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Compassion

We Are All Doing the Best We Can: A Lesson in Compassion

MotherWoman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Malia Gaffney One of my greatest challenges as a mother (and as a human) is to have compassion for myself. When I fly off the handle at the slight...

How Nurse Ratched Made Me a Better Counselor

Tara Hedman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Hedman

I met some truly amazing medical personnel during my hospital stay. They were skilled, compassionate, and reassuring. And, I met some other hospital staff that... well, should possibly consider a different profession.

'Shouldn't You Be Over That by Now?' How to Respond to Judgment on Your Grieving Process

Megan Devine | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Sometimes it just makes it easier on you, easier on your heart and mind, if you simply stop trying to explain. Refusing to explain or defend your grief doesn't mean you let other people go on and on about it, continually telling you how you should live.

Understanding Habits Helps You Change Them

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

People repeat actions that are either rewarding or familiar, or both. In other words, people do things that feel worth it somehow. You might think i...

On Suicide

Becky Cavender | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Becky Cavender

Twenty-four years later, we still think of her. We still ask questions. There was no note. We have coffee, talk of her, and cry. We tell our children that sometimes life is hard, but it is -- in equal measure, at least -- splendid and captivating. We miss her. We love her.

Operation Baby Lift: The Story Behind the Story

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Bill Halamandaris

Half a world away one man hears what happened and decides he has to do something about it. He is not about to wait the ten days the government says it will take to mount a relief effort.

Recovering From Roman: Sam Geimer on Moving On

Janice Harper | Posted 04.09.2014 | Crime
Janice Harper

Samantha Geimer's story matters to the public not because the man who raped her was famous, but for the lessons it has to teach us about recovering from abuse.

3 Ways to Not Get Drained by Needy People

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

If you often leave a conversation feeling drained, then you need to learn to be aware of what needy, draining people do that suck the life right out of you -- and what you can do to not get drained.

Go Ahead -- Make Someone's Day

Maureen Anderson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

No one can make you feel bad about yourself, as the saying goes, without your permission. But other people can help you feel better about yourself, if you let them.

On Pain and How to Handle It

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ali Binazir

Except for a few rough patches, I've been blessed with a pretty healthy, pain-free life so far. So when debilitating pain like this comes along, it whacks me upside the head like a cosmic mallet, as if to say, "Pay attention! There's stuff to be learned here."

Give Arts, Not Tests: Metrics Make Failures Out of Fabulous Kids

Steph Thompson | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact
Steph Thompson

We need to harness the talent of this great borough and the great city beyond it, and we need to start using it to help bring inspiration to schools that have become mired in metrics that turn fabulous creative little beings into failures.

If It Isn't Meant to 'Cure' Grief, What Good Is Therapy?

Megan Devine | Posted 04.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

A good therapist is a wonderful thing: They know that there is nothing about you that's wrong. They know their role is to listen and validate, to come up alongside you and provide support.

Compassionate Basketball? That Is March Madness

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 04.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

The University of Virginia basketball team fell short of a national title. But these young men, at the urging of Coach Tony Bennett, will not fall short in life. They will have their ups and downs for sure. But if they practice passion, wisdom and compassion in their life pursuits, they will always be champions.

To the Woman Behind Me in Line at the Grocery Store

Andrea Gardner | Posted 04.04.2014 | Good News
Andrea Gardner

You don't know me. You have no clue that my family has gone through the wringer. You have no clue that we have faced unbelievable hardship. You know none of this but you didn't let that stop you from being compassionate and generous to someone you have never met.

Making It Easier to Be Good

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

It's no surprise when American bishops talk about canonizing Dorothy Day as a saint, as they've done in recent years. For me, her life embodies the heart of Christianity because of the way she constantly tried to translate her faith into good works.

10 Principles for Designing a Mindful and Compassionate Organization

Whitney Hess | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
Whitney Hess

Organizational culture can and should be designed to avoid tragedy, mitigate risk and effectively serve both customers and employees. Leadership is not a monologue, it's a conversation.

Four Common Situations Where Mindfulness Saves the Day

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

Being mindful is like being a very calm sports announcer -- being aware of the play-by-plays of life yet not getting too wrapped up.

Revenge or Forgiveness: Which Road Do You Walk?

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

It's not possible to forget the incident or person that caused us pain. Hinduism suggests that the highest platform to exist on is the platform of compassion.

3 Keys to Empowerment While Grieving

Elizabeth Berrien | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Berrien

To have loss is to be human. With each loss, we add on to our layers of experience. We always hold the ability to honor our losses with grace and dignity. There is nothing weak or small about this journey

The Gift of the Forest: Jane Goodall at 80

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 03.31.2014 | Green
Bill Halamandaris

Jane's understanding of nature -- the gift of the forest -- and her resulting reverence for life has led her to campaign for compassion. Her central message is the unity of life.

Biblical Third Metric Quotes Show How Ancient Wisdom Can Help Redefine Modern Measures Of Success

Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion

The four pillars of the "Third Metric" initiative provide a foundation on which to build a successful life that achieves satisfaction beyond goals of ...

Why We Are Together but Feel Alone

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 03.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Umar Zulqarnain

Technology allows us to hide from others while being connected. We can edit who we are, what we say, and how we are perceived. We become willing to dispense with people and comfortable with being dispensed. We can decide when to communicate and how much.

Einstein's Greatest Discovery

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 03.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Halamandaris

Near the end of his life, Albert Einstein was interviewed by the editor of a scientific publication. The interview ranged across the breadth of Einst...

How To Manage Anxiety At A Moment's Notice

Tiffany Crawford | Posted 03.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Crawford

Practice extreme compassion for yourself and any other parties that maybe involved. Compassion brings the gift of shifted perspective. It allows you to see the love, desire and intention of what is going on.

Do You Really Know How Powerful Your Intentions Are?

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 03.26.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Dennis Merritt Jones

Too often, in the busyness of our lives, our intentions are semi-unconscious, meaning they slip unnoticed directly through to the reactive habit-mind, circumventing the deeper contemplative self. As a result, we may make choices which spawn consequences that we may not anticipate.