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6 Things That Will Set Your Child Soaring At School This Year

Hilary Wilce | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

There are six things will make all the difference to how well your child does at school this year. Six things will make them feel happy to walk into the classroom, excited about what they are learning there, and able to use all their energies to play, learn and grow.

Once Upon a Time There Was You: A TV Writer Reflects on the Stories That We Create

David S. Simon | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
David S. Simon

Here's what I'm thinking. We are all in the middle of a story at any give moment. We're both the protagonist and the antagonist, given the time or p...

Divine Laughter: Robin Williams' Reverence

Holly Lynn Payne | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Holly Lynn Payne

It's been a sad, gray time here in Marin County -- and the world, as the news of Robin Williams' death sinks in. Everyone seems surprised by it. How c...

The Great Taste: Laughter, Insults and a Moment

Tom Cramer | Posted 08.22.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

In early May of this year, I drove up to Madison Wisconsin to meet friends and sleep out for tickets to the Great Taste of the Midwest.

Depression Is No Laughing Matter

Nicole Luongo | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Luongo

The world is in shock over Robin Williams' death. It's hard to believe he committed suicide. Or, is it? The brilliant actor and comedian candidly disc...

Laughter as Nutrition

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Jeff Schweitzer

Robin Williams' death is national news precisely because his clowning and personality as our country's court jester were appreciated across social and political divides; he was our collective voice of comedy.

Growing Pains

Anthony Romeo | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Anthony Romeo

To say that the life of Robin Williams affected only those in my age group would be incorrect. But for 20-somethings like myself, the passing of our most memorable and iconic comedian is a blow to the childhoods we'll now never be able to reclaim.

Robin Williams: Drugs, Depression and Laughter

Reef Karim, D.O. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Reef Karim, D.O.

Personally, I was deeply effected by Robin Williams passing. I grew up with him. He was a part of my childhood and adult life. I, like may others, will really miss his spirit and his talent. He made me laugh and helped me realize the power of comedy and laughter in my personal and professional life. I truly believe that "Laughter is the best medicine." And our world just lost some really good medicine.

Why Are We So Obsessed With Getting Older That We Need To Know Everyone's Age?

Carol E Wyer | Posted 08.13.2014 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

Why is it, whenever a reporter interviews you, they ask how old you are? The last time this happened to me, I asked that very question. The reporter replied, 'People want to know how old you are, so we have to put down your age.'

Mork Calling Orson: My Time With Robin Williams

Erin Michelle Threlfall | Posted 08.12.2014 | New York
Erin Michelle Threlfall

In 2004, I was working in a fabulous jazz club here in New York. When we first opened, each of the staff named a celebrity whom we would love to meet at the club. According to our agreement, if that person came in while you worked, they were yours to look after.

Sassy Pants

Amy Mullis | Posted 08.07.2014 | Fifty
Amy Mullis

My husband doesn't look like Zac Efron. But he looks like Prince Charming to me. And he does the dishes. And brings me a cup of tea every night.

Laughter: The Surprising Secret to Surviving Tough Times

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

You might be wondering, How could I possibly laugh when life knocks me down? Whether you have a bad day or experience a catastrophic life event, there's a pretty thin line between tragedy and comedy.

How Do Books Make Us Laugh?

Jim Davies | Posted 08.05.2014 | Books
Jim Davies

Books are amazing things. When we read fiction, we can get strong emotional reactions. It's so common that we need to step back to even realize that it's mysterious. Why would we ever feel real emotions and laugh because of a made-up story?

Sometimes New Yorkers Are the Best

Anonymous Thank Yous | Posted 07.31.2014 | New York
Anonymous Thank Yous

"The young father's enthusiasm was contagious. I guess he just wanted to let loose a bit. Thank you for sharing your passion for life, it made my night and everyone else's."

How Worrying...Helps?

Sara Starkman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Comedy
Sara Starkman

To most of my friends and family -- OK FINE -- to all of my friends and family, I'm known as "the QUEEN worry wart" (tiny curtsy). I literally worry a...

3 Easy Ways To Laugh More Every Day

Cathy Chester | Posted 07.27.2014 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

To every comedian who has ever given us hours of fun and laughter, I say a sincere thank you. You have given us a great gift, one that may add years to our lives.

12 Things I Would Whisper To A Newborn Child

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

Learning how to fly means learning how to let go of suffering and of people and things that drag you down. Learning how to fly is why you are here. Figure out what it means to you to fly. And then fly!

Why You Must Play With Your Teens

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I am not suggesting that you make a u-turn and start being your teen's friend. I'm suggesting instead that you remember to teach your child about the importance of work, the importance of love and the importance of play.

These Meditation Alternatives Are Anything But Boring

Scott Stabile | Posted 07.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Stabile

Luckily, it's possible to get many of the benefits of meditation without actually meditating, at least in the conventional sense. There are numerous activities out there that can offer you peace of mind without also boring you to pieces.

This Is The Only Infectious Thing We Actually Want To Catch

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living

It's no secret that laughter is infectious. Fortunately, laughter may also make us healthier. That's because studies have shown the behavior is no...

Tee-Hee, Lol!

Karin Joy Whitley | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Karin Joy Whitley

I never thought I was superstitious. Fridays that fell on the 13th usually ended as a great day. I didn't have triskaidekaphobia- any ill feelings to...

Ask the Mutant: 9 Steps to Keeping Your Sense of Humor in a Disaster

Eva Moon | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Eva Moon

It's not a funny bone -- it's a funny muscle. Exercise it! Finding humor in everyday life might seem hard at first, but it gets easier and more automatic with practice.

This Therapist Gets Laughing: The Transformative Effects of Laughter

Peggy Tileston | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Peggy Tileston

"At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities." -- Jean Houston When I first heard about laughter yog...

I Used to Be a Clown

Eric Trules | Posted 08.16.2014 | Comedy
Eric Trules

"Gino Cumeezi." That was my name. Great grandson of the infamous and toothless "Gums" Cumeezi. A cross between Charlie Chaplin, Jack Kerouac, and Grand Central Station. I like to think of Gino as a subversive public fool. A comic outlaw. A provocateur to the max. Truly one of New Yawk's "finest."

Alzheimer's Disease And The Power Of Laughter

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living

Witnessing a loved one’s decline in mental health, especially with a disease like Alzheimer’s, can be one of the most emotionally challenging life...