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The Secret to Happiness

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’ve been your faithful Beliefnet editor and Inspiration blogger for more than a year now. Whenever people ask me what I do, I tell them that I write about how to be happy. Almost immediately, their next question is, “So […]

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No More “Should’s”

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“I should be a better mother.” “I should be in that corner office.” “I shouldn’t feel this way. It’s wrong.” The deadly “should’s” of life… They place little bars of expectation over our heads — telling us what we need […]

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You Are Not a Super Hero: The Joy of Asking for Help

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone. ~ Maya Angelou I’m not entirely sure how I got to be so independent. I come from a fairly involved family, and my upbringing was monitored and supported by my parents […]

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The Need for Praise (or How to Stop Complaining and Love Your Life)

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I wrote about a vow to stop complaining last week and it’s interesting how much it’s made me mindful of my speech. I found myself projecting negativity when I really didn’t need to and definitely didn’t want to. Yuck! I’m […]

10 Ways to Bring Joy into Your Life

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

The following is from Michele Rosenthal, author of Before the World Intruded: Conquering the Past and Creating the Future. Enjoy! There was a time in my life I didn’t believe I’d ever feel joy again. A horrible illness had befallen […]

‘I Am Most Myself When…’

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

What centers you? What’s the one activity that brings you back to yourself? I have a few. I love to pray. I love to run. Even the thought of a Sunday afternoon at my favorite coffeehouse with a book calms […]

The Lessons of Fear: What You’re So Afraid of Says A Lot about You

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood.” John Mayer, “The Heart of Life” I wrote against fear last week, and I firmly believe that it is among the most troublesome mental predators that we deal with. That said, fear can serve […]

The Trouble with Fear

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt In this new year of simplicity, I am confronted by an old, pesky foe: fear. When I peel back the layers of what I believe about myself, I’m discovering […]

Bloom Where You’re Planted

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

It’s tough when you feel like you’re stuck. Whether it’s in traffic, an elevator or just in a rut, it’s no fun. In fact, it can be downright stifling. It’s especially difficult when you’re trying to get out. I have […]

4 Ways to Choose Happiness: Lessons from America’s Elders

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blog comes from Dr. Karl Pillemer, author of 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans. Enjoy! A perennial question is: What makes us happy? Indeed, there’s so much interest in this topic that […]

Feeling Sad? Get Mindful

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I’ve been going through a rough patch lately. Yes, even your fearless Inspiration Editor has hard times sometimes. In small efforts to feel better, last week, I took a long walk home for lunch and then had a good cry […]

Amy Ahlers on ‘Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves’

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Ladies, did you know that you’ve been lying to the most important person in your life — you? It’s true! Every time you tell yourself you’re not good enough or pretty enough, you’ve believed a harmful myth. I am loving […]

Let It Out

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I just wrote a piece on 5 Ways to Get Over It. It’s a few tips on moving on from a disappointment whether it’s relationship, career, or just general life. The first way is to “feel the pain”. I listed […]

Tell Me How You Really Feel

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I want to piggyback off of my thoughts on outing your envy from yesterday’s blog, because I realized that envy is not the only emotional master of disguise. Have you noticed we do that a lot? Act one way when […]

Out Your Envy

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.” – Mary Schmich I am in love with my life. I honestly wouldn’t trade shoes with […]

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Poem: In The End
Today’s guest blogger is poet Tara Sophia Mohr Learn more about Tara’s poetry

posted 4:30:02pm Oct. 24, 2012 | read full post »

A Quote to Live By
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." Henry David Thoreau Whatever you were put on this earth to do, do it today. Don't delay. Don't look back. Run like crazy towards your passion and watch God lay the adventure out before you.

posted 9:22:40am Aug. 01, 2012 | read full post »

People Who Do Good: A Cake that Makes a Difference
Our "People Who Do Good" series has been a blast and I've enjoyed highlighting the stories and lives of everyday heroes. This one comes to us from writer Rebecca Brittingham who traveled to Florida to find a cake-maker with a heart for the less fortunate. When most people hear the word art, they

posted 12:10:27am Jul. 30, 2012 | read full post »

The Problem with Pain
I’ve heard people say, “How do I get over something if it still hurts?” And yes, forgiveness is key, whether it’s aimed towards yourself or someone else. However, it’s not really the main issue. What people really want to know is, “How do I deal with the pain?” The problem with pain

posted 11:06:30am Jul. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Oprah and Marianne Williamson on Super Soul Sunday
Photo Credit: OWN / George Burns We have a number of bloggers and writers here who have been inspired  by the writings of Marianne Williamson. Her debut book, A Return to Love, reflected A Course in Miracles for a new generation. She first gained notoriety by an appearance on the Oprah show, and

posted 4:53:44pm Jul. 26, 2012 | read full post »

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