Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” So as you start your day, ask yourself, am I giving self-defeating thoughts safe passage into my psyche?  Or, am I only giving affirming energy permission to dictate how I feel today? Click here for more inspiring quotes by famous…

This hilarious primer on how to behave in romantic relationships on Facebook made by a friend’s husband hit quite a few raw nerves. So many newfangled pitfalls! Like high school but in front of the whole auditorium–filled with everyone you’ve ever known–all the time. Time.com has a few of its own Facebook etiquette points. Are…

Swine flu is spreading, and fears and concerns about its devastating potential is spreading even faster. Whenever I find myself living in “what if” instead of “what is,” I find it helpful to measure my fears against facts to put things in perspective. That’s exactly what women’s health expert Dr. Erika Schwartz did on her…

In tough economic times those who already had it tough have it much tougher. That’s why Susan Skog wrote her book “How to Give Back” and is starting National Dine To Make a Difference Day, “a potluck with purpose” and “a meal with meaning,” in conjunction with Dining for Women, an organization that addresses extreme poverty…

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Valerie Reiss

Valerie Reiss is Holistic Living Editor at Beliefnet. She was a founding editor at Breathe magazine, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Women's Health, Natural Health, Yoga Journal, Lime.com, Vegetarian Times, and ABCNEWS.com. A native New Yorker, Valerie holds an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Beloit College in Creative Writing with a minor in Women's Studies. She also lived in Maui for a while where she drank green papaya juice and taught some creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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