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The Repairer: How I Learned Being Overweight Doesn't Mean I Am Broken

Rachel O'h-Uiginn Estapa | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachel O'h-Uiginn Estapa

I have had an exceptionally powerful arrival into what a broken-less life can be, but it was only made possible by transforming the piece within me that needed to realize I was never truly broken in the first place.

What Are Your Metaphors for Success?

Denise M. Wilbanks | Posted 05.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Denise M. Wilbanks

How's that for a rich lesson? In real life, flexibility is synonymous with playfulness and open-mindedness. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, "We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing." Sounds a lot like rigidity, if you ask me.

Choosing Your Words Wisely Will Empower You And Those Around You

Cathy Chester | Posted 05.21.2013 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

The vernacular of our language changes every day. Words that were used centuries ago may no longer exist today. They disappear, or change meaning or are no longer relevant in today's society. This week, I was disturbed by some words I read, words that were written by people I thought were intelligent and well educated.

And The Oscar Goes To... You!

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 04.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

The goal of this exercise is certainly not to replace social relationships with a reflective surface -- the literally fatal moment of the Narcissus myth -- but rather to motivate you to get off the couch and engage with others more purposefully, meaningfully, and effectively.

Your Sweet Heart: A Survivor's Story

Tracey Conway | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Tracey Conway

Nothing is more important than cherishing and understanding the amazing organ that is your heart. Honor it, pamper it, and lovingly protect it. Make this Valentine's Day a special one for your sweet heart. The one inside your chest.

I'm Awesome: How I Regained My Power

Elizabeth Jayne Liu | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Jayne Liu

This occurred to me very recently: I have the power to make my life easy or difficult. It seems like such a simple thing. If something can be distilled down into just a few words, it has to be easy, yes?

An Edited Life

Charley Johnson | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Charley Johnson

Writing is just one manifestation of this tension, this nagging, lifelong struggle to be you or be perfect -- to live a messy, real, vulnerable life, or an edited one. In writing, you get to arrange things just so, like a museum curator piecing together the perfect exhibit.

To Do: Stop Dwelling On The Past (Here's Why)

Charley Johnson | Posted 03.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Charley Johnson

It's important to honor and acknowledge your past, to tease lessons from the stories that make you, you. But at some point the past becomes a crutch, something to fall back on when you're uncomfortable in the present or fearful of the future.

Choose Love, Not Fear in 2013

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela | Posted 03.16.2013 | Parents
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

I know I cannot safeguard my family completely, but I also know I can deliberately embrace uncertainty as representing possibility rather than peril. I know I can choose to be present in every moment, whether I am reading bedtime stories or running.

Who Are the Joneses and Why Are We Trying to Keep Up With Them?

Mary Pritchard | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

In America today, it seems like we are always striving for something. To be bigger, better than who we are. We're never content with what we have. But why? Where did this sense of not being enough come from?

A Simple Test to See if You're Kidding Yourself

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

When you kid yourself, then you don't actually have to do anything that causes change or ill feelings. Just think of what might happen if you add in some more good stuff and subtract some of the stuff you hate. Imagine it. Then make it so.

From Hurricane Sandy to Sandy Hook: Are We Totally Powerless?

Courtney Macavinta | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Courtney Macavinta

Feeling powerlessness is real. Being powerless is real. And acknowledging it can grow us. But let it lead you not to despair or destruction, but toward honoring yourself. Channel your powerlessness to bolster your strength, resources, authority, and capacity to act.

Why You Should Stop Asking This Question

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

These two little "what if" words completely suck our power away. It's happened to me every year. Until this one. This year, I decided to follow the best leaders I know, the leaders who don't let those pesky two words come anywhere near their thoughts.

The Other F-Word

Kathryn Lamble | Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Lamble

So, why are we so afraid of failure? What about the very concept of not turning out to be the winner terrifies us and stops us from even trying?

What Does It Take to Change the World?

Amethyst Wyldfyre | Posted 02.10.2013 | Impact
Amethyst Wyldfyre

The Dalai Lama has been quoted as saying that the "Western woman will change the world" and I believe there is some truth to that although I don't thi...

Eat, People (Not a Zombie Blog)

Katie Goodman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Katie Goodman

That's my suggestion for this holiday. Start looking at what you've bought into. Get some therapeutic help to look at why you overeat. Make a decision that you are just not going to give it all the attention you normally do. Ever again.

An Empire Built on the Pillars of Fear: Panic and the Corporation

Nichola Petts | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Nichola Petts

Sure, we need to pay the bills. We all have responsibilities. But taking the time to ask yourself what makes you happy and what doesn't every so often surely isn't a bad thing. Life is too short to spend it in a job, or a relationship, or a situation that makes you miserable.

A Love Letter to My Sisters

Ginnie Love | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Ginnie Love

Look above you into the sky and recognize the expansive majesty and mysteries of how great an opportunity to be on this rock floating in space. Recognize the universe and your part in it. It is beyond miraculous.

Upgrade Your Mind's iPod!

Charles D'Angelo | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Charles D'Angelo

A wise man once told me, "Be careful of what you say -- your two ears are the closest thing to your own mouth!" You may not be aware of it, but you are constantly talking to yourself.

Lost and Found in Menopause

Donna Henes | Posted 01.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Aging and changing might be inevitable, but they ain't easy. They precipitate in us a great uncertainty. The myriad dramatic disturbances of modern middle life create an overwhelming crisis of identity and purpose for each of us.

Under Any Circumstances: A Lesson From Sandy

Christine Sachs | Posted 01.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Christine Sachs

As things begin to normalize in the Northeast and we begin to reassemble our lives, here's the realization that I came to: life happens. Life is going to turn out how it does. It's who I'm being that makes the difference.

This Is Not Bragging

Alexis Sclamberg | Posted 01.01.2013 | Women
Alexis Sclamberg

There isn't a title or a job or a byline or a weight or a marital status that will make you good enough. You are good enough right now. Plenty worthy of love and praise and acceptance and celebration.

Oprah: 'Welcome To HuffPost OWN'

Oprah Winfrey | Posted 11.01.2012 | OWN
Oprah Winfrey

Understanding that we are all more powerful than we know -- that we are all connected to something bigger than ourselves -- is the real conversation I want to have in the new OWN section on HuffPost. In many ways, it is the only conversation, I believe, truly worth having.

When Oprah Met HuffPost: Living Our Best Lives, Together

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN
Arianna Huffington

Just about a year ago, I visited OWN studios in Los Angeles for a TV/web simulcast of Oprah's Lifeclass. As I watched Oprah effortlessly integrate her live audience with those joining online and via social media, I was struck by the realization that even though she'd been a dominant player on television for more than two decades, Oprah was, in fact, made for the Internet. She was about engagement and authenticity and connection long before the web discovered them. And since engagement is deeply embedded in the DNA of HuffPost as well, I'm delighted that we're partnering with the Oprah Winfrey Network to bring some of Oprah's best content to the HuffPost platform. So welcome to HuffPost OWN, where we'll focus on self-empowerment, healthy living for the mind and body, relationships, and deepening the conversation on, as Oprah puts it, living our best lives.

Big Bird and the Halloween Challenge

Randy Taran | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Randy Taran

What makes Halloween so fun is that it gives us an opportunity to be playful and to try out different aspects of our personality that don't always have a chance to emerge.