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Just Say No to Beating Yourself Up

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

One of my favorite parts about writing this blog is that it’s been like holding a mirror up to myself. I mean, how can I tell you not to worry if I worry all the time? It’s caused a lot […]

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Don’t Get Stuck in the Storm

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

We are fortunate here at Beliefnet to work on the 19th floor of a building that is poised on the edge of Norfolk. From the office window where the editors work, our view spans across at least five cities. We […]

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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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How to Get Inspired Anytime, Anywhere

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blogger is mother, writer and filmmaker Kristen Wolf. Her latest book is called The Way, an O Magazine fall reading list pick (yep, that’s Oprah). Enjoy! If you asked ten people how they connect with their spirit, you […]

Your Past Is Not Your Future

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

My faith in the future is mostly based on what I’ve seen happen in the past. When I make plans about this year and next, my memories have a lot to contribute to the conversation. I’m sure you’re the same. […]

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 […]

Be Expectant and Miracle-Ready

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I thought I was out of wedding season, but after New Years, I found many friends getting engaged and planning their nuptials. I see lots of bridal magazines, countdowns and conversations about the many, many different shades of white. My […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Do You Believe?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Belief makes things real Makes things feel… Belief makes things true Things like you ~Gavin DeGraw, “Belief” In this new year of simplicity, I’m beginning to realize that so much of our thoughts and feelings come from one central place: […]

It’s Okay to Be Happy

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

For being an Inspiration Editor and generally content person, I’m always surprised at how pessimistic I can be. As mentioned earlier, November was a rough month for me. However, in a miraculous way that I can only describe as an […]

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 […]

Love Your Body, The Extraordinary Machine

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Be kind to me or treat me mean / I’ll make the most of it / I’m an extraordinary machine” – Fiona Apple I ran the Marine Corps Marathon last Sunday. I lined up with 30,000 other runners in our […]

Do You Have Happy Heart?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“Are you happy?” My dining companion was in between nachos when I asked the question. At first he looked perplexed and, after a bite he responded, “You mean, right now?” “Yeah,” I said. “In your life, right now, are you […]

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 […]

How to Hope When You Feel Hopeless

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I read all the comments that are posted on this blog. You inspire many of the topics that I cover here on The Inspiration Report. A comment came in on When Were Your Prayers Answered? – which was a piece […]

You Need to Know You Can

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” Prov. 23:7a I was never athletic growing up. I toyed around with working out now and then, but really, my youth and subsequent 20s were mostly spent sitting down somewhere. […]

How Do You Calm Down After a Fight?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Part of being inspired by your life is not allowing fear to take over. That limiting, anxious, stubborn feeling is literally a killjoy. You don’t want to make decisions based out of fear, because it has negative consequences for both […]

Accentuate the Positive

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

What are you paying attention to these days? What seems to be on a continuous loop on the record player of your mind? I’m amazed at how much time I can spend thinking about things that make me upset. What […]

What’s On Your Vision Board?

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Do you have a vision board? A place you can look at that shows images of things you would like to have or accomplish in your life? I’ve just been recently hipped to this whole notion, and I’m excited to […]

The Gift of a New Day

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

“I dare you to move / Like today never happened before” – Switchfoot I don’t think we take enough advantage of new days. Think about it. Whether you noticed or not, you got a second chance this morning. You were […]

Joel Osteen: The Power of Positive Words

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I was touched by the response to Your Thoughts Create Your World. It takes a lot to change your thinking. Here is more encouragement from author and pastor Joel Osteen. This post makes me feel…Inspired (0) Motivated (1) Happy (2) Better (0) Challenged (0)

Your Thoughts Create Your World

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I am living in yesterday’s daydream. I know that sounds weird, but I’m telling you, it’s the truth. I feel like I’m constantly having déjà vu. For example, I live on a block in a neighborhood I envied for years. […]

Attitude Is Everything: 7 Ways to Stay Positive

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching? Watch this inspirational video that shows 7 ways to stay positive. Also, if you haven’t yet, check out our new section: Inspired Faith. We have stories and videos that will lift your spirit […]

I Believe in Miracles

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

Today’s guest blogger is Gabrielle Bernstein, motivational speaker and author of Add More ~Ing to Your Life. I believe in miracles. Period. Full stop. For some of you that may be a pretty ballsy statement—for others it may seem like […]

Denying Fear

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

If you don’t know Gabrielle Bernstein, let’s make some introductions. She’s a motivational speaker and author of the popular book Add More ~ing To Your Life. On this blog, we’ve been talking a lot about hope in difficult circumstances and […]

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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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