Wordsmith Wonders: 9 Reasons to Read Poems

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UPDATED June 17th, 2017 If you absolutely hated reading poetry (or worse, having to write it) when you were in school, then you probably have a bad taste in your mouth about the whole artistic-expression-through-words thing. The world of…

How to Get Happy by Cultivating Compassion

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Showing compassion to others isn't just about trying to be a good person, it's essential for your own happiness. As the Dalai Lama says, "All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness…

10 Ways to Rethink Your Ash Wednesday

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Fat Tuesday is a legendary day of excess for good reason: it’s the last hurrah before a 40-day period of fasting known as Lent. It all begins the day after, on Ash Wednesday, which is recognized as a period for mourning Jesus Christ's suffering.…

Sound Therapy: 10 Reasons Why You Should Experience a Sound Bath

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Although a sound bath does not require any water, it does require a want for the ultimate relaxation. This trendy therapeutic practice is a form of meditation, facilitated by an environment with chimes, gongs, chanting, and musical bowls.…

How to be Like Frida Kahlo in Every Aspect of Your Life

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She died almost 70 years ago but today Frida Kahlo is still one of the most recognized (if not the most recognized) women/Latinas/artists in the world. She packed more into her short life than most people could in two or three lifetimes; simultaneously…

Here's Why Spring is the Best Time to Reinvent Yourself

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There's a reason why spring cleaning is a thing. As the world comes out of winter hibernation and spring season flowers begin to bloom, so do we. You can approach self-reinvention the same way you approach your annual home reorganization.…

10 Lessons to Learn from Cesar Chavez Day

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Every March 31 (his birthday) we celebrate César Chávez Day in honor of this inspirational activist and tireless fighter for worker's rights. California signed first official César Chávez Day into law in 2000, adding yet another contribution…

8 Lessons to Learn from Black Ballerina, Misty Copeland

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In case you don’t know black ballerina Misty Copeland, she is the groundbreaking ballerina, who in 2015 was the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. Even if you’re not familiar with…

Sound of Success: Ideas on Music for Concentration & Productivity

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Does music help you focus? Since we spend so much time in front of our computers trying to get our work done, wouldn’t it be nice to hear that music for concentration actually worked? Well, music lover, it seems Mozart or Beethoven could…