. "This system wasn't made for us, that's just how it is," I hear. This mentality permeates through world famous academics, and is widely read in higher education.

How Talking To Strangers Can Transform Your Life

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living

We have all heard the warning from our parents time and time again: Don't speak to strangers. As we grow older, avoiding strangers becomes less of a s...

4 Things We Can All Learn From One Of America's Oldest Religious Communities

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion

Sunlight pours into the plain, open room through its many windows. Men and women of all ages gather in rows of simple wooden benches all aligned to f...

A Philanthropist With No money

Karen Ann Kennedy | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Karen Ann Kennedy

Start thinking about the one or two things you can do to make your little corner of the world a bit nicer.

Unify, an Emergent Global Culture

Jacob Devaney | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

Humans share more in common than we usually realize but religious ideologies, cultural and national identities often cause us to be at odds with eac...

Childish Gambino and the Metamodern Ennui: Why Because the Internet Is the Most Significant Album in Recent Memory

Jesse Damiani | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Damiani

The Internet allows us to live increasingly fractured, niche, performed lives -- no matter how consistent, we develop varied personae on social media, dependent upon the form -- but they are still our lives.

Redefining Spirituality, One Church for All

Andreea Nica | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Andreea Nica

As a former lover of Christ and ex-Pentecostalist, I had countless visions and dreams that one day I would be a spiritual leader. While growing up in the charismatic church, it was even prophesied that one day I would become one.

How Gavin Sheppard Is Rallying a City's Creative Community

Herbert Lui | Posted 08.11.2014 | Arts
Herbert Lui

Consider the change in Mike Tyson's life after meeting his trainer, Cus D'Amato. The difference here is scale, and type of development: Sheppard is equally focused on each youth's personal development as he is in their artistic and professional development.

Should I Give Money to the Homeless?

Nick Holt, MSW, ASW | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Nick Holt, MSW, ASW

Choosing to give or not to give comes down to our own beliefs as well as many momentary factors. Here are the ways I believe you can do the most good.

When Life Gives Your Neighbor Lemons, Ask for Some

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.11.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

Something my garden constantly reminds me to do is to be generous, which is an admittedly easier thing to do when it offers me more vegetables than I could eat on my own.

Here's Evidence That Coming Together Is A Beautiful Thing

Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

#AOLBUILD Hosts theSkimm's Co-Founders

AOL BUILD | Posted 08.06.2014 | Media
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD QUOTE OF THE SESSION "One of our readers said it best, 'I can get behind a business that respects brunch.'" -- theSkimm co...

Learning Los Angeles: Judy Baca, Artist as Activist

Julia Wasson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

From 1974-1975, Baca organized, hired and trained teams of at-risk youth, many of them gang members and part of the justice system, to execute this story at a time when there were no Hispanic members on the City Council or the School Board. Today, Baca and Padilla work non-stop.

Fighting Climate Change With Sensible City Planning

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Here in the US, we're going to be growing, and growing a lot: How we manage that growth will affect everything from how healthy our economy will be to how nourished and happy we will be as people to, yes, how healthy the future of our planet is.

Los Angeles: After the American Dream

Patricia Echeverria | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Patricia Echeverria

It's time to re-write our dreams: to revisit our personal and collective narratives. The hope for upward mobility is dead, at least amongst our youth....

Uniting 'Round the Mountain

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Naphtali Hoff

The importance of each individual is certainly something that we are all aware of. We saw at the outset of the book of Numbers that God loves each individual and views our very existence as an opportunity to demonstrate that love.