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On Beauty, Or Why Zadie Smith’s Comments Aren’t About You

Author Zadie Smith came under fire from quarters of liberal feminist internet last week when she revealed she was critical of makeup — and the …

The Number One Quote From the Dalai Lama That Will Inspire You to Take on Your Mission

Here is a brilliant quote from the Dalai Lama that will inspire you take action and achieve your goals:<p><i>“Human potential is the same for all. Your</i> …

Did I Get James Baldwin Wrong?

In 1983, I was studying abroad in Nice, France, and while other exchange students were flitting from city to city, checking off items on their bucket lists, I craved only one European cultural experience:<p>I wanted to meet James Baldwin, the mandarin prophet and former boy preacher; the …

A Mindful Approach to Time Management

“How we spend our hours is how we spend our lives.”<p><b>Laura Vanderkam</b> is the bestselling author of multiple books on productivity and time management, …

Women's March On Washington: To White Women Who Were Allowed To Resist While We Survived Passive Racism

I realize somewhere between being pushed into a trash can by an oblivious "Nasty Woman,” and being racially profiled by an elderly feminist, that …

Feminism

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“I Don’t Think We’re Free in America” – An Interview with Bryan Stevenson

Although the United States has just elected a new president whose promise to make America great “again” evoked an unspecified, presumably more …

I tracked my happiness for a year to get data on how to build a more joyful life

One of the best pieces of advice I got in graduate school was from journalist and entrepreneur Christie Nicholson, who taught a class on business entrepreneurship. Whenever you feel sad or upset or uncomfortable, she told me, lean into that feeling, and try to figure out what’s making you react …

Happiness

6 Ways Meditation Makes You Happier at Work

<i>By Yoga Journal</i><p>Work stress. We all feel it, whether we're struggling to find 15 minutes for lunch or responding to emails at 10 p.m. But a regular mindfulness and meditation practice can help, says meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness at Work.<p>"Sometimes people are really …

"I don't": Why older women have fallen out of love with remarriage

Weddings always make me weep. I’m planning a little cry at a humanist ceremony on a cliff in Cornwall this summer and will no doubt shed a tear when I sit in a pew at an upcoming church service in Oxfordshire.<p>Last month, when I attended my first gay nuptials, those of my beloved nephew to his …

Neuroscience confirms that to be truly happy, you will always need something more

What’s the sign of a life well lived? If you were to judge by LinkedIn resumes alone, you might be impressed by prestigious job titles and accolades. But in person, the importance of these formal achievements quickly fades away. Regardless of career success, there can be something very dispiriting, …

University of British Columbia

To Recover Faster from Rejection, Shift Your Mindset

Everyone knows what rejection feels like. It’s a universal (and universally disliked) experience, but it’s one that we each experience differently. For the most part, people are pretty good at moving on with their lives — even better than they might guess. Sometimes, though, getting rejected hurts …

Psychology

Latina

‘Clueless’ actress Stacey Dash shreds Oscar diversity, BET, Black History Month and Obama

A little more than 20 years ago, Stacey Dash — though 28 at the time — leaped into America’s heart as Dionne, a high school student in the film “Clueless.” If that doesn’t ring a bell, Dionne was the spoiled-but-charming friend of Alicia Silverstone’s spoiled-but-charming Cher.<p>“Mr. Hall was way …

Black History

Why ‘Whiteness History Month’ is coming to an Oregon college this year

You might already have seen headlines about “Whiteness History Month,” an upcoming event at Portland Community College in Oregon.<p>The event caused a little buzz online recently. It’s scheduled for April, though, and the organizers of “Whiteness History Month: Context, Consequences, and Change” are …

10 Places Every 20-Something Should Travel To Before Turning 30

Whether or not you studied abroad in college, the wanderlust bug is sure to bite when you hit your 20s. One trip and you’ll realize that—as cliché as it may sound—you truly haven’t lived until you’ve traveled. See what the world has to offer, experience different cultures, weave your way through a …

This Is the Key to Happiness, According to Psychotherapists

The story you tell yourself about your life.<p>When your vision of your life story is inadequate, depression can result.<p>Psychotherapists actually help …

Psychology

7 simple meditation methods to help improve your daily life

It seems that the whole world is now meditating, which is wonderful news, as meditation does so much for us on all levels: body, mind and spirit.<p>On a …

Meditation

17 Resolutions To Help You Have A Spiritually Renewing 2016

May your year be filled with joy.<p>As the new year dawns, it's time to set some intentions for what you hope to accomplish in the months ahead. Instead of taking on daunting new diets or exercise regimens, start with some resolutions that will nourish your spirit, instead.<p><b>HuffPost Religion</b> …

Should You Keep Dating Someone Who Doesn’t Give You Butterflies?

You like him, but it certainly isn’t the world’s greatest love story.<p>We’ve all been there: You start dating a guy who’s cute, nice, and sweet. And while you’re not fan girl-ing out over the dude, you figure you’ll get there eventually—so you keep going out with him.<p>But a couple of months later, you …

The campaigners challenging misogyny and sexism in Brazil

Brazil has a long history of patriarchy but the internet and social media are proving to be strong allies of women’s causes<p>When a 12-year-old contestant of Brazil’s Junior MasterChef became the subject of sexually explicit tweets, women and girls took to social media to share their experiences of …

Emotional justice: what black women want and need

Emotionality matters, but it is too often set aside or overlooked in battles for a justice that looks like a courtroom verdict or legislative victory<p>When she was a small child in the 1960s, Esther Armah’s home was turned into a battlefield without warning. The daughter of Ghanaian politician and …

5 Morning Rituals To Start Your Day With Magic

Ever switched off your alarm and immediately dived into emails, texts, and Instagram — only to later ask yourself why you feel so frazzled? I’ve been …

Nicki Minaj finally addresses feud with Miley Cyrus

Nicki Minaj has finally, and very eloquently, spoken out on her infamous VMA feud with Miley Cyrus.<p>For those that need a brief refresher before we begin: the “Anaconda” rapper missed out on a VMA Best Video nomination this year, and pointed out that it may have been a question of race – which, …

Shifting the Focus from What Doesn’t Matter to What Does

This week on Weightless I talked about shifting our focus from the things that don’t really matter to the things that do (see here and here). Because …

Feel Trapped? Do These 9 Things To Take Your Life Back

We’ve all got our enemies; people who take pleasure in causing us pain and misery. Sometimes, the development of an enemy is due to certain …

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