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Sadness: You're Doing It Wrong (Why I'm Mad at Crying)

Christina Pesoli | Posted 07.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Christina Pesoli

It's not for me to judge how you process any disappointment you may have experienced as a result of the narrow-minded approach to emotional health evidenced by that test. But when it comes to the emotional intelligence you evidenced by your quiz answer, you get an A+ in my book.

The Reasons We Grieve On Social Media

Lexi Herrick | Posted 07.16.2014 | Technology
Lexi Herrick

What role does social media play in the grieving process? By studying trends, some researchers have been able to understand the motives and psychological focal point for this kind of activity.

Jennifer Weiner On Finding Her Way Back From Sadness

Posted 07.07.2014 | OWN

By Jennifer Weiner The author of All Fall Down and best-sellers such as Fly Away Home and Good in Bed shares how she gets herself through the worst...

Heartbreak: The Club You Never Wanted to Be In

Jenna Amatulli | Posted 06.16.2014 | Women
Jenna Amatulli

In becoming a member of the club, there's suddenly solace. It's like an enormous billboard indicating: "YOU ARE NOT ALONE." And, truly, isn't that what we all want to know? We are not the broken, irreparable beings that we sometimes think we are.

Remembering My Funny, Not-So-Funny Father

Amy Barr | Posted 06.10.2014 | Women
Amy Barr

My father had a huge number of friends, many of whom he had known since high school. He served as the best man in no less than nine weddings. Yet like many comedians, my father's humor hid an inner sadness, part of which I now understand, part of which is still a mystery.

"Aren't You Ashamed to Be a Muslim?"

Tami Shaikh | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion
Tami Shaikh

"I don't want to offend you but can I please ask you a question? It must be hard to tell people you're a Muslim; I mean they are the ones going around...

You Went to a Funeral and Then You Went Home

Courtney Fitzgerald | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Courtney Fitzgerald

Once the funeral was over and the day was done, you went home. Back to life, back to love, back to those who make your world complete. You went to a funeral, and then you went home.

I Can't Make You Love Me If You Don't

Jenna Amatulli | Posted 07.27.2014 | Women
Jenna Amatulli

We had been on this carousel together since 2011 -- a seemingly insignificant period of time in, but at present, that's a substantial era of my life. I sit here trying to recount the bad memories but I can barely find a handful. You've made it impossible for me to hate you.

Feeling Lost

Rebecca Pell | Posted 07.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Pell

I'm not sure where this is all heading. I guess, if anything, I was looking for a miracle. This blog was my attempt at putting a note in a bottle and throwing it in the ocean; hoping that something miraculous would happen.

5 Ways Dwelling On The Negative Affects Your Well-Being

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

While it is natural to reflect on upsetting experiences, brooding involves replaying the same scenes in your mind and reliving the emotional distress you felt at the time. Once you are in the habit of ruminating, the urge to brood can be easy to trigger and difficult to ignore.

How Loss Affects Our Daily Lives

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 05.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Recovering from loss takes time but there are ways to treat our psychological injuries. Caring for our emotional wounds will help accelerate the recovery process so we emerge from our loss with our lives, identities, relationships, and beliefs intact.

Divorce Confidential: Managing Your Emotions During A Divorce

Caroline Choi | Posted 05.13.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Can someone say "social media" as the new therapeutic emotional outlet?

Coping With Disappointment: The Rule of Sevens

Pam Didner | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Pam Didner

My son has a rule of sevens to overcome sadness: seven hours, seven days and seven weeks. He allows himself to get sad or angry for a certain period of time. For him, it can be seven hours, seven days or seven weeks. When the time is up, he tells himself that he needs to move on and stops dwelling on situations that he can no longer change.

5 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Love

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

We can start challenging ourselves to accept love -- to return a loving look, rather than turning away in embarrassment. We can approach our defenses with curiosity and compassion and slowly start to change our part of the equation that limits our capacity for love.

5 Things to Try Before You Give Up on Your Relationship

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

When you love yourself, you are better equipped to act with integrity in your relationships. You become a person you respect, and you give your relationship its best chance at survival.

Idiot Compassion and the Power of Sorrow

Susan Piver | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Piver

When we clamp down on our inner experience or avoid emotions, the path to kindness is also obscured. Kindness toward others is actually synonymous with kindness toward self.

God Whispered

Steven Crandell | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

Why me, why now, I thought. Why is life so hard? That's when God whispered something in my head. I want to share it with you. In difficulty, be ...

State of the World Got You Down? How to Find Peace in a Seemingly Out-of-Control World

Tamara Star | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Tamara Star

When the world seems out of control, here's how to find peace within yourself. After the recent Colorado high school shootings, there's no doubt ou...

Holiday Depression Can Be a Surprising Gift

Barrie Davenport | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Barrie Davenport

But for some people, the weeks leading up to Christmas are the most painful of the year. Depression during the holidays is an all-too-common problem that turns the season into something to "get through" rather than a celebration to savor.

Surviving the Holidays With Loss

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

How do we live with our reluctance to engage in family and faith rituals that once gave life, and the season, meaning?

When the Holidays Aren't Joyous: 5 Tips for Helping Children Cope With Loss

Bonnie Rubenstein | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Bonnie Rubenstein

For kids, the holidays are supposed to be filled with joy and excitement. However, for some children who have suffered a recent loss, the holidays can be especially hard.

A Widow's Hint to the Living: Talk About My Husband

Judy Silk | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty
Judy Silk

Speak of my late husband. Go ahead, I beg you. There is an old Jewish proverb that says "As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now are a part of us; as we remember them."

Powerful Reminders That Put Life Into Perspective

Shannon Kaiser | Posted 01.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Shannon Kaiser

Finding lasting happiness seems to be like getting in shape physically. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but the more you do it the easier it becomes. You have to work your positivity muscles daily; if you do it, over time it will become much easier.

4 Steps To Healing A Broken Life

Posted 11.27.2013 | OWN

The poet, spiritual thinker and author of Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, Mark Nepo explores the ways we can put the pieces back together. Though no...

Making Good Use of Your Suffering

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

While it's true that everything is impermanent, sometimes to really move on, we need to take the time and space to be fully present with our suffering.