How Introverts and Extroverts Working Together Create Balance and Innovation 
How Introverts and Extroverts Working Together Create Balance and Innovation
by Jane Finkle
In the rapid-fire of the modern day workplace, teams with diverse perspectives can produce unique solutions to problems…
Why Microaggressions Aren't Just Innocent Blunders
Why Microaggressions Aren't Just Innocent Blunders
by Jonathan Kanter
A white man shares publicly that a group of Black Harvard graduates “look like gang members to me” and claims he would…
Complacency: A One-Way Ticket To Doom
Complacency: A One-Way Ticket To Doom
by Nir Bashan
When creativity dies within a company or career, your eventual end is soon cast in stone. Let’s take a look at a…
The UK Plans To Build Huge Batteries To Store Renewable Energy – But There's A Much Cheaper Solution
The UK Plans To Build Huge Batteries To Store Renewable Energy – But There's A Much Cheaper Solution
by Andrew Cruden
The UK has the world’s largest installed capacity of offshore wind, has effectively stopped generating electricity from…
How Keeping Large Mammals In Zoos and Aquariums Damages Their Brains
How Keeping Large Mammals In Zoos and Aquariums Damages Their Brains
by Bob Jacobs
Hanako, a female Asian elephant, lived in a tiny concrete enclosure at Japan’s Inokashira Park Zoo for more than 60…
Finding the Gifts That Come Our Way Everyday
Finding the Gifts That Come Our Way, Everyday
by Marie T. Russell
Just as 13 years of age marks adolescence, 21 marks adulthood (at least officially), 50 seems to me to herald a…
3 Ways To Cope With The Uncertainties of Pandemic Life
3 Ways To Cope With The Uncertainties of Pandemic Life
by Bethany Teachman
It’s 1:36 a.m. and I’ve just gotten my daughter back to sleep after she threw up violently. She has no fever, no cough,…
Police Surveillance of Black Lives Matter Shows The Danger Technology Poses to Democracy
Police Surveillance of Black Lives Matter Shows The Danger Technology Poses to Democracy
by Anjuli R. K. Shere and Jason Nurse
US police forces have been turning to technology to track down Black Lives Matter protestors.
If We Realized The True Cost of Homelessness, We'd Fix It Overnight
If We Realized The True Cost of Homelessness, We'd Fix It Overnight
by Vivienne Skinner and Phillippa Carnemolla
The moratorium on evictions is due to end soon. (In Australia, it is scheduled for the end of September 2020). Some…
11 Ways To Stop Procrastinating—For Good
11 Ways To Stop Procrastinating—For Good
by Tim Ferriss, Dan Ariely & more
Most of us feel guilty or lazy when we put things off until a later date or time, but procrastination is normal and…
How Periods and The Pill Affect Athletic Performance
How Periods and The Pill Affect Athletic Performance
by Dan Gordon
The menstrual cycle, the pill and their potential impact on sporting performance have long been considered a taboo…
How The Climate Impact of Beef Compares with Plant-Based Alternatives
How The Climate Impact of Beef Compares with Plant-Based Alternatives
by Alexandra Macmillan and Jono Drew
I am wondering about the climate impact of vegan meat versus beef. How does a highly processed patty compare to…
Conflicting Desires: Can You Have Whatever You Want?
Conflicting Desires: Can You Have Whatever You Want?
by MSI (Maharishi Sadashiva Isham)
If you have contradictory desire streams -- desires for two opposing things at the same time -- it becomes much more…
Why Personality Shifts Might Also Change Your Politics
Why Personality Shifts Might Also Change Your Politics
by Caroline Brooks
Changes in personality may also lead to changes in political ideologies, researchers report.
How Women Use Mobile Apps To Learn About Sexuality and Improve Their Sexual Relationships
How Women Use Mobile Apps To Learn About Sexuality and Improve Their Sexual Relationships
by Mary Keck
New research offers an unprecedented look at how women around the world interact with dating and sex-related mobile…
How Job Insecurity Shapes Your Personality
How Job Insecurity Shapes Your Personality: More Neurotic, Less Agreeable, Less Conscientious?
by Lena Wang et al
With unemployment at its highest rate in three decades, almost a million Australians are experiencing the anxiety of…
Less Routine Is Often More When It Comes To Children's Development
Less Routine Is Often More When It Comes To Children's Development
by Debbie Pope
As a mother of three grown-up children, I vividly recall the panic I felt when the annual six-week summer school…
4 Phytonutrients That Can Boost Your Health.and Where To Find Them
4 Phytonutrients That Can Boost Your Health.and Where To Find Them
by Clare Collins
A review of the research found drinking a few cups of coffee a day was associated with a lower risk of dying from any…
7 Ways To To Suck CO₂ Out Of The Atmosphere
7 Ways To To Suck CO₂ Out Of The Atmosphere
by Annette Cowie et al
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says negative emissions technologies will be needed to meet the Paris…
Dogs Never Lie About Love and Happiness
Dogs Never Lie About Love and Happiness
by Jeffrey Masson, Ph.D.
Can anything be as joyous as a dog? Bounding ahead, crashing into the bushes while out on a walk, happy, happy, happy.…
Why People Act Less Selfishly When Somebody’s Watching
Why People Act Less Selfishly When Somebody’s Watching
by Ida Eriksen
The less we know about what is expected of us in a given situation, the more likely we are to act selfishly,…
How Digital Literacy Skills Help Children Navigate and Respond To Misinformation
How Digital Literacy Skills Help Children Navigate and Respond To Misinformation
by Jaigris Hodson
As we all head back to school during a global pandemic, it’s a good time to ask whether students are learning the…
How The Coronavirus Spreads Through The Air
How The Coronavirus Spreads Through The Air
by Stacy Morford
Scientists have been warning for months that the coronavirus could be spread by aerosols – tiny respiratory droplets…
What The Greek Classics Tell Us About Grief and The Importance of Mourning The Dead
What The Greek Classics Tell Us About Grief and The Importance of Mourning The Dead
by Joel Christensen
As the coronavirus pandemic hit New York in March, the death toll quickly went up with few chances for families and…
Tips For Living Online – Lessons From Six Months of Covid-19
Tips For Living Online – Lessons From Six Months of Covid-19
by Pamela Scott Bracey, PhD
Stay-at-home orders, workplace shutdowns, school closures and social distancing requirements changed lives almost…
Why Retiring Early Can Be Bad For The Brain
Why Retiring Early Can Be Bad For The Brain
by Plamen Nikolov
People who retire early suffer from accelerated cognitive decline and may even encounter early onset of dementia,…
Are Your Beliefs Working For You or Against You?
Are Your Beliefs Working For You or Against You?
by Rich Rahn
What are beliefs really? Beliefs are opinions, assumptions, prejudices, judgments, ideas, and attitudes through which…
At Universities Students Need Safe Places To Socialize, Not Partying Bans
At Universities Students Need Safe Places To Socialize, Not Partying Bans
by Leo Erlikhman
As universities have reopened in various ways this fall after spring COVID-19 closures and a rapid move to online…
Will The Tropics Eventually Become Uninhabitable?
Will The Tropics Eventually Become Uninhabitable?
by James Shulmeister
What is the impact of temperature increases in the tropics? How likely is it that regions along the Equator will be…
How Parents Should Talk To Their Children About Sex
How Parents Should Talk To Their Children About Sex
by Áine Aventin
Parents and children need to be able to discuss sex – but often they avoid these conversations. Here are some tips that…
Humans Ignite Almost Every Wildfire That Threatens Homes
Humans Ignite Almost Every Wildfire That Threatens Homes
by Nathan Mietkiewicz and Jennifer Balch
Summer and fall are wildfire season across the western U.S. In recent years, wildfires have destroyed thousands of…
New Research: Cannabis Use After Work Doesn’t Affect Productivity
New Research: Cannabis Use After Work Doesn’t Affect Productivity
by Ian Hamilton
Musicians and artists have long used cannabis to enhance their creativity. But how does the drug affect more…
Depression and Dementia Are Two Sides Of One Coin
Depression and Dementia Are Two Sides Of One Coin
by Donald Weaver
Every seven seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia. A typical case that I often see in my practice is…
Bigger Than Hope: Hoping vs. Knowing
Bigger Than Hope: Hoping vs. Knowing
by Alan Cohen
Real spirituality is beyond hope. Hope means there is a chance things may turn out as we wish, and if we are lucky we…
How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Helped Shape The Modern Era Of Women's Rights
How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Helped Shape The Modern Era Of Women's Rights
by Jonathan Entin
Even before her appointment, she had reshaped American law. When he nominated Ginsburg to the Supreme Court, President…
Why Hope Isn't Mere Wishful Thinking
Why Hope Isn't Mere Wishful Thinking
by Christian van Nieuwerburgh
The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world has prompted job losses and business closures, and an increase in stress and…
Why The Electoral College Is Surprisingly Vulnerable To Popular Vote Changes
Why The Electoral College Is Surprisingly Vulnerable To Popular Vote Changes
by Steven Heilman
In the 2000 U.S. presidential election, changing just 269 votes in Florida from George W. Bush to Al Gore would have…
What Happens When Covid-19 And Influenza Collide? Can Hospitals Handle The Strain?
What Happens When Covid-19 and Influenza Collide? Can Hospitals Handle The Strain?
by Christine Crudo Blackburn et al
Flu season is just around the corner, and the United States still hasn’t contained the coronavirus. That sets up an…
Why Wildfires Can Leave Toxic Drinking Water Behind
Why Wildfires Can Leave Toxic Drinking Water Behind
by Andrew J. Whelton and Caitlin R. Proctor
Less than halfway through the 2020 wildfire season, fires are burning large swaths of the western U.S. As in previous…
Will Chrystia Freeland Lead A Feminist Post-coronavirus Recovery?
Will Chrystia Freeland Lead A Feminist Post-Coronavirus Recovery?
by Gabriela Perdomo and Pascale Dangoisse
With Chrystia Freeland now holding the reins of the ministry of finance and Canada’s post-pandemic recovery plan, it’s…
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Anything That You Say Or Think Is An Affirmation. Really!
by Louise Hay
Affirmations are really anything that we say or think. We say, "I don't want this in my life" or "I don't want to be…
InnerSelf Newsletter: September 20, 2020
InnerSelf Newsletter: September 20, 2020
by InnerSelf Staff
The theme of the newsletter this week can be summed up as "you can do it" or more specifically "we can do it!". This is…
Horoscope Current Week:  September 21 - 27, 2020
Horoscope Current Week: September 21 - 27, 2020
by Pam Younghans
This weekly astrological journal is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you…
Open to Possibilities: Flowing with Life, Motion and Change
Open to Possibilities: Flowing with Life, Motion and Change
by Jean Walters
It is true that change is the only constant. You cannot stop it or interfere with it. It is ongoing and occurring every…
What Works For Me: "I Can Do It!"
What Works For Me: "I Can Do It!"
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
The reason I share "what works for me" is that it may work for you as well. If not exactly the way I do it, since we…
Taking the Plunge: A Rite of Passage
Taking the Plunge: A Rite of Passage
by Irene O'Garden
Near our little house in the woods runs a lovely rushy stream, Clove Creek. While it’s often brisk and prosperous, it…
How Pandemic Learning Pods May Undermine The Promises Of Public Education
How Pandemic Learning Pods May Undermine The Promises of Public Education
by Sue Winton
With schools reopening after COVID-19 closures, concerns about the safety and certainty of public schooling have driven…
Meditation Techniques: Is There A Right Way to Meditate?
Meditation Techniques: Is There A Right Way to Meditate?
by Jerry Sargeant
If you let your mind run riot on its own, your ego will keep you in the illusory world of the future and past and this,…
We've Known For Over A Century That Our Environment Shapes Our Health, So Why Are We Still Blaming Unhealthy Lifestyles?
We've Known For Over A Century That Our Environment Shapes Our Health, So Why Are We Still Blaming Unhealthy Lifestyles?
by Rob Noonan
We’re healthier and live longer than our ancestors, yet we’re constantly reminded of deaths caused by war, terrorism…
What Does A False Positive Mean? Making Sense Of Covid-19 Tests And Terminology
What Does A False Positive Mean? Making Sense Of Covid-19 Tests And Terminology
by Priyanka Gogna
During the COVID-19 pandemic, words and phrases that have typically been limited to epidemiologists and public health…
Forgiving Means Releasing The Pain Associated With An Event
Forgiving Means Releasing The Pain Associated With An Event
by Doreen Virtue
Forgiving means "releasing the pain associated with an event. You don't need to forgive the action, just the person.…
What Will Be Your Story? You Can Chart Your Own Course
What Will Be Your Story? You Can Chart Your Own Course
by Maggie Craddock
When it comes to your life story, deciding where you invest your time and energy during the prime working years of your…
World Service as a Gateway to Soul and to Happiness
World Service as a Gateway to Soul and to Happiness
by Serge Beddington-Behrens
For me, being of service means working on behalf of and thus taking a stand for a cause or causes that we believe in…
Far From Being Anti-Religious, Faith and Spirituality Run Deep In Black Lives Matter (BLM)
Far From Being Anti-Religious, Faith and Spirituality Run Deep In Black Lives Matter
by Hebah H. Farrag and Ann Gleig
Black Lives Matters (BLM) has been portrayed by its detractors as many things: Marxist, radical, anti-American. Added…
Why Yelling At People Who Aren't Wearing Masks Won't Work
Why Yelling At People Who Aren't Wearing Masks Won't Work
by Nicole Hassoun
There is strong scientific evidence that wearing a mask reduces the risk of transmitting the coronavirus and cuts down…
Defending The 2020 Election Against Hacking: 5 Questions Answered
Defending The 2020 Election Against Hacking: 5 Questions Answered
by Douglas W. Jones
In 2016, Russia managed to penetrate systems in several states but there’s no evidence that they “pulled the trigger”…
Are We Evolving? Stages of Consciousness Evolution and Awareness
Are We Evolving? Stages of Consciousness Evolution and Awareness
by Swami Sivananda Radha
Each culture sees human life as a progression through a series of stages... in an attempt to understand the evolution…
6 Ways Mail-in Ballots Are Protected From Fraud
6 Ways Mail-in Ballots Are Protected From Fraud
by Charlotte Hill and Jake Grumbach
Voter fraud is very rare, whether people vote in person or by mail. That much is clear from a large body of research.
How Good Nutrition Can Contribute To Keeping Diseases Away
How Good Nutrition Can Contribute To Keeping Diseases Away
by Grayson Jaggers
The connection between the pandemic and our dietary habits is undeniable. The stress of isolation coupled with a…
Vizards, Face Gloves and Window Hoods: A History of Masks In Western Fashion
Vizards, Face Gloves and Window Hoods: A History of Masks In Western Fashion
by Lydia Edwards
Masks have emerged as unlikely fashion heroes as the COVID-19 pandemic has developed. Every conceivable colour and…
Good News Stories From Vietnam's Second Wave – From Dragon Fruit Burgers to Mask ATMs
Good News Stories From Vietnam's Second Wave – Inclusive Innovation: Free Rice and Free Mask ATMs
by Ba-Linh Tran and Robyn Klingler-Vidra
Vietnam was a clear success story of the COVID-19 pandemic by May 2020, recording very low infection rates and being…
What Is A Hurricane Storm Surge and Why Is It So Dangerous?
What Is A Hurricane Storm Surge and Why Is It So Dangerous?
by Anthony C. Didlake Jr
As Hurricane Sally headed for the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, forecasters warned of a…
3 Keys To Meaningful Work
3 Keys To Meaningful Work
by Mehran Nejati and Azadeh Shafaei
Given we spend, on average, about 90,000 hours at work, most of us want work that’s more than just a source of income.…
How To Take Baby Steps Towards A New Reality
How To Take Baby Steps Towards A New Reality
by Marie T. Russell
If we were able to remember how we felt as a child learning to crawl, we probably would remember looking on with…
10 Tips For Coping With Wildfire Smoke
10 Tips For Coping With Wildfire Smoke
by Sarah Henderson
Wildfires have burned millions of acres in the western United States this year. Tens of thousands have been evacuated…
How To Land A Job When Companies Have Shifted To Virtual Hiring
How To Land A Job When Companies Have Shifted To Virtual Hiring
by Joshua Bourdage et al
Companies are shifting towards virtual hiring. With staggering unemployment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many…
Scarabs, Phalluses, Evil Eyes — How Ancient Amulets Tried To Ward Off Disease
Scarabs, Phalluses, Evil Eyes — How Ancient Amulets Tried To Ward Off Disease
by Marguerite Johnson
Throughout antiquity, from the Mediterranean to Egypt and today’s Middle East, people believed that misfortune,…
How Family and Friends Can Help To End Domestic Violence
How Family and Friends Can Help To End Domestic Violence
by Krista M. Chronister
Domestic violence disproportionately affects women and girls around the world. In the United States, one in four women…
How Both Climate Change and Forest Management Have Fueled Today's Epic Western Wildfires
How Both Climate Change and Forest Management Have Fueled Today's Epic Western Wildfires
by Steven C. Beda
What is driving the wildfires that are ravaging California, Oregon and Washington? President Trump and state officials…
Why Batch Testing and Contact Tracing Are The Two Keys To Stop The Lockdown Yo-yo
Why Batch Testing and Contact Tracing Are The Two Keys To Stop The Lockdown Yo-yo
by Richard Holden
Back in March and April 2020, I (and many other economists) argued for lockdowns to get COVID-19 infections under…
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InnerSelf Newsletter: September 20, 2020
by InnerSelf Staff
The theme of the newsletter this week can be summed up as "you can do it" or more specifically "we can do it!". This is another way of saying "you/we have the power to make a change". The image of…
What Works For Me: "I Can Do It!"
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
The reason I share "what works for me" is that it may work for you as well. If not exactly the way I do it, since we are all unique, some variance of the attitude or method may very well be something…
InnerSelf Newsletter: September 6, 2020
by InnerSelf Staff
We see life through the lenses of our perception. Stephen R. Covey wrote: “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.” So this week, we take a look at some…
InnerSelf Newsletter: August 30, 2020
by InnerSelf Staff
The roads we are travelling these days are as old as the times, yet are new for us. The experiences we are having are as old as the times, yet they also are new for us. The same goes for the…
When The Truth Is So Terrible It Hurts, Take Action
by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf.com
Amidst all the horrors taking place these days, I am inspired by the rays of hope that shine through. Ordinary people standing up for what is right (and against what is wrong). Baseball players,…