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Meaning

Do You Know Your Purpose?

Hans Hickler | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Hans Hickler

Are we looking to receive purpose and meaning, or do we understand our obligation to contribute purpose? Are we looking to receive purpose and meaning, or do we understand our obligation to contribute purpose?

5 Steps to Creating a Beautiful Life You Love: Part 2

Elyse Gorman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Elyse Gorman

What does it mean to live a life true to yourself? What kind of things do you want to be doing on a daily basis? When you look back on your life on your deathbed, what achievements will you be proudest of?

Smiling and Climbing: In Tribute to Joe Gold

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 11.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Are you smiling and climbing? This week, our community celebrated the life of Joe Gold, t. His eulogy serves as a source of inspiration for each of ...

To Feel Meaningful Is To Feel Immortal

Scientific American | Clay Routledge | | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

Imagine when our ancestors first started to look up at the stars and question their place in the universe. Why are we here? Are we alone? What happens...

Somewhat Unexpected Ways to Feel Happier

Kare Anderson | Posted 10.31.2014 | Good News
Kare Anderson

Paradoxically strong self-esteem also enables us stay open to hearing others' differing views, I believe. This path towards a positive and resilient outlook begins with giving oneself the permission to feel.

A New Enlightenment?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

In a recent PBS interview with Charlie Rose, 85-year old Harvard University professor emeritus of biology, E. O. Wilson, talked about his latest book, The Meaning of Human Existence, and what he calls "the new enlightenment."

18 Valuable Lessons From Pursuing The Wrong Career Path

Elyse Gorman | Posted 10.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Elyse Gorman

You can learn a lesson from anything and everything life throws your way. And if you view life this way, you've always won. You're always receiving gifts. That's how I see my years spent pursuing a career path that didn't sit right with my heart. Here are 18 valuable lessons that I learned...

Creating a Better World, One Cup of Tea at a Time

Dr. Shelley Prevost | Posted 10.29.2014 | College
Dr. Shelley Prevost

Millennials often get a bad rap for being anti-social internet addicts and gaming fanatics, more likely to Tweet about their latest Netflix binge than put on some pants and meet up with friends in person.

What No One Teaches Us About Love

Ken Page | Posted 10.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Ken Page

We do not have to rid ourselves of our fear of intimacy before we can have deeper love. It's the practice of intimacy that gets us past our fear of intimacy.

What's Stopping You From Achieving Your Dreams?

Bernard Hiller | Posted 10.14.2014 | Entertainment
Bernard Hiller

Abraham Maslow the famous motivational psychologist once said that, "Until you take care of your lower needs, you will never be able to fulfill your higher needs." The reason most people never fulfill their dreams or goals is because their basic human needs are never met.

Millennials and Meaning

Martina Buchal | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Martina Buchal

We all know that we leave an imprint on the world through the decisions we make daily and these decisions are now getting the attention of major business players and government bodies as the economy and workplace change around us -- or more so perhaps, have to change to work with us.

Stop Exercising, Doctor's Orders!

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

So stop exercising, and pick up a shovel to get your garden ready for next year. Hike with friends up the mountain. Dance by the seaside, and let the sound of the waves stir your heart. Soak up the clean, refreshing air, and deepen your appreciation for the gifts of the natural world.

How Travel Taught Me to Live With Less

Cliff Hsia | Posted 10.07.2014 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

Take your first step to living a fuller and more meaningful life by living with less. Do something. Donate some clothes, give away some toys, sell the extra car. Simplify your life.

"For The Sake Of What?" Do You Go To Work Each Day?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

When we take action by starting with small steps, over time, we become more and more fearless. Instead of our fears running our lives, we're more driven by what inspires us, than by what scares us.

The Art of Doing Nothing

Cliff Hsia | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Cliff Hsia

Doing nothing isn't easy. We all want to be productive and get stuff done, so we consume ourselves with being busy. Meetings, emails, phone calls, text messages, instant messaging, commuting, and multitasking have all become a part of our busy lives. Doing these things make us feel busy, but are we actually getting anything meaningful done?

What Prison Taught Me About Mindfulness

Frank Niles, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Frank Niles, Ph.D.

They aren't the uni-dimensional individuals their online mug shots might suggest, but rather living, breathing, thinking and feeling human beings with aspirations, abilities and of course, regrets. It was a powerful reminder that we need not be defined by our circumstances.

The 50s: Flourishing or Floundering?

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Garry Gilfoy

What strikes me most about this time of life is how easy it is to turn your back on life-giving energy. Without even knowing it we can divest ourselves of a vital future where we can continue to grow and create.

The World Isn't Flat, It's Hollow

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

For some, nationalism can feel like all they have. Others turn to a gang, revenge, or a twisted form of Islam. None of this, of course, remotely excuses invasions, gang violence, massacres or terrorism. But it may be a warning that we can't just flatten the world. We also have to find ways to fill it up.

ISIS And The Crisis Of Meaning

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Long term, ISIS and the lure of other violent extremism in Islam and other religions will only be stopped if we are all invested in reaching out to young people. We have to be available to listen to their concerns, empathize with their sense of alienation, and help them find constructive ways to engage societal injustice. It is all of our responsibility to empower this generation with the knowledge and support they need to find a meaningful life and a positive identity that they can embrace and be proud of. ISIS and other radical groups are deadly serious about reaching out to young people with their skewed version of meaning that leads to death and destruction. Are we just as serious in reaching out to offer meaning that results in affirming life and creating a better world?

5 Tips To Finding Purpose And Meaning Later In Life

Next Avenue | Ed Merck | Posted 08.24.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Ed Merck Throughout my middle years, I never questioned what held meaning in my life. The scaffolding of my identity...

What We Might Learn From Robin Williams' Death

John Amodeo, PhD | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
John Amodeo, PhD

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Plato As shock waves resulting from Robin Williams' suicide begin to settle, we might ...

Is Your Innovation Stuck? 5 Ways to Rethink Your Approach

Jodi Detjen | Posted 10.19.2014 | Business
Jodi Detjen

Everywhere I go, I hear people talk about disruption and innovation. They desperately want to upend their business and be the champion! But instead, they talk, they make changes and ideas get lost.

7 Things Drill Sergeants Taught Me About Life

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Part of my training included learning how to speak Army, figuring out the rank structure, and understanding a vast alphabet of acronyms. It was all worth it because I learned so much from the soldiers with whom I worked. Here are just a few of the biggest lessons I learned...

What's the Point

Tim McDonald | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim McDonald

When I start asking myself, "What do I want people to take away from this?" That's when everything falls apart. Frustration takes over because I could drive myself nuts thinking of how to phrase my words perfectly so that the majority of people will walk away with the information I want them to.

Own Your Purpose

Joanne Heyman | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business
Joanne Heyman

To engage successfully in a single project or your role overall at an organization is to know your purpose and to own it. Identifying and embodying your unique set of values is necessary for sustainable happiness and success -- both on an individual and organizational level.