Showing posts from August 21, 2016

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 27, 2016

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”

Exactly! Think about it. Life is made up of our reactions. Our reactions to our thoughts, actions, situations, people, places, etc. etc. etc. We all react and respond differently to what and who we encounter each and every day of our lives and this is what makes us the wonderful individuals we are. Each response is as unique as we are, and this is what differentiates each of us from everybody else sharing our beautiful Earth. How special is that?


Altruism is Sexy

ByTom Jacobs

In a new study, a kind heart trumps good looks—but the combination of both is the most desirable of all.

What does a woman want in a man? The question has long baffled many single males, leading some to bitterly conclude that handsome guys have an insurmountable advantage. Not so, concludes anewly published study. It shows women do indeed find good-looking men desirable—but if they have to choose, they’ll probably pick the altruistic guy over the hunk. The results provide “further evidence of the importance of altruism in women’s mate choice preferences,” a research team led by the University of Worcester’s Daniel Farrelly writes in the journalEvolutionary Psychology. It confirms that selflessness is “a highly important characteristic trait women look for in long-term partners.” The study featured 202 straight women recruited online, most of whom were in their early 20s. They looked at 12 sets of photographs, each of which showed the faces of two men—one handsome, the other mu…

Newly Discovered Earth-Like Planet is Possibly Habitable

Scientists announced yesterday that the star closest to the Sun has a planet similar to the Earth – which also makes it the closest possibly-habitable alien planet ever found.

Recent observations confirmed that this planet not only exists, but inhabits a zone where its surface temperature could allow liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth.

It is not yet known if this planet, Proxima b, has any life. Even if it does not, its potential ability to sustain liquid water might make it a good first hop for humanity’s future trips out into the Milky Way Galaxy.

Although the planet’s parent star, Proxima Centauri, is cooler and redder than our Sun, one of the other two stars in the Alpha Centauri star system is very similar to our Sun. The featured image shows the sky location of Proxima Centauri in southern skies behind the telescope that made many of the discovery observations: ESO’s 3.6-meter telescope in La Silla, Chile.

The discovered planet orbits close in — so close, in fact, that…

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 26, 2016

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”

Human nature can be guilty of letting us down occasionally. By that, I mean we can all tend to doubt ourselves and our abilities, or what we perceive to be our lack of abilities. Actually, the trick here is to trust that we know much, much more than we think we do. Lack of trust in ourselves does us no favors whatsoever so why do we allow it this power over us? Exactly! I don’t know either. So let’s agree that, from now on, we all strive to believe in our own powers okay?


The Power of Forgiveness at Work

ByBrooke Deterline

Ever carry a grudge or harbor revenge fantasies about a colleague or boss? It’s likely costing you and your workplace.

Over the last two decades, muchresearchhas been published about the positive impact offorgiveness, particularly on the forgiver and in relationships. Now,a new study—building on a smaller but growing body of research in the workplace—supports the power of forgiveness to potentially improve well-being and productivity in professional settings. Conflict among colleagues is inevitable, and—left unheeded—associated with significant stress, health problems (both mental and physical), and poor productivity.  Researchers set out to explore the role of forgiveness in ameliorating these negative impacts. The participants—more than 200 employees working in office jobs in Washington, DC, or manufacturing jobs in the Midwest—responded to questionnaires about their levels of forgiveness, productivity, and well-being. The first survey asked respondents to focus on a s…

CEO Who Gouged EpiPen Price is Daughter of Democratic Senator

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As a pharmaceutical company run by US Sen. Joe Manchin’s daughter faces scrutiny for hiking prices on life-saving allergy injection pens, Manchin is remaining mum.

The Democratic West Virginia senator’s daughter, Heather Bresch, is CEO of Mylan, which manufactures EpiPens.

A two-dose package cost around $94 nine years ago. The cost averaged more than six times that in May.

Manchin spokesman Jonathan Kott said Wednesday the senator had no comment.

Several senators are demanding more information and requesting congressional hearings and investigations.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut want the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Mylan for possible antitrust violations.

Hillary Clinton, whom Manchin has endorsed for president, called the increase “outrageous.”

A Mylan statement Monday cited health insurance changes with higher deductible costs for many.

How to Bring Humor to Meditation

ByKira M. Newman

A new book teaches mindfulness by emphasizing ease, joy, and jokes.

From the outside, meditation appears to be a thoroughly serious endeavor. You have to sit down, dutifully count your breaths and rein in your wandering mind, and practice this every day whether it’s fun or not. But that isn’tChade-Meng Tan’s approach to mindfulness. The founding chair of theSearch Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, which started as a mindfulness class at Google and now trains employees around the world, Tan lives by the motto that “life is too important to be taken seriously.” And he adopts the same attitude toward cultivating mindfulness—outlined in his new book, Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within. While Tan acknowledges that there are other routes to mastering meditation (including sheer discipline and will), his focus is on joy. The book—peppered with cartoons in every chapter—teaches practices and principles for cultivating mindfulness that emphasize gentlen…

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 25, 2016

“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.”

Now, you know what this means don’t you? Basically, if the “wind”, i.e. your thoughts and ideas aren’t getting you where you want to be, then you need to implement your “oars”, i.e. physical action. You may have come to the realization that the plans you have in your head won’t materialize as you want them to unless you take the necessary steps to implement them. So, be grateful you actually have your own “oars” when the “wind” fails so that you won’t be left to drift aimlessly but are able to reach the destination YOU have chosen.


To All Artists Known and Unknown

"The radiant little man died at the Art Institute. I knew he was homeless and hanging out at the school, but I was unaware that he was living there. He died of exposure over Christmas break, and when he was found beneath a concrete overhang on the Jones Street side of the school, they found a number of sketchbooks in a backpack." From artist Richard Bergers beautiful reflection on the life and work of an unknown artist ...

by Richard Berger

I remember seeing a threadbare individual sitting in the café of the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992. He was very different from the rest of the students and staff personnel. He was old; old in hard years, not with the mellow patina of the well ensconced. He was in the café every day I came in, always sitting alone, always smoking and nursing a cup of coffee. Most striking in his appearance was the discrepancy between his physical, and what seemed to be his psychic, circumstances. He was worn, his physical being was worn, his clothes we…

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 24, 2016

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”

I guess this very much depends on how we cope in the middle of every difficulty. Do we feel overwhelmed and unable to see a way of overcoming whatever it is or, alternatively, do we knuckle down and think of our next move? In every difficult situation we always have these two alternative options to choose from. Personally, I like to think I have also been presented with an opportunity to, if not actually overcome my difficulty, at least to be able to learn from it in order to cope better the next time, which makes sense…..doesn’t it?


Is Medical Marijuana Worth It?

What Is Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana is any part of the marijuana plant that you use to treat health problems. People use it to get relief from their symptoms, not to try to get high.

Most marijuana that's sold legally as medicine has the same ingredients as the kind that people use for pleasure. But some medical marijuana is specially grown to have less of the chemicals that cause feelings of euphoria.

Ingredients in Medical Marijuana

Marijuana plants have hundreds of chemicals, known as cannabinoids. The two main ones are THC and CBD. THC gives some of the pleasurable effects that pot smokers are looking for, but it also has some effects that may treat medical problems.

Some research suggests that CBD may be helpful for some health issues, but it doesn't cause you to get high.

How Marijuana Works on the Brain

People who smoke marijuana begin to feel its effects almost immediately, while those who eat it may not feel it for up to an hour.

When you smoke pot, THC goes …