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Self Respect

10 Ways to Improve Your Body Image

Linsey Hart | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Linsey Hart

Culturally, we have this perverse notion that poor body image is a sign of modesty. It's not. And people, especially women, who accept and appreciate the way they look can be perceived as narcissistic. They're not.

A Letter To The One Person I Will Never Impress

Lexi Herrick | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Lexi Herrick

The truth is that despite the best of efforts, there will always be people we just aren't meant to win over. Some people will never see past our mistakes. Some people will never stop doubting us. Some people will never be happy with us, and that's OK.

Is Your Guy Ghosting You?

Debra Rogers | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women
Debra Rogers

If all you're hearing is static, then it's probably time to delete his number, because he's finished. Don't be a fool; drop the ghoul. In this case, silence is golden, because you are free to strike up a conversation with a better guy.

A Richer Inner Life

Christine Deakers | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine Deakers

There are periods where you become unaware of what brings you the most joy, or what makes you feel most filled up because there are the trivial and no...

The KID Pro Quo

Richard Greenberg | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

Over the years, I have observed that by expressing gratitude for the things around us, we have taught our children (and others) to appreciate the things we all have in life -- whether it's a meal, a beautiful sunset, a car that works or a spouse who is an excellent Mom.

My Abusive Relationship: My Metamorphosis

Lani Buess | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Lani Buess

I questioned why I continued to stay. Was it habit? Some sadistic sense of comfort? Did I think we'd change back into the people we once were? I'm not a weak person. I grew up in such a loving home. My parents have a beautiful marriage. What's wrong with me?

Light Up Every Room You Enter

Joy Weston | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Joy Weston

Own Your Magnificence! Not long ago the amazing Dr. Maya Angelo passed away, leaving a legacy of words and actions that continue to inspire us ...

The Golden Rules of Manners, Now and for the Future

Christa Dowling | Posted 09.22.2014 | Women
Christa Dowling

It's all about manners! Not the old-fashioned kind, white gloves and all, but the kind of behavior that will assist you in your daily endeavors through communicating ideas, electronically and otherwise.

Minorities, State Violence, and the Price of Self-Respect

Myisha Cherry | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Violence is not the most effective way to respond to injustice, but self-respecting individuals taking a stand together against injustice is. This is a price we all can afford. The question is do we respect each other enough to believe that others and ourselves are worth it?

Vulnerable Young Women Already Have Grit--They Need the Chance to Lead

Courtney Macavinta | Posted 08.30.2014 | Education
Courtney Macavinta

Some people say youth today need more grit or gumption. Some do. But the truth for those of us like me who've survived being traumatized by violence...

What Are You Worth? Artists and Self-Respect

Darden Smith | Posted 08.02.2014 | Arts
Darden Smith

Making a living as an artist is difficult under the best of circumstances. Opportunities fall through. Good rides end. We do whatever's necessary to k...

What's Great About Kids Today

Colleen Turner | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Colleen Turner

Bullying behaviors do not last long when a child's peer group appreciates the importance of respecting themselves and others

Letter to the Class of 2014

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.29.2014 | College
Harold Lloyd

I recently sent a letter to the Class of 2014 at Wake Forest University School of Law. On the chance that it might be useful to others, I post the le...

The Latest Twitter Hashtag That Will Totally Change Your Day

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.14.2014 | Black Voices

The Twitterverse has welcomed a new hashtag trend and we can’t help but love it. The hashtag #LoveMeLike started making its rounds on Twitter wi...

The Hidden Cost of Fitting In

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Many of us spend our lives twisting ourselves into shapes and postures that are unnatural and uncomfortable in hopes of gaining acceptance from others whose approval we desire. We may contort ourselves into shapes that are entirely unnatural for us.

The Meaning of Self-Respect

Jessica Halepis | Posted 05.10.2014 | Women
Jessica Halepis

My heart goes out to my younger self, and I wonder on occasion what my life would look like today if she'd had the wherewithal to make different choices. If she hadn't felt it necessary to carve herself up like a cake and hand out the pieces with a smile on her face.

Does Being Hurt Ignite a Desire in Us to Hurt Others?

Sister Jenna | Posted 04.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Sister Jenna

After meeting a Syrian man who defected from Syria at the airport, I wrote these thoughts from 30,000 feet above on my way to Washington, D.C. fr...

Yoga Pants Defiant: My Crusade Against the Cult of Casual

Catherine Zinger | Posted 04.02.2014 | Style
Catherine Zinger

When "Casual Fridays" took hold in the early nineties with the rise of the tech bubble, Americans, turned the formality dial down from power suits, to business casual, to questionably casual, to downright slovenly, and have left it there ever since.

How Our Society Raises Young Boys

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

Society may try at every turn to tell my children, through what they see, hear, and read, "This is how women are portrayed in our culture. Accept it, you can't change it." But in my small big way and in front of three boys who will one day be men, I can say, "No. No, we don't have to accept it."

The Seizure of Our Dis(content)

Wendy Adams Mendenhall | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy Adams Mendenhall

"Bring new eyes to a world or even new lenses and presto, new world." -- John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent Years ago, one of my children...

Those Who Mind: The Case Against Trying to Win People Over

Kathryn Lamble | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Lamble

It's hard work changing yourself to suit every situation. It's hard work over thinking everything you say to make sure it's just right, and it's hard work having your only validation come from the reactions and approval of others.

A Letter to My Son on International Day of the Girl

Courtney Macavinta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Courtney Macavinta

What most touched me yesterday, however, was Malala's insistence that boys, our sons and brothers, are her partners in creating an equal world.

Mrs. Jones, Coaches, and Grandma

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

Competent professors and teachers can make such a difference in the lives of their students.

All for One

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

One after another of these young people talked about finding not just a community of understanding at Mindstream, but a new family. They reported finding confidence they never had, self-esteem they had lost. They found self-respect, and purpose, and passion.

4 Steps To Conquer Your Inner Critic

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

When we fail to identify and separate from this inner critic, we allow it to impact our behavior and shape the direction of our lives. So how can we challenge this inner voice?