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Heartwarming Life Lessons From Judy Blume

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

Loving-Kindness Meditation and Change

By Angela Wilson, MA, RYT<p>One increasingly popular form of meditation is loving-kindness meditation (LKM), the practice of wishing oneself and others to be happy, content and at ease. In the yoga tradition, loving-kindness is seen as an opportunity to "cultivate the opposite."<p>Where many meditation …

5 Superfoods In Season This October

You can add color and festive excitement to your plate this October without gorging on orange and black candies. Chocolate and gummies are in high demand, but there are many autumnal treats that are much more nutritious.<p>We've rounded up five superfoods to keep you healthy and warm this month and …

Breakfast Smoothie Recipes That'll Rev Up Your Morning

Photo credit: Half Baked Harvest, Foodie Crush<p>Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but that doesn't make preparing and eating it any easier. The struggle of getting ready for work in the morning (or just out of the bed at all) usually means this critical meal is …

Tig Notaro's 'Ask A Grown Woman' Video Is Beyond Amazing

"We're all great. You've just got to be confident."<p>That's some of the advice comedian Tig Notaro offers in her "Ask A Grown Woman" video for Rookie magazine.<p>Notaro's amazing advice to struggling teen girls is backed up with anecdotes from her own life -- from her double mastectomy to losing her …

Donna Karan's Secret To Success: Staying Completely, Utterly Zen

Fashion isn't known for being a calm line of work -- it's hard to focus on inner peace when you're working on outer beauty, after all. But Donna Karan has spent over five decades in the fashion industry staying cool, calm and collected, not to mention insanely successful.<p>How does she do it? By …

Why What You Love May Be More Important Than You Think

Dropping her handbag and jacket onto the floor, Ginger slumped wearily into my office's comfy chair. "I know we are officially in autumn, now, and colder weather. I know Washington is up to its political craziness. But this is not what's getting to me," she sighed. "Actually, I love the crisper …

6 Truths About Depression and How to Overcome It

October is National Depression Screening Month. One in 10 Americans struggles with depression. A common misconception about depression is that it is something people can just "snap out of." Unfortunately, for those people who experience major depression disorder, it's not that simple. While …

Teens

Grandfather Writes Letter To His Daughter After She Kicks Out His Gay Grandson

This man may deserve to win "Grandfather Of The Year."<p>In this incredible letter, a grandfather passionately addresses his daughter's decision to kick her gay son out of the house after he decided to come out of the closet. Though we don't have the full details surrounding the incident, the …

Exercise Could Help Stroke, Heart Disease Patients Just As Well As Drugs

Exercise could be just as effective as drugs in treating stroke and coronary heart disease patients, a new review of studies suggests.<p>The review, published online in the British Medical Journal, included analysis of 305 randomized controlled trials with a total of 339,274 people. Researchers did …

The Joy Manifesto: Part II

This manifesto has been a long time coming. So long, in fact, that it comes in two installments. You can find part one here.<p>Joy is a choice! We can tap into it every single day. It is always accessible, even if just for an instant. Go on, fill your cloudy skies with a rainbow.<p>Join me in declaring …

Are You Really Living?

"You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted." -- Ruth E. Renkl<p>Bill redid his downstairs floor because of, Tiger, his cat. Tiger was getting old, at 17 he walked slowly, occasionally bumping into things, he needed his daily thyroid medicine, and often he would …