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5 Labels Society is Waiting For You To Break

There are many longings of the human heart. These longings are powerful and can serve as a common thread, crossing continents and boarders, language …

Self-improvement

Words That Breathe Life Into the Little Girls Around You

She is tiny. A little girl learning her role in this world. Language is new and she is figuring out how her behavior affects those around her. How do …

Positive Thinking

What I’d Do Differently With My Wedding

The music started as I took my place behind the double doors. Arm in arm with my dad, I felt my heart beating faster and my hands began to sweat. To …

Weddings

Why Your 20s Aren’t Too Early to Begin Building a Legacy

We all admire someone. Usually, they are the people who have accomplished what you dream to. They are the compassionate and fearless do-gooders. …

J K Rowling

Just Wondering: Is It Normal That I Don't Have a Best Friend? - Rookie

Illustration by Maxine Crump.<p><b>I have a question…After thinking hard about it, I’ve discovered that I don’t have a best friend. Is this normal? Is</b> …

Relationships

How to Cultivate Inner Beauty in Seasons of Monotony

When we look back at our lives, it’s often astonishing to see how much things change over time. Even when our schedules and situations seem the same …

Gardening

Are You “Too Sensitive”? Why You Might Be an HSP, and Why That’s a Good Thing

<i>Have you often been told you’re ‘too sensitive’?</i> <i>Are you easily affected by the moods of others?</i> <i>Do you seem to notice subtleties in your environment</i> …

Psychology

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child

It happens to every child in one form or another – anxiety. As parents, we would like to shield our children from life’s anxious moments, but …

Self-help

'My husband wants to know when he can stop lying to everyone he cares about.'

My husband, Devan, wants to know when he can stop lying to everyone he cares about.<p>He’ll be talking about the baby, the fact that we’re having one …

Kristen Bell Just Opened Up About Her Struggles With Anxiety and Depression

While there's still an enormous stigma attached to talking about mental illness, celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Lena Dunham are increasingly …

Mental Health

How to Stay Soft in a World That Sees It As Weak

In my growing experience in the business world, I have found a recurring theme. There is very little patience or tolerance for people to be soft. For …

Nonprofits

The Identity “Rules” You May Unknowingly Conform To

I recently read a quote that said, “Not all girls are sugar and spice and everything nice; some girls are adventure and beer and brains with no …

Psychology

Don’t Go Through Life Without One: Defining Your Home Team

One of my favorite authors is Shauna Niequist, a writer who shares insight regarding relationships, community, and engaging with one another while …

Relationships

List: Mathematical Word Problems for Introverts

At the grocery store, John bought 13 lemons that cost 89 cents each. He normally would not buy so many lemons, but he spotted a coworker from afar …

The Case for Charisma and Why We Need More of It

I knew right away she wouldn’t like me. She embodied authenticity with her tattoos and loop nose ring. I, however, was a walking stereotype with my …

Self-improvement

Dita Von Teese on Burlesque Feminism, Nude Selfies, and How She Came Up With Her Name

Close readers of Vogue.com know that Dita Von Teese, the Queen of Burlesque, has recently been diversifying her talents. Last year she released a beauty book, <i>Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour</i>, and also found time to design a lingerie collection. But after performing a …

There’s a right way to let your child use an iPad. And a very wrong one.

Joanne Orlando, Western Sydney University Do you “i-Pad your child” when you go to a restaurant? I couldn’t help but notice the one-year-old at the …

"The psychologist I was seeing didn’t pick up on my bipolar disorder."

<i>Trigger warning: This article covers mental health and suicide.</i><p>“So is it kind of like Carrie from Homeland then?” asked a friend to whom I’d revealed …

Ariel Winter Got a New Tattoo in the Coolest Spot

Ariel Winter is officially on our list of beauty stars to watch out for. With the debut of her fiery red hair color a few weeks ago, and now, three new tattoos, she embodies everything we love about beauty: It's fun and personal.<p>So far, the <i>Modern Family</i> actress has only provided a faraway glimpse …

Ariel Winter

This is why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, "Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just …

What we can all learn from Jesus.

It’s Easter weekend and I am struggling to find friends who haven’t left the city.<p>“Byron for the weekend, sorry darling.”<p>“We’re driving up to the …

“I wonder why so many smart people can be stupid parents.”

I often wonder why so many smart people can be stupid parents sometimes. I include myself in that category. I love my kids, I try hard, I fail …

Are You a Passionately Curious Person?

“How are you?”The question we all ask most often, that sits stale on our tongues and is received with numb ears and returns to us with an equally …

InterAct

The Magic of Making a Decision: Why Making One Really Can Change Everything

The inner voice. The one that narrates and ponders and analyzes and dreams. It’s always there, guiding us through life and moving us along. And – …

Self-confidence

Modern parenting isn’t working

Josh is 19. He finished school 14 months ago and has been enjoying a “gap year”. But his “gap year” — rapidly becoming two — hasn’t been spent in …

"The modern parenting criticism I needed to hear."

Thanks to our brand partner, ABC Reading Eggs<p>You’re doing it all wrong.<p>Nobody likes being told that. Especially, especially, <i>especially</i> when it comes …

Our boys are in crisis and it’s killing us all.

I have two boys. They’re aged two and four. They are hilarious, gorgeous, rambunctious, affectionate, big-hearted boys. Little boys who love openly …

Celebrate the victories, but plan for a post-IS Iraq

<b>There have been even more victories against Islamic State in Iraq, but the greatest challenge facing the country may be uniting all the assembled</b> …

Middle East

Goodness (The Wild and Wily Ways of a Brunette Bombshell)

Watch Emma Watson’s Emotional, Engaging Interview with Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai

The inspiring young activists bonded on Wednesday over feminism, their favorite book, and the color pink.<p>Throughout her 15-year acting career, <b>Emma Watson</b> has probably been interviewed thousands of times. But on Wednesday, the Ivy League–educated actress and U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador had the …