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Real Life Lessons

This Is Your Life, Are You Who You Want to Be?

Jane Horton | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Horton

Since losing my husband in the war in Afghanistan when I was just 25, I have learned so much. Fighting my way through challenges and hardship has caused my thought process to completely change. I wanted to share some of the greatest things I have learned in the midst of the trials and the pain.

Selfies to Promote Self-Love

Jessica Lovejoy | Posted 04.09.2014 | Women
Jessica Lovejoy

We are finally embracing who we are and how we look. We are taking back our bodies and publishing pictures of them on social media, not for attention (while attention is often received) but to say 'Look at me, I love my body and I love who I am!'

The Face of Hate Hidden in an Italian Tablecloth

Sherman Yellen | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Sherman Yellen

I've spent a lifetime answering the question "What's your religion?" with the simple declaration, "I'm a Jew." I'd always resented the question as an effort to categorize, limit, and define me.

How Failing at Marriage Made Me Happier

Britt Reints | Posted 10.16.2013 | Divorce
Britt Reints

I've read stories about near-death experiences that change people, made them better somehow than they were before the scare. For me, it was a near-divorce that knocked me flat on my butt. Failing at marriage, as painful as it was at the time, helped me learn how to be happier.

You Never Know Until You're There

Martha Nelson | Posted 11.18.2012 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

As she aged, she'd see a show on television or read something in the newspaper about a lingering or painful death and say with conviction, "When my time comes, let me go."

Real Life Lessons From Real Life DoGooders: Independence Breeds Empowerment

Marc Ozburn | Posted 07.17.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

United Theater production is a completely student-run nonprofit. Founder Micaela Connery knows that fostering independence with real tangible rewards gives students the confidence to see what else they can achieve.

Real Life Lesson from Real Life DoGooders: Reject the Status Quo to Solve Critical Problems

Marc Ozburn | Posted 07.09.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

The underlying theme to America's central struggles over recent years is that they're problems created over time and ignored as they grew in size and scale.

Real Life Lessons From Real Life DoGooders: You, Not Your Circumstances, Hold the Power

Marc Ozburn | Posted 06.11.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

Her beloved parents were immediately killed and over the course of the war, she and her son were the only members of her family to survive the camps. The only reason she and her son were saved was because her captors saw her talents as an opportunity for use in a Nazi propaganda video.

Real Life Lessons for Real Life DoGooders: Help Others by Empowering Them to Help Themselves

Marc Ozburn | Posted 05.28.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

Both Krochet Kids and Sseko are not only helping some of the most disadvantaged people on the planet, East African women, but are also stimulating economies by empowering these women with a respectable wage.

When Broken Down, Build a Connection to Restore Yourself

Marc Ozburn | Posted 05.21.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

Davis' story teaches the real life lesson: When you're left feeling broken, restore yourself by building a connection to others in the outside world.

Real Life Lessons From Real Life DoGooders: If You See Injustice, Don't Ignore It

Marc Ozburn | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

If you see a problem in the world or even in your personal life, it is important to address it head on. Too often, people choose to look the other way to live in denial about a problem with the hope it will magically disappear.

Real Life Lessons From Real Life DoGooders: Everyone Wants to Matter and Be Included

Marc Ozburn | Posted 05.07.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

There is no quick fix to tackle the bullying problem because the causes are too inherent to our society, but a small amount of empathy can powerfully influence an individual and a school community.