Showing posts from November 27, 2016

Inspirational Quote for December 3, 2016

“It’s not forgetting that heals, it’s remembering.”

Sometimes our emotions become so overwhelming that we try to push them down, ignoring them in the hopes they will go away. And yet, any sadness or upset that we repress always finds a way to come back up. Allowing the feelings to move through us, remembering the positive aspects and gifts that are borne out of any loss or disappointment, gives all our life experience value. Acknowledging the past allows us to move beyond the pain so the healing process can begin.

by Susyn Blair-Hunt

What Great Leadership and Music Have in Common

Management consultant Jim Crupi. who founded and runs Strategic Leadership Solutions, says all leaders should aspire to inspire, just as great music does, pointing out that "Our reaction to a great song can be so visceral that we are forever connected to it reliving a wonderful moment". In this article he outlines seven ways a good leader can make great music to his staff or followers.

Why Is It So Hard to Make Positive Changes?

ByJill Suttie

A new book examines the common psychological barriers to change—and how to overcome them.

How many of us know people who have trouble stopping behaviors that are causing them physical or emotional harm? How many of usarethose people? If you or someone you know is struggling to make positive change in life, you may want to pick up James and Janice Prochaska’s newest book,Changing to Thrive. James Prochaska,eminent psychologistand founder of the Cancer Prevention Research Center, and Janice Prochaska—both experts in health behavior change—have written a compassionate and informative book for helping people move from being uncommitted to making change all the way to taking action for change and beyond. The Prochaskas’ program has been relatively successful, according toresearch, often reaching people who might otherwise give up. The main problem with our current models of change, the authors argue, is that too many professionals ignore the emotional and psychological barriers t…

Inspirational Quote for December 2, 2016

“In life, surround yourself with those who light your path.”

This is the opposite of “misery loves company” I think. And it is so true that the nature of the people we surround ourselves with dictates our own nature. In this holiday season, if we can’t be around people who light our path, let’s BE those people with the lanterns and remind all who cross our path of the joy and light that we all have access to.

by Susyn Blair-Hunt

On Discerning Your Purpose & Letting Your Life Speak

"Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney," young Vincent van Gogh wrote in a letter as he floundered to find his purpose. For the century and a half since, and undoubtedly the many centuries before, the question of how to kindle that soul-warming fire by finding one's purpose and making a living out of meaningful work has continued to frustrate not only the young, not only aspiring artists, but people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life." In these excerpts Parker J. Palmer explores how to navigate this mortal maze with grace.

14 Best and Worst Foods for Your Liver


Food with lots of fiber can help your liver work at its best. Want one that's a great way to start your day? Try oatmeal. Research shows it can help you shed some extra pounds and belly fat, which is a good way to keep away liver disease.

Stay Away From Fatty Foods

French fries and burgers are a poor choice to keep your liver healthy. Eat too many foods that are high in saturated fat and it can make it harder for your liver to do its job. Over time it may lead to inflammation, which in turn could cause scarring of the liver that's known as cirrhosis. So next time you're in the drive-thru line, think about ordering a healthier option.


Add lots of veggies to your diet if you want to keep your liver healthy. Broccoli can be part of this strategy. Some studies suggest this crunchy food can help protect you from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. If steamed broccoli sounds a little too blah, shred it into a slaw and toss it with sliced almonds, dried cranberries, an…

Human or Fake? You’ll Know in One Second

ByYasmin Anwar

We can be fooled by androids like Maeve in the TV showWestworld, but not so much in real life, a new study suggests.

It can be hard to tell the difference between humans and androids in such sci-fi TV shows asWestworld. But in real life, beyond our screens, the human brain takes less than a second to tell between reality and fantasy, according to new UC Berkeley research. The findings, published in the November issue of the journalNature Communications, show that humans are visually wired to speedily take in information and make a snap judgment about what’s real. Famous androids: Maeve and Dolores Abernathy fromWestworld, and Data fromStar Trek: The Next Generation. UC Berkeley scientists have discovered a visual mechanism they call “ensemble lifelikeness perception,” which determines how we perceive groups of objects and people in real and virtual or artificial worlds. “This unique visual mechanism allows us to perceive what’s really alive and what’s simulated in just 250 mi…

Inspirational Quote for December 1, 2016

“Our greatest battles are those with our own minds.”

Okay, I confess, I cannot make a decision! Being asked to decide between two, or several options, puts me in total panic and I usually seek the opinion of those nearest to me. There is so much goes on in our minds every day, not only while we are awake but also while we sleep. Continual battles rage in our heads daily. Having to make decisions, both minor and major, absorbing information, understanding it, dissecting it, and perhaps filing it away for future reference. This is the “hub” where everything is processed so there are bound to be times when our mind is a battleground, at odds with itself. However, we also possess the ability to bring the battle to an end to our own satisfaction if and when we choose, so all is not lost, is it?


Annie Dillard: On Seeing

Writer Annie Dillard shares more on pennies, life and the richness of seeing.

--by Annie Dillard

When I was six or seven years old, growing up in Pittsburgh, I used to take a precious penny of my own and hide it for someone else to find. It was a curious compulsion; sadly, I’ve never been seized by it since. For some reason I always “hid” the penny along the same stretch of sidewalk up the street. I would cradle it at the roots of a sycamore, say, or in a hole left by a chipped-off piece of sidewalk. Then I would take a piece of chalk, and, starting at either end of the block, draw huge arrows leading up to the penny from both directions. After I learned to write I labeled the arrows: SURPRISE AHEAD or MONEY THIS WAY. I was greatly excited, during all this arrow-drawing, at the thought of the first lucky passer-by who would receive in this way, regardless of merit, a free gift from the universe. But I never lurked about. I would go straight home and not give the matter another thought, …

Do Feelings Look the Same in Every Human Face?

ByJill Suttie

A new study sparks scientific debate about emotional expression—and raises questions about what we all have in common.

Emotions give us clues about how to respond to things happening in our environment:Is he dangerous? Does she love me? Can I trust him? But can we trust our perceptions as we travel around the globe? Can Japanese tourists identify threatening people in Canada? Can a man from Saudi Arabia tell the difference between anger and disgust in Argentina? A long line of research suggests the answer is basically “yes”—humans appear to express certain fundamental emotions throughuniversal facial expressionsthat are usually recognizable to people from other cultures. This seems to be true even across cultures that have had little or no exposure to each other. But, according to arecent studypublished in theJournal of Experimental Psychology, the theory of the “universality” of emotions may be missing something important. Their findings suggest that culture could play a str…