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Suicide and Son -- Forgiveness

Doug Levitt | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Doug Levitt

I knew I could never make any sense of this depthless horror. But now I can say, 25 years on, that I'm able to understand a bit better what it was that killed my dad, the path his death propelled me down, and the healing that would happen in the most unlikely of ways.

Enriching Our Lives With Empathy

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 08.16.2014 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Empathy is the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling.

Display Equanimity (and Never Lick Anyone's Sandwich) When Others Succeed

Mark C. Crowley | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business
Mark C. Crowley

I offer this story as a reminder to always take delight in the success of others -- most especially those who work for you -- and to never forget the universe is abundant. There's plenty of success and achievement to go 'round for all of us.

Develop an Acute Ability to Listen

Ted Rubin | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business
Ted Rubin

What if your point of difference was an acute ability to listen? What would that look like?

Opening Doors of Dialogue, Closing Tunnels of Revenge

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

We have different options, but not to lose our humanity and our hope for the future, the future that we all have in our minds and hearts, of safety and security for all, we only have one resolution and one way forward: harder, but essential: peace.

8 Ways To Keep Resentment From Ruining Your Marriage

Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW | Posted 06.30.2014 | Divorce
Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW

There are many factors that lead to the demise of a marriage. When couples have hurt feelings, it can be a challenge to forgive and forget. Problems...

Empathy: The Missing Link Between Parents and Childfrees

Keesha Beckford | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Keesha Beckford

Let's get something straight: My complaining about my corner of motherhood is not an invitation to be patronized or blamed from my parenting choices. It does not signify a lack of love for my children, or that I am delusional about either the big picture or the minutiae of parenting.

The Universe Is Simple

Richard Koch | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Is life simple? It seems a preposterous idea. But bear with me. If you think about it, the most amazing and wonderful thing about our universe is t...

Literary Fiction vs. Genre Fiction

Steven Petite | Posted 04.28.2014 | Books
Steven Petite

In reality, neither of the two categories of writers necessarily deserve the distinction of being better writers. Different writers is a better word choice.

Creating Love and Joy in Your Life -- More or Less

Robert C. Jameson | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert C. Jameson

Most people say they want more love and joy in their lives, but they are often confused on how to create these experiences. What can we do, in very practical terms, to create more love and joy in our lives?

That Thing

Zach Puchtel | Posted 03.25.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Zach Puchtel

It stands to reason that once a given hindrance is identified, we should want to do everything in our power to drastically move away from that way of life. But we don't. Ends up change takes time, effort and commitment. I'd like to propose something even more drastic.

Reversing Resolutions

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 03.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jessica R. Dreistadt

Each year I rethink New Year's resolutions. They never seem to result in real changes in my life for one reason for another. This year it occurred to ...

Lindsay Henry: Why It Is OK to Make the Same Mistakes

Lindsay Henry | Posted 03.08.2014 | Women
Lindsay Henry

I dropped a hot iron on the carpet once. In college. I was in grad school, a teaching assistant, and needed a wrinkle-free, button-down blouse to wear for the first day of class. I wanted to look crisp. Clean. Professional.

Joseph and Mandela: Exemplars of Reconciliation (Vayehi, Genesis 47:28-50:26)

Rabbi Toba Spitzer | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Those lofty goals are far from being met in South Africa, or here in the U.S., for that matter. Mandela's legacy to us is to hold out the greater vision of reconciliation, a dream of justice grounded in a profound faith in the human capacity to change.

Literature for a Better World

Emily Atkinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Emily Atkinson

Empathy -- our ability to feel for others -- is what allows us to care for each other, to form communities and friendships, to imagine each other's feelings, to commiserate over each other's pain and share in each other's joy.

What Happens When a 'Full-blooded American' Sends a Letter to a 'Foreign' Mom in Suburbia

Natasha Tynes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Natasha Tynes

Last week I experienced my first racist incident in the eight years I have been living in the U.S. I have seen and heard of racism happening to others, but this time it hit close to home. It was an attack against the core of who I am.

Your Thinking or Your Life?

Garret Kramer | Posted 12.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Garret Kramer

The human mind is built to self-correct when fault is not placed on external events or circumstances. It might look otherwise, but you create your experience from inside to out -- 100 percent of the time.

4 Reasons We Get Frustrated and How to Cope

Donna Labermeier | Posted 12.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Donna Labermeier

There are no random acts -- there is always meaning even if you do not see it -- so try not to waste your energy taking issue with whatever happens. Just go with the flow.

The Gut of It

Jana Novak | Posted 12.16.2013 | Impact
Jana Novak

I should have trusted my gut. But after years of being told that because I didn't have kids, I couldn't understand, I couldn't know, I couldn't have an opinion, I didn't trust my gut about kids.

Who Will You Make Peace With?

Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia | Posted 11.23.2013 | Religion
Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia

Today, I am a proud and purposed Sikh-American, providing leadership in key national and international interreligious organizations. At an earlier point in my journey, things could have gone quite differently.

Is This The Secret To A Happy Marriage?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Interrupting the daily routine with a getaway isn't a luxury, it's a necessity. And for us and many others, these breaks have meant the difference between having a thriving relationship and getting a divorce.

Doctor, How Do You Feel?

Nandita Mani | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Nandita Mani

In these formative years, students are like sponges, constantly absorbing clues from their superiors on how medicine should be practiced. Can we really expect medical students to retain their empathy if we don't show them how?

Wheelchair Wisdom: Follow The Flow Of Loving

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 10.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

How might we be blocking the kind of cooperation that would bring those to us? Attitude is one big factor. When we are in a state of cooperation, our attitude is one of joy. If we are asked to do something, we do it -- and then some.

'Asi Me Sakhā': A Personal Experience on Friendship

Parth Parihar | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion
Parth Parihar

This past year at Princeton was a rather humbling and enriching one in general. One particularly important experience was gaining an incredibly inspirational and supportive friend -- someone who became my best friend by the end of the year.

Applying the Inside-Out Understanding -- Or Not

Garret Kramer | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Garret Kramer

Without exception, the starting place for everyone's perception and experience is their thinking and the feeling state that ensues.