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Tragedy

Fallout From Ferguson: The Biggest Opportunity For Our Society

David Shechtman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Black Voices
David Shechtman

Most of the news stories I've see about Ferguson market and sell fear, and many of the community reactions to the events focus on blame and retribution. This deeply concerns me because blame doesn't heal and revenge doesn't satisfy.

Grieving at the Holidays

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Someone knee-deep in grief needs space and time to make sense of his or her feelings. There's no room for deadlines or expectations, particularly at the holidays, and on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.

In Tragedy, Empathy Still Dependent On Proximity

Pacific Standard | Max Ufberg | Posted 12.17.2014 | World

Today’s Pakistani Taliban attack on a Peshawar school has resulted in the deaths of at least 145, many of them children. In Sydney, meanwhile, Monda...

Finding Peace in the Wake of Tragedy: Eric Garner's Death

Paige Smith | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Paige Smith

It's moments like these that can cause even the most levelheaded and peaceful person to feel angry and disillusioned with the state of the world. That may sound dramatic, but it's true. More than the indignation or the confusion, however, I think each of us feels an overwhelming sense of helplessness.

The One Topic Missing From Discussions About Tragedy

Michelle Noehren | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Michelle Noehren

One question that is glaringly missing from the conversations we've been hearing in the media and from elected officials is this: what do the families impacted by tragedy do when faced with going back to work?

How "the Accident" Made Me Forever Grateful for My Mother

Rana Campbell | Posted 11.25.2014 | Good News
Rana Campbell

As an adult, I am now able to understand and process a lot of which wasn't explained to me as a child. My mother makes me smile. She's the strongest woman I know.

Photos Document Devastation After Floods Hit Morocco

HuffPost Maroc | Posted 11.25.2014 | World

Devastating floods in Morocco have left at least 32 people dead and 6 missing. The flash floods were caused by heavy storms that swept the region Sund...

Life After A Police Grenade Landed In 19-Month-Old's Playpen

Posted 12.16.2014 | Dr. Phil

A police raid in the middle of the night took a tragic turn when a flash grenade landed in the playpen of 19-month-old Bou Bou and exploded, causing b...

How Making Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain Changed Me

Fagun Thakrar | Posted 10.30.2014 | Arts
Fagun Thakrar

I had the privilege of making a film that changed the way I see things in life. Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, which is being released next month, is inspired by the world's worst industrial disaster which took place on December 3rd, 1984.

Death Over Dinner

Connor Belson | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Connor Belson

The dinner began with intertwining circles of friends coming together to discuss an uncomfortable topic, and it ended with those previously strangers laughing and sharing and bonding over mutual fears and similar reactions and unique stories.

The Upside of Early Loss

Kristina Cowan | Posted 10.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Jim's tragedy seemed insulting to my already-injured family. Jim died on Sept. 5; my mom died on Sept. 7. She was 46 and I was 15. Jim was 47 and his oldest child was 15. History, cruel beast, had repeated herself in a mocking chorus of eerie parallels.

One False Move

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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 10.26.2014 | 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 10.25.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 10.05.2014 | 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?"