Showing posts from November 13, 2016

Inspirational Quote for November 19, 2016

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”

I can very easily relate to this and I expect you can too? Colored mental video snapshots of those moments in life that transport us to another time, another place. Occasionally triggered by an old photo, a scent, revisiting a certain place, bumping into a face from the past…… Moments that can create a smile, or perhaps a tear or two. This is what life is made up of. Every single day creates moments, both happy and sad, some of which we may reminisce about one day in the future. All part of the wonderful collage we call life. Let’s hope your memories create many more smiles than tears.


Flowers from the Sky

Brenda Louie grew up during China's Cultural Revolution. She walked out of the country looking at the stars as she waited for her bound-foot grandmother to catch up. An extraordinary journey led her to Stanford. Her message is about the hope for humanity to. "We have the sky. The rain and the sun come from the sky on old people, young people, rich, poor -- all colors and races, not honoring and blessing one place, but coming down from above for everybody unconditionally. And on that vast scale, our petty troubles fade away. I want my title [of her work] to be a metaphor for something like that." This interview shares more about a remarkable artist whose work is reminiscent of Georgia O'Keefe's.

Did Resentment Fuel Trump’s Victory?

ByClaudia Wallis

A political scientist argues that one emotion catapulted the reality-TV star to the White House.

What emotions drove the 2016 presidential election? Katherine J. Cramer might have one answer. She is author ofThe Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, and a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she heads the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Her work focuses on the way people in the U.S. make sense of politics and their place in it. Cramer’s methodology is unusual and very direct. Instead of relying polls and survey data, she drops in on informal gatherings in rural areas—coffee shops, gas stations—and listens in on what people say to their neighbors and friends. It is a method that likely gets at psychological and social truths missed by pollsters.Scientific American MINDManaging Editor Claudia Wallis interviewed her in the wake of the election. Katherine J. Cramer Claudia Wallis: Were…

Inspirational Quote for November 18, 2016

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

Going by what I have read or come across recently in the media, there are a great many people professing to be attempting to find themselves. I find myself wondering when we can expect to see someone putting their hand up, in order to be noticed, while announcing “Hurray, I’ve found myself, aren’t I clever?” Some unfortunate people may spend so much time trying to find themselves in life that, one day, reality sets in and they realize that there isn’t any point anymore as their life is almost over. How sad! So, please don’t let that be you will you? Spend every single day of your life creating who you want to be, what you want to achieve, follow your dreams, and occasionally dare to take a step or two into the unknown. Don’t you be that unfortunate soul looking back on life from old age and shedding tears of regret for what might have been.


Ode to Lesvos

"It was natural to help." "Next time it might be my family." When over 300,000 refugees passed through the island of Lesvos, Greece, in 2015, the people there fished them out of the water, opened their homes and businesses, fed them, washed and ironed their clothes, and held their babies. This ode to the people of Lesvos celebrates the triumph of compassion and kindness over the tragic politics and dehumanization that has swept the Mediterranean regions. "To be rich is not what you have in your bank account, but what you have in your heart". May the light of inspiration that shines through this ode create ripples of positivity across the globe!

How to Journal Through Your Struggles

ByKira M. Newman

Stuck in negativity? Writing down your feelings can be a healthy way to cope, a new book explains.

Do you keep a diary in good times or bad? According to researchers James W. Pennebaker and Joshua M. Smyth, most journalers tend to fall squarely in one of the two categories: Either they write regularly until adversity hits, then can’t continue; or they only put pen to paper when they’re feeling down. I fall in the latter category, and at some point I worried that my journals were getting pretty grim. Did I really want to look back and read tales of stress, uncertainty, and loss? But it turns out I was inadvertently engaging in a practice calledExpressive Writing, one that has been the subject of hundreds of studies in the past thirty years. And according to that body of research, writing about your deepest struggles can have a positive impact on health and well-being. In a new edition of their bookOpening Up by Writing It Down, Pennebaker and Smyth survey the scientific hi…

Inspirational Quote for November 17, 2016

“Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.”

Now, this is something we should all pay attention to. By instilling and maintaining your own sense of self-respect, which is how the world perceives you, earns you mutual respect in return. You don’t need to be a mastermind to realize this do you? Think positively and kindly about you! You know you possess many positive attributes so why not let everybody else know it too? Be true to who you know yourself to be, the rules you live by, how you respect other’s views and beliefs. Believe me, those who are fortunate enough to interact with you will notice and give you the respect you so deserve.


The Power of Emotional Agility

Just like physical agility, emotional agility is important to overall health, well-being and successful relationships at work. Psychologist Susan David, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School and author of the book, Emotional Agility, offers insights about the "critical skill set" needed to achieve emotional balance. She notes, "emotions help us not only to communicate with other people but also to ourselves. This is a critical aspect of my work and of the book itself. This idea that we can learn underneath our emotions, if we feel a sense of guilt, if we feel a sense of anger, there's often something that is instructive to us. Now, the very clear distinction here is that our emotions are data, not directions. We can learn from them, but we don't need to obey them or be dominated by them."

Lung Cancer Myths Debunked

Myth: It’s Too Late if You've Smoked for Years

Fact: Quitting has almost-immediate benefits. Your circulation will improve and your lungs will work better. Your lung cancer risk will start to drop over time. Ten years after you kick the habit, your odds of getting the disease will be half of what they are now.

Myth: Low-Tar or 'Light' Cigarettes Are Safer Than Regular

Fact: They're just as risky. And beware of menthol: Some research suggests that menthol cigarettes may be more dangerous and harder to quit. Their cooling sensation prompts some people to inhale more deeply.

Myth: It’s OK to Smoke Pot

act: Marijuana smoking may raise your lung cancer risk. Many people who use pot also smoke cigarettes. Some research shows that people who do both could be even more likely to get lung cancer.

Myth: Antioxidant Supplements Protect You

Fact: When researchers tested these products, they unexpectedly found a higher risk of lung cancer among smokers who took beta-carotene. Talk to you…

How Hepatitis Spreads

What Is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. It may be caused by drugs, alcohol use, or certain medical conditions. But in most cases, it's caused by a virus. This is known as viral hepatitis, and the most common forms are hepatitis A, B, and C.

Hepatitis Symptoms

Sometimes there are no symptoms of hepatitis in the first weeks after infection -- the acute phase. But when they happen, the symptoms of types A, B, and C may include fatigue, nausea, poor appetite, belly pain, a mild fever, or yellow skin or eyes (jaundice). When hepatitis B and C become chronic, they may cause no symptoms for years. By the time there are any warning signs, the liver may already be damaged.

Hepatitis A: What Happens

Hepatitis A is highly contagious and can spread from person to person in many different settings. It typically causes only a mild illness, and many people who are infected may never realize they're sick at all. The virus almost always goes away on its own and does not cause …