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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.

Small Kindnesses

Tricia McCallum | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

How will we be remembered? By our grand strokes? Perhaps. But what will also commemorate us are the small and unexpected kindnesses we bestow on other...

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...

Muddy Strangers

Anonymous Thank Yous | Posted 09.15.2014 | Good News
Anonymous Thank Yous

It was a long day at work. I was so glad to be going home. I climbed into my car and started to pull out of the dirt parking lot, only to stop after...

Today's Buddha Doodle - We are not our things

Molly Hahn | Posted 09.12.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn


7 Things You Can Do When Someone You Love Has Cancer

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 09.11.2014 | Women
Kathleen Buckstaff

You have them right in front of you. Savor them. When you know someone you love has cancer, you are on notice. Fight hard to take advantage of each moment spent together.

9-11-2001: What's Your Story?

Lauren Galley | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Lauren Galley

As you pay tribute to those who lost their lives from this tragic day on September 11, 2001, think of how you write the chapters of your life story and the choices you make each day.

The Case For Practicing Kindness Every Day

Karen Ann Kennedy | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Ann Kennedy

Kindness begets kindness, and the nicer you are to people, the nicer they will be to you. This isn't always the case -- there are still jerks out there in the world -- but you certainly improve your chances of being on the receiving end of kind behavior when you're kind to other people.

6 Ways Being Nice To Others Is Actually Good For You

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living

There are exactly three ways to define the word "nice," according to the dictionary. The first is the ability to "give pleasure or joy." The second...

10 Ways To Be A Better Human Being

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

This should be obvious, but there are so many people out there who seem to forget how much of a difference kindness can make. When people are kind to each other, it's contagious. Kindness breeds kindness, and there's nothing wrong with that. I believe it takes more energy to be unkind, so why bother?

Seeing Myself From The Other Side Of The Fence

Mohini Kundu | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Mohini Kundu

"This might sound weird, but I'm so proud of you and everything you're doing," he said. And in that moment, when I let myself stop feeling unkempt and behind schedule and not successful enough and sleep deprived and mediocre -- I was pretty proud of me, too.

Good Luxury: In Search of Style + Compassion

Miriam Ava | Posted 09.08.2014 | Style
Miriam Ava

It recently struck me that the marriage of ethics and aesthetics in the premium segment of consumer goods seems to be considered a luxury too extravagant to indulge in by the fashion industry.

#EndBullying, A Message That Starts With Us

Sue Scheff | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Words hurt. They can stay with you for a lifetime. It's easy to tell victims to ignore their bullies, but any of us who have experienced this type of abuse know that it's much easier said than done.

Introducing 'Love Day'

Ora Nadrich | Posted 09.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ora Nadrich

Wouldn't it be great if there really were an official "Love Day," but in a way, I prefer it being something we decide to do. We can have as many love days as we want. Imagine that -- each day devoted to feeling good. You might find yourself not wanting to settle for anything less!

Kindness As Workplace Policy

Hildy Gottlieb | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Hildy Gottlieb

One of my favorite movies this summer was Supermensch -- the documentary about talent manager and movie producer Shep Gordon.

Love as a Virtue and a Principle

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 09.03.2014 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

We often think of love as an emotion we experience, an emotion characterized by the desire to be close to another person, the sense of cozy pleasure we feel in a relationship.

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.

Adopting These 2 Habits May Just Make You Happier

Kellie Edwards | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Kellie Edwards

Gratitude is part of the puzzle; the other main part is being kind to myself. I have cranky, sad and lethargic moments too. But instead of criticizing myself at those times OR faking gratitude I have experimented with another practice backed by science.

Finding Your Authentic Kindness

Rachel Verlik | Posted 08.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Verlik

I don't have any grand epiphanies on how we can turn the tide on a global, massive scale. I think it has to be grass roots, a kind of butterfly effect to make a difference. It has to be small acts that catch on and feel authentic and meaningful -- both to the giver as well as to the receiver.

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...

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.

Finding One's Voice: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

How to Teach Your Child to Be Popular

Lyndsi Frandsen | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Lyndsi Frandsen

Having "popular" children provides a great opportunity for them to set a positive example and to gain a network that is very socially diverse. With that comes the chance to influence others for the better. So,when that moment presents itself, is your child prepared to rise to the occasion?

The One Thing I Want to Tell My Kids Before They Start School

Galit Breen | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Galit Breen

Be kind to yourself. Forgive yourself for mistakes. Give yourself time to rest and relax and rejuvenate. Figure out what you love and do it. Often. Say nice words in your mind and your heart because you are golden.

Today's Buddha Doodle - Do This In Public

Molly Hahn | Posted 08.21.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn