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Inspirational Quote for December 10, 2016

“Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” Never give your enthusiasm for anything or anyone the opportunity to slip away! Keep a tight grip on it whatever happens as it’s one of your very best friends. It has served you well throughout your life and, just because you may be slathering on the anti-wrinkle cream at bedtime every night, doesn’t mean your enthusiasm needs to lessen. Believe you’re your enthusiasm is the anti-wrinkle cream for your soul, keep slathering it on and the results will continue to amaze you no matter how many wrinkles you have! The guarantee is on the box. by

Mark Nepo: On Taking the Exquisite Risk

"Mark Nepo is a poet, philosopher, and spiritual teacher who is the author of numerous books and audio projects, including the New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. In this transcript of an episode of Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon has an intimate conversation with Mark about the two most important lessons he has learned from his journey with cancer, the role of effort and grace in our lives, what it means to take "the exquisite risk," and how we can shift our perspective to see with the eyes of the heart."

What Can Americans Dream Now?

By   Jenara Nerenberg We talk with Courtney Martin about building a future that prioritizes social connection and sharing over prosperity and ownership. What does the good life look like in 21st century America? Courtney Martin Is it still a single-family home and two cars, as it was for earlier generations? Or is there a “new better off” for millennials entering adulthood, one that emphasizes social connection and sharing over prosperity and ownership? In   The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream , Courtney Martin explores the changing landscape of aspiration and community in the United States today, one shaped by co-working, freelance careers, co-housing, and social media. Martin is an author, social entrepreneur, and weekly columnist for On Being, with   two TED talks   and five books under her belt. She lives with her family in Temescal Commons, a co-housing community in Oakland—an experience that inspired   The New Better Off . We talked with Martin abo

Would the World Be Better Off without Empathy?

By   Jill Suttie Paul Bloom’s controversial book   Against Empathy   mixes valid points with misguided critiques. Some weeks ago, I sat down in my local coffee shop to begin reading Paul Bloom’s   Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion . A man sitting at a nearby table pointed to my book with a look of incredulity and said, “What’s   that   about? Sounds awful.” I’m sure others may have the same reaction based on the title alone. But Bloom’s book is a bit more nuanced than his title suggests. Looking through years of research on   empathy , he has come to the conclusion that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. “From a moral standpoint, we’re better off without it,” he writes. It’s an interesting premise. The idea that empathy is a problem rather than a solution to social ills flies in the face of public opinion as well as the work of   many researchers . But Bloom insists that “the problems we face as a society and as individuals are rarely due to a lack of empa

Is Your Empathy Determined by Your Genes?

By   Summer Allen A new study of twins explores where empathy comes from: nature or nurture? In this divided world, there is a growing interest in cultivating empathy—in populations ranging from   preschoolers   to   police officers . And for good reason: Studies suggest that, besides increasing kind and helpful behavior and making the world a better place to live, empathy contributes to our   relationships   and   career success . But where does empathy come from? Is it mostly taught by parents, teachers, and community? Or is it an innate personality trait determined by genetics? 
A recent   study , conducted by Martin Melchers of the University of Bonn, Elisabeth Hahn of Saarland University, and colleagues and published in the journal   Motivation and Emotion , sought to answer these questions. By using multiple ways of measuring empathy in 742 twins and adult siblings, the study provides some new insights into empathy’s origins. 
Previous studies on this subject have

Does Self-Compassion Make You Selfish?

By   Jill Suttie A new study suggests that self-compassion makes you hold yourself to a   higher   standard of morality.   I’m probably not alone when I say that I sometimes balk at the idea of self-compassion. I know that researchers have linked it to many positive outcomes, like   less stress , increased   well-being , and   improved relationships . But I find the idea of directing kindness, understanding, and forgiveness toward myself to be a dubious proposition. Isn’t self-compassion just a way of letting yourself off the hook when you did something hurtful or unethical? Actually, it appears that the opposite may be true. In a recently published   study , researchers in China looked at how self-compassion relates to how people judge their own moral transgressions. Chinese university students imagined themselves engaging in morally wrong behavior—like breaking traffic rules, keeping money from a found wallet, or plagiarizing for a test—and then rated how acceptable the

Inspirational Quote for December 9, 2016

“The World is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” Of course it is, we all know this don’t we? That’s why we all strive to be the best we can be in this troubled world of ours. Being the diverse human beings we are, naturally we all hold different opinions on everything and everyone. That’s just the way it is. However, wouldn’t it be absolutely amazing if the one thing we could ALL agree on was just to be the decent, tolerant, truthful, compassionate, people we are meant to be. Realizing that being prepared to put our differences aside and work together will encourage others who follow us to do the same. What a wonderful world this could be, if only…… by