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Happiness

2 Words to Avoid When Seeking Happiness

How to lean into joy that’s authentic, self-supporting and real.

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Being neighborly

How to Have the Courage to Love Your Neighbor

It’s not always easy to reach out to someone in need, but when we do, we change the world.

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Authentic positivity

How to Find Optimism and Hope in the Darkest of Places

It’s called “tragic optimism,” and it is a meaningful, positive response to real suffering in life.

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7 Calming Evening Activities You Can Do Without Screens

Need to decompress after a long day? Try these relaxing pastimes—no cell phone or electronic device required. 

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Comforting someone

The Power God Gives Us to Comfort Others

When you encounter someone whose heart is broken, here’s what your faith calls you to do.

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Happy couple

Could the Secret to Lasting Love Simply Involve Kindness?

A fascinating body of research shows that couples who are kind to each other keep the relationship going strong.

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Brenda Gantt in her home kitchen; photo by Larsen&Talbert

Her Biscuits Gave This Widow a New Purpose in Life

After her husband died, she thought she’d never cook again.

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Teen talking to mom

Why Saying ‘Anxiety Is Normal’ Can Help Us Heal

Children’s author Jason Reynolds makes the case that anxiety is an important, instructive part of the human experience.

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Edward and Gracie

A Broken Oven, No Electricity and a Spiritual ‘Aha!’ Moment

If there ever was an opportunity to let go and let God, this was it.

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Illustration of a woman looking up at a church; Illustration by Alex Green

A Heaven-Sent Angel Encouraged Her

She feared she was not up to her new job. Then she looked out her window. 

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Colin Powell, Jane Powell and Hank Aaron

Guideposts Says Goodbye: Notable Deaths of 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, Guideposts pauses to remember some of the inspiring individuals who left us this past year. 

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Enjoying dessert at Christmas

For a Positive Holiday Season, Ditch This One Word

Beat back “bad” to keep self-judgment off your holiday to-do list.

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A man walking up stairs with yellow up arrows; Shutterstock

A Divine Dream of Her Departed Husband

Proof that their love endured, to heaven and back.

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Mother and son

How Gratitude Can Help You Move on from Heartbreak

No matter the magnitude of the loss, you can choose to feel God’s presence.

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