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John Schneider is hoping he can mend his strained relationship with his three children.

In an exclusive clip of Monday’s Dancing with the Stars, the Dukes of Hazzard alum, who played Bo Duke on the comedy series from 1979-85, gets emotional while explaining how country music and DWTS has affected his life.

“What country music means to me is it’s three chords and the truth and it shines a light on things that happen in everyday life that are wonderful, not so wonderful, and that are heart-wrenching,” Schneider, 58, says.

“I’ve been going through a divorce now for four years and it’s awful. The worst part about it is that it’s wedged itself in between my three adult children and myself. Nothing I can do except hope one day one of my kids will call me up or show up. I look in the crowd every Monday thinking maybe tonight, maybe tonight.”

“If it weren’t for this music and now Dancing with the Stars, I don’t think I can survive it,” he admits. “It gives me great joy at a time where I desperately needed it.”

Earlier on in the season, Schneider briefly spoke towards his relationship with his children. whom he is not on speaking terms with.

“I’m hoping that I will do my family proud, I’ll do my love over there proud,” said Schneider told host Erin Andrews, referencing his girlfriend, Alicia, and added, “and maybe my children will speak to me again.”

After 21 years of marriage, Schneider’s estranged wife Elvira “Elly” Schneider filed for divorce in Los Angeles County on Nov. 14, 2014. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, according to court documents.

In September 2016, Schneider — he shares adult children Leah, Chasen, and Karis with Elvira — was ordered to pay his ex $ 18,911 every month, TMZ reported.

But in June, Schneider was sentenced to three days behind bars in the Los Angeles County Jail in June for failure to pay more than $ 150,000 in owed alimony payments to Elvira. The actor was released on the same day as his initial booking because of California’s overcrowded prison system, but his legal woes were not done with that.

Schneider was also ordered to serve an additional 120 hours behind bars for contempt, but that sentence was suspended by the court on the condition that he fulfills a four-part list of conditions, including filing back taxes to help clear title to their property in Apple Valley so that it could be transferred to her, paying his ex half of his owed earnings from Maven Entertainment, and offering certain financial disclosures before the end of the year.

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The Invictus Games concluded Saturday with a speech from its founder Prince Harry — and an unscheduled one from his new wife Meghan Markle.

The couple both addressed the crowd in Sydney, Australia, thanking the veterans and wounded service members whom the Paralympics-style competition honors for their strength and sense of humor.

For the occasion, the Duchess of Sussex, 37 — known for putting her own spin on classic style — wore an olive green custom tuxedo dress from Italian designer Antonio Berardi. She paired it with peach Casablanca pumps from her go-to shoemaker Aquazzura.

Meghan also wore statement jewelry, opting for large black and gold dangly earrings and bangles to play off the simplicity of her frock — a bold choice for a woman who usually prefers more minimalist accessories.

Pulled into an elegant updo, Meghan’s hair gently draped her face.

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Meanwhile, Prince Harry wore a smart grey suit and a white button-down with no tie.

During the closing ceremony, the mom-to-be (Meghan and Harry, 34, are expecting their first child in the spring!) took the stage as the crowd erupted in cheers.

“It’s such an honor to be here tonight with all of you and supporting my husband at the Invictus Games, which he founded four years ago,” she began. “In a short span of time, the games have evolved into an international platform of some of the best athletics and sportsmanship you could ever witness, coupled with a camaraderie and close-knit community, which can only be defined as the Invictus spirit.”

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Meghan also revealed that she has a special connection to the wounded and recovering service members and veterans who participate in the games.

“​I’m not sure if many of you know this, but a few years ago, before I had met my husband, I had the incredible honor of visiting troops deployed all over the world, from the U.K. to Italy and Afghanistan, and several other countries,” she recalled.

“In traveling to these military bases, I was given a very special glimpse into the lives of those who serve our countries. ​I was able to see the unshakable bonds between service men and women on the ground together, but at the same time to feel the palpable longing for family and friends while deployed,” she continued.

Then she shared how moved she was by one veteran who excitedly gave Harry and her a hug last week.

“The Novak family from Chicago is a prime example of this very thing,” shared Meghan. “When their son Ryan suffered a severe injury leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, doctors said he would never be able to walk again. But after speaking to his mom, Karri, it was clear that it was through Ryan’s strength of spirit, and with the unwavering support of his parents, that he was able to prove all of those doctors wrong.”

Meghan continued: “Not only has Ryan competed in sailing, swimming and athletics this week, but when Harry and I saw him at the finish line of the sailing competition, he literally jumped into our boat — with dexterity and ease, by the way — to give both of us a hug.”

“Seeing Ryan’s mom on the water that day, waving a flag to cheer him on was a moment I will never forget,” Meghan said.

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Earlier in the day, to attend the wheelchair basketball final, Meghan wore a maroon top by Australian brand Scanlan Theodore and black pants as Harry wore a black Invictus Games polo shirt.

The couple was greeted with roaring applause and seated with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Minister Christopher Pyne.

Later, the couple presented gold medals to Team USA as they congratulated each player on their victory.


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The TV personality, who remarried Keven Undergaro on Saturday after initially saying “I do” in an impromptu New Year’s Eve ceremony last year, paid tribute to her parents Constantine and Litsa on Instagram.

On Tuesday, Menounos, 40, posted a sentimental black-and-white snapshot with her dad at the wedding. In the picture, the father-daughter duo have their arms wrapped around one another as Menounos shows off her billowing Celia Kritharioti gown.

“Love my dad so much,” she captioned the post. “This was a dream for him. He was born and raised in Akovos. Though he’s the proudest American you will find, he is also equally proud of his roots.”

“Growing up we saved all the spare change we found on the nightclub floors we cleaned in Boston to save up and visit Greece,” Menounos continued. “It meant so much to him for us to be connected to our heritage, to know the language and the traditions. Both my parents wanted that. It took years but finally we visited in 1988 when I was 10. I loved it. We spent almost a month in Akovos and it always held a special place in my heart. Returning to get married there was my wildest dream come true. All of our friends and family helped make it truly the most special moment of all our lives.”

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Menounos also revealed that her father had health problems right before the wedding: “My poor dad got so sick a week before the wedding and we almost lost him. Luckily my friends and family helped him get better all while keeping me in the dark. This is why I feel so blessed.”

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With her wedding hashtag #mariaandkevensbigfatgreekwedding, she concluded, “To have my parents at my wedding I know wasn’t easy between dad’s diabetes and mom’s cancer. I know many who weren’t as lucky and I will never take that for granted.”

Menounos has shared all the details of her gorgeous nuptials on Instagram, which included a multi-layer cake, cheerful lemon centerpieces, yellow plants, yellow-hued drinks and pastries and almost 1,500 decorative lemons.

She also gave her fans peeks at her impressive arrival at the church — she rode in on a carriage surrounded by a swarm of people — and the celebration that followed the vows.


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Before the wedding, she took a moment to reflect.

“I’ve been planning this for maybe a month but really been planning this for a long time in my heart because I always wanted to return to Greece and do our wedding here,” she said on Instagram. “Greece means so much to us and our village and our roots and I’m so beyond thankful to all of our friends who put this together.”


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Watch the Emotional Moment Colorblind Brothers See Vivid Colors for the First Time Thanks to Special Glasses

Two brothers who were born colorblind are now able to see the beautiful colors around them thanks to customized glasses.

In The Upbeat, a new video series from PEOPLE, presented by Citi, brothers Jimmy and Jace Papenhausen, from El Cajon, California, are given EnChroma glasses by their parents. The special glasses transport them to a whole new world of color.

In the emotional video, the brothers are taken outside before they put on the glasses for the first time, and when Jimmy puts them on, he immediately places his hands over his face and begins to cry as he looks at a brightly-colored towel and balloons.

“Close your eyes and then open them,” their mother is heard saying. “What do you see? Tell us!”

Jimmy then embraces Jace and hands him the glasses. When Jace puts them on, he is overcome by the revelation.

“It’s so bright,” he says as Jimmy holds him. “It’s so different!”

Most people with colorblindness are able to see the world around them as clearly as others, but they aren’t able to perceive red, green or blue light. Color blindness affects approximately 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women in the world, according to colourblindawareness.org.


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Kim Zolciak-Biermann Pens Emotional Note as ‘Sensitive & Shy’ Son Kash Starts Kindergarten: ‘I Lost It’

 

Kim Zolciak-Biermann is having an emotional start to the week.

The Don’t Be Tardy star — who is mom to Brielle, 20, Ariana, 15, KJ, 6, Kash, 4, and twins Kaia and Kane, 3 — took to Instagram on Monday to share an emotional post as Kash started kindergarten.

“1st day of Kindergarten,” she captioned a photo of herself with Kash, KJ and husband Kroy Biermann, 31. “@kashbiermann did great getting out of the car…and as soon as he did I LOST it. My hubby and @arianabiermann were so sweet talking me down!”

“Kj started 1st grade Thursday of last week (and I’m surprised he isn’t president of his school yet) lol but my nugget Kash is a bit more sensitive and shy,” she added. “There is something about boys that just gets me. THANK YOU for all of your sweet comments through all my tears last night I didn’t feel as crazy knowing so many of you are going through the same. Love all of you. Have a fantastic day and I’ll let you know if I hop in my car and go pick him up.”

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It’s been an eventful few months for the Bravo star’s son: This past spring, Zolciak-Biermann, 39, who will be returning as a cast member on the Real Housewives of Atlanta, had to take Kash to the hospital after he was bitten by a dog.

“I don’t know where to start,” she shared on Instagram at the time. “The last 14hrs of our lives has been a living nightmare. My sweet @kashbiermann was bit by a dog and had very traumatic injuries. I’ve never prayed so hard, or been so scared in my life.”

In the months since the incident, Kash has recovered from his injuries.

“He’s doing great,” Zolciak-Biermann told Andy Cohen in early May. “He actually has perfect vision in both eyes, which is all we care about. The rest we can fix!”

Though the ordeal wasn’t easy for the family, Zolciak-Biermann says she’s learned many valuable lessons as a result.

“Kash has taught me so much these last 3 weeks,” she reflected on Instagram after the incident. “Who would have thought a 4 year old could teach a 38 (almost 39 on Friday) year old so much?”


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Amber Rose Says She and Rapper 21 Savage Are ‘Perfect for Each Other’ — Read Her Emotional Note

Amber Rose has a new man in her life.

The model took to Instagram early Monday morning to share a candid, emotional note about rapper 21 Savage, whom she’s been spotted spending time with in recent weeks.

“It’s pretty amazing waking up every morning feeling love like this,” she captioned a photo of the two in bed. “I’ve cried endlessly and been hurt a lot in my life, I’ve been abused, talked to like I wasn’t s—, been gaslighted and Slut shamed by men that I once loved and cared about. So I’m so thankful that God brought this amazing person in my life who genuinely has my back and is ready to ‘pull up’ to defend my honor by any means.”

“Maybe he’s just as broken as me and that’s why we’re perfect for each other,” she added. “But either way he’s not going anywhere and neither am I.”

Rose also shared a video of the two kissing and cuddling in the mirror.

“When he loves spoiling you but you got ur own money so you spoil him instead,” she wrote. “Ain’t nothin like that #thuglove.”

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Over the weekend, Rose took to Instagram to share a clip from 21 Savage’s recent radio interview with The Real After Party on Real 92.3.

“She’s beautiful, right?” he said. “We’ve just been kicking it, man. She’s a real cool woman. She treats me like a king, so it is what it is. And no disrespect will be tolerated, at all. Keep your mouth closed, no hoes, no bitches, no nothing, ’cause I’m pulling up.”

When asked about the age difference between the two — Rose is 33 and Savage is 24 — the rapper said he was only younger “in age, not mentally.”

But that being said, he’s still learning a few things from her.

“She makes me do s— that I don’t normally do,” he explained. “Like take vitamins and drink water.”

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The Duggar sisters’ breach-of-privacy suit has taken an even stranger turn now that Josh Duggar ― who admitted to molesting some of his sisters as a teen ― is seeking to join those same siblings in legal action over his molestation scandal. 

Last month, Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy Duggar filed a federal lawsuit seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages against In Touch magazine and Arkansas law enforcement over police documents released to the tabloid through a Freedom of Information Act request in 2015. 

On Friday, Josh filed a motion asking to join the case, claiming that he has “suffered severe emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation and economic harm both to his personal and professional reputations” as result of In Touch’s bombshell report that alleged he molested underage girls.

In their original lawsuit, the four Duggar sisters claim they were “revictimized” by the release of the documents that contained “cosmetic redactions,” which allowed them to be identified as their brother’s victims.

Their lawsuit hinges on the assertion that, according to Arkansas law, information collected involving minors is not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. The sisters claim that when they spoke to investigators as minors in 2006, they were told their statements would not be made public. Josh makes the same claims in his motion to intervene and cites the same law.

The City of Springdale, which the sisters are also suing, previously dismissed the allegations in the lawsuit as “without merit” and “false” in a statement to the press. In Touch has yet to respond to the lawsuit, but it’s important to recognize that Josh’s name was, in fact, redacted from the police report ― as required by law. In Touch even noted in the story

“(Note: Josh’s name is redacted from the police report but In Touch has confirmed the passages that refer to him.)” 

Similarly, the police report appears to comply with state law by redacting the names of Josh’s victims. In Touch did not identify the victims by name in its reports, and it was Jessa and Jill who identified themselves as two of Josh’s five underage victims when they participated in an interview with Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File.” With the filing of their lawsuit, Jinger and Joy confirmed they were victims, as well. The identity of the fifth victim remains unknown. 

The sisters claim that by not redacting their parents’ names, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, In Touch clearly identified the sisters as victims. However, the Duggar parents’ names did not need to be redacted as they were not minors. 

In his motion to join the suit, Josh also states that while his sisters have been “forced to confront traumatic experiences” and had the “most private and painful aspects of their lived [sic] exposed,” they received “sympathy worldwide.”

But, Josh goes on to say that there’s just no sympathy for him ― who’s youngest victim was just 5 years old:

Not so with Movant, however, for which the confidential, highly sensitive, intensely personal and humiliating nature of the information contained in the released reports has subjected him to exposure only in an intensely negative light for actions he engaged in as an indiscrete youth and that will continue to haunt him and cause him financial and emotional injury for the rest of his life.

The fall out from In Touch’s May 2015 report was swift. Josh admitted to molesting underage girls ― who were later confirmed to be his sisters. He subsequently resigned from his job as executive director of Tony Perkins’ conservative and anti-gay group, Family Research Council Action, and TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting.” (Josh was back in the headlines over a cheating scandal involving an Ashley Madison account and claims of sex addiction later on.) 

The idea that an admitted child molester could complain about lack of sympathy is inherently ridiculous and a closer look at Josh’s motion reveals his claims to be completely contradictory.

In one breath, without actually mentioning the assaults, he refers to his abuse of his sisters as “traumatic experiences” and the “most private and painful aspects” of their lives. He then turns around and attempts to brush off repeated acts of sexual abuse as “actions he engaged in as an indiscrete youth.” In fact, the words “molestation” and “sexual assault” do not appear in Josh’s motion at all. There is not even a hint of personal responsibility for his actions in the entire motion. 

Meanwhile, his sisters Jessa and Jill previously said they had “forgiven” Josh, but the language in their lawsuit says otherwise. In the suit, the sisters state they were “sexually assaulted on several occasions by [their] brother, Josh Duggar.” The words “sexual abuse” and “sexual assault” and “molestation” are free flowing throughout the suit. It’s a far cry from how they previously characterized the incidents as “mild, inappropriate touching” when they were interviewed by Kelly. 

Via the police report: [Jim Bob Duggar] said that [Josh] had told him that [he] had been touching [redacted] on the breast and vaginal areas while [they] were sleeping.” Later in the report [Jim Bob] said there was another incident in March 2003. [Jim Bob] said that [Josh] was reading to [redacted] and [she] was sitting on [his] lap, [Josh] had touched [redacted’s] breasts and vaginal area…sometime during this timeframe [Josh] had been standing in the laundry room and [Josh] had put [his] hand under [redacted’s] dress.”

Josh is not represented by the same attorneys as his four sisters and it is unclear how they feel about him seeking to join the suit. HuffPost has reached out to lawyers for the Duggar sisters and will update this post accordingly.  

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Ariana Grande broke down in tears while closing out the One Love Manchester benefit concert Sunday night with a stunning performance of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” 

The singer, who also performed a number of times throughout the show, began the final performance by first singing her song “One Last Time.” All the artists who participated in the show stood onstage with Grande, projecting a strong message of solidarity. 

As she sang, Grande held her mic out to the crowd and they sang along to every word. 

In what may have been the most powerful moment of the show, Grande performed “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” alone onstage. The stunning performance had many in the crowd in tears.

Grande herself was also overcome with emotion, breaking down before finishing the song. The crowd then erupted into cheers and the singer managed to get through the final bit beautifully. 

Proceeds from the One Love Manchester benefit will go toward the victims and families affected by the tragic attack that took place at Manchester Arena last month during one of Grande’s concerts. A bomb was detonated at the arena, killing 22 people, including children, and injuring at least 59 others. 

Following the attack, Grande said she was left feeling “broken.” 

My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones,” Grande later wrote in a statement. “There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better.”

She added, “The only thing we can do now is choose how we let this affect us and how we live our lives from here on out.” 

The benefit concert also took place just one night after terror struck in the U.K. once again. A vehicle plowed into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge, killing seven and injuring 50 more. The benefit seemed to take on an even more powerful meaning following the London attack, with the stars sharing uplifting messages in solidarity with both U.K. cities. 

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33 Emotional LGBT Wedding Photos That Will Leave You Weak In The Knees

June is LGBTQ Pride Month and we’re kicking things off with a big ol’ celebration of love. 

Below, we’ve gathered 33 wedding photos with so much joy, passion and excitement that you may get a little emotional too.  

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James Corden Delivers Emotional Tribute To The ‘Manchester I Know’

James Corden returned to the “Late Late Show” set on Monday evening to deliver a special message in response to the attack in Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert.  

Speaking to the camera on a quiet, empty set, Corden seemed to be on the verge of tears as he acknowledged the victims. 

“It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen, but especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight,” he said.

An Englishman, Corden spoke about many of the good things that came out of Manchester, from its musicians to its sports to its food, and mentioned that it was also the birthplace of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst.

“But when I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there. And I’m telling you, a more tight-knit group of people you will be hard-pressed to find. Strong, proud, caring people with community at its core. And if it was even possible, the spirit of the people of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening.”

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This Emotional Wedding Photo Is Bringing The Internet To Tears

Posed wedding photos can certainly be beautiful, but there’s something to be said for the raw, genuine emotion that’s captured in candid shots. 

On April 30, photographer James Day was taking wedding pictures for a couple named Adrian and Roslyn, who tied the knot in Bowral, Australia. He was setting them up for some posed sunset photos when he was struck with a better idea. 

“Just as the light became amazing, I scrapped everything I knew and I walked up to them and said, ‘Guys, stop posing. Just enjoy your first sunset together as husband and wife,’” he recalled in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.

Day then said to the groom, “I have a question for you, but I want you to tell the answer to Roslyn and not me. Out of the billions of people on the planet, you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with Roslyn. Can you tell her why?”

That’s when Adrian whispered his answer in Roslyn’s ear. Tears began streaming down her face. Day, too, began to cry, even without knowing what Adrian had told her. 

“It wasn’t for me to hear,” Day told HuffPost. “I had him whisper it in her ear because it’s for her ears only. I like that they were able to share that moment privately ― well, until it went viral on the internet.” 

“This is what I love to photograph,” he added. “Not the overly posed interactions.”

After the sentimental shot, the newlyweds and their photographer joined together for a group hug.

“A photographer that I look up to named Jesh De Rox once said to me that to move others you have to first be moved yourself. I think this is proof that he is right,” Day said. 

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Celine Dion Releases Touching Video About Emotional Months Without Her Husband

Celine Dion’s year has been a bittersweet one.

The “Recovering” singer released a retrospective video on Thursday looking back on her tough 2016 and showcasing the strength she’s shown in the face of devastating loss. 

In January, the beloved singer lost her husband, René Angélil, to throat cancer. Just a few days later, Dion’s brother Daniel died after his own battle with cancer. 

As the video shows, the singer put on a brave face for the couple’s three children, later returning to Vegas to put on an emotional show after Angélil’s death about a month later. Throughout the rest of the four-and-a-half minute clip, we see glimpses of Dion traveling around the world, performing, attending fashion and award shows and somehow finding the time to release her 26th studio album. 

“My voice does not resonate without you,” the singer said, ending the video with a touching note to her fans. “You have made my childhood dream come true. I hope I have inspired you to reach out for yours.”

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The Emotional Toll of a Cutthroat Work Environment

A recent article in the New York Times revealed the bruising workplace environment at Amazon. The gist? Amazon employees are encouraged to poke holes in one another’s ideas, give secret feedback about coworkers and work incredibly late hours (emails after midnight, anyone?). The takeaway was that Amazon pushes its employees beyond their limits.

But Amazon is not alone in this approach. As a New York City psychotherapist and former attorney, I understand when my patients complain of grueling hours, cutthroat competition, and the sacrifice of personal and family time. Today’s competitive corporate culture forces many people to confront a real-life conflict between personal and professional goals, productivity versus pleasure. Whether you work at Amazon or elsewhere, a demanding workplace environment can take a serious toll on your physical and emotional health if you are unprepared for the risks and tradeoffs. While professional success is a most worthy achievement, it should not come at the cost of your physical or emotional health.

Work-life balance is familiar term, but what exactly does it mean? It means being conscious of the choices and tradeoffs you are willing to make to get ahead. It means knowing what is important to you and what you are willing to sacrifice for added money or prestige. It means acknowledging your particular strengths and weaknesses and not trying to fit into a workplace culture that doesn’t suit your disposition. It means balancing what you have to do to earn incremental income with the personal cost. It also means making work bearable, and acknowledging when workplace stress is negatively impacting your life.

Maintaining a work-life balance takes intention and planning, but it is possible for every one of us when we set it as a priority. Even the most hard-driving people make decisions about where they draw the line. Here are a few things to think about when you are faced with work-life conflicts:

Don’t let inertia set in. If you feel stressed in a way that is affecting your mood, keeping you up at night, or causing conflict in your marriage or with other family members, then it is time to do something about it. Focus first on your relationships at work- with a boss, colleague or even an assistant — to better understand if there is underlying tension. Strained work relationships can undermine self-esteem and impede productivity, but they also increase tension at home, causing conflicts with a spouse or children. If you notice work relationships are a frequent source of conflict it’s time to address them before the problem gets worse.

Re-set priorities at different stages of life. Tradeoffs change at different stages of life, so at each major life event — marriage, children, elderly parents, illness, death of a loved one, or any traumatic event — take a pause. Ask yourself if more money or added prestige is worth missing important life events, like a Little League game or time with an aging parent? Think in terms of short- and long-range goals and responsibilities. What do you want or need to achieve today? Where do you want to be 5 years from now? Think of each decision as a tradeoff between present and future goals and personal and professional commitments.

Talk to someone. It’s vital to remember that the simple act of talking to someone can bring relief and improvement in your lifestyle and mental health. People often seek counsel because they experience symptoms of distress, but are unsure of the cause. Marital problems may be caused by work conflict and vice versa. By talking it through will you gain insight into the source of the conflict. Find someone you trust — a mentor, a counselor, friend or family member. Seek support if you feel that something is off.

Be realistic about how you manage stress. Not everyone is the same when it comes to their ability to tolerate stressful events and a demanding work environment. Some people thrive on the competition and pressure, but it’s not for everyone. Don’t feel the pressure to conform to someone else’s way of working unless you are prepared. As Socrates said: “Know thyself.”

Examine what success really means to you. Does success mean a large bank account, the acquisition of skill or expertise or being of service to others? Make sure you define success for yourself. You don’t want to look back on the sacrifices you made and ask: “Is that all there is?” Make sure that your definition of success is your own.

The bottom line? A cutthroat and bruising workplace environment is not for everyone. Know yourself. Don’t feel pressure to conform. Define what success means to you. Take a step back and evaluate your priorities. Don’t be afraid to draw a line in the sand. And whatever you do, don’t be too hard on yourself.

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Disney, Brain Science and Understanding Emotional Intelligence

I never thought seeing a kid’s movie would become the inspiration for a new blog on emotional intelligence. Seeing Inside Out, the new movie from Disney/Pixar got me thinking about how we think.

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Almost the entire animated movie takes place inside the brain of a young girl named Riley. We watch her grow up from a small baby to age eleven through the eyes of five characters named Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust who are situated INSIDE her brain, hence the title Inside Out. (Interestingly, and with no explanation, the characters Anger and Fear are male, while Joy, Sadness and Disgust are female.) Through the first act of the movie, Joy is running the show. But something happens when Riley turns eleven that lets the other characters take over the controls of her life for a while. It’s kind of like when one of the lesser characters on Star Trek takes over the controls of the Starship Enterprise and everything seems to just run amuck.

This film combines elements of brain science, emotional intelligence and science fiction. It focuses on the work of former UC Berkeley Professor, Paul Ekman who spent almost his entire career studying facial expressions. Ekman was a pioneer in studying the emotional life of the brain. Long before University of Wisconsin researcher Richard Davidson came along and started using an MRI machine to map emotional regions of the brain, Ekman was studying these emotions on people’s faces.

In Ekman’s day there were no instruments to peer inside the brain, so, in order to study emotions, he had to work with facial expressions. Just like psychologists Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck who co-created Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and even BF Skinner who raised the study of Behaviorism to new heights, this was the era where the mind was literally considered a black box. You could look at what went IN the black box and you could observe what came OUT (like Pavlov’s Dog: ringing a bell would be an input and seeing him salivate would be an output) but you could never presume to KNOW what actually went on INSIDE the black box.

By studying facial expressions, Ekman got as close as anyone ever could to scientifically studying the emotional life of the brain in that era. A good video that describes his work can be found on YouTube. He went around the world, as far as Papua New Guinea, to see if there were emotions on people’s faces that the whole world recognized. He cataloged six universal emotions including one that Disney chose not feature inside Riley’s brain: surprise. According to Roger Dooley’s article in Forbes, it was eliminated because the emotion was too close to fear.

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In his research, Ekman determined that we all have the capability to recognize emotions in a fleeting glance. The funny thing is, you might not even consciously KNOW when you see fleeting emotions which he called micro-expressions, but your unconscious mind reads them and makes adjustments in your behavior, sometimes without you even realizing it. I’ve noticed this happens, for example, when I start to mention something political with someone I don’t know that well. Now that I know about micro-expressions, I often read something on the other person’s face – quite quickly – that basically tells to me “don’t go there,” and I’ll immediately change the subject. Ekman has even used these micro-expressions as a sort of a lie detector test. The Transportation Security Administration is testing Ekman’s theories to assist in screening airline passengers thought to be suspicious, according to this article in Fast Company.

I first learned about Paul Ekman and micro-expressions when I did a series of films on emotional intelligence with Dan Goleman. During the production of the film, we videotaped the six emotions on the faces of a variety of actors. Good actors, by the way, are the only ones who can fool the lie-detectors because they create the emotions inside themselves, first, and the face simply reveals – on the outside – what’s going on inside their bodies! You can preview the whole video at this link, and you’ll observe that even in an extreme close up of JUST the actor’s eyes, you can still read their emotions perfectly in less than half a second.

In an interview with Goleman on a CD entitled Knowing Our Emotions Improving Our World, Ekman talks about spending several days with the Dalai Lama, and studying his emotions through his facial expressions. “I never met a person as authentic as the Dalai Lama. The person you see on the outside is the exact same person you get to know on the inside.” He referred to this phenomenon as “transparency”. Ekman also says, “I believe I can tell when I meet a person who has a long-term meditation practice simply by their demeanor.” This remark leads to a whole different discussion about how meditation changes the brain which we will cover in an upcoming blog.

I attended the American Journal of Health Promotion conference in the early spring and remember meeting a young woman there who just started working in the wellness field. I was telling her about Ekman, who she had never heard of. I confidently said, “Well, now that I’ve told you about him, you’ll probably hear his name mentioned several times in the next few days”. In the very next keynote presentation, the speaker was Dr. Barbara Frederickson, the University of North Carolina researcher who studies happiness and positivity. She’s the one who famously says we need three positives for every one negative in order to be happy. In her keynote she mentioned how much her work was influenced by Ekman’s.

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The next day I was listening to the radio and Disney announced that one of the advisors on its new, upcoming PIXAR film, was none other than Paul Ekman. I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to see the film. Now that I’ve finally seen it, I must say, there were many, many clever concepts in INSIDE OUT, like the “train of thought” which is actually a fantasy train with odd station stops, running continuously (while she is awake) inside Riley’s mind. There was the dangerous area in her prefrontal cortex where abstract thought takes place, where Joy and Sadness start to morph into Picasso-inspired looking characters and almost disappear into lines and shapes.

Even the way short term memory is consolidated into long term memory when Riley sleeps is quite accurate and cleverly done. Another brilliant idea is the way the movie depicts the brain science involved in creating Riley’s dreams. Every night, a Hollywood Studio comes to life inside her brain when she starts to dream. We literally get a back stage look at what’s involved in the “production” of dreams. Hollywood studios are often called: “dream factories” and in this movie it actually happens.

There’s a quirky pink elephant and a couple of rambunctious janitors who work and/or wander through the long term memory vaults of Riley’s brain. The elephant is one of Riley’s early childhood imaginary friends who is fading fast as she heads towards puberty. The two janitors vacuum up old outdated memories (like the Pink elephant) from the memory bank and occasionally play tricks on Riley, like repeating an old song from a bubble gum commercial that she can’t get out of her head.

The best moments of the film come when we see that everyone has these same five emotional characters running their brains. How they act differently in every person’s brain (like her parents) and exactly which character seems to be running the show, is fun to watch and interesting to see. I can’t say that I liked this film as much as the early Pixar films like Toy Story and A Bug’s Life, and more recently, UP, but from a brain science and an emotional intelligence perspective, it was a tour de force, particularly at the end when we see the important role that SADNESS plays in creating the WHOLE person that we truly are.

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Emotional Groom Loses It When He Sees His Bride Coming Down The Aisle

When groom Conner Courtney saw his bride Hannah make her way down the aisle, he was overcome with an intense rush of emotion, breaking down in tears.

The groom’s mom Kara recorded the powerful moment from the couple’s wedding earlier this month, and uploaded it to Facebook where it has been viewed more than 1.8 million times at the time of publication.

“I had to turn my back and breathe or I was going to lose it once the music started,” Conner told The Huffington Post. “I told Hannah’s brother [who was officiating the wedding] to tell me when she was there so I could turn around. The moment I saw her was like seeing my entire life right in front of me.”

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“I’m usually good with handling my emotions, but after seeing her and her smile, it was tears of pure happiness and a radiance of love,” the groom said. “I wanted to express that to her, and that’s how it came out.”

Conner and Hannah — who first met at the gym in 2013 — tied the knot at the bride’s uncle’s home in Arcadia, Oklahoma on June 13 in a rustic-style celebration. Hannah told HuffPost that she “figured [she] would get a few tears out of Conner” at the ceremony, but was still taken aback by his passionate reaction.

“All I could do was smile the biggest smile and cry the happiest tears,” she said. “The look on Conner’s face made my heart feel like it was going to burst because I felt so full of love. But when I look back at that day now, I really am not surprised by his reaction because he shows me that much love every day.”

Watch the video above. Fast-forward to the 1:00 mark to see the big moment.

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24 Emotional Dads At Weddings Who Wore Their Hearts On Their Sleeves

For a dad, the day his daughter or son gets married can be a roller coaster of emotions, filled with joy and happy tears — and a couple of bittersweet ones too.

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we rounded up photos that capture those very sentiments. Below are 24 father-of-the-bride and father-of-the-groom wedding moments that couldn’t be more touching.

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Joan Lunden Opens Up About Her ‘Emotional Breakdown’ After Cancer Treatment

It’s been one year since veteran TV host Joan Lunden heard the words that completely changed her life: “You have cancer.” Since then, she’s appeared in all her beautiful, bald glory on the cover of People magazine, tested negative for any remaining cancer and launched ALIVE, an online TV network where women openly discuss their own battles with the disease.

But the picture isn’t completely rosy. On Wednesday, Lunden spoke with HuffPost Live’s Nancy Redd and fellow breast cancer survivor Anne Marie Giannino-Otis about the often-underestimated challenges of recovery after cancer treatment.

“There are all these things that nobody tells you about. Everybody is focused on losing your hair. Okay, that happens, but your hair actually grows back. … [But] there are a lot of other things that live on after, and certainly one of the biggest ones is the fear of recurrence,” Lunden said.

When Giannino-Otis noted that many women see their treatment as a “security blanket” and often confront new fear when it’s over, Lunden admitted that the most challenging part of her cancer battle has been the time since she ended treatment.

“I can tell you that I had a total emotional breakdown, and to me, the time since the treatment has been far harder,” Lunden said. “There’s a separation anxiety element to [ending treatment], but mainly it’s just … kind of like, ‘Okay, go now, and have a nice life and hope it’s all okay.’ And it’s really hard after that. I mean, I will tell you the most emotionally difficult time for me has been since my last day of treatment.”

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Groom Makes Wedding Vows To 3-Year-Old Stepdaughter In Emotional Video

On his wedding day last January, NASCAR driver Brian Scott recited vows to not one, but two of the important ladies in his life: his bride Whitney Kay and her then-3-year-old daughter Brielle.

The couple tied the knot on a snowy day in McCall, Idaho. At one point during the ceremony, Scott bent down so he could be eye-to-eye with Brielle and made a heartfelt promise to love and care for her, no matter what.

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“I promise to always hold your hand and skip with you down the street and bring comfort to your life,” he said. “I vow to make you say your prayers before you eat. I promise to read you stories at night and to always tuck you in real tight. I vow to show you how a man should treat a woman in my relationship with your mother. And above all else, I vow to protect you, care for you and love you forever.”

The emotional video — shot by wedding videographer PenWeddings — was posted to YouTube last year, but recently resurfaced and went viral with more than 350,000 views at the time of publication. HuffPost Weddings caught up with Scott on Wednesday and reminisced about that snowy day last year, which he called “emotional and surreal.”

“I always felt like my vows to my wife Whitney would maybe affect me more and I would get more choked up during those, making those promises to her,” he told The Huffington Post. “But I misread that one. It was really when I was reading my vows to Brielle that I got the most choked up. It really all just hits home in that moment — you’re there and dressed up and all the people around. You’re living in the moment. It affects you more than when you write it or plan for it or practice it. You get engulfed by it.”

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The Scotts, who live in Charlotte, North Carolina, first met through mutual friends in 2011. In November 2014, they welcomed a baby boy named Joseph. So far, Scott says he’s really enjoying fatherhood.

“Just being there for [the kids] and enjoying family moments together and playing with them and hearing them laugh and seeing them smile — all of those things are so much better than any of the negative aspects people like to bring up about having kids. It’s not baggage — it’s great addition [to my life].”

I hope one day he knows this feeling…

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The Feeling To Ignore When You’re On An Emotional Roller Coaster (VIDEO)

When we’re feeling stressed, it’s easy to spin out of control and let our emotions take over. Is it your ego talking? Is it fear? Progressive pastor and spiritual thinker Rob Bell, star of the new series “The Rob Bell Show,” explains which feelings to trust — and which to ignore — when you’re on an emotional roller coaster ride.

“One of the most helpful things is to get it outside of you,” Bell tells #OWNSHOW. Ask yourself: What of this is real and what of this is fear over things that may never happen?

Many times, Bell says, we have anxiety over an event that may never transpire. The present, he explains, is what you should put your trust in. “What are the few things that are actually relevant for this moment?” he says.

For example, let’s say you’re feeling incredibly stressed about an upcoming event. “Can I do anything about that?” Bell says to ask yourself. “No, because it’s next Thursday. OK, then I don’t have any space to stress about it.”

If you’re finding it difficult to focus on the present, Bell says the key is to take a moment to step back. “Part of it is just seeing it,” he says. “And almost being an observer — learning to be an observer of your own emotions.”

More from Rob Bell: How to start the healing after you’ve been betrayed.

“The Rob Bell Show” premieres Sunday, December 21 at 7 p.m. ET on OWN.

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Azealia Banks’ Emotional Explanation For Her Problem With Iggy Azalea

During an emotional 47-minute interview with Hot 97, Azealia Banks explained her much-publicized problems with Iggy Azalea and the music industry in general with regard to how it treats black recording artists.

“I feel, just like in this country, whenever it comes to our things, like black issues or black politics or black music or whatever, there’s always this undercurrent of kind of like a, ‘Fuck you,'” Banks told Ebro in the Morning hosts Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg. “There’s always like a, ‘Fuck y’all, niggas. Y’all don’t really own shit. Y’all don’t have shit.'”

Banks referenced Macklemore winning Best Rap Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards as an example, before taking on Azalea.

“That Iggy Azalea shit isn’t better than any fucking black girl that’s rapping today, you know?” Banks said. “When they give those awards out — because the Grammys are supposed to be accolades of artistic excellence, you know what I mean? Iggy Azalea is not excellent. […] When they give these Grammys out, all it says to white kids is: ‘Oh yeah, you’re great, you’re amazing, you can do whatever you put your mind to.’ And it says to black kids: ‘You don’t have shit. You don’t own shit, not even the shit you created for yourself,’ and it makes me upset.”

Banks, who called Azalea’s attempts to appropriate Nicki Minaj’s success over the past two years a “cultural smudging” (Banks cited how Azalea released a reissue album called “Reclassified,” which was similar in title to Minaj’s album, “Roman Reloaded”), later explained why this is all so important to her.

“Everybody knows that the basis of modern capitalism is slave labor. The selling and trading of these slaves. There are fucking huge corporations that are caking off that slave money and shit like that. So until y’all motherfuckers are ready to talk about what you owe me,” she said while breaking down in tears. “At the very fucking least, you owe me the right to my fucking identity. And to not exploit that shit. That’s all we’re holding on to with hip-hop and rap.”

In response to Banks’ interview, Azalea blasted the rapper on Twitter for being “poisonous,” “miserable” and a “bigot.” (Banks has been criticized in the past for her use of the slur “faggot.”)

Banks perhaps knew she was going to get backlash for her words. “In general, whenever I have to say anything about anything, then it’s like, ‘Oh, here goes this crazy black bitch,'” she said. Watch Banks’ full interview — where she also discusses her issues with T.I. — with Hot 97 below.


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15 Emotional Stages of a Black Friday Shopping Trip

You’ve got your list in your hand and you’re in a crowd of eager shoppers, armed with coffee and the holiday spirit. For you, Thanksgiving week is but a blip on your long, well-scheduled hunt for the best Christmas presents ever.

Black Friday in particular can be an emotional roller-coaster ride, from when you wake up until you’re happily wrapping gifts at home. In the spirit of making holiday shopping merrier, we’re partnered with Sears to take you through the emotional stages of a Black Friday shopping trip.

1. Am I Still Asleep? I Think I’m Still Asleep.

What’s going on? Why is it dark out? Where am I? A pumpkin pie-and-tryptophan hangover coupled with a 4 a.m. wake-up call can do a number on the psyche. You gaze at your pillow longingly … lovingly. But this is no time for weakness! Pull yourself out of bed, make a beeline for the coffee maker, and make haste. To the mall!

2. I’ve Got A Plan, And I’m Sticking To It

Just like Santa Claus, you’ve prepared your list and checked it twice. You have your plan, and it’s rock solid. You know exactly what you’re going to get, how much you’re going to spend, and you’ve even mapped out stores for the fastest routes. This is how it’s going to work: You’re going to get in and get out, and then have the Best. Nap. Ever.

3. I Am … Mildly Frustrated
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You’ve arrived at the mall and it’s so packed with minivans that you must drive into a parallel universe to find a parking space. You keep your cool and welcome the opportunity for a brisk march toward our reality, the reality that is Black Friday.

4. Christmas Is In The Air, Christmas is Everywheeeeeere!

You finally get into the mall and you remember what this is all about. Christmas carols. Ornaments. The smell of evergreen pine needles. PRESENTS! You are feeling so holly-jolly.

5. Jackpot.

That too-expensive, vanilla goodness perfume that your mom desperately deserves is marked as 60 percent off. And, bonus, it comes with a new car! a complimentary tote bag. Oh, snap! Double-gift! Cross Mom off that list.

6. Oooh, Shiny Things…

A “SALE!” sign is winking at you from your favorite clothing boutique. Would it be crazy to take two minutes from your carefully planned itinerary to check out the racks? Isn’t Christmas about giving back to yourself, too? Besides, It’s getting cold, so it’s not unreasonable to say that you need that scarf-and-mitten set…

7. I’ve Totally Got This.

Ugh, this line. The upside? Extra time to regroup. While you wait, you consult a map to draw an even more efficient route, and you use your phone to reserve your sister’s present to shave off some time. You could teach a master’s course in multitasking.

8. I Swear I Wrote This Down…

How quickly everything crumbles. Your little brother — did he want the home jersey or the away jersey? was it the team’s quarterback or running back? is this guy even on the team anymore? There are far more options than you ever imagined. You look around frantically. Which one are all the other customers buying? Did he want the most popular one? Or is he more the “root for the underdog” type? You stand in front of the racks, paralyzed with indecision.

9. ::stomach grumbles::

You desperately need nourishment, but when you get to the food court, every line is spiraling around the corner. The tantalizing smell of pretzels, Thai food and pizza makes you faint with anticipation.

10. Aww, Babies! Kids! Christmas!

When you’re getting gifts for your little nieces and nephews, you seek solace in the piles of stuffed animals. You hug each giraffe, teddy bear and piglet to see which is the cuddliest. You feel that this is very important. Next thing you know, you’re stumbling into the picture-book section and get totally sidetracked flipping through the page of illustrations. Do they have chairs here?

11. Ohhhhhhh. No.

How could this have happened with your perfectly laid plans, all of your lists, and your map? You forgot that you pulled Great Aunt Louise in the Secret Santa and that you need something under $ 25 for the office Yankee swap.

12. I Deserve A Pat On The Back

You see across the way that soaps, candles, and hand lotions are BOGO (buy one, get one free for the uninitiated), and they come wrapped in pretty Christmas bows. Two birds, one store; you’ve settled both the office party and Great Aunt Louise. You nailed it. You are Black Friday royalty, so just give yourself the crown now.

13. Praise To The Mall Gods!
You’re sweating, shopping bags are making indents on your hands, arms and shoulders, but you spy a “gift wrapping station” sign. Praise the gods of the mall. They take everything off your hands, and with a little donation, they’ll even carry everything to the car, wrapped up all nice. Whatever did you do to deserve this?

14. Do You Mind If I Just … Lie Down Here?

Do you think if you tipped a little extra, the gift-wrapping attendant would also carry you to the car? It’s just a question.

15. I Am Content And Life Is Complete.

You made it to the car in one piece. The gifts are all wrapped and carefully stacked on your backseat. Just as you turn on the car, a radio station is playing, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and you sigh a breath of relief. “You know what?” you say aloud. “I will.”

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What Is Emotional Health?

Just a few days ago somebody asked me what I actually meant when I used the term emotional health. Now I found this really interesting because this was someone that I would have considered to be pretty emotionally aware, tuned into both their own feelings as well as the feelings of others and emotionally sensitive and very empathic. From this conversation, I realized that there isn’t really much of a common language or a vocabulary that defines emotional health or talks about it in a way that is widely understood.

We use the term mental health and of course we talk about physical health, but we very rarely talk about emotional health. And yet our emotions are absolutely integral to the way in which we relate and engage with our world.

When we talk about mental health issues, we are not just talking about the way that we think. We are talking about the way that we feel, and the way that our feelings affect us. And I think it’s fair to say that we all know that if we are feeling emotionally stressed or emotionally vulnerable or unstable that this will have a massive impact on our physical health as well. To have a healthy mind we need to be in a healthy emotional state, we need to be feeling alright, and this in turn affects our physical health and well-being as well. So both our mental health and our physical health are actually reliant upon our emotional well-being. They are underpinned by our emotional health.

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When we talk about being mindful and teach people about mindfulness, what we are actually trying to do is to enable them to train their mind to be more reflective and more aware of what’s going on, both in and around them and to develop their ability to listen to both themselves as well as to others. And it’s our emotions, our feelings, that are informing this process.

I have met many people who are in a state of emotional crisis and the one common denominator that I find, regardless of individual circumstances, is that every single person is struggling to relate to what they are feeling and to understand their emotional experiences. Even when their feelings are completely appropriate and a natural response to the kind of things that are taking place in their world at that time, they feel emotionally overwhelmed and don’t know how to handle this or how to cope. They lack an understanding of the way that they feel and they have no emotional language and no emotional vocabulary that will enable them to relate, understand and engage with what’s actually going on for them.

Our emotions are always live, they’re always online, all of the time, and the way that we feel is actually continually informing us. Our emotions and our emotional experiences are a kind of navigational system. We have a continual emotional interaction with whatever is going on around us as well as an emotional response to this. But if we have no emotional language and we haven’t learned to relate to our experiences or listen to what we are feeling, then we won’t know how to interpret this information. We’ll be lacking a vital skill that will enable us to navigate our lives and our life experiences successfully and with relative ease.

Our emotions also fuel our actions. Sometimes people get into very deep water because they find themselves being very emotionally reactive. They react without thinking as if they lack a kind of internal pause button. Our emotions generate a huge amount of energy and this kind of reactive living is always highly emotionally charged. When we are able to take action that’s reflective, thoughtful and based in choice rather than generating emotionally charged re-actions life tends to run much more smoothly. Again when we talk about being mindful what we are trying to do is to enable our mind to take charge and channel this emotional energy. We want our mind to consciously take charge of our actions.

In our adult lives, the relationship between our mind and our emotions is the most influential relationship that we will ever have. The health of any relationship will be reliant upon a good level of communication and this actually includes the relationship that we have with ourselves and the way that we relate with our emotions.

To be able to live a full and emotionally rich life we need a strong healthy relationship with our emotional experiences and to do this we will need to develop an emotional language, a fluent emotional vocabulary that will enable a strong healthy level of active communication with ourselves.

Language is descriptive and it creates a link between experience and thought. It helps us to define something, make sense of it and to hold it in our mind. It enables us to gain a greater understanding or a greater comprehension of something. Having an emotional language and an emotional vocabulary is a valuable life skill that we need to have in our toolkit. It creates the link between our emotions and our mind and is crucial to our emotional health and well-being.

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Emotional health isn’t about being happy all of the time. Our emotional health is defined by our ability to understand and be responsive to our emotional experiences, to be able to feel the full range of our emotions and be at ease with this. Happiness doesn’t come from blocking out our more uncomfortable feelings. It comes from listening to our feelings and attending to them responsively and this enables us to be resilient and to be okay regardless of what’s going on in our world.

To be emotionally healthy we need to be able to relate to the way that we feel and have the full range of our emotional experiences, knowing that we can be confidently vulnerable, at ease with feeling uneasy, and thoughtful and understanding of any of our more challenging emotions.
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‘Dick: The Documentary’ Explores The ‘Physical And Emotional’ Relationship Men Have With Their Penis (NSFW)

Ben Affleck made headlines after announcing that he’d appear fully nude in “Gone Girl,” one of this season’s most hotly-anticipated new movies.

While viewers have so far been divided as to whether or not Affleck’s full-frontal scene lives up to the hype, the actor’s proclamation once again sparked a conversation over why male genitalia continues to be such a taboo, not just in Hollywood but also society at large.

Filmmaker Brian Fender aims to explore this dilemma, as well as others in regard to male sexuality, in “Dick: The Documentary.” For the film, Fender interviewed 63 men, between the ages of 22-82, who stripped nude and revealed themselves “physically and emotionally” through personal stories about their relationship to their penises.

Directed by Fender and produced by Chiemi Karasawa (“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me“), the resulting documentary is billed as “a revealing and candid exploration of an unspoken ‘member’ of modern society,” the penis.

Fender revealed his inspiration for the new movie, and shared his thoughts on why male sexuality, in an interview with The Huffington Post. Check out a clip from the movie above (WARNING: NSFW) and check out what he had to say below.

The Huffington Post: Where were you when you first got the inspiration for the film?
Brian Fender: I was at an independent filmmaker’s conference (IFP) listening to a symposium on innovative ways to raise money for film. I had just finished an accidental documentary film called “XYQ,” which had started out as a video installation in a gallery show about LGBT youth in St. Louis.

I self-produced the two DVD set and now have about 950 copies in a closet in our Upper West Side apartment. So, I was thinking that for a commercially viable film, it had to be about sex. I am gay man, so obviously I was curious how men were affected by their dicks. I certainly have been affected by other men’s dicks.

How do you think finding subjects via Craigslist affected the outcome of the film?
We tried other ways of soliciting people, but Craigslist was the only successful venue. I would have preferred a broader cross section of participants, but what I got was an educated sample of men that thought this was a worthy project and wanted to be a part of it. I only got one creepy guy, who wore a Lone Ranger mask. Even though I met him for coffee to explain my intentions for the film, he still thought I wanted to hook-up.

What was the most surprising thing you learned while making the film?
I found that the men who participated were very thoughtful. I didn’t get any sexist thugs, which I was kind of disappointed about. I assume that men who are more conservative and judge sexual expression beyond the heterosexual paradigm — and would probably call these men, myself included, a pervert — would, I imagine, have less healthy sexual attitudes and feel threatened by the questions this film asks. But as educated as my subjects were, many of them told me that this was the first time they had said these things out loud and that they found it cathartic. I had also wanted to talk about using your dick as a weapon, but I got the feeling from these men that they weren’t sexually aggressive. The one thing that is funny is that there isn’t a glimmer of consensus about the dick. The opinions are as varied as the penises themselves.

Though the phallus rules all, the sight of a penis is still a taboo thing in many respects. Why do you think that is?
The reason why the phallus is so taboo with men is homophobia. If I freely look at another man’s penis, am I gay? What if I get turned on? For women it is the member that can make them a “whore.” If they admit to loving dick and look at dicks freely what does that mean about them? We are all conditioned harshly to not even consider men’s penises except in a humorous context or porn.

The truth is: most people love dick. Most men love their own, most women love them, and gay men are obsessed with them. That’s why I wanted to confront the audience with all of these penises in an innocuous setting. After about five minutes it just becomes a non-threatening appendage and people start making the bodies into faces. I think at some level, a large majority of people in this country think the human body is shameful.

What do you hope viewers take away from the film?
I hope it opens up a dialogue about sexuality in general.

My unrealistic hope is that people will start talking to their kids about sexuality while they are young: letting them know it is a gift that they should cherish and care for and that when they want to act on their sexuality, they should be responsible. But that’s too rational for most religious people, so they will distort their boy’s minds through guilt and shame and create sexually immature men who abuse women and children because they don’t how to express their sexuality appropriately. Sexual abuse is an epidemic; we have to do something different.

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Cases in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders of Children and Youth

Cases in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders of Children and Youth


A supplement for Introduction to Emotional and Behavioral Disorders courses, as well as other Special Education courses. This new casebook offers future special education teachers authentic glimpses into the lives of real children and youth. Each case is taken from the research and personal experiences of the author and selected contributors, and grouped by topic, to emphasize the connections between topics and all aspects of emotional and behavioral disorders. None of the cases is hypothetical; each is populated by children and youth in real events. The author introduces each case and suggests questions for class discussion to further the readers understanding of the concepts presented. This casebook is packaged free with the 8th edition of Characteristics of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders of Children and Youth and is also available as a standalone product.

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Emotional Expression of Self

First things first: What the heck does emotional expression of self mean? It’s pretty simple actually; emotional expression of self is being free with your emotions. It’s understanding what you’re feeling, letting the important people in your life know how you feel, and being open to both physical and emotional intimacy. And wouldn’t you know it, it’s absolutely vital to living a happy, healthy life!

Bottling up our emotions is akin to wearing around a weighted vest. Each time we hold back a strong feeling or emotion, we add weight to that vest. Very quickly the vest becomes a burden, and eventually it will all but immobilize us. Our emotional health is critical to our overall heath. Expressing ourselves openly allows us to be ourselves and promotes an environment where everyone can be comfortable in his or her own skin. In the past we believed that success made people happy, but recently researchers have discovered that it’s the other way around! Happy people are actually more successful! They are more likely to work toward goals, find resources they need and attract others with their energy and optimism.

I’m not suggesting that we should always say everything we think and feel — of course we shouldn’t. This is more about being in touch with our feelings and understanding what exactly it is that we are feeling and why exactly it is that we are feeling it. There is a time and a place to keep our feelings to ourselves, but when it’s something important involving people who are important to us, we need to express ourselves openly. Now, the time, place, and tone of voice are all incredibly important, and I strongly encourage you to choose wisely.

This is exceptionally true in your love life. How can you be completely intimate without a clear line of communication (with yourself and with your partner)? You’d be surprised how often I discover that a couple has a very clear and open stream of communication everywhere but the bedroom. Is there any place that we feel more emotion than in the bedroom? I don’t think so. It can be the single most difficult place to let go and be yourself because it’s where you are most vulnerable, but that’s what makes it so important.

Luckily, there are ways to improve our understanding of our emotions. Here are a few exercises to strengthen our muscles of thinking and feeling:

  • Choose a quiet, relaxing place and remember each part of the previous day. What were you thinking? How did you feel? To express yourself openly and clearly you first need to understand exactly how you’re feeling.
  • Be completely present in something you’re doing, whether it’s for work or fun. Take in all of your surroundings and focus on exactly how you are feeling at each moment in time. There should be a special depth and richness to the experience that you can start to incorporate into the rest of your life.
  • A clear flood journal can also help us be mindful. Write down what you are thinking about eating and why, what you decide to eat, and afterwards, how you felt about the meal. Just a simple exercise like this can keep us from emotional eating!

It’s so important for each and every one of us to be physically and emotionally healthy. Concentrate even a small amount of time on your emotional health and you’ll see an improvement in both. You’ll also be one step closer to having your S.W.E.E.P in check!
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Emotional Healing with Essential Oils

Emotional Healing with Essential Oils


Essential oils are widely used for their physical health benefits, but few have understood the scope of their healing capabilities. In this, the first installment of the series, Daniel Macdonald introduces essential oils as powerful emotional healers. This groundbreaking manual bridges the gap between the physical and emotional aspects of essential oils and creates a user-friendly guide for taking charge of your emotional health. Each oil is written about with profound insight and understanding of its innate properties and gifts, and the result is as poetic as it is practical. This easy to follow reference manual will help you come to know the oils in a new way and more fully appreciate their distinct healing qualities. For long-time oil enthusiasts and beginners alike, Emotional Healing with Essential Oils will inspire you with the genius and beauty of Mother Nature’s finest of gifts. This book is universal in nature and is therefore applicable to any and all quality lines of essential oils. In this book you will find descriptions for 54 singe oils and 20 common blends. Single oil descriptions contained in this book: Angelica, Basil, Bergamot, Birch, Black Pepper, Blue Tansy, Cassia, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Hyssop, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Marjoram, Melaleuca, Melissa, Myrrh, Myrtle, Orange, Oregano, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sage, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Spikenard, Spruce, Tangerine, Thyme, Vetiver, White Fir, Wintergreen, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang Please note: While the names of single oils are the same from one essential oil company to the next, the names of blends are generally not the same. Therefore in this book we have used a generic name for each blend. You may then determine which of your preferred company’s oil blends matches which description in this boo

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Leadership, Emotional Intelligence and Positive Reinforcement

This past month I’ve written a series of columns on leadership, discussing some issues in a very broad sense, and highlighting a number of individuals as well. Leadership, of course, can be defined in a myriad of ways, and for the individual observer it usually comes down to “I know it when I see it.” My favorite definition, which I learned from Professor Marty Linsky at Harvard’s Kennedy School, is “Leadership is disappointing your friends at a pace they can absorb.” We’ve certainly seen that with President Obama’s years in office, but it’s fair to say that it holds just as well for most spheres of human interaction, including parenting children.

Professor Daniel Goleman, author of the immensely popular and influential revision of IQ called Emotional Intelligence, published in 1995, has just written a new book called Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. Partly warning us about over-reliance on all the distracting technologies out there that have created an advanced, multitasking Homo sapiens, the book’s more lasting influence will be encouraging people to take the time, unplugged from the world, to nurture those quiet moments of focus that lead to creativity. He discusses both emotional and cognitive empathy, declaring that empathy can only be exercised through attention and self-awareness. He quotes Herbert Simon, the economist, who said that “a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”

Paying greater attention and developing self-awareness — what in Zen is called “mindfulness” — leads to greater happiness. The connection of awareness to creativity, including Goleman’s belief that positive reinforcement is far more persuasive and conducive to change than repeated diatribes that the sky is always falling, is my topic for this week.

I have a relatively unique take on this as a trans woman, one who was closeted for most of my life. Every moment of self-awareness — and there were many since early childhood — turned into fear-based paralysis. That paralysis caused a chronic depressive state, which drained me of the internal strength I needed to find my courage to break away. There were many reasons I finally found my courage, including time eroding my defenses, the trauma of 9/11, a decade of yoga practice with meditation, and the development of effective techniques of facial surgery that made a successful transition possible. Having embraced my self-awareness, I was able to leap across the chasm of darkness that separates the genders in Western society and emerge into a state of aletheia, or unconcealedness. I could simply be, as the woman I always was.

Part of my transition, which became public 11 years ago, simply entailed the freedom to be myself, the release from decades of wasted energy limited to trying to imagine an unattainable life as both a physical and social woman. After some effort I reached a comfort zone, which, in freeing me from needing to exert huge effort to control and protect, was a huge release and relief. Part of my transition was devoted to my family, particularly my adolescent children. Another part was my search for meaning as a member of society.

I choose to be an activist, channeling some of my early political interests into advocating for those who had less and to whom I owed so much. I found, as Goleman points out, that reaching outside myself, now possible because I wasn’t concealed, afforded me the opportunity to be creative in a way I had never before been. While I had developed some novel surgical techniques during my career, being detached from the emotions associated with those efforts left me vulnerable and empty. Now, living as myself, I found, in spite of the prejudice and bigotry around me, even in some of the places one would least expect it, that I was able to create positive change in creative ways. Most of what was required was simply showing up and being willing to take risks.

Goleman’s other major point is the greater effectiveness of positive reinforcement over fear tactics. We all know how effective the conservative political establishment is in generating resistance to progress based on inculcating fear among the ignorant, particularly with gay and trans issues. Unfortunately, we, the forces for progress, at times play the same game, sending out fundraising missives claiming the end is near. And while we don’t associate those calls with an actual Armageddon, I’ve watched too many progressive organizations resort to those tactics over the years. They don’t work most of the time, but even when they do, they have the effect of blunting emotional growth by creating a numbness that only perpetuates the stalemate and inhibits progress toward full equality.

Louis Pasteur famously said, “Chance favors only the prepared mind.” We need to find our courage as we continue to struggle with our personal challenges, and to offer hope that in the future, in spite of the deluge of smartphone banners and notifications, we can find the space and time to be mindful, pay attention, become more creative, prepare our minds for those moments of serendipity, and maybe even find some happiness.
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‘Sherlock’ Review: ‘The Empty Hearse’ Finds An Emotional Reunion For Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman In Long-Awaited Return

The most highly-awaited show of the year returned, and within one sharp, mind-boggling minute in the company of Sherlock and Co, it was all explained away… apparently.

We had a far-fetched (but possible!) combination of bungee rope, a Sherlock mask over a Moriarty body, a big grateful kiss for enamoured lab assistant Molly… oh, and Derren Brown???? Hang on a minute!

Ah, that’ll be one big nod to the conspiracy theorists everywhere, then. No one listens to their fans like writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, and plays with them a little in return. According to Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock on the roof, there are 13 possible outcomes in total. So looks like we might have to wait for the truth for a bit longer after all…

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Sherlock’s return was greeted with a welcome less warm than he would have perhaps liked

Cut to… Gatiss as weary Mycroft having to tap some numbers into his international speed-dial, brush up his Serbian, engage in some tiresome ‘field work’ to locate his errant little brother, and return him to his Baker Street fold.

And that, expectant viewers, was very much that. Two years’ worth of all our wondering, tucked into a drawer for the time being. Onward…

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Mary (Amanda Abbington) had (almost) replaced Sherlock in Doctor Watson’s affections, but proved crucial to the restoration of their bromance

Into the up-to-date world of Dr Watson (Martin Freeman), complete with fiancee Mary (Freeman’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington) and moustache, moving on with his life, much to the surprise of Mrs Hudson (Una Stubbs) – “So soon after Sherlock?” she asked guilelessly.

But this was a light appetiser for the serious business of his reunion with the much-missed Holmes who, despite his big brain, managed to misjudge such concepts as how grief can turn to resentment when it turns out to be misplaced for two sad, lonely years. Sherlock got a much warmer reception even from DI Lestrade (Rupert Graves), and that was even after Holmes got his name wrong.

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Benedict Cumberbatch was on fine form as the loner detective

Fortunately for fans, it wasn’t too long before Holmes and Watson were reconciled to combat an underground terrorism network operating on the underground network. From then on, it was all torches in dark tunnels, upturned collars and lots and lots of nifty editing as Holmes homed in on quite a bit of a bomb, and Watson continued to prove his peerless Everyman acting stripes, equal parts confusion, good intention, and deep indignation when said bomb turned out to have an off-switch. That Sherlock fella, eh? Such a wag.

Because of all of Watson’s understandable, brooding resentment for much of the 90 minutes, a lot of the real pleasure in this episode in fact came from the jollier exchanges between the Holmes brothers, with both siblings proving that absence makes the heart grow more competitive… who can deduce more accurately? Who can say more more words in one minute? Who can enunciate more c-c-r-r-i-sply? Wonderful stuff from both Cumberbatch and Gatiss.

A challenge to keep up with, a joy to watch – there’s a reason this kind of telly takes two years to make. But oh, how we’ve missed it, and oh, how it was worth the wait.

How DID he do it? Let us know your thoughts below, and what you thought of Sherlock’s big return…

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