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By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happines 4 Heroes – Originally published in The Huffington Post In February, we’re told that our minds should revolve around foil-wrapped chocolates, bouquets of flowers and celebrating how much our loved ones mean to us. But we should also remember the military women struggling to return to their civilian lives […]

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By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happines 4 Heroes – Originally published in The Huffington Post Last week, the Department of Defense announced that women will soon be allowed to serve in combat. There’s been a lot of talk about what this means for women, with some feminists celebrating the decision and others worrying about the […]

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By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happines 4 Heroes – Originally published in The Huffington Post When PTSD transfers from the battlefield to the home, this disorder quickly becomes a family affair. So set an extra plate at dinner tonight; PTSD is joining you. One of the things I hear time and time again is that […]

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By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happines 4 Heroes – Originally published in The Huffington Post The New Year is here. For most of us, that means we’re in full-on resolution mode, seeing the year ahead through rose-colored glasses and a prism of unbridled opportunity. Vows to curb our consumption of carbs, pursue our passions, and […]

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By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happines 4 Heroes – Originally published in The Huffington Post What do Madonna, Matthew McConaughey, and Jennifer Aniston have in common with our veterans? Yoga. With this celebrity fitness secret now going mainstream, even our veterans are hitting the yoga mat. Why? To treat their Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s […]

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By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happines 4 Heroes – Originally published in The Huffington Post Economists and the media tell us we have just come back from the precipice of the “fiscal cliff.” I posit that we are on the verge of an even more serious crisis, “The Emotional Ledge,” a result of allowing ourselves […]

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By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happines 4 Heroes – Originally published in The Huffington Post Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel Catch-22 is a witty, ironic discussion of the double binds our WWII troops faced due to the military bureaucracy. But here’s the thing: More than 50 years later, this double-bind hasn’t gotten any better. The term […]

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By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happines 4 Heroes – Originally published in The Huffington Post Our nation has had a heartbreaking few days. The tragedy at Sandy HookElementary School has left Connecticut, the United States and the world overcome with grief. As the nation struggles to provide solutions amid this latest instance of death and […]

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By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happines 4 Heroes – Originally published in The Huffington Post Lately, I’ve been completely captivated by the concept of Living Out Loud. Don’t worry: it’s not another one of those wishy-washy ideas dreamt up by a warm and fuzzy idealist. Living Out Loud is a concrete thing, and I’ve seen […]

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By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happines 4 Heroes – Originally published in The Huffington Post I present my gratitude manifesto. Before the pumpkin pie satisfies our collective sweet tooth, before the tryptophan in the turkey makes us sleepy, before the world starts counting down the minutes to Black Friday, let’s stop to reflect. I hit […]

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