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Daily Inspirational Quote – May 28, 2016

“If you are depressed,
You are living in the past.
If you are anxious,
You are living in the future.
If you are at peace,
You are living in the present.”

Not easy to follow this one is it? No matter how good our intentions, the past will persist in intruding and torment us with past mistakes, wrong decisions, etc. As if that wasn’t enough to stress us out, worries about the future keep us awake at night, constantly conjuring up various scenarios for disaster surrounding the things we have planned or hope for in our future, arghh! Ok, so the most sensible thing for me to do, is leave the past where it is as there is nothing I can do to change it so that’s sorted. There is also nothing I can do about the future as, hopefully, it will all work out as I have planned but, if not, well I will worry about that at the time. Now, regarding the present, this is something I can do something about and therefore I consciously choose to allow myself to live in peace, taking each day as it comes and deali…

Intern Solves Paralysis Problem Moments Before Dog is Euthanized

A loving veterinary intern bought Ollie the Collie a second lease on life just minutes before the beloved pet was to be put down.

Falline Fate had watched a sudden downturn in her collie’s health,  until it became paralyzed and unable to walk or even stand. After a couple of days with no improvement, her family decided it would be best to end Ollie’s suffering.

As the dog was being prepped for euthanasia, the office intern was scratching him and found a tick behind Ollie’s ear–a parasite that contains a neurotoxin that sometimes can cause paralysis. The vet removed it and within just a few hours, Ollie was back on his feet.

“The next morning my mom opened the door and said, ‘Look at your doggie,’ and he comes walking up to me, and I’m barely awake, and he just smiled at me,” Fate told KPTV News.

The Top Countries Where People Feel Most Fulfilled: It Might Surprise You

Humanity doesn’t exactly have a long-running track record for being the most united or cohesive group of creatures on Earth, but a new survey has revealed just how similar we really are, in different corners of the world.

Global health care company Abbott asked 2 million people how they felt about true fulfillment—living life to the fullest—based on three questions:

1. What is the one thing in the world that makes you feel the most fulfilled?

2. If you think of a person whom you believe is living fully, why do you think they live life so well?

3. And what keeps you from living your life fully?

Quite a few interesting trends emerged.

A whopping 64% of the people said that success was home-made; doing well at work is secondary to a happy and successful home life. This foreshadowed how 32% said that family was the key to fulfillment, followed by 8% choosing “Giving”, and 7% pointing to “Health”.

Russia and Puerto Rico are the only two countries where “Music” was listed in the top four answers A…

Watch How 900 Ducks Protect Their Vineyard From Pests

It’s impossible for there to be a happier workforce than this army of ducks parading toward an easy meal.

The Vergenoedg Wine Estate in South Africa employs a massive bird flock of over 900 Indian Runner ducks to eat all the pests in their grape vineyard.

Tourists can watch the troupe eagerly speed towards the grape vines every morning, with anticipation for munching all the slugs, bugs, and snails – and it’s as clear as a glass of Chardonnay that they love their job.

A Simple Story Can Improve Students’ Grades in Science

ByKira M. Newman

According to a new study, reading about scientists’ struggles can help students who aren’t doing so well in science.

“Growing Up, Einstein saw his father struggle to provide for the family. Looking for work, Einstein’s father moved the family several times for different jobs. This meant that Einstein had to change schools more than once during his childhood. Moving between schools was very difficult. Einstein not only felt out of place, but it was also challenging for him to catch up to what his new class was working on.” This story can’t be found in your regular science textbook, but maybe it should be: According to anew studypublished in theJournal of Educational Psychology, reading stories about the struggles of famous scientists is more beneficial for students’ grades than reading about their achievements. The way we currently teach science—by focusing on great feats of knowledge by larger-than-life geniuses—may not be the best way to encourage students to pursue sci…

Teachers Can Reduce Suspensions by Practicing Empathy

ByMariah Flynn

According to a new study, empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half and improves student-teacher relationships.

In U.S. schools, disciplining with punishment is the norm. School suspension rates have nearly tripled in the last 30 years, with 11 percent of students suspended at some point in their school career. This happens even when the misbehavior isminor or non-violentand even though school suspension is linked to negative outcomes for students, boththose suspendedandtheir peers. When students are misbehaving or disrupting class, it can be easy for even the most caring of teachers to fall into the trap of the quick fix: “You need to leave the classroom” and “It’s time to see the principal.” What if teachers had an alternative strategy for dealing with student misbehavior—one that wasn’t punitive and was easy for them to implement in the middle of a busy classroom situation? What if they could apply a more empathic mindset, considering the student’s perspective an…

Daily Inspirational Quote - May 27, 2016

“As I de-clutter my life, I free myself to answer the calling of my soul.”

I don’t know about you but this certainly strikes a chord with me. It took me a lot of years to actually realize I needed to de-clutter my life, not just of material things, but old outdated beliefs/ideas and, to be honest, certain people too. I’m not saying it was easy, because it wasn’t, but a very gradual “weeding” process until bit by bit I began to feel less encumbered and weighed down. As this “weeding” progressed I began to experience a spiritual awakening which, as time has gone by, has brought me new friends, enlightening experiences, unending opportunities to learn more about what I feel is my calling, and a purpose to my life. It has taken me a while but I am gradually getting there and believe my soul has breathed a sigh of relief. If you haven’t already, why don’t you try “de-cluttering” and see what happens? I think you will be surprised by the results.


The Brightness of a Greyhound Journey

 "Our new driver was a brisk lady, vigilant but amiable. As we hit the road again, she introduced herself over the speakers and set the rules for the journey. She spoke clearly from experience and I wondered what kinds of situations she'd had to handle in the past. 'If you smoke on my bus, I will let you go immediately. If you do alcohol or drugs on rest stops, that is where you'll stay. It will be twenty-four hours until the next bus. That is a veeery looong time.'" Traveler and writer Maria Jain shares this engaging account of a Greyhound bus journey gone awry. Her tale shines a light on the unexpected insight and goodness that's often just waiting to be discovered in the midst of what the world calls "inconvenience".

--by Maria Jain

"Only crack sellers, loonies and ex-convicts travel on the bus."

This summed up the main message I read on the internet while researching bus travel in the United States, in preparation for a road trip that…

What Adolescents Really Need from Parents

ByJill Suttie

In a Q&A, neuroscientistRon Dahlexplains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.

As a parent of adolescents, I’ve often worried about their health and happiness. They seem to be under a lot of social and academic pressure, suggesting they need more guidance from me to help them get through. But how can I support their independence and autonomy while making sure they don’t fall through the cracks or become depressed or anxious? To find out more about how parents can best help their budding teenagers, I spoke withRon Dahl, a neuroscientist and professor of human health and development at the University of California, Berkeley. Dahl, one of the leading experts on adolescent development, has spent years studying depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders in adolescence, using intervention studies and, more recently, fMRI technology to increase our understanding of what’s going on. His findings have helped uncover the neu…