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Tragedy

One False Move

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Amidst all the other catastrophes going on in the world, the death of free-soloing rock climber, Brad Parker, caught my attention. I'm not sure his d...

5 Steps for Surviving a 'Lifequake'

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard Samuels

I've compiled five vital points for you to remember and use as you sift through the rubble of your own "lifequake" and begin the next chapter of your new life.

The Ordinary Saves

Cindy Brandt | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Is it just me, or does everyone else's newsfeeds read like the world is going to hell? I mean, seriously, the torrent of bad news is so unrelenting th...

What The Tragedies Of This Summer Can Teach Us About Living

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

Maybe the pain of death -- of all the deaths this summer -- will finally remind us what it means to live.

Robin Williams -- A Comic Genius Who Named Everything, Except His Own Depression

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Lam

If his suicide has any silver lining, it's that depression and mental illness are now being talked about more openly. In far-flung India, China and Vietnam, where mental illness, especially depression, is a taboo subject, it is now on the front pages of newspapers and TV programs reporting on Williams' suicide.

Laughter as Nutrition

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Jeff Schweitzer

Robin Williams' death is national news precisely because his clowning and personality as our country's court jester were appreciated across social and political divides; he was our collective voice of comedy.

Under Our Skin

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Mr. Williams was a far better actor than most of us, so his veneer was more elaborate. But all the world's a stage, and we all -- players, too. Such veneers abound. Perhaps we could keep it in mind, and give one another the benefit of prevailing doubt.

6 Lessons Moving to Hawaii Taught Me About Life

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Kimanzi Constable

Stop waiting for permission to live the life you want to live. You have the power inside you to make whatever change you want to make.

Laughter: The Surprising Secret to Surviving Tough Times

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

You might be wondering, How could I possibly laugh when life knocks me down? Whether you have a bad day or experience a catastrophic life event, there's a pretty thin line between tragedy and comedy.

The Power Behind a Gesture

Todd Felderstein | Posted 09.28.2014 | Education
Todd Felderstein

Alberto was a remarkable human being who will be missed by all who embraced his commitment to change the world.

5 Uncomfortable Truths About Your Life

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Authentic happiness demands we also grapple with the unhappy parts of our character. Perfection, as Jewish wisdom teaches us, is reserved for God.

Why the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Tragedy Will Not Keep Me From Traveling

Katka Lapelosová | Posted 09.17.2014 | Travel
Katka Lapelosová

It's never easy to cope with the death of 295 innocents, let alone the thousands upon millions that have already been lost to politically-charged conflict. What we can do as travelers, is what we do best -- travel.

How Do You Know When Something Is Worth Fighting For?

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

To sum up, whether you live in the United States, Rwanda, Nigeria, or anywhere else, our journey as humans is universal: A large part of our success and happiness rest on the battles we choose to fight. The bravest and smartest among us decide what's worth fighting for.

Iraq Replaces Vietnam As Metaphor For Tragedy

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Andrew Lam

In another generation, when a future U.S. president sends troops to occupy some intransigent country on a dubious objective, American pundits will most likely ask this familiar question made new: "Will it be another Iraq?"

Stop Misappropriating Tragedy

Melody Moezzi | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime
Melody Moezzi

Why? It's the first thing people want to know when tragedy strikes. Why us? Why here? Why now? Why this? Perhaps if we know the cause of a given tragedy, then we can prevent similar ones from happening in the future.

There Are No Answers, Only Responses: The Jewish Approach to Dealing With Tragedy

Sara Esther Crispe | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Sara Esther Crispe

If we are breathing, it is an opportunity to help another, to do an act of kindness, to make a difference.

I Can't Even Die of Cancer Right

Kevin Lankes | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Kevin Lankes

I'm out of the darkest part of the woods, sure. But society is making it particularly difficult to forget what happened to me. It's moving on beyond me and trying hard to lose me in its wake. I, like other young adult survivors, feel lost, alone, and confused.

What We Can Take Away From the Heartbreak at Fort Hood

Kait Sawyer | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Kait Sawyer

So often when we suffer, we feel alone or as if ours is the most insurmountable pain there is, but our fellow man also suffers; we are not separate, but rather bound by paralleled sameness

The Phone Call Every Parent Dreads

Steve Belanger | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Steve Belanger

As I ran into the building, the looks on all the teachers' faces struck a deeper fear into me. They seemed shaken, which amplified my panic.

What Makes Us Laugh?

Kare Anderson | Posted 05.17.2014 | Books
Kare Anderson

Want people to laugh with you? Dark humor, done right, may be key according to The Humor Code co-authors, Peter McGraw and Joel Warner who travelle...

Madness, Divinest Sense and This Year's Oscars

Rev. Galen Guengerich | Posted 04.30.2014 | Media
Rev. Galen Guengerich

It seems to me that this tendency to excuse libertine excesses by talented people inverts our moral hierarchy, since it basically says that those whom we acclaim as best are excused for acting the worst.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Relapse: Not a Choice But a Consequence

John Tsilimparis | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

For the people out there who do not understand addiction from a clinical standpoint and for those who have never been addicted to anything and who do not suffer either mildly or severely from a mental disorder, please take a step back and reflect. Relapse cannot be broken down so simply as a choice.

Talking to Your Kids About Tragic Events

Sheri Meyers | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Sheri Meyers

On the surface, your child may seem OK because they are not talking about how your new family situation or that terrible event is affecting them. That doesn't mean they're OK.

To Lisa: The Real Mattel Superhero

Lori J. Bertman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Lori J. Bertman

I understand that the grief never fully goes away, but it has given me more empathy and compassion in the disaster business: Imagine this on a much greater scale where people have lost their entire communities and live with this daily.

Picking Up the Pieces of Tragedy

Sandra Walker | Posted 03.23.2014 | Women
Sandra Walker

Everyone has a picture of their life as they see it. Certain parts of your life are a bigger part of the picture. For me, the biggest parts were my roles as wife, mother, and teacher. I have a definite "before" and "after" in my life.