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How to Train Your Mind to Be Happy

When we were younger, playing make-believe was our full-time job. We imagined cardboard boxes into cars, rocks and sand into currency, dirt and water into flour and milk. As we got older and society taught us the only things worth investing time in were projects that could be seen, measured, achieved and shown off to others, we ceased our careless exploration. But what if playing make-believe is exactly what we need to be doing in our adult lives to be content, as some experts are suggesting?

Getting To Know You Before Love

Slow. The word itself glows if you give your eyes a moment with it — not exactly the most typed-out word in my emails and text conversations.  Frustration is often my initial reaction when I text or type the word “slow,” usually coupled with grumbling disappointment for something being “too slow.”  It’s as if my secret mantra is, “if it takes a while, then it is not worth my time or my energy.”

What Instagram Teaches Us About Idealized Love

There was once a distinct difference between the act of consuming art and the act of living everyday life. Of course, creatives who have lived their entire lives as if life itself is a canvas would disagree, but largely, if one wanted to consume depictions of romantic love, for example, there was a deliberate act in walking into a gallery, picking up a poetry book, reading a romance novel or watching a film. The predisposition was clear from the outset: what you are about to consume is a dramatized, romanticized, poeticized depiction of love, intended to be enjoyed as a form of entertainment, not replicated or sought after.

Do You Pay Regular Visits to Your Soul’s Mirror?

Post, share, stare, repeat. A millennial’s rhythm in everyday life includes rendering moments from the day, perspectives, interests, statements, missions, even #goals. Who we are can be known instantly through a few seconds of scrolling. It’s the easiest way to proclaim what we’re about and even to remind ourselves of our own personal proclamations.

Transcending the Mundane: The First Step in Finding Purpose

Courage is not only needed when you’re 14,000 feet in the air rethinking whether or not you should have signed up to skydive, but slowly making your way off the helicopter in hopes that it will be the fastest minute of your life. Bravery is not just necessary in those fleeting moments when, unsure of what to do, you move forward hoping the challenge will end soon.

What’s Right With the World: Uplifting Stories and Hope for the Soul

In a time of political turmoil, it is especially important that we remind ourselves of the extraordinary achievements humans have made. We aim to offer a restoration of faith in humanity with this month’s compilation of uplifting stories, and every month thereafter. We hope they instill in you hope for a brighter future, or at most, bring a smile to your face today.

Yes, No or Maybe So? How to Stop Leading on Empty

There are three crucial factors to keep in mind when nourishing our core values: keeping balance is harder than finding it, saying yes is easier (and oftentimes more dangerous) than saying no and dodging becoming burnt out is the key to preserving your sanity. Understanding the complexities of each of these scenarios, and connecting to core values, will create space for introspection and allow us to recharge.

The Urgency of Playfulness

“But if you observe children who are two or three years old, if you see how they behave, they are playing all the time. You see them laughing all the time. Their imagination is so powerful, and the way dream is an adventure of exploration. When something is wrong they react and defend themselves, but then they just let go and turn their attention to the moment again, to play again, to explore and have fun again. They are living in the moment. They are not ashamed of the past; they are not worried about the future…

How Humans of New York Inspired an Artistic Movement

Who has influenced you the most in your life? A few months ago, I learned about a story in a popular photo blog called Humans of New York. HONY won my heart a little over a year ago just by the simple yet compelling portraits of people and the hearty fragments of their story. The honest questions and raw answers magnetized me. I’d scroll through and read story after story, each one bringing me a little bit closer to my own humanity.

Shame Resilience: A Vulnerability Hangover Cure

“I love being horribly straightforward. I love sending reckless text messages (because how reckless can a form of digitized communication be?) and telling people I love them and telling people they are absolutely magical humans and I cannot believe they really exist. I love saying, “Kiss me harder,” and “You’re a good person,” and, “You brighten my day.” 

An Open Letter From a Wife Who Married Young-Ish

Twenty-four is an interesting age. Depending on the age of whom you ask, 24 year-olds are either just starting to get their lives together, or just starting to figure out all they lack. Truthfully, that could be said for any 20-something age, but I think twenty-four in particular holds a certain sophomoric gumption that slowly wanes as one approaches 30.

Feelin’ Yourself? 5 Roads Leading to Self Love

With the new year upon us, it’s fitting to stretch ourselves into a few new practices.  Twenty sixteen can surprise us, even by its numerical messages. One of the greatest spiritual meanings of the number sixteen is, drumroll please: l-o-v-e-!  Let’s peek into the ways we can focus this statement of love inwardly to, in turn, outwardly love those around us.

Move Slow, We’re in a Hurry – Tips to Increase Productivity

Each day we’re given a clean slate to begin anew — at any moment we can take a deep breath and start over. Instead of being consumed and overwhelmed with our daily tasks, we have the power to intentionally create our reality, and in turn, form our lives into a true masterpiece by working on perfecting each detail day by day. Below are some tips to maximize productivity levels and to help us remember to slow down especially when we are in a hurry.

The Practice of Gratitude in 5 Steps

Cultivating a spirit of gratitude helps shift your life perspective by discovering a sense of harmony within your surroundings. It carries the rare power to slow down the speed of time, allowing you to fully connect with the present moment, and turns what you have into enough, while simultaneously providing you with even more — more energy, more patience, more compassion and all-around more happiness.

A Technological Love Story with a Happy Ending

This time last year, I was probably scrolling through Facebook looking at photos of all my ex-boyfriends… with their wives and kid, or standing alone outside of Walgreens explaining to strangers in the Redbox line, “My roommates are going to watch this with me,” or trying to get the cheese sample worker at Costco to be my best friend. Whatever I was doing, I was adamant that online dating was a desperate move and a level of low that I was not willing to stoop to. Online dating is for people who are not good at real life – not people like me.

Life-Changing Discoveries of Positivity: Live Better Daily

Pessimists and optimists are sure to agree: within each of us, there is an insatiable hunger for happiness. We want progress. We want fulfillment. We want contentment. We want to thrive. Though our outward individual expressions of positivity are different, the process of attaining a broader perspective is quite alike. While there is contrast in our contentful countenances, our humanistic bond strengthens when we put into practice the following ways that have been scientifically proven to increase a positive life. Let’s be partakers in the experiment, shall we?

5 REASONS WHY YOU CAN’T MOVE ON

The end of a relationship can be one of the most painful situations we face. Whether it was a friendship, long-term partnership or marriage – when minds, bodies and spirits have connected sometimes it’s tough to let go. We don’t always get a clear answer as to why things end and can struggle with a lack of closure; other times its unhealthy behavior patterns that hold us back. Don’t let heartbreak rule your next breakup – read on to discover five reasons why you can’t move on, with some suggestions for working towards becoming a healthier, happier you instead.   Lack of Closure Loss hurts. Letting go of an intimate relationship that ended for whatever reason is hard – after all you invested a lot…

Distracted Living: 5 Ways to Unplug and Revitalize

I was out having lunch with a friend last weekend, when mid-story I did something very wrong – I looked down at my phone. I not only looked down at my phone, I proceeded to text (it was a group text between my sister and my dad about something semi-important). I experienced two feelings: upset over being guilt tripped for answering my phone, and guilt for looking at my phone in the first place and being rude.

Child-Free and Happy

I’m married with three kids. The only difference is that my kids are the four legged kind. Not so unusual I suppose, until people find out that my four legged kids are the only kids we plan to have. Oh sure, I want more pets. If I had the time and space, I would have a whole house full of dogs. Babies? No thank you.