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We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

The Philosophy Of Calm

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 09.15.2014 | World

There are so many reasons to be frantic, to run from one thing to another, to be pumped high with anxiety and dread. And yet – as we know in our hea...

Calling All Minds: Table Talk With Benjamin Moe

Maya Horgan | Posted 09.12.2014 | Arts
Maya Horgan

Benjamin Moe, 21-year-old co-founder and editor-in-chief of Table Talk, sneaks about the dimly lit corridors of a coal factory in rural Jaipur, tacking CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS to the factory's rusty insides.

Your Friends Are Dying

Zach Dean | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Zach Dean

Perspective is a funny, fleeting thing, and the lens in which we view our world is ever changing. Often we stumble upon a perspective we like -- a perspective of playfulness, appreciation, or positivity -- and it transforms our whole world for a few moments.

For Happiness, the Delete Key Is Your Friend

Valerie Alexander | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Valerie Alexander

Recently, I had to ask a friend for help. This person is in a position to help me, with very little sacrifice, and yet, he said, "No." He had a long e...

A Whole New -- And Necessary -- Way To See Your Messy House

Glennon Melton | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

In terms of parenting, marriage, home, clothes -- I will not be a slave to the Tyranny of Trend any longer. I am almost 40 years old and no catalog is the Boss of Me anymore. I am free.

Seeking a Bit of Normalcy

Stephen Bell | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephen Bell

Cystic Fibrosis requires attention. Constant attention. And for me, for everyone with CF that is normal. And in less than two weeks I'm getting married. To a girl who is anything but normal. And our relationship is anything but normal because it takes a girl who is anything but normal to marry me.

Exploring the Great West: Regaining Perspective on Health, Wealth and Worry

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

This excursion gave me the phenomenal opportunity to pause and set aside my "critical" daily activities to reflect on my great blessings. I spent time with my husband, laughed until our sides ached while enjoying our country's spectacular beauty with our adventurous bus companions.

A Wake-Up Call: It's Just Water, It Will Dry

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Lammersen

Today, remember: Even the things that happen in your life that feel cold and icy, let them soak you, submerge yourself in them, because they are just water, they will always dry in the end.

What Matters More Than Who Harry Styles Is Dating

Jared Kleinert | Posted 08.21.2014 | Teen
Jared Kleinert

If I can leave you with a challenge, it would be to stop. And think. Think "Am I paying attention to things that really matter?" Doesn't have to be always. But, every once in a while, are you stopping to smell the proverbial roses and do, support, or create things that really matter?

Hard Times: A Friend or a Foe?

Tami Shaikh | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Tami Shaikh

The lessons that we learn in life are from the hard times. The times when we lost our way, when the path ahead felt broken, when the gray skies covered our vision and when we didn't have the strength to even take and once more step, those are the days we learned the biggest lessons.

My Name Is Emily, and I Don't Like Bikes

Emily Williams | Posted 08.18.2014 | Women
Emily Williams

If you're anything like me, the issue with these situations is that it's tricky to put that positive spin on it or find solace in the fact that you're meant to be learning something when you feel so crappy.

What Backpacking Alone in Europe Taught Me

Amy Yao | Posted 08.27.2014 | College
Amy Yao

I wanted to know why I make the mistakes that I do, why I still desperately feel the need to have a name-brand university pedigree, why I chase approval, why I will never be satisfied with myself. I wanted to find it in myself, as if the answers had been hidden deep down.

Guerrilla Aging: Loss

Renee Fisher | Posted 08.15.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

e can complain, we can grieve, we can mourn, we can avoid. We will sustain loss nonetheless. If we can take anything away from loss, it is that loss, like all of life, presents us with choices.

A Better Relationship With Stress

Robin G Rapaport | Posted 08.15.2014 | Women
Robin G Rapaport

Eliminating stress is a process. I don't claim to never get stressed. I have to remind myself to conjure up the following thoughts when I begin to feel that familiar wave of anxiety about to swell.

How A Cancer Diagnosis Helped This Baker Transform Her Career -- And Perspective On Life

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living

Struggles can be transformed into something positive with the right perspective. And that was certainly the case for Kimberly Bailey, whose breast can...

Seeing Beyond Disability

YAI | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
YAI

When I asked a friend what she considered "being disabled" meant, she said she considered it being human. Her answer started to shift my view of having a disability to one of having a shared experience in relating to disability, especially in seeing the hidden disabilities in others around us.

Parents of Young Athletes Need to Keep Everything in Perspective

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.07.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

You should be your kid's biggest supporter. But for parents of high school athletes, in particular, it's important to maintain perspective. Don't lose sleep worrying about catering to every need of your athletic child.

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.

The Girl in SOHO

Hans Hickler | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Hans Hickler

I was walking down Broadway off of Houston Street and stopped into one of those deli grocery marts for a bottle of water. It was a tiny store, with two small aisles; every square inch utilized to the brim. It sold everything from breakfast sandwiches and bagels, to souvenir lighters and key chains.

The Commuter's Art Of Doing Nothing

Elena Kaufman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Elena Kaufman

Drive past five streets. Walk two blocks. Sit on the train for 50 minutes. Ride the subway four stops. Each piece of my commute can be broken down into distance traveled and time spent in transit. 90 minutes of commuting a day times times five days a week times 365 days a year equals an insane and, depending on your point of view, depressing amount of time spent sitting and standing in between point A and point B.

Being Struck By Lightning Helped This Man Reassess His Priorities

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living

Sometimes we need to be reminded to live in the moment and be grateful for the people in our life. One man's reminder came in the form of a lighting b...

How I Regained Perspective On Life and Parenthood

Lisa Corbett | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Lisa Corbett

It is so easy, given the immediacy of young children and their myriad requirements, to get bogged down in the small stuff.

The Myth of Adulthood

Annie Battles | Posted 07.23.2014 | Comedy
Annie Battles

Part of growing up, it would seem, is slowly realizing one's perspective is not the only one to exist. This realization is a slower process, however, than one would imagine.

4 Problems Stoicism Can Help Us With

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 07.14.2014 | World

‘Stoicism’ was a philosophy that flourished for some 400 years in Ancient Greece and Rome, gaining widespread support among all classes of society...