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The 3 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want for Christmas

Natasha Tracy | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Natasha Tracy

This holiday season, try to remember not only to give others something wrapped up beautifully under a Christmas tree, but also to give others who are not as fortunate as you are, with a healthy brain, a bit of your compassion.

Look Beyond the Labels

Deanna Heon | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Deanna Heon

Look beyond the labels and you may find a kindred spirit, and even a friend, in someone you never expected.

Your Own Shoes

Stacey James | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Stacey James

The older I get the more I realize everyone truly does have their own story. Who they are, where they've been, where they're going, who they are becom...

The Importance of Meditation for Parents of Children With Special Needs or Challenges

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

On my end, I've written that my meditation practice has been my "saving grace." Okay, if I am going to be honest... it is stronger than that. It has saved my life. With my daughter, I probably would have lingered in a consistent state of depression. I've had bouts, but with my practice I could always get out of it.

Mabou: September, 2014, New York City

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 12.10.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Robert G. Zuckerman

During my career as a "Hollywood photographer" I have been blessed to meet many amazing people of great accomplishment, who have achieved fame through talent, dedication and spirit.

Time Marches On

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.20.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

In preparation for one of our high school reunion many years after graduation, the chairperson of our reunion suggested that each of us write about the best time of our lives. I gave this careful thought and simply wrote: "The present is the best time of my life."

The 9 DO NOTs of Active Listening

Janice Taylor | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

Listening to one another takes skills that some of us haven't picked up along the way. (Probably, because we weren't listening. Vicious cycle!) Thus, causing misunderstandings, disagreements, frustration, irritation, disputes and discord.

Are You Driving Your Data? Or Is Your Data Driving You?

Steven Crandell | Posted 10.27.2014 | Technology
Steven Crandell

Leaders parade decision-making as rational and strategic because they "have the numbers" to support it. The tech revolution with its miraculous information-processing seems to support the idea of data as king.

12 Lessons Life Will Teach You (Sometimes the Hard Way)

Alexandra Harra | Posted 10.25.2014 | Women
Alexandra Harra

These lessons aren't part of any class curriculum. They are taught between the lines -- picked up through pain and need and faulty action. They are unwavering truths of life we often forget but more often dismiss.

Suicide and Son -- Forgiveness

Doug Levitt | Posted 10.21.2014 | 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 10.16.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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 09.26.2014 | 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 09.28.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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.