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The Smart Tampon Could Save Your Life

Michaela Haas

Sometimes the most ingenious inventions are fueled by anger.

Ridhi Tariyal was in her early 30s when she asked her OB-GYN to test her fertility to help her decide when to become pregnant. She wanted to focus on her career, but didn’t want to miss her biological "fertility window." Her OB-GYN brushed off her request, saying such a test wasn’t possible.

As an A-student with an MBA from Harvard University and a Master of Science in biomedical enterprise from MIT, Tariyal had no trouble figuring out that her OB-GYN’s response wasn’t accurate.

Read the full story on Shondaland!

Phoenix Rising From Fire

Michaela Haas

An interview with bestselling author John O'Leary: Thirty years ago, nine-year-old John O’Leary was rushed to the emergency room, while his family’s home continued to be ablaze. As he lay in a hospital bed, he frantically wondered if he was about to die. He had suffered burns covering 100 percent of his body and was given less than one percent chance of survival. Today, he is an in-demand speaker who shares his gift of perspective and passion with thousands worldwide and whose book “On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life” became a national #1 bestseller.

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How to Find Healing and Hope After a Mass Shooting - Huffington Post

Michaela Haas

An interview with internationally renowned grief coach and bestselling author Dr. Ken Druck

Three years ago, on December 14, 2012, 20 children and 6 adult staff members were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut ─ the deadliest shooting at a grade school in US history. On December 2, 2015, we witnessed the worst mass shooting since Sandy Hook in San Bernardino, California. The question how we can find healing after witnessing senseless violence and experiencing loss, is all the more pertinent. I spoke with Ken Druck who has worked on the front lines with families in the aftermath of 9-11, Columbine, and Sandy Hook. Dr. Druck, author of The Real Rules of Life, is an internationally recognized authority on traumatic loss, building resilience, and turning adversity into opportunity.

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Want to Be Happy? The Key Ingredient I Got From Maya Angelou (MindBodyGreen Blog)

Michaela Haas

When I asked the incomparable Maya Angelou the question that has gripped me for years, "How do we manage to triumph over adversities?", Angelou’s advice to me was clear-cut: Develop an attitude of gratitude. "I think we have to be grateful,” she told me in her deep, raspy voice. “You could have died last night, you know.” She laughed.

Rather than reveling in the injustice and brutality that stamped her life, she chose to focus on the achievements. “If I live my life with self-confidence and kindness and don’t get anything back from that, I’m not overcome.”

Here`s how this gratitude practice actually works: My new blog on mindbodygreen

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The Daily Beast: Helping Soldiers Transcend Trauma

Michaela Haas

"We need to actively work towards positive change, and we need the right tools and support in order to transform a bad break into a breakthrough."

For Veterans Day, I write about my encounter with Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum and how she used her experience of being captured in the Iraq war to help other soldiers transcend trauma.

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Spirituality&Health: Lean into Fear

Michaela Haas

When suffering strikes, running the opposite direction as fast as we can seems to make so much sense, doesn’t it?

After all, nobody wants suffering in their life. So we avoid it at all costs. We dodge and duck and bargain. But does pushing pain away cut it?

As Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron says, “No one ever tells us to stop running away from fear. We are very rarely told to move closer, to just be there, to become familiar with fear.”

When I once asked Pema how she dealt with her own debilitating chronic fatigue, she said she tried to apply the advice her teacher had given her. “Lean into it. Stay present. Stay curious. Go through it paying meticulous attention as if you wanted to describe it in great detail to someone who’s never heard of it.”

What would happen if we stayed to pay attention?

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"A Revolutionary Step Forward:" Talking About Mental Illness on the Huffington Post

Michaela Haas

Even as an award-winning reporter, Sheila Hamilton missed the signs when her husband David's mental illness unfolded. By the time she had pieced together the puzzle, it was too late. Her once brilliant, intense, and passionate partner was dead within six weeks of a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, leaving his wife and 9-year-old daughter without so much as a note to explain his actions, a plan to help them recover from their profound grief, or a solution for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt that they would inherit from him.

"I was broken by David's death. But I've healed those places by allowing myself to love again, fully and unconditionally. It's a powerful thing to have endured an unimaginable tragedy. We never got "closure." But, we moved forward. And forward is a thing of grace."

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We are all Dandelions

Michaela Haas

"We call dandelions weed when they pop up in our lawn, but the spring greens can make a tasty salad if we nourish them." Similarly, the apparent shortcomings of autistic people (for instance, their attention to detail, and their directness) can become sought-after strengths.

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How Richard Gere and Bernie Glassman offer solutions for the homeless

Michaela Haas

Huffington Post, September 9, 2015

One winter day I got stuck with Richard Gere in Kathmandu, Nepal. He was traveling with friends of mine, and a snowstorm grounded their plane to Bhutan. We spent a delightful day in Kathmandu, exploring the local art shops. While he gracefully accepted the wishes of enthusiastic fans to give autographs, he talked about his hope that maybe Bhutan would be the one place on earth where he could travel incognito. Television was still a novelty in the tiny Himalayan kingdom, so he hoped the Bhutanese would not yet know him. When I met him again after the trip, I learned that he had had no such luck: Bhutan had videos, and just about every Bhutanese had seen Pretty Woman.

Fifteen years later, though, Richard Gere did indeed stumble upon the secret how to be invisible, even in the midst of New York. In his new film Time Out of Mind (out this month), he plays an elderly alcoholic who ends up on the streets. Gere wanted to shoot the film documentary-style, and he was worried his A-list status would attract too much attention.

No need to worry. Disappearing in plain sight is easy: instead of crossing the Himalayas, all Gere had to do was not to shave for a few days, don a dirty cloak, and ask people for spare change. Nobody recognized him, because nobody looked him in the face. "I could see how quickly we can all descend into territory when we're totally cut loose from all of our connections to people," Gere, a long-term supporter of the homeless, realized.

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Why Trauma Does Not Have to Be a Life Sentence

Michaela Haas

What do Malala Yousafzai's book I am Malala, Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, and Cheryl Strayed's Wild have in common? Yes, they have all been on The New York Times bestseller list forever, have been written by fabulous female writers, and are favorite books of mine and probably yours, but they are also all inspiring testimonies of posttraumatic growth.

Read my new blog in The Huffington Post.

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