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The Ripple Effect of You...

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 07.25.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Dennis Merritt Jones

Have you ever thought of yourself as a pebble? Metaphorically speaking, on the "pond of life" that is exactly what you are when you consider those who are affected by the ripple effect of your thoughts, deeds, and actions.

Talking With Strangers About God

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

This young man arrived at the beach that Sunday with beat up sneakers and circles under his eyes. Call it proselytizing, but he wasn't getting anything out of this other than the pleasure of talking about God.

A Sandy Situation

Anonymous Thank Yous | Posted 06.19.2014 | Good News
Anonymous Thank Yous

A few weeks ago I was on a long drive home and I got stuck on the freeway in traffic, in the middle of the Nevada desert. What happened next was enough to restore my faith in humanity.

How Talking To Strangers Can Transform Your Life

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living

We have all heard the warning from our parents time and time again: Don't speak to strangers. As we grow older, avoiding strangers becomes less of a s...

A Surprising Encounter At A Thrift Store

Aimee Heckel | Posted 07.18.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

I'm kind of cynical. So I figured I'd been had. The old man walked out with the antique lamp. And the clerk looked at me to pay for it. How did I end up in this mess? I guess it started with stress.

This Is Why You Stare At Your Phone On Your Commute -- And Why You Should Stop

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 05.22.2014 | Healthy Living

While the subway's arrival may be ambiguous, one thing about your commute is certain: No one wants to talk to each other. In our contemporary culture,...

Why We Trust Strangers More Than Our Friends

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

We'll trust an unknown airline pilot to keep us safe at 30,000 feet, but heaven forbid we give our partner or neighbor the benefit of the doubt when they're having a bad day.

5 Tips to Keep Children Safe From Predators

Mommy Nearest | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Not every child abduction can be prevented. There are, however, ways to help keep your child safer. Here are five tips to ensure safer practices with your children.

Two Strangers on a Plane

Robin Korth | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

It was late afternoon in Portland, Oregon -- around 4 o'clock. For me, it was closer to 7 p.m., as I had been flying all day from the East Coast of ...

Never (Ever?) Talk to Strangers

Kristen Levithan | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Kristen Levithan

I put my arm around her and pointed to my eldest inside the van: "My son goes to kindergarten here. Why don't you come inside and warm up and we can figure out what to do next?" And then, just like that, a little girl I didn't know was sitting in my car.

Welcome, Stranger

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

While scrubbing pots at the soup kitchen, I realized this truth: We are all strangers to one another. Then I realized: We can all welcome one another home.

Daring Artist 'Sleeps' On Strangers In Poetic Subway Project

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.21.2013 | Arts

The New York subway system is a world of silent commuters who, despite riding in close proximity to other people, rarely make contact with their fello...

Unlocking the Real Innovation Potential of Cities

Alan Gregerman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Alan Gregerman

Each day we all pass by literally hundreds of people, places, and things that could change our lives, but we never take the time to notice them. In our rush to get from Point A to Point B, we walk past strangers who know things we've yet to discover.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 8 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Like responses to chemo, everyone's experiences are different. Of course, these are my experiences; but I believe they contain universal truths.

UK YouTube Stars To Launch Comedy Show at Avalon Sept. 13

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.26.2013 | Los Angeles
Shira Lazar

Sam Pepper and Mazzi Maz have made their names online with outrageous pranks, stunts, tattoos and comedy. Now they're hitting the road, bringing the...

UK YouTube Stars are 'like The Beatles all over again'

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.26.2013 | Media
Shira Lazar

Sam Pepper and Mazzi Maz have made their names online with outrageous pranks, stunts, tattoos and comedy. Now they're hitting the road, bringing the...

Loving Strangers Like Babies

Shawna Kaszer | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Shawna Kaszer

Why don't I coo at these grown adults with the same unfailing love I have for babies? Shouldn't I love them the exact same way?

LOOK: Redditor Buys 300 Coffees For Strangers!

Posted 07.29.2013 | Good News

Last week, one Canadian man woke up on the right side of the bed and wanted to spread the good feeling around. Yesterday Redditor JamesF4 posted a...

Roommate Roulette: Tips for Moving In With a Stranger

Carolyn McKibbin | Posted 08.26.2013 | HuffPost Home
Carolyn McKibbin

Whether it's out of financial necessity or the desire to have a new experience, people at any stage of life may find themselves moving in with a stran...

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Kate Taney | Posted 08.17.2013 | New York
Kate Taney

Around 2 a.m. the other night, I had just slogged my tired wet feet on to the 6 train after having worked another nine hour shift behind a bar.

Why We're Starting Nametag Day on June 1 in NYC

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 05.08.2013 | New York
Michael Morgenstern

A few times I sat on the subway, wondering what the scene would look like if everyone were wearing a nametag. Nicer. Friendlier. "This is something I should propose to the mayor," I thought... or maybe some large bank or other group. Someone ought to do it, that's for sure.

Emily Pettit's 'How to Recognize a Stranger'

Alina Gregorian | Posted 10.24.2012 | Books
Alina Gregorian

In this poem by Emily Pettit, mystery is okay and it constantly happens. This state of despair is displayed when Pettit writes: "We cover our faces with our hands / to communicate our displeasure at being so / confused."

Is Talking to Strangers Good for the Soul (and for America)?

Matthew Ross Smith | Posted 10.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Matthew Ross Smith

Were Americans ever really more connected and trusting? Or is that just nostalgia? This summer and fall, I'm trying my best to find out. For the past two weeks I've been slowly driving across America, town by town, state by state, trying to meet 100 strangers per day, every day.

Mother Always Said, 'Don't Talk to Strangers'

Michael Blomquist | Posted 10.06.2012 | Comedy
Michael Blomquist

Here I am in Edinburgh actively making myself vulnerable to strangers each and every day.

Why We're So Cruel to Strangers

Kathy Caprino | Posted 08.28.2012 | Women
Kathy Caprino

Remember that what you say on these posts (and everywhere you speak or write) is a mirror of what you think about yourself.