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Stress and the Social Self: How Relationships Affect Our Immune System

“We are all tethered to our social worlds by invisible but steel strong wires.”<p>Relationships, Adrienne Rich argued in her magnificent meditation on love, refine our truths. But they also, it turns out, refine our immune systems. That’s what pioneering immunologist <b>Esther Sternberg</b> examines in <b>The</b> …

Psychology

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse - but the rest of the world isn’t listening

It’s a little before three on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looks practically deserted. There’s an …

Addiction

A Surprising Number of Americans Still Spank Their Kids

Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was indicted for negligent injury to a child after he whipped his 4-year-old son bloody with a …

Psychology

'Emotional Map' Reveals Where Human Body Feels Gentle Touch

WASHINGTON — From the stroke of a mother's hand to the embrace of a lover, sensations of gentle touch activate a specialized set of nerves in …

Cool Stuff

How to Speak to Someone About an Unspeakable Loss

“It’s not about saying the right things. It’s about doing the right things.” ~Unknown<p>Years ago, my family and I moved to a bucolic little town in New …

Compassion

Why we need each other — the power of shared experience

Why we need each other — the power of shared experience<p>By Sophie Scott<p>What is it about seeing someone as authentic and vulnerable that is so …

Nearly 1 in 4 teens meet criteria for 'probably serious mental illness'

Nearly 1 in 4 Australian teenagers meets the criteria for having a "probable serious mental illness", a joint report from Mission Australia and the …

Baby in Mind Educator Wins Award

Congratulations to Baby in Mind educator, Linda Davis, who this week received an award for the highest academic achievement for a NSW student …

What it Really Means to Hold Space for Someone

When my Mom was dying, my siblings and I gathered to be with her in her final days. None of us knew anything about supporting someone in her …

Parenting

Touch and Human Development

Course overview <b><br>Touch and Human Development.</b><p>In this module, we will<p>explore how parent-infant touch relates to early human development;<p>examine some of …

10 things you should do for your self-esteem every day

Simple yet effective strategies for feeling better about yourself<p>Developing good self-esteem is a bit like building physical fitness. It doesn't …

4 Questions that Will Change Your Attitude (When You Can’t Change Anything Else)

All of us suffer setbacks and obstacles in life. According to the first noble truth of Buddhism, suffering is inevitable. Life is full of …

What is a bullet journal? And why does everyone think it’s better than any productivity app?

Switching off screens, planning and reviewing your day with a notebook reduces the lingering dread of pending tasks.<p>In May 2016, I found myself …

Engineering

Study finds new link between childhood abuse and adolescent misbehavior

An important learning process is impaired in adolescents who were abused as children, a University of Pittsburgh researcher has found, and this …

Why Some Neuroscientists Are Fed Up With Neuroscience

If you work in a given field for years and years, you’re likely to pick up insights about its problems — that’s why people tend to have such strong …

Make every aspect of your life better by sending 5 simple emails

I’ve covered a lot of research on how to make your life better but many people struggle with implementing changes because it seems like a major undertaking. It doesn’t have to be.<p>You can make strides in 5 fundamental areas by just sending 5 emails.<p>1. Happiness<p>Every morning send a friend, family …

Social Media Marketing

How to Live a Happy Life: 10 Things to Say Yes to Starting Today

<i>“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”</i> <b><br>Marcus Aurelius</b><p><i>“Most people are about as happy as</i> …

Self-help

Improve Your Day's Focus by Answering “What Would Make Today Great?”

In our day to day, it can be hard to focus on the truly important things when <i>everything</i> seems important and to-do lists can be their own sort of …

Productivity

7 Warning Signs That You Will Never Achieve Your Dream

According to the title of a popular motivational magazine manual, there are no UN-achievers, but please don’t mention that to the people who are …

Self-improvement

A Seven-Step Prescription for Self-Love

Self-love is a popular term today that gets tossed around in normal conversation. "You have to love yourself more." "Why don't you love yourself?" …

Happiness
Parenting

An Exploration of the Human Brain: Charlie Rose

Tonight, we continue on our exploration of the human brain with the look at the relationship between childhood adversity and the developing brain. …

How to Be Present and Peaceful When You Can't Stop Thinking

<b>“Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.” ~Eckhart Tolle</b><p>When I first started practicing Zen (or presence), I used …

Mindfulness

6 Questions to Help You Find Your Tribe

We make many choices that mold our personalities, but none are quite as important as the people we choose to be around.<p>As motivational speaker Jim …

Self-help

How I Got Unstuck

I was sitting in my tiny apartment, the one with the perfect natural lighting and warm-colored walls. The one that I took probably six months to …

Mind

Why we need to deal with the uncomfortable issue of children’s mental health

<b>Warning:</b> This article discuses death, suicide, violence and child abuse.<p>This year, in Australia, an estimated 315 babies and pre-schoolers will be …

How a mummy made of cardboard brought new life to my daughter

Carl Gorham worried that his six-year-old daughter was bottling up her feelings after her mother died. But when she asked him to ‘make’ Mummy from cardboard boxes, it was to prove a breakthrough<p>I had been worried a few months after my wife died about many things: her family’s wellbeing, my own …

Parenting

How to Build the Best Marketing Strategy You Can Using Only Free Tools

With what is available for free, there has never been a better time to bootstrap a startup.<p>As an entrepreneur, it is more important than ever for you to create an efficient marketing strategy. Because startups often have low budgets, finding the right marketing stack that covers the variety of …