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9 Wise Quotes That Will Change The Way You See Your Life

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living

We get it. Life can be hard. One moment, you can feel the profoundness of your own life's purpose in every aching atom of your body. Then, suddenly...

Looking Depression In the Face: Botox as Antidepressant

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Recent research suggests that the frown of depression is anything but superficial and should not be taken at face value. Wiping that expression off your face is the latest treatment for depression. And Botox, America's favorite neurotoxin, allows for this therapeutic loss of face.

Commencement Thoughts for Class of 2014

Michael Roth | Posted 07.29.2014 | College
Michael Roth

You should beware of those pundits today who disparage creating greater access to a college education. Under the guise of practicality, this is old-fashioned, elitist condescension combined with a desire to protect the status quo of inequality.

Finding Wisdom in a Fractured World

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Harold Lloyd

The wise person understands why we run from questions that we might not be able to answer, and why we wrongly avoid other obstacles or risks that we should face. Our default emotions have evolved to lament loss more than to celebrate gain.

Why I'm Grateful For My Divorce

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 10.26.2013 | Divorce
Robin Amos Kahn

My divorce was a nightmare and I wouldn't wish anyone the hell I went through, but you know what? It made me stronger. It made me stand up to my ex and state my desires.

10 Positive-Thinking Books That Might Change Your Life

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion
Mitch Horowitz

The gospel of positivity grew out of mystical and occult subcultures in America starting in the mid-19th century and went on to become closest thing America has to a national creed.

Rushing to Conclusions About Adrenaline

Brian B. Hoffman, MD | Posted 07.29.2013 | Science
Brian B. Hoffman, MD

While shots of adrenaline alone do not enormously boost physical or emotional responses, adrenaline and noradrenaline play major roles in helping us cope with what the world throws our way.

'The Lives They Lived'

David Sable | Posted 03.02.2013 | Media
David Sable

No matter where you are in the world you will recognize many, if not all of the subjects chosen, and if you are like me, you will come away stirred by those with great accomplishments; moved by those whose lives were cut off too short and motivated by what can be accomplished.

Review of Romano's America the Philosophical

Michael Roth | Posted 07.29.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Romano does offer a series of often intelligent reflections on a diverse group of American writers. That doesn't make his work or our country philosophical, but it does remind us of books we might turn to as we continue our conversations.

Miracles and Monks

Suza Scalora | Posted 07.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Suza Scalora

We've all experienced the strength of negative thoughts. If we are not aware in the present moment they can quickly sneak up on us and drag us down the rabbit hole of disconnection, despair and depression.

Faith According To The Bible(s)

Christopher Lane | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

The devout understandably want to view their faith as inevitable -- as existing beyond chance, contingency and debate. Close examination of key passages in the Bible underscores, by contrast, that the book they worship is far from reliable.

How OCD Helps Me Understand Certain Kinds Of Religious Experience

Matt Bieber | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Matt Bieber

My experiences with OCD -- shot through with magical thinking as they may be -- are in some sense exactly parallel to certain kinds of religious experience. You can't talk me out of them.

Is That All There Is? Rugged Indvidualism

Dimitri Hamlin | Posted 05.14.2012 | Religion
Dimitri Hamlin

It's a good thing that, when push comes to shove, we're really not rugged individualists. I'm thinking that it's almost time for us to accept who we are.

2011 Has Started - Isn't It Time to Get Organized?

Tom Alderman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Alderman

You've probably got it. I certainly do. Most of us have one. It is that kitchen drawer, closet, basement, attic or crawl space, where you'll find eve...

On habits and how to change them

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Reprinted with permission from Grist.org. ...

Is It Time to Quit Believing?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

No one ever claimed that God was tangible, like a rock or a tree. Gravity isn't tangible, either, but once the human mind decided to look for it, gravity became evident.

The Quantum Brain, Spirituality, And The Mind Of God

Ervin Laszlo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ervin Laszlo

The spiritual experience usually comes about in altered states, but what does the recurring substance of the experience signify? What is that "something deeper and larger than ourselves" to which the experience seems to connect us?

Sheepish In Carlyfornia

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

You may think that Carly Fiorina's "Demon Sheep" ad will hurt Fiorina's chances, but the video has given the senatorial candidate free publicity.

Avatar: Pandora Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eliezer Sobel

Certain Avatar viewers are leaving the movie depressed at their inability to access a world as spiritual and beautiful as Pandora. The problem is not Earth, but rather these viewers.

Suffering, Seeking & Sanity

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eliezer Sobel

Over time, the object of my seeking evolved from merely looking for personal relief, to a grander, all-encompassing search for truth, God and enlightenment.

Balanced Life -- Act the Way You Want To Feel

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

Although we presume that we act because of the way we feel, in fact, we often feel because of the way we act.

A $250 Billion Blunder?

Dan Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dorfman

If you're a bondholder, keep close tabs on the interest rate chatter. There could come a point when it's time to get out of the saddle.

Q&A with Robert Wright (Part 2): Is Belief in God Any Weirder Than Belief in Electrons?

Terrence McNally | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Terrence McNally

For part 2 of my interview with Robert Wright, author of The Evolution of God, we discuss consciousness, physics, evolution, atheism, Obama and more.

Atheists and the Will to Believe

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Deepak Chopra

An article in the Washington Post On Faith section in response to their question: "According to a new Pew survey, 21% of American atheists believe in ...