Happy Holidays From MariaShriver.com!

Today on Christmas Day, Maria Shriver and all of us at MariaShriver.com wish you and your loved ones a blessed holiday.

As Maria wrote in her “I’ve Been Thinking” column last week, she is spending time over the holidays asking herself important life questions so that she can begin the New Year in alignment. We encourage you to do the same, and as part of that process, we share our most-read stories from 2016.

May these words ignite your heart and mind.



The Top Five Most-Read Stories of 2016

Maria’s I’ve Been Thinking: “I’m Giving Up Complaining”


I’m blessed and I want to stay in that place of gratitude for my blessings.

So that means out with the complaints both small and large, because those complaints impact my space, my day, my relationship with others and my life. No more complaints about my age, my body, my work, my friends, myself and none about how I grew up or about what my parents didn’t do right…




The Prime of Our Lives Is NOT About Finding All the Answers — Brenee Brown on Living in the Questions by Peter Freed


For me, midlife was not a crisis, it was an unraveling. By definition, you can’t control or manage an unraveling. You can’t cure it with control any more than the acquisitions, accomplishments, and alpha-parenting of our thirties cured our deep longing for permission to slow down and be imperfect. I think midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear…





The Truth About Emotional Honesty by Ken Solin


The truth is: there are few, if any, successful relationships in which emotional honesty doesn’t play a significant role. The goal is for men to break through their existing relationship barriers and create a deeper dialogue. This pushes a lot of folks past their comfort zone, but that’s how emotional growth is achieved. “I like you. I feel good about us. I’ll call you,” after a first date isn’t emotionally honest if you don’t mean it, and no one’s feelings are spared when the truth is spared…




A Message From My Mother That I Will Cherish Forever by Maria Shriver

DNC 2004 Dedication of Rose Kennedy Greenway- Maria Shriver and her mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver after the ceremony

I have no doubt that my mother loved me here on earth, but she was tough, relentless and driven. She showed her love by pushing you and driving you forward. There is no doubt in my mind that she wanted to love me and others in a gentler way, but she wasn’t raised like that. So to see her handwriting, to see her message to me these many years later tells me that truth: she can love me more from heaven where she is free to love in a different way…



8 Steps to Reverse Memory Loss by Mark Hyman

Mark HymanThese eight strategies go a long way toward giving your brain a chance to heal, recover, and experience fewer memory problems.

Even if you aren’t suffering from cognitive decline, you should take these steps because they can help you prevent the aging of your brain and help you achieve lifelong health…


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