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Another Climate Change Hazard

Global Warming Will Hike Mental Health Woes: Study

A new study warns that mental health problems will increase as global temperatures rise.

Mental health problems will increase as temperatures rise due to climate change, a new study warns.

The researchers said that over five years, a 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degree Fahrenheit) increase in average temperature is associated with higher rates of mental health issues, CNN reported.

The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"We don't exactly know why we see high temperatures or increasing temperatures produce mental health problems," lead author Nick Obradovich, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, told CNN.

"For example, is poor sleep due to hot temperatures the thing that produces mental health problems? We have a lot of work to do to figure out precisely what is causing what," Obradovich said.

For the study, the researchers compared…

Get Out of the Comparison Trap

How to Get Out of the Comparison Trap

By Seth J. Gillihan, PhD

We all let comparison get the best of us sometimes—I’d bet that even people you most admire wish they were as smart, rich, beautiful, or funny as someone else. And I’ll admit I’m prone to my comparisons, too; what starts as admiration of a colleague can easily morph into wishing I could write as well as they do, or that I had an Instagram feed like theirs.
Psychologists call this tendency “upward comparison,” and it has many downsides. Not only does it make us feel bad about ourselves, it rarely motivates us to do any better. Probably the most obvious solution to comparison would be to focus on yourself instead. After all, you are the only valid control condition for yourself because no one else has had exactly the same advantages, challenges, or experiences as you. This is great advice, but it’s easier said than done. Even if we want to focus on ourselves, our brains seem to be wired to make these upward comparisons. What’s mo…

Belly Fat ... or 77 Pound Tumor?

Big, Fat Tumors: Liposarcomas Can Top 70 PoundsBy  Two years ago, Hector Hernandez noticed his weight creeping up and his stomach popping out, but he chalked it up to middle age. His stomach had never really behaved, he admits.
But as it grew, people noticed. “I would get from people, 'You should stop drinking beer,' ” says Hernandez, 47, a billing administrator for an IT company in the Los Angeles area. He'd laugh it off and tell them he didn't even drink beer.
Yet he was becoming concerned. His weight had reached 298 pounds on his 5' 10" frame. "I would exercise and my stomach would never come down," he says. It felt hard, too, although that was nothing new either. When he noticed his arms getting thinner, and his family nudged him, he saw a doctor.
“The doctor touched my stomach and asked, ‘How long have you been like this?’ ” Then he sent Hernandez off for a round of tests, including images of his abdomen.
Soon came the shocking diagnos…

9/11 Brought Them Together. They've Been Spreading Love Since

On a day when division and hate became tangible on a large scale in America, three minsters from different religions were moved by their faith to make peace. 9/11 marked a violent awakening of hate for some, but for Rabbi Ted Falcon of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, Reverend Don Mackenzie, a minister and head of staff at the University Congregational United Church of Christ, and Jamal Rahman, a Muslim Sufi minister at the Interfaith Community Church, 9/11 marked an awakening of courage and love. Together they resolved to find common ground in their faith and have since then worked together to help others make peace in the world. Discover how they found a way to live out the law of love and how you can too.

Bursitis Warning Signs

What Is Bursitis?Small squishy sacs around your joints called bursae get inflamed. You might feel stiff, and it might hurt to move the joint in a normal way. Though it's linked to certain injuries and diseases, the cause of any specific case is often unclear. It might last a short time, or it could be a long-term problem. Your doctor can help you treat it with drugs, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. Swipe to advance 2/15 What Do Bursae Do?These fluid-filled sacs cushion your joints. They lessen the rubbing between your bones, tendons, muscles, and skin. When injured or overused, they can collect extra fluid and get inflamed, and over time their walls may thicken. Swipe to advance 3/15 Acute BursitisThis means it comes on quickly, over a period of hours or days. It could happen if you injure a joint when you fall. It often hurts to move or even touch the inflamed joint, and the skin over the area may swell and redden. Infection or gout can cause extra painful flare-ups that make …

Are College Students Really Against Free Speech?

A new book explores the psychological roots of polarization on college campuses—while proposing concrete steps we can take to reverse it.BY ZAID JILANI
In 2015, a Mexican-American student at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) wrote in a student newspaper that the institutional culture of the college represented certain groups but not others. Mary Spellman, the college’s dean of students, conceded in an email that “we have a lot to do as a college and community”—and she offered to work with the student to formulate ways the college could better serve “those who don’t fit our CMC mold.” The student interpreted the phrase “mold” as an intended insult, believing that she was stigmatized as an outsider. She posted Dean Spellman’s email online, setting off days of raucous protests. Within a month, Spellman quit her post.

The CMC episode is one of many described in The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, a new book by social ps…

Musicians for World Harmony

The healing power of music is widely known, from bustling cities to remote villages. Since 2002, Musicians for World Harmony has relied on the gift of music to help those impacted by war, disease, aging, and cultural divides. Founder Samite Mulondo, a professional musician and former refugee, believes in using music to help create a safe space where participants don't feel judged. "The stories usually come easily after the music," he says. "We all have a story to tell if we are given a chance to tell it." Musicians for World Harmony has worked with seniors living with dementia, children living with AIDS, and communities experiencing the impacts of war, in addition to refugees, immigrants, and others. Read on to learn more about their mission to bridge divides, cultivate belonging, and inspire harmony through the power of music.

The Mystique of Rain

Re-awakening a mystique of rain - or a mystique of Earth - isn't a simple task for anyone indoctrinated into the dominant worldview of a dead universe. Like meditation or yoga or darts, it is a practice - a practice that weaves together ecology and spirituality, a practice that might satisfy both the ecologist and mystic, the pragmatist and visionary. Ecology suggests that nothing exists in isolation. Interdependence - or networks of relationship - is primary. Many spiritual traditions also suggest the interconnectedness of all things. If our lives interpenetrate not only with human creatures but with the wilder others as well, then how we enact our lives - how we participate, how we engage our relationships with the Earth community - may matter more than we can imagine.

How to Live a More Courageous Life

Learning strategies to deal with your fears can help prepare you to take risks and change your life.BY KATE SWOBODA
On any given day, many of us wrestle with our fears. We might be contemplating a career change, telling someone we love them, or wanting to speak up for what’s right when we see injustice. But a voice within us pipes up saying that there’s no point, or that we aren’t really capable of creating the life or world we desire.

Whether you call it “fear” or some other name—anxiety, stress, discomfort, life challenges—the cycle often plays out in the same way. We have a desire for change, but our fear of what might happen or the worry that we are somehow not enough can keep us stuck.

In my new book, The Courage Habit, I argue that when it comes to dealing with fear, we often go about it all wrong. Instead of seeing fear as bad and trying to get rid of it when it arises, we can choose to accept fear as part of the process of change and instead practice courage. This choice can help…