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Teach Young Black Men 'The Lesson' and Save Their Lives

Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq. | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq.

When my sons got their driver's licenses, I wasn't worried about the high cost of auto insurance or what car was best for them. I was terrified of what they would experience driving while black. It was time for "The Lesson" on how to survive when stopped by police.

How to Teach Your Children Cause and Effect

Anabelle Valenzuela-Alarcón | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Anabelle Valenzuela-Alarcón

At the end of the day what we most want for our children is that, growing up, they become good people and learn to do good in the world.

The Right Question To Ask When Something Feels Wrong

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Figure out what you truly believe and make a choice that works for you.

5 Lessons Marathon Running Has Taught Me

Karen Ann Kennedy | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Ann Kennedy

You get out of things what you put into them. When you get to the starting line of a race, you either trained, or you didn't. You can't lie your way through it. If you haven't logged the miles, it's going to show. Such is the way it is in life.

What Death Taught Me About Life: 5 Inspirational Lessons

Joyce Marter | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Joyce Marter

Through my personal experiences of love and loss, and through 20 years of counseling countless clients through theirs, I have learned the following truths.

What Happened The Day I Stopped Caring

Emily Hall | Posted 09.02.2014 | Women
Emily Hall

Coming from someone who spent the better part of my 21 years trying to be someone I wasn't, I can without a doubt say that the day I stopped caring was the day that everything began to fall into place. Here are the beautiful things that happen when you stop apologizing for who you are.

Unexpected Lessons From the Tortured Artist in Room #5

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Learn from the guy -- from his self-awareness, his willingness to move on, and his ability to make his life better by finding support, creating something, and learning from others. Channel the parts of Van Gogh that work for you and create an even better story for yourself because of it.

Win Clean: Know Your Why!

Scott Mercier | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Mercier

In today's society, with our over-scheduled lives and the daily grind of life, it's sometimes difficult to find time to enjoy a quiet moment or to stop and smell the proverbial roses. It's even more challenging force ourselves to be honest with ourselves and ask this tough question: Why?

27 Lessons I've Learned Before My 27th Birthday

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Amelia Shroyer

Times of heartbreak and hardship come and go, and even at your lowest low, there is always a bright side. A little patience and a lot of self-love go a long way. Red wine and dark chocolate don't hurt either.

What My Grandfather Taught Me About Strategy

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.12.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

My grandfather was also a naval officer, Class of 1922, U.S. Naval Academy. I became a fan of naval strategy thanks to him. To paraphrase Mark Twain: I learned how much my grandfather knew long after he taught me many life lessons.

How to Fit In and When Not to Bother

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Adapting to a culture means doing so in a way that allows us to be who we are, learning from others while also sharing the best of ourselves. The problem happens when we don't just try to fit into the culture, but we try to fit into a specific mold in a way that is not true to who we are.

If I Could Talk to My High School Self About Running

Audra Rundle | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Audra Rundle

I am nothing like the runner I once was. I don't have a coach telling me what to run and how to improve. I have to figure that out for myself, and I have a great time mapping out new routes and reading and researching new gear to try out on my long runs.

Don't Miss the Signs

Stephenie Zamora | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephenie Zamora

We're too busy in our own heads hashing out the details and thinking about things to notice that we're being given the answer. Or, in many cases, we're being presented with images, words, or people that, for a moment, make the answer clear.

What If the World Finds Out I Am a Fraud?

Raymmar Tirado | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Raymmar Tirado

I am willing to pay whatever the price might be, for being unabashedly me. There will be no shield, no barrier, no buffer between me and the real world. No one to blame for my failures but myself. And that my friends, is absolutely terrifying.

7 Awesome Life Lessons My Son With Down Syndrome Taught Me

John M. Simmons | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

Jack was fragile. He would require open heart surgery by the time he was 6-months-old. Any of us would have done anything to make him well, but there was nothing we could do. As I recalled our five months together, I realized that there were no regrets. That was the first lesson Jack taught me.

The 3 Things Every College Graduate Should Know

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2014 | College
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

As many people exchange their well-worn student IDs for brand new alumni discount cards, they are being bombarded with information -- from credit card offers, to (hopefully) job offers, to advice from authority figures -- irrespective of their actual authority or right to dispense worldly wisdom.

What To Do When You're Not The Person You Need To Be

Stephenie Zamora | Posted 07.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephenie Zamora

The journey is what shapes you into the person you need to be. The successes, failures, experiences, connections, lessons, tears, laughter, and everything in between. I wouldn't be who I am today if I hadn't started working to become it.

Resetting the Table

Melanie Young | Posted 06.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

Everyone needs to reset their physical and mental vantage point every so often for a fresh outlook. It doesn't have to be a full-blown move or change; it can be a small adjustment. If you don't like the picture, reframe it. If things become too burdensome, take time to stop, clear and reset.

A Jaded New Yorker Gets Surprised by Life

Lorie Eber | Posted 05.12.2014 | Fifty
Lorie Eber

Somehow, I've inadvertently embraced two concepts I'd always derided as pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking. Not only have found my "soul mate," but I've also belatedly discovered my "passion in life." Go figure.

6 Tips For Slowing Down

Annie Buckley | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Annie Buckley

As we engage with the activity of life, there is a constant flood of "stuff" to do and people to meet. It's exciting and important, but how do we keep up with everything AND slow down? There isn't one answer that fits for everyone.

37 Truths About Life

Dawn Gluskin | Posted 03.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Dawn Gluskin

We spend way too much of our lives looking for outside validation and approval that eludes us. Turns out, it's been an inside job all along. Go inward.

I Am

Kristin Armstrong | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Armstrong

As my own children enter the pipeline of high school and beyond, if I could teach them one solid lesson about the fray and frenzy of college and the quest for employment it would be this: Instead of thinking in terms of what you want to do, think about what you want to become.

When Life Isn't Working According to Plan...

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

We all have dreams -- dreams for love, for career, for our bodies, for our finances, for our health, for "fill in the blank." But often our beliefs, theories and thinking get in our way of having full on happiness and living into our dreams.

Lessons From My Father

Richard M. Cohen | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard M. Cohen

When I lament that I no longer can hike or climb or throw or even walk, sometimes I am able to look at my grown children and appreciate what I gave them as they grew into their success. I was there for them. My old man would be proud.

12 Life Lessons From A Cancer Diagnosis

Annie Buckley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Annie Buckley

Cancer isn't the life adventure I would have chosen from a list of possibilities -- who would? -- but it is the one I got this time. And as it turns out, cancer had a lot to teach me.