How many times have you asked yourself the following question:

“Does what I’m doing matter?”

Your efforts to teach your kids compassion, be a good enough parent, make a living in a creative field, find the right partner feel pointless if you’re not seeing evidence that what you’re doing is working. But that’s the thing about life. You need faith to keep traversing the path.

How do you stay positive when you’re in the shadow of other people’s successes? How do you maintain a sense of patience in a society that favors immediate gratification?

You keep going. You remember moments when you persevered and overcame what appeared to be insurmountable challenges. Use these memories as tokens of hope and motivation to keep you on your path. And when that’s not enough? Read the insights our bloggers are providing this week, from revealing why everything you do matters, to the importance of self-compassion. You’ll also discover how play can add more to your creative endeavors than forced effort, and get tips on successful online dating. Just in time for the weekend. Have a good one!

The Science Behind Why Everything You Do Matters
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – On an individual level, you may not see the impact your thoughts, behavior or actions have on others. But a shift in perspective can reveal the power you have on your own well-being and that of the world.

Are You Gentle WIth Yourself? The Case for Self-Compassion in Families
(Parenting Tips) – If you had to choose between self-compassion or self-esteem to give to your kids, what would you pick? This post shows us that one can help cultivate resilience while the other may breed narcissism. Decipher the difference between the two here.

Online Romance: Dating in the Digital Age
(Sex & Intimacy in the Digital Age) – Want to find love, but feel like you’ve been looking in all the wrong places? Have you tried the internet? It’s certainly not the slow-paced, snail mail, last-chance-to-find-love dating ads of yesteryears. If you’ve been curious to know what dating in the digital age is really like, read one woman’s testimony and get the best tips for successful online dating here.

Junot Diaz on Creative Thinking: The Critical Self and Play
(The Creative Mind) – It’s not a critical mind and a tense rigid work style that breeds creativity. As this post shows, it’s all about the power of play.

“Just Stay” – Advice for Meditation and Parenting
(Mindful Parenting) – There is a common thread that connects meditation and parenting. Read American Tibetan Buddhist nun and spiritual leader Pema Chodron’s words on the difficulties of staying still and see if you can apply it to your own struggles with being patient, kind and compassionate as a parent.