Showing posts from 2018

Do Young Kids Care About Your Success or Your Heart?

According to a new study, toddlers judge people by their status as well as their kindness.

By James McConchie

My two- and four-year-old boys love to win, whether they are racing their bikes down the sidewalk or just finishing their snack. And this preoccupation with prestige does not seem to diminish with age: Society is full of social hierarchies in which those with high status, from world leaders and prize winners to athletes and movie stars, are the objects of our great admiration.

A recent study published in Nature Human Behaviour turned to toddlers to better understand this aspect of human nature. The researchers found that we seem to have an innate preference for high-ranking people—but only if those people aren’t hurtful toward others.

Researchers showed toddlers (aged 21 to 31 months) a scene where two puppets approached one another from opposite sides of a stage and one deferred by bowing to let the other pass. Asked which puppet they preferred, 18 of the 21 toddlers in the expe…

Thinking About New Year's Resolutions?

"In past years, youve probably targeted minor vices -- eat fewer snacks, exercise more, whatever your particular self-admonitions may be. But it is too easy to get lost in the particulars -- and in the negatives. This time around, try something a little different."

Unlearning Together

Martin Winiecki of the Tamera Peace Research & Education Center in Portugal, writes that our present culture maintains a "mental and spiritual firewall...that hinders us from experiencing our interconnectedness with other beings." He invites us into "a world of full contact, resonance, and communication," by going through three stages of unlearning, beginning with a revolution in consciousness and ending with an unlearning process that needs community, considering that "we are relational interdependent beings."

Home: The Movie

World renowned photographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, released "Home" on World Environment Day, June 5, 2009. Shot in 54 countries and 120 locations over 217 days, "Home" is almost entirely composed of aerial footage showing how everything on earth is interconnected. Though the visually stunning images inspire a sense of awe, wonder, and appreciation for our home planet, this film was produced to awaken a collective conscience and responsibility. "Home" poses the prospect that unless we take responsible action to protect the earth's resources, we risk losing the only home we may ever have.

Don't Let Arthritis Slow You Down

Achy joints can make you reluctant to do much of anything. Try these easy activities to help you keep moving.

Play Video GamesGrab a gaming system but get off the couch. Research suggests some sports video games may burn as many calories as a brisk walk. In a study funded by Nintendo, the Wii Sports tennis, baseball, and boxing games all qualified as moderate-intensity exercise. For joint flexibility and to improve your range of motion with arthritis, try your hand at balance games and yoga exercises. Swipe to advance 2/15 Get Your Dog and Start WalkingAn eager dog can be the perfect cure for couch potato syndrome. He can keep you company and keep you motivated during your daily walks. Because walking keeps your joints flexible and your muscles strong, this low-impact, weight-bearing exercise is a good choice for people with arthritis. Research also suggests dog owners tend to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol than their pet-less peers. Swipe to advance 3/15 Wash Your CarWashing yo…

Real Benefits of Coffee and Tea

They're two of the most enjoyed beverages around the world -- but are they good for you, too? And is it possible to have too much of a good thing?

Common GroundAside from plain water, coffee and tea are the most enjoyed beverages around the world. Both have things in them that may help your health, and they’re an excuse to get together with a friend -- that can be good for you, too. Swipe to advance 2/15 Coffee BasicsThe beans grow on flowering trees found in more than 50 countries around the world, including the U.S. (Hawaii). They’re roasted and ground, then boiled, dripped, steamed, or soaked to make coffee, depending on where you live and how you like it. Swipe to advance 3/15 Tea BasicsMore than two-thirds of the world’s people drink this beverage, which is made from the leaf of a bush called Camellia sinensis. You typically steep the leaves in steaming hot water for a few minutes then serve the tea hot or over ice. Swipe to advance 4/15 Green, Oolong, Black: What’s the Difference?…

Eight Inspiring Moments from 2018

We remember acts of self-sacrifice, compassion, heroism, and forgiveness from the past year.

By Jeremy Adam Smith

We need hopeful news. Research suggests that people who consume negative news regularly “tend to have less trust in political leaders, lower evaluations of other people and communities, and more psychological problems,” as Jill Suttie reported this year in Greater Good.

Hearing good news has the opposite effect: people become more generous, politically active, and mentally and physically healthy. “Journalists will always have to report on inherently negative issues,” says media researcher Karen McIntyre of Virginia Commonwealth University. “But reporting in a constructive way would hopefully help people have a more realistic picture of the world.”

That’s why we offer our annual list of the year’s most inspiring moments: not to put on rose-colored glasses, but to highlight the goodness that exists in the world.

Young father protects kids in shootout, gets help

In January, Jalil F…

Outside of Time: A Conversation with Linda Connor

"I was flunking French and my uncle paid for a summer in France so I could study French. I'd taken the family Brownie. Later that year I got a basic 35mm, and I just loved making pictures. From then on it was like, 'Okay, this is it!'"Linda Connor went to RISD and studied with Harry Callahan. From there she went to SF where she met Imogene Cunningham. She soon had a job at the San Francisco Art Institute. The rest is history, as they say...As Connor says, "We spend most of our days with our egocentric busyness." Read more in this interview about the life of this celebrated photographer.

15 Early Signs of Cancer

Coughing, fatigue, a funny-looking mole -- most of these 15 symptoms have other explanations, so it’s important to know when to call the doctor. 

Changes in Your SkinA new spot on your skin or one that changes size, shape, or color could be a sign of skin cancer. Another is a spot that doesn't look the same as all the others on your body. If you have any unusual marks, have your doctor check your skin. She will do an exam and may remove a small piece (called a biopsy) to take a closer look for cancer cells. Swipe to advance 2/15 Nagging CoughIf you don't smoke, there's very little chance a nagging cough is a sign of cancer. Usually, it's caused by postnasal drip, asthma, acid reflux, or an infection. But if yours doesn't go away or you cough up blood -- especially if you are a smoker -- see your doctor. She may test mucus from your lungs or do a chest X-ray to check for lung cancer. Swipe to advance 3/15 Breast ChangesMost breast changes are not cancer. It's still im…