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18 Science-Based Reasons to Try Loving-Kindness Meditation

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Emma Seppälä, Ph.D

There are mantra meditations, visualization meditations, open-focus meditations, breath-based meditations and so many more. You just have to find the shoe that fits. An easy one to start with is one that evokes a very natural state in us: kindness.

Weave Compassion into the Fabric of Your Family's Lives

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.17.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Jim Taylor

Your family life is rife with rituals that can send messages of compassion, kindness, and sharing to your children. When you sit down for a meal, yo...

Carolyn Gregoire

Why Strangers Are Coming Together To Discuss Tough Subjects Over Dinner

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living

This year, Drugs Over Dinner was born to facilitate honest, personal and non-judgmental conversation about drugs in America and the root causes of our culture of addiction.

Are Young People Getting a Bad Rap These Days?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.10.2014 | Media
Dr. Jim Taylor

I think we need to cut young people a little slack. It's easy to be a Chicken Little ("the sky is falling!") and expect the worst from recent generations especially when you get to be of a certain age. How can they possibly compete against "the best and the brightest" and the Greatest Generation?

Educating Student-Entrepreneurs

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 09.09.2014 | Education
Robert E. Johnson

Student-entrepreneurs who graduate with an agile mindset can become pillars of the global economy, launching fresh ideas and revitalizing and reinvigorating the global marketplace in ways that benefit us all.

Capitalism's Founding Father Believed That Money Can't Buy Happiness

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living

When the name Adam Smith comes up, 99 percent of the time it's in reference to the Scottish philosopher's 1776 magnum opus An Inquiry Into The Nature ...

A Different Kind of Empathy

Laura Shumaker | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Laura Shumaker

I had just arrived home after one of saddest errands of my life, euthanizing our three-year-old Labrador Buddy, when the phone rang. I let it go as I was sobbing, and couldn't stop.

WATCH: Jane Goodall On Where Science Has Gone Wrong

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.04.2014 | Science

If Jane Goodall could change one thing about the way science is done, this is probably it. In a new video from NOVA's web series "The Secret Life o...

Back-to-School Anxiety

Richard Weissbourd | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Richard Weissbourd

Whether or not your child is feeling anxious about the start of school, you can use this time to talk to principals, guidance counselors and teachers about the importance of creating a classroom and school that feels safe and welcoming.

Dating and Romance: The Problem With Kindness

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.04.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

If choosing a partner is such an important life decision, why do so many of us get it wrong?

What Does Empathy Even Mean?

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 09.02.2014 | Women
Samantha Rodman PhD

Empathy is a wonderful magic technique that brings you closer to whoever you use it on. It's like a potion that makes others calm down, listen to you, and feel connected with you.

It's Hard to Be a Kid! Tips for Compassionate Parenting

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

Compassion literally means "to feel with" or "to suffer with" another person. It means seeing something the way they do, and experiencing it with them. Here's what I've learned about being a more compassionate parent, especially in the moments when compassion may not come readily.

What Robin Williams Can Teach Us to Do for Each Other

Tamar Chansky | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

And we want to help. And we're afraid to. We're afraid of not knowing what to say. We're afraid of looking too closely into the deep and bottomless well of someone else's unhappiness, afraid of how those dark waters may beckon to us.

7 Habits Of Considerate People

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living

"Being considerate of others will take you and your children further in life than any college or professional degree." - Marian Wright Edelman Edel...

"Too Strong for Our Support" -- How Does That Logic Work?

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Imagine you're a foundation program officer funding in the area of youth development and education. You're approached for renewal support by a nonprof...

Born to Be Mild

Karen Ann Kennedy | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Ann Kennedy

I am a firm believer in the concept that no one "gets there" alone. I know that I have had a lot of help along the way, and I strive to help others as they go through life too. I know what it's like to be alone, to struggle and to be the victim of an injustice or cruel act.

Schooled in the Jungle Room (My Life and Death Struggle in Memphis)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

May 1987. Memphis, Tennessee. I'm standing outside the gates of Graceland Mansion with my friend Wess. I tell him I think this whole Elvis thing i...

To Err Is Human: To Apologize Is Humane

Craig Dowden | Posted 08.22.2014 | Business
Craig Dowden

When we are responsible for hurting someone, we often get angry at the person we harmed, avoid the situation, or try to rationalize our behavior rather than apologizing for it.

In Ferguson, the Most Important Color Might Be Green

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

As is true in Ferguson and other communities in the U.S., a gulf now exists between the rich and the poor, and between blacks and whites. This gulf is making it harder to empathize with people we don't know, and with people who are different from us.

The Land of Empathy and Wonder

Kristi Rieger Campbell | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Kristi Rieger Campbell

The only thing important in my imagined land is a person's heart. And his empathy. And his ability to find wonder.

The Secret to Building Empathy in College Students

Tim Elmore | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
Tim Elmore

Storytelling, to a degree, can provide instruction closer to a real-life experience than a didactic lecture full of statistics. Here are some simple suggestions on how to capitalize on storytelling as you teach or lead students.

Empathy in Clinical Health Care

Ilyana Romanovsky | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilyana Romanovsky

We believe that in many cases, medical training not only does not select for or cultivate such personality traits, but actively selects and develops barriers against them.

Walking in Your Shoes

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy Some time ago I was coaching a woman (whom I will call Lindsay) who was struggling with a difficult situation with a colleague, B...

Enriching Our Lives With Empathy

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 08.16.2014 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Empathy is the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling.

Through a Screen: How We Knew Robin Williams

Mac Grambauer | Posted 08.15.2014 | Women
Mac Grambauer

I know that the beauty Robin Williams brought to the world through his humor, kindness, and generosity inspires many of us to do the same. I am grateful we had him in our lives, even if it was only through a screen.