The Fallacy of Comparing Pain

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Is it possible, or even worthwhile, to rank your pain against the pain of others?

Seeing Through the Mist

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For Thomas Fiffer, a misty morning drive brings back memories of heartbreak and summons a vision for the future.

The Five Stages of Grief and Loss in Divorce

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When a marriage dies and sadness hits, it’s the sadness that will heal you.

Did the Buddha Ever Get Depressed?

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In a down moment, Ty Phillips wonders if enlightenment is the antidote to sadness or a way to recognize its value and integrate it into our lives.

What I Learned About Love as A Man; Heartfelt Testimonials

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Aleasa Word gets men to confess what they know about love.

What Looks Like Pain But Feels Like Hope

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Justin Ricklefs found himself in a Walmart parking lot, crying. Only then did he start to live.

How to Welcome Loneliness During The Holidays

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The holidays are a time when we are expected to be social and connected—which is exactly what can make it such a lonely experience. Bryan Reeves has learned to welcome the loneliness.

5 Heartbreaking Lessons Every Parent Must Learn

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While parenting is great, Tor Constantino shares an underlying sadness that all loving parents ultimately face.

Roy Wasn’t A Perfect Man, But He Was a Good One. Here’s Why He’ll Be Missed

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“He wasn’t a perfect man, by any means, but none of us are and just as our good cannot wipe out our faults, neither can our evils wipe out the small kindnesses that mean so much,” writes N.C. Harrison.

Are Comedians Sad? A Stand-Up Comic’s Response

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As the world struggled to make sense of Robin Williams suicide, a friend asked stand-up comedian Kermet Apio if it’s true that comedians are sad people. This was his answer.

It’s Time to Share My Dirty Little Secret

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Tammy Palazzo opens the door on her depression to help others find their way out of darkness.

Movies Guys Should Watch (Seriously!): Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger

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Film critic John Ryan Powell examines a haunting, underrated classic that forces us to come to terms with our isolation and futility.

An Open Letter To Same Gender Loving Black Men

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Dr. David J. Malebranche shares the heartbreaking loss of his friend, Warner, and how the story of his life has a chance to impact us all.

My Father, My Self: It’s Complicated

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My Father Changed, But My Memories Are Not So Easily Shed.

The Worst Video Game You’ve Never Played

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines how the latest version of Super Smash Bros. has already broken the hearts of its most devoted fans.

Getting the Call Someone Died: You Just Have to Go On, Right?

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Norbert Brown made a conscious decision not to stop for death. But he’s wondering why.