Showing posts from June 18, 2017

Inspirational Quote – June 24, 2017

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”

The world seems to become noisier every day, or is that just me? Cars driving past with their windows down and music blasting out so we can all get the “benefit” of the driver’s musical predilections whether we want to or not, (usually not)! On a bus, coach or train, people carry on conversations on their mobile ‘phones. I wouldn’t mind so much if they were interesting with tasty bits of gossip but, more often than not, they’re totally boring to their fellow travelers. Don’t get me started with headphones in public! Why can’t people be content just to shhhhhh, and be quiet. Don’t they realize what they’re missing? They might be pleasantly surprised at what they can hear, i.e. the sounds of the birds, children laughing, or squabbling, people having a pleasant conversation etc. or, better still, silence, just silence.

The Women in Spiti Valley who are Saving the Snow Leopard

In the Spitian language, "shen" means snow leopard. Located in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti Valley is one of the few remaining places on earth where snow leopards can be found. Since 2013, women from two of the region's villages have been working with the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) to help protect this endangered species. Known as Project SHEN, the women engage in community development and conservation efforts, and showcase their handicraft skills by creating handmade items such as stationary and jewelry that is sold locally and online. The project has brought about dramatic changes in the lives of the women, as they gain greater independence and self-sufficiency, while making a difference to their community and its wildlife. "They are the custodians of their pastures and mountains," says Kulbhushan Suryawanshi.…

How Does Your Culture Influence the People You Trust?

According to a new study, we're more generous toward people when they express emotions valued by our culture.BYMILENKO MARTINOVICH

How can culture influence giving? Some scholars have argued that people are more likely to share with others who are similar in terms of race or sex, but the evidence for this is mixed. Anew studyby Stanford psychologists, which appeared recently inSocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, suggests, however, that similar emotional expressions can motivate giving, and can do so even more than a common race or sex. Since culture drives people’s tendency to value similar emotions in others—a phenomenon dubbed “ideal affect match”—the research clarifies a new way that culture can influence giving and potentially provide insights about organizations’ philanthropic efforts. Cultural differences in ideal affect Previous research fromJeanne Tsai, an associate professor of psychology at Stanford, has examined the relationship between culture and emotion with a fo…

Inspirational Quote – June 23, 2017

“Be the kind of person you want in your life.”

This brings to mind the saying, “Treat other people the way you would like to be treated” doesn’t it? Do you live your life along these lines? I would like to believe that this is something I can relate to in my life and the lives of those closest to me. I think most of us try to be the best we can be in our behavior towards others, not just to those closest to us, but those we come across perhaps momentarily every day. Why wouldn’t we?

What Activists Can Learn From Grace Lee Boggs

With the need for social change in countries all around the world, it is easy to understand how "protest fatigue" can set in. However, veteran activists can offer some advice on how to stay in it for the long haul of bringing about a better world. Grace Lee Boggs was one such lifelong activist until she passed away in 2015 at the age of 100. She lived and breathed her truth and believed that tending gardens, caring for the self, and caring for others were ways to nourish activism. In a sometimes harsh world, these simple acts of kindness end up restoring the energy needed to carry on the hard work of social change. Read on to see how coming alive mindfully, connecting to others and practicing a caring attitude will sustain activism just as it did for Grace--maybe to the ripe age of 100.

12 Drinking Myths to Stop Believing

MYTH: Hangovers Are No Big Deal

FACT: Heavy drinking rocks the central nervous system. It tinkers with brain chemicals -- leading to headache, dizziness, and nausea -- and sends you running to the bathroom so often you become dehydrated. The morning-after price can include a pounding headache, fatigue, cotton mouth, queasy stomach -- and a weakened immune system.

MYTH: Hangovers Are Gender-Blind

FACT: Don’t go crazy with free drinks on Ladies' Night. If a man and woman drink the same amount, the woman is more likely to feel the effects. That’s because men have a higher percentage of water in their bodies, which helps dilute the alcohol they drink. When women drink the same amount, more alcohol builds up in the bloodstream.

MYTH: Only Bingers Get Hangovers

FACT: You don't have to get wasted to pay a price the next morning. Just a couple of drinks can trigger a headache and other hangover symptoms for some people. Having water or a nonalcoholic drink between each beer or hard drink c…

What Your Sleep Position Says About You

Strike Your Sleep Pose

You turn off the lights and get yourself ready to snooze. Are you on your back, side, or stomach? Your sleep position can be linked to things like back pain, snoring, and how often you wake up during the night. It may even say some things about your personality.

On Your Belly

Are you a tummy sleeper? If so, do you have problems sleeping? Your slumber pose may not be helping. You’re more likely to be restless and toss and turn to get comfortable when you sleep on your belly. It can strain your neck and your lower back, too. If this is how you like to sleep, you may want to use a very soft pillow or none at all to keep your neck comfortable.

Belly Position: Freefall

About 7% of the population sleeps this way. You lie on your belly with your arms around a pillow and your head turned sideways. If this is your favorite sleep position, some research suggests you may be more likely to speak your mind and be sociable and outgoing. You also may not be very open to criticism.


Inspirational Quote – June 22, 2017

“The positive thinker Sees the invisible, Feels the Intangible, and Achieves the impossible.”

Each and every one of us has the freedom to choose to think positively. How great is that? A free gift to ourselves from ourselves. This free gift enables us to see the positive in the people around us, the situations we find ourselves in and the problems that we all face every day. How much better to arm ourselves with positivity rather than negativity in order to continue on our path through life.

When Serendipity Touches a Journey

Anthony Rubino is a nonfiction writer and artist based out of New York City, where he also is an art teacher in the city's public school system. In this piece, Anthony tells the story of a vacation he and his wife took to Arizona, where he experienced the serendipity of connecting with a man whose painting appeared in his dream. He recently completed his memoir "Looking for Wonder: A Teacher's Unexpected Journey," which talks about his adventures as an art teacher.

What Your Face Reveals About Your Health

A Look in the Mirror

You’re really familiar with the face staring back at you. But a closer peek may show clues about your health -- if you know what to look for.

Yellowish Skin and Eyes

This is jaundice. It’s when you have too much of a waste product your body makes when it breaks down red blood cells. It’s common -- and usually harmless -- in babies born before 38 weeks, because their livers aren’t mature enough to work the way they should. In adults, jaundice can mean more serious conditions, like viral infections (hepatitis, mononucleosis); problems with your liver, gallbladder, or pancreas; or alcohol abuse.


These are spots or bumps, often dark in color. Most are nothing to worry about, but skin checks can help you spot cancer before it spreads. When it comes to moles, remember your ABCDEs:

o Asymmetrical: Is the shape different on each side?
oBorder: Is it jagged?
o Color: Is it uneven?
o Diameter: Is it larger than a pea?
o Evolving: Has it changed in the past few weeks?

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