5 Ways The World Is Better Off Dealing With A Pandemic Now Than In 1918
5 Ways The World Is Better Off Dealing With A Pandemic Now Than In 1918
by Siddharth Chandra and Eva Kassens-Noor
The influenza pandemic became the most severe pandemic in recent history, infecting about one-third of the world’s…
How Forest Loss Has Changed Biodiversity Across The Globe Over The Last 150 Years
How Forest Loss Has Changed Biodiversity Across The Globe Over The Last 150 Years
by Maria Dornelas et al
The Earth’s forests have been changing ever since the first tree took root. For 360 million years, trees have grown and…
One Metre Or Two? The Science Behind Social Distancing
One Metre Or Two? The Science Behind Social Distancing
by Lena Ciric
What constitutes a safe distance when it comes to the spread of COVID-19? The answer depends on where you live.
What Is The Summer Solstice?
What Is The Summer Solstice?
by Stephen Schneider
The summer solstice marks the official start of summer. It brings the longest day and shortest night of the year for…
Why Some People Lose Their Sense Of Smell From Coronavirus
Why Some People Lose Their Sense Of Smell From Coronavirus
by Simon Gane and Jane Parker
From the first reports coming out of Wuhan, Iran and later Italy, we knew that losing your sense of smell (anosmia) was…
How  Employers Are Taking Over Our Living Spaces And Passing On Costs
How Employers Are Taking Over Our Living Spaces And Passing On Costs
by Richard Shearmur
As many office workers adapt to remote work, cities may undergo fundamental change if offices remain under-utilized.…
Being Vulnerable: Stepping Out From Behind Our Walls
Being Vulnerable: Being Willing to Give and Receive Love
by Marie T. Russell
Living behind a glass wall can be lonely. You can see the others out there, yet you somehow remain separated from them.…
InnerSelf Newsletter: June 21, 2020
InnerSelf Newsletter: June 21, 2020
by InnerSelf Staff
We, as individuals, as a society, and as a planet, are in a state of transition. With the many challenges taking place…
Horoscope Week: June 22 - 28, 2020
Horoscope Current Week: June 22 - 28, 2020
by Pam Younghans
This weekly astrological journal is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you…
Three Steps for Re-Visioning Our Planetary Stories
Three Steps for Re-Visioning Our Planetary Stories
by Elizabeth E. Meacham, Ph.D.
In my teaching, I develop and work with a variety of Earth-connected spiritual practices. I have developed three…
How To Stop Your Dog Getting Heatstroke
How To Stop Your Dog Getting Heatstroke
by Anne Carter and Emily J Hall
Summer is a great time to get out and about with your dog. But dogs don’t tolerate the heat as well as their owners.…
Be A Love Leader: Love and Fear Cannot Live Under The Same Roof
Be A Love Leader: Love and Fear Cannot Live Under The Same Roof
by Michael Bianco-Splann
In transformative leadership, nothing is more vital than the ability to lead with love. Over my years working as an…
"Breathing God": Staying Connected through the Breath
by Will Johnson
Waking up to the first faint suggestion of light, I don’t want to leave my bed. And so I don’t. I just let myself lie…
Here's Why Some People Are Willing To Challenge Bullying, Corruption And Bad Behavior, Even At Personal Risk
Here's Why Some People Are Willing To Challenge Bullying, Corruption And Bad Behavior, Even At Personal Risk
by Catherine A. Sanderson
Two Theranos employees – Erika Cheung and Tyler Shultz – spoke out about their concerns regarding the company’s…
The Right Way To Breathe During The Coronavirus Pandemic
The Right Way To Breathe During The Coronavirus Pandemic
by Louis J. Ignarro, Ph.D
Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. It’s not just something you do in yoga class – breathing this…
Living from Love or Living from Fear?
Living from Love or Living from Fear?
by William R. Yoder Ph.D., D.C.
Any approach that makes peace and happiness dependent on a particular outcome or circumstances is implicitly saying…
Reflection and Creativity: Silent Wisdom is Calling
Reflection and Creativity: Silent Wisdom is Calling
by Sarah Varcas
When we have a solar eclipse sandwiched between two lunar eclipses like this one, we often see a process of emotional…
Safe Passage through the Current State of Affairs with The Three Emotional Bridges
Safe Passage through the Current State of Affairs with The Three Emotional Bridges
by Jude Bijou
This month I'm going to talk about the emotional bridges and what we can do to safely cross the river. I usually…
How Scientists Around The World Are Already Fighting The Next Pandemic
How Scientists Around The World Are Already Fighting The Next Pandemic
by David W Graham and Peter Collignon
If a two-year-old child living in poverty in India or Bangladesh gets sick with a common bacterial infection, there is…
How Remote Work Worsens Inequality
How Remote Work Worsens Inequality
by Georges A. Tanguay and Ugo Lachapelle
The importance of remote work, also known as telecommuting, is evident during the current COVID-19 crisis.
How Your Driving Speed Makes A Difference To Your Car's Emissions?
How Your Driving Speed Makes A Difference To Your Car's Emissions
by Ralph Sims
Every car has an optimal speed range that results in minimum fuel consumption, but this range differs between vehicle…
Informal Feedback: We Crave It More Than Ever, And Don't Care Who It's From
Informal Feedback: We Crave It More Than Ever, And Don't Care Who It's From
by Nathan Eva et al
The COVID-19 crisis has changed the way many of us work. With the switch to working from home, in particular, a…
Why Some People Are Deliberately Spitting, Coughing And Licking Food In Supermarkets
Why Some People Are Deliberately Spitting, Coughing And Licking Food In Supermarkets
by Craig Jackson
There have been numerous reports of people deliberately licking products and surfaces in supermarkets and filimg it.…
Believe In Your Dreams and Believe In Yourself
Believe In Your Dreams and Believe In Yourself
by Howard H White
If I told you that there was just one thing you could do that would give you everything you want, would you do it?…
Why Airline Bailouts Are So Unpopular With Economists
Why Airline Bailouts Are So Unpopular With Economists
by Brian O'Callaghan and Cameron Hepburn
For airlines, the reckoning is no longer far away on the horizon. It’s now a jumbo jet meters from the runway, landing…
Lessons From Three Places That Tried Dismantling The Police
Lessons From Three Places That Tried Dismantling The Police
by Daniel Odin Shaw
The defunding of America’s heavily armed police forces, a long-term demand of racial justice activists, looks…
Why The Pleasure And Meaning Of Mingling In Bars Can't Be Matched By A Table For 2
Why The Pleasure And Meaning Of Mingling In Bars Can't Be Matched By A Table For 2
by William Straw
The traditional bar is a complex social space and serves so many functions.
Why Conspiracy Theories About 5G Networks Have Skyrocketed
Why Conspiracy Theories About 5G Networks Have Skyrocketed
by Tchéhouali Destiny
The advent of 5G has raised many concerns among people, to the extent that anti-5G movements have emerged in various…
Getting to Yes and the Energy of Aliveness
Getting to Yes and the Energy of Aliveness
by Martin D. Lowenthal, Ph.D.
When we do not acknowledge our feelings, we may reactively eat for comfort. Not facing tensions in a relationship can…
How Global Urbanization Created The Conditions For The Current Coronavirus Pandemic
How Global Urbanization Created The Conditions For The Current Coronavirus Pandemic
by Roger Keil, et al
COVID-19 brought the relation between humans and animals to the core of social and scientific debates.
People Need To See The Benefits From Local Renewable Energy Projects, And That Means Jobs
People Need To See The Benefits From Local Renewable Energy Projects, And That Means Jobs
by Tom Morton et al
The Australian government’s investment roadmap for low-emissions technologies promises more taxpayers’ money to the gas…
9 Dog Breeds At Higher Risk Of Heatstroke – And What You Can Do To Prevent It
9 Dog Breeds At Higher Risk Of Heatstroke – And What You Can Do To Prevent It
by Emily J Hall et al
As temperatures begin to warm up, it might be tempting to take your dog for a long walk or run to soak up the weather…
Like Having A Truck Idling In Your Living Room: The Toxic Cost Of Wood-fired Heaters
Like Having A Truck Idling In Your Living Room: The Toxic Cost Of Wood-fired Heaters
by Peter Irga et al
There’s a lesser-known source of pollution causing billions of dollars worth of health costs every year: indoor…
3 Reasons Why COVID Has Changed The Way We Shop, Perhaps Forever
3 Reasons Why COVID Has Changed The Way We Shop, Perhaps Forever
by John Daley
It’s wrong to expect a “snap-back” at shopping centres, food courts, cinemas and other places where people used to…
Why It's Dangerous To Blindly Follow Medical Science Without Consensus
Why It's Dangerous To Blindly Follow Medical Science Without Consensus
by Neil Levy et al
In the face of the virus emergency, research standards have been relaxed to encourage faster publication and mistakes…
What Is Guilt and Shame? Where Does It Come From?
Guilt, Shame, and Ecstasy: What Is the Difference between Guilt and Shame?
by Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.
Everyone has experienced guilt at one time or another. In fact, millions of people are burdened by feelings of guilt of…
4 Ways People Stuck At Home Became Armchair Naturalists During Lockdown
4 Ways People Stuck At Home Became Armchair Naturalists During Lockdown
by Rebecca Young and Jordan Patrick Cuff
Who could have imagined that being confined to our homes would bring so many people closer to nature?
People In Abusive Relationships Face Many Barriers To Leaving — Pets Should Not Be One
People In Abusive Relationships Face Many Barriers To Leaving — Pets Should Not Be One
by Amy Fitzgerald et al
There are many challenges and barriers to leaving an abusive partner, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this…
People Are Getting Sick From Coronavirus Spreading Through The Air – And That's A Big Challenge For Reopening
People Are Getting Sick From Coronavirus Spreading Through The Air – And That's A Big Challenge For Reopening
by Douglas Reed
I am a scientist that studies infectious diseases and I specialize in severe respiratory infections, but I also serve…
How Much Do People Care About Climate Change? We Surveyed 80,000 People In 40 Countries To Find Out
How Much Do People Care About Climate Change? We Surveyed 80,000 People In 40 Countries To Find Out
by Simge Andı and James Painter
New survey results from 40 countries shows that climate change matters to most people. In the vast majority of…
Healthier Food Can Contain More Contaminants – But There's A Simple Way To Stay Safe
Healthier Food Can Contain More Contaminants – But There's A Simple Way To Stay Safe
by Ruth Fairchild
A recent study found that brown and organic rice sold in the UK tends to contain significantly more arsenic than white…
Quarantine Bubbles When Done Right Limit Coronavirus Risk And Help Fight Loneliness
Quarantine Bubbles When Done Right Limit Risk And Help Fight Loneliness
by Melissa Hawkins
After three months of lockdowns, many people in the U.S. and around the world are turning to quarantine bubbles,…
How to Love Yourself: The 10 Commandments of Loving Yourself
The 10 Commandments of Being Kind to Yourself
by Louise Hay
Criticism never changes a thing. Refuse to criticize yourself. Accept yourself exactly as you are. Stop terrorizing…
Why Herd Immunity Won’t Solve Our COVID-19 Problem
Why Herd Immunity Won’t Solve Our COVID-19 Problem
by Joanna Wares and Sara Krehbie
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, use of the term “herd immunity” has spread almost as fast as the virus.…
Why Anxious People Tend To Really Love Their Cats
Why Anxious People Tend To Really Love Their Cats
by Amy Quinton
The more neurotic and anxious cat owners are, the more trust and affection they have for their cat, researchers say.
Why Reopening Schools Requires Major Caution
Why Reopening Schools Requires Major Caution
by Tom Vasich
A new analysis stresses the need for caution when when reopening America’s schools.
How Young Workers Can Thrive After Layoffs By Leaving Big Cities
How Young Workers Can Thrive After Layoffs By Leaving Big Cities
by Louise Grogan
The younger the worker, the higher the unemployment rate in May 2020. The rate was 10 per cent for those aged 31 to 65,…
Should Bosses Be Able To Spy On Workers, Even When They Work From Home?
Should Bosses Be Able To Spy On Workers, Even When They Work From Home?
by Val Hooper et al
Anyone familiar with George Orwell’s novel 1984 will relate to the menace of Big Brother watching their every keystroke…
Ready To See Your Doctor But Scared To Go? Here Are Some Guidelines
Ready To See Your Doctor But Scared To Go? Here Are Some Guidelines
by Rebekah Rollston and Margot Savoy
What happens when a pandemic brings in-person visits with your doctor to a grinding halt? While the world grappled with…
How To Let Go Of Anger
How To Deal With Anger and Let It Go
by David Kundtz
One feeling in particular merits a special note: anger. If this feeling is a problem for you, you're not alone. It…
The Grim Reality And Hope For A Better Future
The Grim Reality And Hope For A Better Future
by Yessar Rosendar
The world continues its struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 7.4 million cases and 416,000 deaths have…
Why It Could Be Dangerous To Exercise With A Face Mask On
Why It Could Be Dangerous To Exercise With A Face Mask On
by Lindsay Bottoms
The coronavirus began to affect sporting events as early as January 30, when the Chinese Football Association announced…
India's Goddesses Of Contagion Provide Protection In The Pandemic
India's Goddesses Of Contagion Provide Protection In The Pandemic
by Tulasi Srinivas
Hindus in India have had a helping hand – several in fact – when it comes to fighting deadly contagions like COVID-19:…
Are We All OCD Now, With Obsessive Hand-washing And Technology Addiction?
Are We All OCD Now, With Obsessive Hand-washing And Technology Addiction?
by David Rosenberg
One of the hallmarks of obsessive-compulsive disorder is contamination fears and excessive hand-washing.
What Is A Derecho? An Atmospheric Scientist Explains These Rare But Dangerous Storm Systems
What Is A Derecho? An Atmospheric Scientist Explains These Rare But Dangerous Storm Systems
by Russ Schumacher
The U.S. recently has experienced two rarer events: organized lines of thunderstorms with widespread damaging winds,…
Why Catholic Priests Are Kneeling With Protesters
Why Catholic Priests Are Kneeling With Protesters
by Anna L. Peterson
Two days after the Catholic bishop of El Paso, Mark Seitz, knelt with a dozen other priests in a silent prayer for…
How to Talk to Yourself
How To Cut Through Negative Self-Talk
by Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.
When we become aware of our story lines -- the things we tell ourselves to keep from moving forward -- we can use…
InnerSelf Newsletter: June 14, 2020
InnerSelf Newsletter: June 14, 2020
by InnerSelf Staff
The "motto" of InnerSelf.com is "New Attitudes -- New Possibilities". And that is definitely what is at stake on a…
The Dilemma of The Freedom to Choose
The Dilemma of The Freedom to Choose
by Lisette Schuitemaker
Across the globe, the freedom to choose what will define our lives is vastly different. We who have many options open…
How To Turn Brushing Your Teeth Into An Intuition-Building Mindfulness Exercise
Brushing Your Teeth As An Intuition-Building Mindfulness Exercise
by Theresa Cheung
There’s no doubt mindfulness exercises can help you tune into your intuition. Research from Google’s Search Inside…
Working From Home: What Are Your Employer's Responsibilities, And What Are Yours?
Working From Home: What Are Your Employer's Responsibilities, And What Are Yours?
by Robin Price and Linda Colley
Working from home usually requires changing aspects of your relationship with your employer. What it doesn’t change is…
How The Arts Promotes Mental Health
How The Arts Promotes Mental Health
by Brittany Harker Martin
During self-isolation due to coronavirus, many are turningto the arts. Perhaps they seek a creative outlet or…
Why Switching To Electric Transport Makes Sense Even If Electricity Is Not Fully Renewable
Why Switching To Electric Transport Makes Sense Even If Electricity Is Not Fully Renewable
by Robert McLachlan
If I were to buy an electric vehicle it would add to the load on the national grid. Is the only way we are currently…
Learning to Live in the Moment: Choosing Either Fear or Love as Your Reality
Learning to Live in the Moment: Choosing Either Fear or Love as Your Reality
by Richard C. Michael, Ph.D.
One of the most difficult and rewarding things you will ever learn is how to live in the moment. Quite simply, if you…
Remember: It's Never Too Late To Belong
Remember: It's Never Too Late To Belong
by Will Wilkinson
Have you ever forgotten something – a name, a place, an event – and struggled to remember, finally giving up, only to…
Are You A World Citizen? Putting Things in Perspective
Are You A World Citizen? Putting Things in Perspective
by Pierre Pradervand
A world where a tiny virus weighing a microgram can upset the world economy in a few weeks is either inhabited by a…
How We Can Overcome Fear Of One Another To Embrace The New Normal
How We Can Overcome Fear Of One Another To Embrace The New Normal
by Victoria Rodner
Living with the virus has also taught us new tricks, pushing us to come up with new ways of how to shop, work, learn,…
This App Tracks Messed Up Body Clocks During The Pandemic
This App Tracks Messed Up Body Clocks During The Pandemic
by Morgan Sherburne
A free app called Social Rhythms could help users understand their own sleep rhythms and shed light on how their…
Coronavirus, Eastern Medicine, and the Microbiome
The Microbiome, Coronavirus, and Eastern Medicine: Recommendations For A Healthy Body and Mind
by Bridgette Shea
Eastern medicine is no stranger to plagues. Epidemics have been a major contributing factor to the evolution of…
How The Wings Of Owls And Hummingbirds Inspire Drones, Wind Turbines And Other Technology
How The Wings Of Owls And Hummingbirds Inspire Drones, Wind Turbines And Other Technology
by Ilias Berberi
Is evolution the best inventor? With hundreds of millions of years of work and the natural world as its canvas, it…
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Blue-Eyes vs Brown Eyes: How Racism is Taught
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
In this 1992 Oprah Show episode, award-winning anti-racism activist and educator Jane Elliott taught the audience a tough lesson about racism by demonstrating just how easy it is to learn prejudice.
A Change Is Gonna Come...
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
(May 30, 2020) As I watch the news on the events in Philadephia and other cities in the country, my heart aches for what is transpiring. I know that this is part of the greater change that is taking…
A Song Can Uplift the Heart and Soul
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
I have several ways that I use to clear the darkness from my mind when I find it has crept in. One is gardening, or spending time in nature. The other is silence. Another way is reading. And one that…
Why Donald Trump Could Be History's Biggest Loser
by Robert Jennings, InnerSelf.com
This whole coronavirus pandemic is costing a fortune, maybe 2 or 3 or 4 fortunes, all of unknown size. Oh yeah, and, hundreds of thousands, maybe a million, of people will die prematurely as a direct…
Mascot for the Pandemic and Theme Song for Social Distancing and Isolation
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
I came across a song recently and as I listened to the lyrics, I thought it would be a perfect song as a "theme song" for these times of social isolation. (Lyrics below the video.)