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Cynicism

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

Cynics, Stoics and Other People

William Irvine | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
William Irvine

Medical researchers recently made headlines when they reported that cynics are more likely to develop dementia than non-cynics. In the study, publishe...

Curing a Critical Spirit in Students

Tim Elmore | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

The irony of our day is this: we may have produced the most critical kids in modern history, but also ones who cannot take criticism themselves.

How Burnout Impacts Men and Women Differently

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Do women and men experience burnout differently? If we can pinpoint the ways men and women experience burnout, then folks like me who work to help busy professionals better prevent burnout can tailor better, earlier and more specific interventions.

Global Warming: The Inevitability Trap

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Paul Loeb

Is the biggest hurdle on climate change outright denial? Or is it the sense that of being overwhelmed and too late, that there's nothing we can do?

A Kiss for the Hopelessly Jaded

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2014 | Media
Mark Morford

Do not misunderstand. Some (most?) pop culture chyme comes predisposed to caricature, and frequently deserves parody (Hi, Kanye West). But in the case of a humble and heartfelt, low-budget moment, parody can also be the sincerest form of casual cruelty.

Have Scandal and House of Cards Succumbed to Post-Snowden Syndrome?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.25.2014 | Entertainment
Lorraine Devon Wilke

To watch two concurrent, high-profile dramas about the presidency and the government and have both as fixated on the darkest, most vile, unscrupulous, and cynical versions of that place, those jobs, and most of the people populating them, is to reflect a culture at odds with itself. Certainly its government.

Killing More Than Kennedy

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher Holshek

Kennedy's call to action, from his first to his last day as president, was a constant call to citizenship - local, national, and global. It was a call to embrace the promise of American reinvention and renewal.

On the 50th Anniversary of His Assassination, JFK's Message Is More Important Now Than Ever

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We were once a country that wasn't scared to do the big things, weren't we?

Their Real Goal: To Make Us All So Cynical About Government, We Give Up

Robert Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

As average Americans give up on government, they pay less attention to what government does or fails to do -- thereby making it easier for the moneyed interests to get whatever they want.

Why Feeling Competitive Is A Good Thing

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Competitive feelings are an indication of what we want, and acknowledging what we want is key to getting to know ourselves.

3 Other Things Christians Ought to Worry About

John Backman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
John Backman

We've spent decades fighting over sex, sexuality, and gender. To a large extent, however, we have missed speaking out on other weighty matters: the megatrends of our age.

Lifting the Veil: Obama Has Compromised My Notion of Hope -- Which Has Led to Greater Faith... And Not in O

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Loren-Paul Caplin

My loss of hope in the vision of change that Obama inspired -- and it's subsequent morph or collapse into my individual Faith -- is not a binary phenomena. It's not an either/or, all or nothing, in or out thing.

The Post-Cynical Christian

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Skepticism is a good and healthy thing. But cynicism is a spiritually dangerous thing because it is a buffer against personal commitment. Personal commitment is all that has ever changed the world, transformed human lives, and altered history.

People Know They Matter When...

Angela Maiers | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Angela Maiers

Choose2Matter is a global movement that challenges people to solve problems that break their hearts.

The Triumph of Progressivism: Graduation 2013 and 1968

Robert Reich | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
Robert Reich

Many of you soon-to-be college graduates are determined to make the world a better place. But many of you are cynical about politics. You see the system as inherently corrupt. You doubt real progress is possible. Let me remind you: Cynicism is a self-fulfilling prophesy.

5 Unconscious Habits That Block Your Inner Peace

Pamela Dussault | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Pamela Dussault

There are many different ways to attain inner peace, tranquility and serenity. Practicing meditation, affirmations and breath work are a few good ones. However, sometimes hidden blockages exist that may prevent you from attaining that inner calm you seek.

The 4 Biggest Myths About Marriage

Jennifer Nagy | Posted 04.25.2013 | Divorce
Jennifer Nagy

Before I got married and then divorced, I believed in all of the "happily-ever-after" fairy tales. I believed in the nonsense that rom-coms push down our throats about soulmates and forever and love at first sight.

Why the Oscars Hate Comedy (Unless They Don't)

Mark Juddery | Posted 04.20.2013 | Entertainment
Mark Juddery

As we move closer to the Oscars, I've had the usual feeling of deja vu. Almost without fail, entertainment writers write the same articles during awards season, all leading up to "Hollywood's night of nights".

Can You Show Me The Way To The Pope? Nope!

Charlie Carillo | Posted 04.15.2013 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Popes only get our full attention when they're on the way in or on the way out. They're a lot like flashlight batteries -- most people don't notice them until they've expired.

5 Tips For Making Lifelong Friendships

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Holding yourself to these five standards will help you develop within yourself and will expand your potential to grow meaningful friendships throughout your life.

As the Cynicism Washes Away

Carol Smaldino | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

The services of Medicare and Medicaid "do not make us a nation of takers, but enable us to be free... We will respond to the threat of climate change...

Glass Half-Full: How To Be A Little Less Cynical

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Ultimately, it is always in our own self-interest to be open and vulnerable rather than to be nasty or write people off. The only person we can control is ourselves. When we get cynical, we are the ones who suffer.

"My Vote Doesn't Matter": Helping Students Surmount Political Cynicism

Paul Loeb | Posted 11.25.2012 | College
Paul Loeb

You've heard it again and again. "My vote doesn't matter," students too often say. Others complain that politicians are "all the same and all corrupt." How do we overcome this cynical resignation and encourage students to register and vote despite their conviction that the game is fundamentally rigged?

Have We Lost Faith In Humanity?

Intent | Posted 09.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Intent

Our cynicism has conditioned us to always see the negative in people. But we should really give each other another chance. We should stop thinking of the glass as half empty and try to find the positive in others.