Showing posts from July 24, 2016

7 Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

Have Breakfast It's important for a bunch of reasons. It jump-starts your metabolism and stops you from overeating later. Plus, studies show that adults who have a healthy breakfast do better at work, and kids who eat the morning meal score higher on tests. If a big meal first thing isn't for you, keep it light with a granola bar or a piece of fruit. Just don't skip it. Plan Your Meals It'll help you save time and money in the long run. Block out some time, then sit down and consider your goals and needs. Do you want to lose weight? Cut back on sugar, fat, or carbs? Add protein or vitamins? Meal prep keeps you in control. You know what you're eating and when. A bonus: It'll be that much easier to skip those donuts in the break room at work. Drink Plenty of Water It can do so many good things for you. Staying hydrated is at the top of the list, but it may also help you lose weight. Another reason to go for H2O? Sugary drinks are linked to obesity

Convincing Skeptics to Try Meditation

By   Jill Suttie   Two new books aim to bring mindfulness to two resistant groups: children and lawyers. Mindfulness meditation has its fair share of skeptics. Perhaps some envision it as a kind of New Age-y practice of sitting on a cushion and contemplating their breath while holding an impossible lotus pose. Who has time for that? Now, two recently published books make the case that mindfulness meditation can be incorporated into practically anyone’s life. Targeting two notoriously reluctant groups—children/teens and busy professional attorneys—these books provide lots of practical advice and specific exercises for starting a mindfulness practice…even when you think it’s just not for you or you don’t have time. Christopher Willard’s   Growing Up Mindful   focuses on children and what parents can do to encourage them to be more mindful. He suggests that parents introduce mindfulness by tapping into the things that concern their kids most—sports, art, friendships, or acad

Daily Inspirational Quote for July 30, 2016

“True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.” Need I say more? I have witnessed people who attend Church faithfully every Sunday and profess themselves Christians be guilty of “casting the first stone” or never practicing what they preach. I especially dislike the riches and treasures some religions seem to consider their “due”, while their followers are rife with disease because they can’t afford medicines, starving because of a lack of food, have no roof over their heads or no clean drinking water etc. What’s that all about? Personally, I think it’s obscene and it really saddens me, as I guess it does you. I try to live my life being the best I can be and treat other people the way I would like to be treated. It works for me. What about you? What do you think? by

A Tale of Two Americas and the Mini-Mart Where They Collided

Ten days after 9/11, a shocking attack at a Texas mini-mart shattered the lives of two men: the victim and the attacker. In this stunning talk, Anand Giridharadas, author of "The True American," tells the story of what happened next. It's a parable about the two paths an American life can take, and a powerful call for reconciliation.

How to Stop the Racist in You

By   Jeremy Adam Smith ,   Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton The new science of bias suggests that we all carry prejudices within ourselves—and we all have the tools to keep them in check. In the wake of racially charged bloodshed in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas, the city of Cleveland hosted the Republican National Convention. There Iowa Rep. Steve King argued that only whites had made contributions to civilization, while other “sub-groups” did not. Asked to clarify his remarks, King—who keeps a Confederate flag on his desk— did not back down . “The Western civilization and the American civilization are a superior culture,” he said, deliberately associating “Western” and “American” with white. No leader at the convention publicly disavowed King’s assertion. Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) with confederate flag, lower left. Still from Sioux City’s KCAU TV. This is just the latest example of what seems to be a rise in polarizing public language that meets the dictionary def

Why Can’t We Remember Our Early Childhood?

By   Jeanne Shinskey Research into "childhood amnesia" sheds light on how memories are formed and maintained. Most of us don’t have any memories from the first three to four years of our lives. In fact, we tend to remember very little of life before the age of seven. And when we do try to think back to our earliest memories, it is often unclear whether they are the real thing or just recollections based on photos or stories told to us by others. The phenomenon, known as “ childhood amnesia ,” has been puzzling psychologists for more than a century—and we still don’t fully understand it. But research is starting to suggest an answer: Autobiographical memory might begin with the stories we tell each other. The journey into language Denis Omelchenko / Shutterstock At first glance, it may seem that the reason we don’t remember being babies is because infants and toddlers don’t have a fully developed memory. But babies as young as six months can form both shor