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How to Make Each Day Your Masterpiece

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

But how often in the middle of life's challenging moments, do we stop for half a second and see the beauty in our own lives? The big picture kindness. I am convinced that there are many actions we do every day that go unnoticed, by others and by ourselves, almost like a wave we don't stand up on.

Rita Wilson: We Want 50 People Over 50 Who've Reinvented Themselves

The Huffington Post | Rita Wilson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Fifty

Dear Readers, When we launched Huff/Post 50 in 2011, we made clear our generation was not ready to go gently into the night. I was, and continue ...

Secrets About Life on Earth

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

I was waiting to hear where I was going next. When the being in charge of revealing my destination said "EARTH," the other beings all around me oohed and ahhed at my good fortune. I recall feeling a deep sense of elation.

Pennies From Heaven and Plums That Fall From the Sky: What a Wonderful World It Is

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

Is goodness tossed at me every day, all day long, and if it is, how often do I miss it, step over it or look past it? Regardless of my state of mind, every time I do stop and see a plum on our walkway, I feel as though someone has given me a gift.

This Blind Runner Is Going To Keep Breaking Records Because 'It Doesn't Feel Good To Give Up'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.21.2014 | Good News

Amelia Dickerson isn't afraid of what she can't see. She triumphs in it. Last Saturday, Dickerson completed Denver's Colfax marathon, turning in a ...

A Mother's Day Letter to My College Daughter

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 07.09.2014 | College
Kathleen Buckstaff

As we celebrate Mother's Day and your upcoming graduation, let yourself fall in love with older women -- women you deeply admire. Let their grit, humor, strength and wisdom inspire you, permeate you, and change you on a cellular level.

Inspiration Campaign: You Are Amazing

Veronica Rae | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Veronica Rae

When was the last time you were reminded that you are amazing? When was the last time you were reminded that you are powerful and capable of more than you've been told?

Single Mom Snags Huge Shopping Spree With Miami Heat Star

Posted 04.11.2014 | Divorce

He may be gearing up for the playoffs, but that doesn't mean Chris "Birdman" Andersen of the Miami Heat is so busy he can't help out a fan in need. ...

Trapeze Artist Becomes a Quadriplegic and Still Flies: Olivier Meyrou's Acrobat

Karin Badt | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

In French, the title of the film is different from the English, and it is a shame the original did not translate. The title is Parade, which means "spotter" -- or more interestingly, in French, "the person who assures the other."

These Quotes From People Who've Created A More Loving World Are The Only Valentine We Need

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 02.14.2014 | Impact

Forget the cookie-cutter Valentine's Day greetings and the cheesy rom-com clichés. When it comes to lessons on love, we'd rather look to those who ha...

Step by Step: An Old Man and His Wisdom

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

Not long after that, hospice cars and family cars lined the street outside the doctor's home. I heard from a neighbor that the doctor died in his sleep. The news that he died peacefully didn't surprise me. With his ability to be kind and joyful despite pain, I figured he had already arrived wherever it was he was wanting to go.

How to Move On After Every Failure

Amancay Tapia | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Amancay Tapia

In life, there will be times when dreams get shattered. When that one thing you blindly believed was going to work out doesn't. Most of us have been there, in a place outside our comfort zone. A place where we feel lost and lack the energy and self-belief needed to start again. But fear not.

Stunning Photos Taken By Shark Attack Survivor Will Inspire You

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News

This is Mike Coots. When he was 17 years old, he lost his right leg to a shark attack while surfing off waters in his home island of Kauai. ...

Mystery 'Angel' Gave This Single Mom A Christmas Miracle

Posted 12.13.2013 | Divorce

Christmas came early for one Conn. single mom, thanks to the kindness of a stranger. Since just before Thanksgiving, Danielle Dubois has been maki...

How Positive Peer Pressure Could End Bullying in Your School: The Be O.N.E. Project

Toan Lam | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Toan Lam

Grab a tissue and watch how every single kid has 'crossed a line.' Be inspired to take action -- you will discover that you have the power to BE ONE person that is the change-maker in your community.

Heartwarming Stories Of Human Goodness You Need To See

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 11.02.2013 | Religion

Sometimes life can get you down, but there's so much human goodness out there if you take a quick look around. From the smallest smile to the most lav...

Woman With ALS And Months Left To Live Getting Skydiving Wish

Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago

Chicago-area woman Katrina Shelby is getting one amazing early birthday gift. Shelby, who turns 31 on Friday, was set to go skydiving Wednesday aft...

Calling All Thanksgiving Heroes!

Toan Lam | Posted 12.22.2013 | Impact
Toan Lam

Bravery and courage come from not dwelling on what there is to fear. We are looking for an everyday hero whose social change work is rooted in gratitude, generosity and love.

An Inspiring Interview With Bo Derek

SlimPaley.com | Slim Paley | Posted 10.01.2013 | Fifty

My dear friend Bo Derek who, at the age of 56 (and may I add, a wee slip of a thing is our Bo, as you can see!) decided she was going to compete in th...

Tim Minchin's Graduation Speech Perfectly Breaks Down Life's Lessons

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.04.2013 | College

You might recognize Tim Minchin as a famous Australian musician, composer, songwriter, actor, comedian and writer, but did you know that he is also p...

How to Write College Admissions Essays: A Letter to High School Seniors

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
Kathleen Buckstaff

Unfortunately, family tensions often run high when it's college admissions' time. Phrases such as, "I don't need you. You're wrecking my life!" happen simultaneously as doors slam. I'd like to share with you my secrets on how to write a personal statement for college applications.

Aspiring Neurosurgeon Survives Brain Cancer

Dr. Lisa T. Williams | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Dr. Lisa T. Williams

There wasn't much of that interview he remembered, but the one question that stuck out in his mind was what type of doctor he wanted to be when he grew up. "I want to be a pediatric neurosurgeon," he answered. Four days later, the first headache came.

All Because of George

Matt Douglas | Posted 11.13.2013 | Good News
Matt Douglas

A man told me that he lived nearby, and he gave me his phone number in case I needed help. As he left he said: "Listen: if you can't find a solution, you could always borrow my car. I don't need it this weekend." I thanked him and told him that I appreciated his offer. I thought we would find a solution.

Hope in a Human Story

Vanessa Contopulos | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Vanessa Contopulos

It turns out that we all have a lived experience of mental illness touching our lives, whether it is personally or though someone we love. It is in the courage to share our journeys that we are able to transform our pain and our struggle into a blessing, a human connection, and a shared path.

She Just Surprised Her Friend With An INCREDIBLE Gift

Posted 09.07.2013 | Teen

Chandler Lacefield, a Texas teen, just surprised her friend with a very expensive gift -- and the story behind it will warm your heart. According t...