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The weblog, wEssays, feature articles and works of fiction of Charles Hugh Smith
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birthrates are below replacement in much of the world except among the religious
Strengths-spotting to help yourself and others find happiness.
Smile! March 20, 2014 is the United Nation's International Day of Happiness.
Why teams are a must in losing weight and how to use them.
As blissfully unaware as we seem to be about the effect of stress on our hair, the truth is that our lives won't be so blissful when our hair begins thinning and we can't figure out why....
How emotions and even behaviors can spread like an epidemic by Alice Park
It may not be a popular phrase, but the feeling is crucial.
A counterintuitive findings from a new study show that the part of the brain that is associated with empathizing with the pain of others is activated more strongly by watching the suffering of hateful people as opposed to likable people.
Happiness might be a more important factor in your health than smoking.
In a culture obsessed with happiness, we should remember that coming to terms with suffering is instructive to the soul.
How did no one think of this before?
For most people, the temptation to twist the truth is too hard to resist. New research sheds light on why that is
Whether at the office, dorm, PTA meeting, or any other social setting, we all know intuitively who the popular people are even if we can't always put our finger on why. That information is often critical to professional or social success. Yet until now, scientists have not understood how our brains recognize these popular people. In new work, researchers say that we track people's popularity largely through the brain region involved in anticipating rewards.
Disadvantaged environments can shorten telomeres and alter genes by age nine.
Can you imagine there is actually a "test" online that allegedly makes a "rough assessment" of your "Facebook Addiction." Harvard University found that when engaged in social networking, the nucleus accumbens is activate...
We are all parts of groups and those groups shape what we see, for good and bad.
A preliminary study finds that the relationship between depression and memory loss may depend on levels of insulin-like growth factor, or IGF-1.
Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live -- and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior.
New research suggests that loneliness can spread from person to person within a network, like a disease
Empathy is the lifeblood of any system of health—it gives us all a shared stake in being healthy and helping others to thrive as well.
Building empathy has been a critical strategy in my household of late—not only because it helps motivate them, but also because it is an important part of their social development. Lately I have been thinking about empathy on a larger scale, beyond my household, and how critical it is to building a Culture of Health.
Most people don't think about empathy as a key to health, but it is profoundly important.
by Tara Oakman
Empathy is an important attitude to have as a teacher as well, for many reasons. You do not want your students to bring their problems into the classroom, it needs to be a safe place. You also need to empathize with the fact that you are here because you have already mastered the required material, they are trying to understand it through you. Not everyone is going to respond well to your teaching style, let alone how YOU understand the information, you'll be doing a bit of catering as a teacher, as is to be expected.
Compliments may not pay the rent, but according to new research, they help improve performance in a similar way to receiving a cash reward. Researchers recruited 48 adults for the study who were asked to learn and perform a specific finger pattern (pushing keys on a keyboard in a particular sequence as fast as possible in 30 [...]
If you are in a position of authority, you might want to try this!
Compliments may not pay the rent, but according to new research, they help improve performance in a similar way to receiving a cash reward.
New research shows that the impact of loneliness could be a lot more devastating than just a few unpleasant emotions.
The collective intelligence of teams rises with the number of women involved.
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ~ Epicurus
Don't believe everything you think.