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Why Our Need for Closure Makes Us Selfish

Mark Travis Rivera | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Travis Rivera

The ending of any kind of relationship can be difficult but I am a firm believer that every season ends so that something more beautiful can bloom. View every ending as an opportunity to start over, renewed, with a clean slate.

Loving Yourself Means Warts And All

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Just to be clear: Loving ourselves is not done as an expression of the ego where we centralize only on ourselves, but as a genuine appreciation of our humanness in a world that is constantly changing.

The Freedom Not to Care

Karen Ann Kennedy | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women
Karen Ann Kennedy

A beautiful thing happened when I stopped caring about what everyone else thought; I experienced a rush of freedom! I was finally, after all those years, free to be who and what I was without worry and without pressure.

How I Came to Embrace My Mental Illness

Rachel McKibbens | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel McKibbens

I realize now, I never wrote about living with mental illness because I wasn't living with mental illness. I was running from and fighting with and stumbling through and barely surviving the shame of it.

Breasts: What's Barbie Got to Do With Them?

Fiona Finn | Posted 09.05.2014 | Style
Fiona Finn

In an effort to better understand the reality of how distant Barbie is from the average woman, I created a parody featuring what her breasts might look like at her current age of 55-years-old. It's a sad, sad truth but as women age, their breasts go south.

Free Yourself, Please

Kerry Tepedino | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kerry Tepedino

July Fourth is a day in the U.S. where we celebrate freedom. I never really understood how incredibly important freedom was to me until I had gotten m...

What Happened The Day I Stopped Caring

Emily Hall | Posted 09.02.2014 | Women
Emily Hall

Coming from someone who spent the better part of my 21 years trying to be someone I wasn't, I can without a doubt say that the day I stopped caring was the day that everything began to fall into place. Here are the beautiful things that happen when you stop apologizing for who you are.

The Right Answer I Almost Didn't Give My Daughter

Karen Mangiacotti | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Karen Mangiacotti

My brows furrowed, my mind raced. Are you kidding me? I thought. Are you really setting the bar that low?

3 Clues That You Need to Regroup

Michelle Renee | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Renee

Are you ignoring the clues telling you it is time to regroup or are you open, aware and making the changes you need to make to say yes to living a resilient, in the now, awakened life?

Are You Stuck in the 'Resistance Syndrome'?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Do you find yourself stuck in your life, resisting doing what you really need to do? There is a good reason for this. Did you learn when you were gro...

Finding Elusive Intimacy (Into Me You See)

Mary Pritchard | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

I started cultivating intimacy with myself. Starting journaling about what I wanted, who I was, what I loved about myself, my body. And you know what happened? This elusive intimacy found me.

Be Yourself

Tony A. Gaskins Jr. | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Tony A. Gaskins Jr.

You can be an original or you can be a copy. An original portrait with honest mistakes is worth more than a perfect replica. I urge you to be yourself. I urge you to accept your mistakes and shortcomings and live the life you were destined to.

Mastering the Art of Receiving

Jovanka Ciares | Posted 08.27.2014 | Women
Jovanka Ciares

As women, we are natural givers. We give life, our times, our love, our energy, our creativity, ourselves. We naturally put the needs of others before ourselves. It's a quality that comes natural to most women. What's truly hard for us is receiving.

Self-Parenting: What's Your Style?

Andrea Wachter | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

No matter what kind of upbringing you experienced or what kind of self-parenting style you have adopted up until now, it's never too late to treat yourself with compassion and kindness. By lovingly nurturing, encouraging, and motivating yourself, you can become the parent you always wanted.

He Doesn't Like Me Because I'm Fat (and Other Things Women Think)

Michelle Fetsch | Posted 08.25.2014 | Women
Michelle Fetsch

People value, respect and choose us when we value, respect and choose ourselves. It has taken me years to discover this.

A Letter to My In-Transition Self

Liana Gergely | Posted 08.23.2014 | Women
Liana Gergely

Sometimes you believe that the space between things is not life, but it is life. If you look closely enough, you will see that absolutely everything is comprised of the in-between, and that nothing is ever really final -- it is always shifting and transforming.

Pennies From Heaven and Plums That Fall From the Sky: What a Wonderful World It Is

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

Is goodness tossed at me every day, all day long, and if it is, how often do I miss it, step over it or look past it? Regardless of my state of mind, every time I do stop and see a plum on our walkway, I feel as though someone has given me a gift.

Cancer: Befriend, Don't Battle... It Just Might Turn Out to Be Your Best Friend

Denise DeSimone | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Denise DeSimone

don't think I would be here today, sharing my journey with you, had I chosen to battle and fight against cancer. I would have depleted what little physical and emotional resources I had.

Self-Love: 10 Keys

Joyce Marter | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Joyce Marter

Healthy self-love is the balance between low self-esteem (a lack of self-love) and grandiosity (inflated, false self-love that is actually an overcompensation for a lack of true self-love).

How Good Can You Stand It?

Allan Hunkin | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Allan Hunkin

What is your current level of self-esteem? Is it helping or hindering you in moving you closer to your goals and dreams? People often use the words "...

How to Really Achieve the Perfect 'Beach Body'

Katie Hoffman | Posted 08.16.2014 | Women
Katie Hoffman

I want to fill you in on a little secret that you may have forgotten between pomegranate and plyometrics: You already have a beach body. Believe it or not, you're in it right now.

Why I Won't Praise Miss Indiana For Her Body

Christina Grasso | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Christina Grasso

One can never assess one's state of health or degree of happiness simply by physical appearance alone. It's what's on the inside that counts, cheesy or not. True beauty does not have a size. All bodies are beautiful, and the only way to lasting happiness is through acceptance.

Fatherlessness: The Presence of Dad's Absence

Fiona Teng | Posted 08.11.2014 | Women
Fiona Teng

Father's Day is particularly moving for me as I celebrate with those who get to brunch with their dads. Personally, the day is a reminder of the deep gratitude I hold for my dad's presence in my life.

Let's Redefine Beauty, Radically

Miriam Ava | Posted 08.09.2014 | Style
Miriam Ava

We are the electric life force that traverses the universe. We are the magic we silently yearn for but don't dare to embrace fully, always... because we've been taught by the ancient, ongoing ping-pong of society and media to desire what they tell us... because we've been conditioned to be afraid to speak up and stand out.

Still We Rise

Allison Berkowitz | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Berkowitz

Mental illness does not fight fair. For many years, it paralyzed my life, relationships, and health. Thankfully I'm well past that period, and the path of recovery inspired me to go to school for and work in the mental health field, helping others heal.