The warmth and closeness that come our way during the holidays can cast a long shadow: loss, loneliness, and alienation. That makes Christmas a difficult time for ex- and recovering addicts. Because drugs and other addictions promise to fill the hole. Read More
Holiday films captivate us and draw the family together. The classics can be watched year after year, and maintain their magical quality, in large part because they tap into the emotions that connect each individual with family and community. Read More
My friend, Mr. Rollin Stirman, is truly an inspiring man. At 72 years old he launched a new business. Mr. Stirman and I talked about the many advantages of starting a new venture at this stage of life. We hope by sharing his list on the 15 gifts of aging, others will be inspired to harness the incredible productivity that can develop in later years. Read More
Malignant envy is wild desire, what in Eastern perspectives is believed to be responsible for suffering. When envy is modulated and matured, it empowers life positive impulses facilitating knowing, emulation, learning, admiration, feelings of gratitude, and empathy, that is, understanding, respect, and compassion for self and others.
It’s the holiday season...a time for reflection, togetherness, and joy, so they say. As I’ve written before, it hasn’t always been that way for me. This holiday season has been an especially difficult one. One of my best friends passed away over Thanksgiving weekend. Read More
Of the 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, international adoptees are the fastest growing segment, of which most are Asian girls. While many of their stories are heartwarming and reflect our image of American compassion and generosity, the realities are much more complex.
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Here are four actions or strategies you can use to have a happier holiday and get REAL with 1) Realistic expectations, 2) Experience and celebrate the moments, 3) Accept and let and 4) Love and learn
The holidays can be depleting for your cognitive fuel and here are ways to be more mindful to get off automatic and get on exceptional so you have a joyous holiday. Read More
The increased loneliness that some experience around holidays may be rooted in childhood or adult life experiences. Understanding their origin points to what may help rectify that damaging sense of disconnection and despair. Read More
This holiday season, we're often encouraged to think of those who are less fortunate than ourselves. While I don't have a problem with this approach, I encourage you, here, to think about something that may be even deeper - Is Santa possibly best explained as a distinct species of Hominid - well-adapated to extreme cold and jolly under any and all conditions ... Read More
Worldwide media about granting personhood and rights to Sandra Orangutan needs closer scrutiny. Here, attorney Steven Wise, who heads the Nonhuman Rights Project, provides an essential clarification. Read More
The Newtown families should be suing the federal government for wrongful death on the basis that its mental health laws failed to function as intended. Our laws prevented Adam Lanza from getting treatment and they failed to protect the public from foreseeable harm. Read More
Annual surveys of workers tell us that job satisfaction has been on a continual and gradual decline since the 1980s. Less than half of U.S. workers say they are satisfied with their jobs. What are the top reasons for unhappiness at work? Read More
An attempt to train social skills isn't as successful as expected, but the numbers don't make sense. To sort out what went wrong, you have to look beyond the statistics and try to imagine how the participants in the study were thinking. Read More