Relax Needless Fear Around Others
"We all know this fear. You’re walking down a street, someone you don’t know comes toward you, and there’s a second or more of wariness, scanning, apprehension, and tension or bracing in the body: a barely conscious assessment of possible threat. Or you step into a meeting with people you know and still there could be a watchfulness, a restraint, a certain carefulness in how you speak that comes more from subtle anxiety than reasonable prudence. Perhaps someone disagrees with you in this meeting – and you feel uneasy, off balance, unprotected; maybe later you worry what others thought about how you responded to the disagreement" More...
Everyman's Dance Troupe Teaches Lessons about How to Live Well
"If only the 610 Stompers existed in Jupiter, Florida - if they did, my dad would be a star member. Except for the fact that there are no stars in the real 610 Stompers, and that's part of this everyman's dance troupe's beauty. Why do I love these guys? Because they teach us some important lessons about how to live well. Here's what I mean:" More...
Incessant Drip, Drip, Drip — A Universal Story
"On his journey he had stayed a variety of places, and most of them having had darned poor plumbing, especially leaky faucets. Some had disturbed his ongoing habit of sleeping, in the daytime, nighttime or just any old time. More than anything else in life, he would get himself so blasted bent out of shape with that infernal, "Drip, drip, drip…." It nearly drove him out of his mind! "Perhaps that wouldn't be such a bad thing," he mused later." More...
Brain Research Shows We Really Do Feel Another's Pain
"Have you ever said, "I feel your pain," to someone who is struggling? A popular phrase in today's culture, the statement is a modern-day expression of empathy. It indicates that we understand the person's experience - or at least are trying to understand it, even if we can't ever really know what it's like to be in another person's skin. And it means that we grasp that the person is hurting, either physically, emotionally, or spiritually. It turns out that when we say, "I feel your pain," we're not lying." More...
Your Opinion is the One That Counts!
"Many of us go through life wondering what others think of us. We think we care too, which is actually funny because I can tell you with confidence, you don't. In fact it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, because it always, and I repeat, always goes back to how you feel about yourself. " More...
5 Ways to Stop an Argument in Less Than a Minute
"The trouble with arguments is that they don't work. I'm not talking about a good debate, where you have some great ideas, and they clash, and you start a healthy back-and-forth that feels fun. I mean arguments – where tension starts to rise, responses start to get personal, and you go around in circles without getting anywhere." More...
Is the Mind-Body Problem a Problem at All?
"One could rightly ask: How can intangible thoughts affect tangible matter (i.e., the brain)? This question is at the heart of the longstanding “mind-body problem,” and related questions include: How can mind arise from matter? Is mind reducible to matter? Does matter determine mind?" More...
How the Three Pillars of Exercise Benefit Mental Health
"We often hear that exercise is good for mental health, but why is this so? I was curious about the physiological mechanisms behind exercise's emotional boost, so I did some digging. Here's what I found out regarding the three pillars of exercise: cardio/aerobic exercise, resistance/strength training, and stretching/flexibility activities." More...
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