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Can Borrowing from Neighbors Strengthen Democracy?

In the course of our daily lives, we may find abundant evidence that our social fabric has frayed. As Robert Putnam discussed in his 2000 book Bowling Alone, Americans have become increasingly isolated, drifting away from activities that stimulate civic engagement. Could the casual connection created through borrowing a cup of sugar from a neighbor help restore the sense of community needed to strengthen our democracy? While that notion may seem far-fetched, the act of borrowing creates opportunities to engage, connect and relate to people in our communities. Research has shown that even those who are initially reluctant to reach out to their neighbors are much happier when they do. In addition to improving well-being, building social capital through neighborly interaction can help to establish the habits of cooperation and reciprocity that underpin a healthy democracy.

What Game of Thrones Can Teach Us About Human Goodness

You can't stop empathy, compassion, generosity, and heroism. Even on HBO's notoriously violent and cynical hit series! By Jeremy Adam Smith This article contains lots and lots and lots of spoilers. “The things I do for love,” says Jaime Lannister in the very first episode of Game of Thrones , which aired on HBO back in 2011. Of course, as he utters these pretty words, he’s pushing a child out of a tower window. That scene set the tone for the fantasy series, now in its eighth and final season. As the characters vie with each other for the Iron Throne—the symbol of ultimate power in the series— Game of Thrones has depicted countless killings, some horrible torture, and many different kinds of sexual violence. At numerous points, the series has suggested that no good deed goes unpunished. For these reasons, for many people, Game of Thrones is unwatchable—but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming phenomenally popular all over the world. As its audience has grown, ho

SuperBetter: A Healing Game

In the face of death, or evening seriously challenging circumstances, how do hope to respond? Many people come to this moment full of regrets and suffering. What if you could do small things every day that would help you face challenges and even trauma with resilience and growth? In this research packed and fun TED talk, on-line game designer Jane McGonigal guides a real-time social game for developing the four kinds of resilience found to boost our ability to actually grow from trauma.

How Osteoarthritis Is Treated

There is no treatment to stop the cartilage in the joints from wearing away, but there are ways to make the joint work better. 1 / 17 Osteoarthritis: What Is It? Also called "wear and tear" arthritis or degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis (OA) is the progressive breakdown of the joints' natural shock absorbers. This can cause discomfort when you use the affected joints -- perhaps an ache when you bend at the hips or knees, or sore fingers when you type. Most people over 60 have some degree of OA, but it also affects people in their 20s and 30s. Swipe to advance 2 / 17 Osteoarthritis: Symptoms The symptoms of osteoarthritis tend to develop slowly. You may notice pain or soreness when you move certain joints or when you've been inactive for a prolonged period. The affected joints may also be stiff or creaky. Typically, osteoarthritis leads to morning st

Key Screening Tests Every Woman Should Have

1 / 24 Why Screening Tests Are Important Remember that old saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"? Getting checked early can help you stop diseases like cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis in the very beginning, when they’re easier to treat. Screening tests can spot illnesses even before you have symptoms. Which screening tests you need depends on your age, family history, your own health history, and other risk factors. Swipe to advance 2 / 24 Breast Cancer The earlier you find breast cancer, the better your chance of a cure. Small breast-cancers are less likely to spread to lymph nodes and vital organs like the lungs and brain. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, some experts recommend that your health care provider perform a breast exam as part of your regular check-up every one to three years. You may need more frequent screenings if you have any e

Why Do We Have Birthmarks?

1 / 10 Birthmark Basics Birthmarks gain attention when there's a media blitz about someone with a visible mark, such as New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. News reports suggest that he was born with this birthmark on his right cheek, which doctors checked early on and found to be harmless. Folk wisdom calls such babies "touched by an angel," but a doctor's advice is best. Swipe to advance 2 / 10 What Is a Birthmark? A birthmark is a colored mark on or under the skin that's present at birth or develops shortly after birth.Some birthmarks fade with time; others become more pronounced. Birthmarks may be caused by extra pigment-producing cells in the skin or by blood vessels that do not grow normally. Most birthmarks are painless and harmless. In rare cases, they can cause complications or are associated with other conditions. All birthmarks should