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#Compassion

Finding Your Way to a Merry Christmas

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

You've worked so hard to make a happy holiday season for the people you love -- the rest of us have no idea what it's taken you to get to this point. ...

In Defense of Love

Scott Stabile | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Stabile

I think about, talk about and write about love a lot -- the power of love, the importance of love, the necessity of love, the anything and everything ...

How to Release Your Holiday Expectations and Enjoy 'What Is,' No Matter What's Going on in Your Life (Or the World)!

Erin Cox | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Erin Cox

Sometimes we have completely unrealistic expectations of ourselves and the way we idealize that everything should be. If we can just roll with it all, focus our energy on what brings us the most joy, and keep our expectations realistic... accepting what "is," then, we will have the happiest holidays ever.

This Holiday Season Have Compassion for Relatives Who Drive You Nuts

Annie Fox | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Annie Fox

Holidays traditionally mean family time. If that thought doesn't swell your heart with joyful anticipation, you've probably got some "challenges" with members of your tribe. It happens in all families because we've all got certain kin folk like this.

When the Holidays Hurt: 'Tis the Season... to Pretend There's No Season at All

Ravishly | Posted 12.22.2014 | HuffPost Home
Ravishly

Listen. I'm not one to ever come out against presents. I love sea turtle calendars just as much, if not more than the average person, but I really need society to get the hell away from me with this whole "let's be jolly" thing.

It's Christmas: 7 Reasons Why We Should Forgive But Never Forget

Jenny Florence | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny Florence

If someone has treated us badly, an inability to forgive will cause the situation to return to our mind again and again, each time loaded with intense emotions that can eat away at our own inner well-being. It is important to remember that forgiveness doesn't mean that we are condoning something that wasn't all right.

Science Explains Why Kids Are Terrible At Sharing

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living

When we were kids, sharing our snacks or toys was about as appealing as sitting in time out. We were hardly willing to give up our most prized possess...

Look Beyond the Labels

Deanna Heon | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Deanna Heon

Look beyond the labels and you may find a kindred spirit, and even a friend, in someone you never expected.

Moving the World to Reach Peace and Compassion

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

How do you learn courage in a society full of fear? This question was addressed at the 14th World Peace Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

Your Disability Is Not My Problem

Lianne Mandelbaum | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Lianne Mandelbaum

When we support change that widens ramps, opens doors, assists those with vision or hearing challenged, or helps protect those who may have life-threatening food allergies, we may someday, in fact, actually be assisting our parents, our children or even ourselves.

The Year of Speaking Kindly

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.16.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Would you like to increase harmony in your life, cut the potential for conflict and hurting other people? If yes, then this challenge might be for you...

Pray It Forward

Melanie Young | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

I am counting my blessings this season and especially during my week-long visit to my hometown, Chattanooga, Tennessee. I've found that southerners ha...

Your Own Shoes

Stacey James | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Stacey James

The older I get the more I realize everyone truly does have their own story. Who they are, where they've been, where they're going, who they are becom...

It's Better to Give Than to Receive

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 12.15.2014 | Good News
Dean Dauphinais

Paying off a complete stranger's layaway account is something my wife and I first did three years ago.

How a Dating Buddy Can Transform Your Search for Love

Ken Page | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Ken Page

Clients who ask for -- and listen to -- the advice of wise, loving friends have more successful lives. Dating may be a lonely journey, but you don't have to take it alone. Having a dating buddy will definitely make it more fun.

Lasting Love

Dr. Samineh I. Shaheem | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Samineh I. Shaheem

It's not about jewelry, weekly flowers or other expensive gifts that make a relationship remain as loving and intimate as it was at the beginning. It's all about reconnecting to who you were when you met, how you behaved and communicated during those times.

On Erasing the Worst Five Minutes of Each Day

Sandra Shpilberg | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Sandra Shpilberg

This way the worst five minutes of each day turn into the best five minutes of each day, shining a bright neon sign that says "UNDER CONSTRUCTION" on the areas that need more attention for us to grow into self-aware, conscious, grateful people that embody loving kindness.

7 Steps to Being a Kinder Person

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

Kindness is the best gift. You know because it gives you that welcome skip in the heart, whether you're giving or receiving. Yet in this time of frantic holiday making, kindness can get lost along the way.

I Can Breathe; You Can Breathe -- Eric Garner Cannot

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Robert V. Taylor

The root word for spirituality means "breath of life." It is the breath of life that feeds our humanity, our values, our sense of connection to all sentient beings, our spiritual pulse and our uniqueness as individuals. Our life needs spirit and our spirit needs breath.

Take Care of Yourself This Holiday Season

Stephanie Harrison | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harrison

Self-care brings me great peace and joy, which in turn allows me to bring peace and joy to the world around me. It is empowering to be able to make small daily choices that have positive ripple effects through my life. This holiday season, how will you strengthen your light and use it to illuminate the world around you?

5 Ways Faith Contributes to Strong Marriages, New Studies Suggest

David Briggs | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Four studies published in the Journal of Family Psychology indicate that cultivating practices such as selfless prayer, spiritual intimacy and compassionate love can help keep couples happily together through the challenges of marriage.

What Do Emotional and Social Agility Have to Do With Creativity?

Todd Kashdan | Posted 12.08.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Todd Kashdan

Ask yourself, "Is this contributing to my wholeness?" and if you're getting constructive criticism, if you're dedicating effort toward a meaningful goal, and you feel uncomfortable... it is.

Compassion: Who Needs It Most Over the Holidays?

Catherine Zinger | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Zinger

And again I found myself guilty of having made false assumptions and was reminded that all is not what it appears to be -- that because a person is successful and admired deeply by so many, doesn't mean he doesn't suffer his own demons.

Room at the Inn

Steven Crandell | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

When you have no place to rest and little money, a coffee shop that permits you to visit its warm premises, use its free power or free Wi-Fi, that hands out cups of cold or hot water, is more than a resource. It's a temporary sanctuary.

I'll Keep That In Mind

Stephanie Giese | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Giese

I do not owe you an explanation, and I think anger is a healthy reaction to what this child has endured in his very short lifetime. As you huff and pull your children away from our "bad example," I will roll my eyes and remind myself that you do not know what you do not know.