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Redefining Success: How to Prevent Popular Misconceptions About Success From Controlling Your Life

Anthony Silard | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Anthony Silard

The two greatest enemies of your progress are most likely what you call "success" and what you refer to as "failure." The first breeds complacency; the second, self-judgment.

Why I No Longer Care About Current Events Or World News

Dori Hartley | Posted 03.02.2014 | Fifty
Dori Hartley

If you mention the countries Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan or Venezuela to me, a soft, numb cloud of blissful and most intentional ignorance folds over my consciousness and within milliseconds, I hear no more. Same goes for the phrases, 'world issues,' 'political strategy,' and 'government turmoil.' But no words instantly anesthetize me like the words, 'war,' 'conflict,' 'death toll,' 'budget,' and 'health care.'

Why Taking Pleasure In Life Is Really, Really Good For You

Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty

Love life and it will love you back, a new study says. A British study found that older adults who enjoy life also enjoy better physical abilities ...

How To Celebrate Others' Success (Unselfishly)

Tai Goodwin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Tai Goodwin

The next time someone you know gets great news, don't hate -- celebrate with them. Remember, you reap what you sow: You can look forward to welcoming more joy into your own life as you celebrate other people's success.

How To Improve Your Number On The Happiness Scale

Posted 10.31.2013 | 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...

Want Happiness? Become a Practicing Stoic

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Michael Shammas

Over the past two months I've read the works of all four great Roman Stoics -- Epictetus, Musonius Rufus, Seneca and of course Marcus Aurelius -- and with their help I've come to a few realizations

Gaining Control Over Your Life Takes No Effort

Nancy Deville | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Deville

We all have experienced feelings of imprisonment and loss of control at one point or another. Still, the one thing we do have control over is our thoughts.

Better Off Broke: Why Some Choose Poverty Over Wealth

CreditCards.com | Erica Sandberg | Posted 09.27.2013 | Fifty

A shocking truth: Not every American craves a high-powered job, big house, luxurious vacations and stockpiled cash. In fact, some not only eschew such...

7 Signs of Emotional Wellness

Dr. Shannon Kolakowski | Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Shannon Kolakowski

When I meet new people in social settings, the conversational question of, "What do you do for a living?" often leads people to ask me the follow-up question, "So are you analyzing me?" While it's said in a fun, playful manner, I think it speaks to a deeper question that all of us face.

"F&%# It!": Get the Attitude that Will Set You Free

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.07.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Jim Taylor

In my last post, I introduced you to my notion of "mindblocks," a portmanteau that plays off of the psychological nature of these issues and the term ...

Fantaspirations and Fallen Arches

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There are, I think, two dilemmas that complicate the reconciliation of wanting what we have and having what we want. Let's refer to them as the "night on call" conundrum, and the "wrinkle in time" fallacy.

I'm All Natural -- With Breast Implants

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 07.31.2013 | Style
Rebecca Lammersen

The woman who helps others accept who they are on the inside and embrace their outside, has silicone under her flesh.

What Yoga Taught Me About The Present Moment

James Brown | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
James Brown

By letting go of harmful desire, I got more of the physical depth that I'd wanted before, yet the shapes of the poses barely mattered now. What did matter was how good it felt to just be with what is and let go of what isn't.

Why Worrying Does More Harm Than Good

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

Worry has historically played a vital role in our survival and it helps us cope with many of the challenges we face today. At the same time, worry that is too intense and too unrelenting can definitely cut down on your happiness and enjoyment of life.

Moving on

Deborah Gaines | Posted 06.01.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

I no longer believe that my happiness is defined by where I live or how much I own. I've learned that letting go of concern over outcomes leaves room for greater joy to enter my life.

The Winter Of Our Discontents

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

It was the quintessential evening of contentment. That is, until this ostentatious and well-to-do couple sat down at the table beside us. From the moment they took possession of their seats, nothing was right. The room was too cold. Then, it was too hot. The music too loud; then not loud enough.

What Are You Doing for This Universe?

Ora Nadrich | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Ora Nadrich

When we are doing something mindfully, our senses are more heightened, causing our experiences to become that much more satisfying.

On Discovering Your Versions Of Happy

Maggie Lyon | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lyon

Given how much time I spend wandering around consumed by how stellar life will be once I lose the last five pregnancy pounds, get my book written, get the baby to sleep through the night, that to realize quite suddenly that I am happy right now is miraculous. It stops me in my tracks.

Common 'Cents': Money Tips for the Working Poor

Ryan Mack | Posted 03.19.2013 | Business
Ryan Mack

Today, if you are "working poor" the first thing I want you to learn is "contentment." I know what many of you are thinking. Many of you are thinking that contentment means, "I am happy to be poor." But this couldn't be further from the truth.

To Be Happy, Be Grateful

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.09.2013 | Good News
Michael Shammas

Because of this up-and-down nature of happiness, I've recently been pondering how one can attain true happiness -- constant happiness.

Lost and Found in Menopause

Donna Henes | Posted 01.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Aging and changing might be inevitable, but they ain't easy. They precipitate in us a great uncertainty. The myriad dramatic disturbances of modern middle life create an overwhelming crisis of identity and purpose for each of us.

How To Really Find Happiness

Nancy Colier | Posted 11.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

We spend our lives trying to get to some imaginary there, where lasting happiness awaits. What we don't know how to do is to get to here, where we are. We discover well-being when we shift our focus toward this moment and what is actually here.

Single and [Working On] Loving It!

Beth Hopkins | Posted 11.12.2012 | Women
Beth Hopkins

Today I was whiling away my life on Facebook as usual when I noticed one of my sidebar ads. Underneath this-and-that artist who sounds like Bon Iver I saw something peculiar. "Be a Nun!" it declared. Wait. What?

Joy: The Fight vs. The Dance

Jon Foreman | Posted 10.21.2012 | Arts
Jon Foreman

I love dancing. Love it. Which is truly unfortunate because I am a horrible dancer. Nowadays I've limited my rug-cutting to weddings, bar mitzvahs and...

The Gift of Kittens in a Flower Pot

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 07.04.2012 | Green
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

Early in my life I was told to be careful how I treated strangers because I might be entertaining angels without realizing it. A few days ago a small clan of angels arrived on my patio without my invitation or knowledge.