Showing posts from January 20, 2019

How to Lose 100 Pounds or More

It's All About PlanningWhen you have a lot of weight to lose, it means playing the long game. And during that time, you'll face challenges. Weight loss experts and people who have done it offer you their ideas to cut calories, fight the "hangry," make exercise easier, stay on track, and more. Some are tried-and-true, and others may surprise you. Swipe to advance 2/17 Go Big for BreakfastPeople who eat more in the morning and less at night tend to lose more weight. Some studies suggest that starting your day with a high-protein meal -- especially warm, solid food -- helps you feel fuller and less hungry later. Shoot for 350-400 calories with at least 25 grams of protein, says Domenica Rubino, MD, director of the Washington Center for Weight Management & Research. Swipe to advance 3/17 Keep a Photo Diary"We have horrible memories in terms of what we eat," says Susan Albers, PsyD, author of EatQ. Save your food photos in a daily file. Before your next snack or m…

Why It's Worth Listening to People You Disagree With

Zachary R. Wood invites controversy into his life. Raised by a schizophrenic mother, he learned that people are complicated and challenging, but they can bring us into a deeper understanding. In this Ted talk, he describes growing up in a difficult home that was also supportive. He attended an elite, predominantly white, private school where as a black student, he felt the sting of being stereotyped and the joy of a education. He joined a group that brought controversial speakers to campus in order to prepare himself for controversy. He was not always successful in overcoming student bias, but he was able to engage in conversations with those who held different opinions and to understand their views. He believes "that to achieve progress in the face of adversity, we need a genuine commitment to gaining a deeper understanding of humanity."

How to Avoid the Social Media Outrage Trap

Here are six ways to keep your head when the Internet loses it.

By Zaid Jilani

The short video went viral on social media, as so many do. It appeared to show teens participating in an anti-abortion march confronting and mocking an older Native American man, provoking outrage by millions across social media.

The clip made it to cable news. Celebrities joined in the fracas. Their school, Kentucky-based Covington Catholic, eventually responded, saying that it will take “appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.”

But the initial narrative about the video collapsed when the full two-hour video of the incident became available. It’s not that the longer video exonerates the teenagers for bad behavior—but it did become clear that they were surrounded by adults whose behavior was, if anything, worse.

Hostile interactions between protesters and counter-protesters are common at these sorts of events, and it’s possible that if everyone involved were to engage in productive dialogue in a dif…

On Compassion, Equanimity and Impermanence

"Compassion is practiced in two ways: subtly and overtly. You can subtly serve any person with whom you interact by allowing their pain to resonate deeply within you, and experiencing it completely so that it does not turn into suffering within you. This is the healthy alternative to both callous indifference and enervating enmeshment." Author and mindfulness teacher Shinzen Young shares more in this collection of thought-provoking reflections.

Four Myths about Being Grateful at Work

Researcher Amie Gordon debunks four common objections to gratitude in the workplace.

By Amie M. Gordon

How to Get Started with Gratitude at Work

Lynette Silva of Globoforce, researcher Amie Gordon, researcher Ryan Fehr, and Kate MacAleavey of The Ready discuss the myths, barriers, and keys to gratitude at work.

By Jason Marsh

The Wisdom of Circles: In Conversation with John Malloy

John Malloy tends fires. He is a guardian of safe spaces where people gather. John began tending fires in this spirit as a county probation senior group counselor. He then co-founded The Foundry, a school for kids who had been in jail. John currently works as an Intervention Specialist in schools and leads an Intergenerational Support Group for people challenged by grief and trauma. For over fifty years, he has anchored circles that tap into the power of silence, compassion, deep listening and a full presence. In this interview, he shares his experience of what it takes to bring "medicine" to the circle. In leading circles, John says that, "people care how much you care...It doesn't matter (who is in the circle); you just have to present yourself with authenticity."

Five Ways Sleep Is Good for Your Relationships

New research highlights how sleep benefits our social lives.

By Jill Suttie

I’m a sleep lover. I like going to bed at the same time every night and getting a full night’s sleep. Deprive me of just one hour of blessed sleep, and things quickly go downhill—just ask my husband. I become bad company—snarky and irritable, hardly able to keep up my end of a conversation, let alone negotiate difficult issues.

Sleep is clearly important for our health, helping our bodies function at their best. It’s also key to our productivity, helping us stay fresh and focused the following day. But does getting a good night’s sleep affect our relationships, too?

In line with my own experiences, some relatively new research suggests that sleep does have positive social consequences. What we’re learning about the connection between sleep, our brains, and our social selves offers yet another reason to safeguard your zzz’s.

Sleep helps us approach others and avoid loneliness

It’s been long known that loneliness is a…

Top 10 Kindness Stories of 2018

Kindness begets kindness. This simple saying points to a profound truth. What we put out into the world, often comes back to us in one form or another. Not only does kindness have this wonderful boomerang effect, it's also delightfully contagious. Being at the receiving end of an act of kindness or witnessing a thoughtful gesture for another person can inspire a chain reaction. This just might be one of the best recipe's out there for creating a better world. For inspiration, here are some of KindSpring's favorite stories of 2018.

How the Media Can Help Prevent Mass Shootings

Sensationalized TV coverage of mass shootings may encourage more of them.

By Zaid Jilani

In the days and weeks following a mass shooting, television news programs saturate audiences with coverage of the tragedy, often focusing on the shooter.

But there’s a problem with this approach: It could be making mass shootings more common. According to a recent working paper, intense media coverage of these events may serve to glorify them in the minds of other potential mass shooters, who then seek the same attention by committing similar atrocities.

Jay Walker, an economics professor at Old Dominion University and a coauthor of the study, says that he and economist Michael Jetter wanted to look into the motivations behind mass shootings. “There’s been speculation about motives and there’s no clear resolution,” he notes.

Indeed, some of the most prominent mass shootings of the past decade have left the country puzzled. For instance, after almost a year of investigation, Las Vegas police could deter…

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Break Free

For the last 11 years, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has been in the public eye for his activism, movement building, work with Earth Guardians, and youth empowerment. In 2013, President Obama awarded Xiuhtezcatl the United States Community Service Award. Xiuhtezcatl was the youngest of 24 national change-makers chosen to serve on the presidents youth council. He is the recipient of the 2015 Peace First Prize; the 2015 Nickelodeon Halo Award; the 2016 Captain Planet Award; the 2016 Childrens Climate Prize in Sweden; and the 2017 Univision Premios Agente de Cambio Award. He has addressed the UN General Assembly, given TED Talks, been interviewed by Bill Maher, and made an appearance on the Daily Show with Trevor Noahall by the age of 17. Currently, he is one of 21 young plaintiffs suing the U.S. government for violating our constitutional rights by perpetuating the climate crisis in the trial of the century: Juliana vs. the United States. His has authored We Rise: The Earth Guard…

Nuggets of Wisdom from 10 Everyday Heroes

Saturday Awakin Calls are moderated live conversations where amazing people share their journeys and interact with listeners. These conversations are then transcribed and archived creating a treasure trove describing the many ways to "be the change" we want to see in the world. In this post, an Awakin Calls volunteer shares some of her favorite jewels from this past year's most memorable calls. Read Gayathri Ramachandran's blog post and dive into this rich collection of inspiration.

How to Quiet Your Mind

BreatheWe do this all the time, but to use your breathing to find stillness, be more careful and conscious about it. Pay attention to the rhythm. If you take short, quick breaths, try to move toward slower, deeper ones. Put your hand on your belly: You should feel it rise and expand as you draw air in, and fall as you let it out. Shoot for about six breaths a minute. Swipe to advance 2/14 Watch Fish SwimPeople with home aquariums say they feel calmer, more relaxed, and less stressed when they gaze at their fish, and science backs it up. It isn't just the water, although that alone helps. A study using a tank hundreds of times larger found that the more types of marine life that were added, the happier people got. Heart rates and blood pressures dropped, too. Swipe to advance 3/14 ExerciseJust 5 minutes of aerobic exercise, like a brisk walk, could start to calm your mind. It releases endorphins -- chemicals that make you feel good and can help improve your mood, focus, and sleep. High-i…