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…
A New Golden Rule and The Couple's Manifesto of Love
A New Golden Rule and The Couple's Manifesto of Love
by Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.
The familiar Golden Rule -- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you -- has analogues throughout the world's…
Why Do Women Change Their Stories Of Sexual Assault?
Why Do Women Change Their Stories Of Sexual Assault?
by Allison Sarah Reeves Somogyi
As a scholar, I have examined the circumstances that can prompt victims to change their stories about sexual assault.
80% of Doctors Mistakenly Blame Nicotine For Smoking Risks
80% of Doctors Mistakenly Blame Nicotine For Smoking Risks
by Maud Alobawone
Most physicians mistakenly believe that nicotine leads to cancer and heart and respiratory diseases, according to a new…
How The Far Right Is Exploiting The Pandemic With Conspiracies
How The Far Right Is Exploiting The Pandemic With Conspiracies
by Blyth Crawford
Just as the global death toll from COVID-19 reached 250,000 at the start of May this year, a short film emerged that…
To Be A Great Innovator, Learn To Embrace And Thrive In Uncertainty
To Be A Great Innovator, Learn To Embrace And Thrive In Uncertainty
by Todd Saxton
Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, was America’s first female self-mademillionaire. She pioneered a line of hair…
So You Think Your Internet Passwords Are Secure?
So You Think Your Internet Passwords Are Secure?
by Paul Haskell-Dowland and Brianna O'Shea
Passwords have been used for thousands of years as a means of identifying ourselves to others and in more recent times,…
How The Civil War Drove Medical Innovation – And The Pandemic Could, Too
How The Civil War Drove Medical Innovation – And The Pandemic Could, Too
by Jeffrey Clemens
The current COVID-19 pandemic, the largest public health crisis in a century, threatens the health of people across the…
Are You Burnt Out?
Be True to Your Passion and Experience Livelihood not Deadlihood
by Alan Cohen
People who have found their true calling report that they are having so much fun, they feel like they should be paying…
If You're Thinking of Leaving A Violent Partner, You Need A Financial Plan. This Toolkit Can Help
If You're Thinking of Leaving A Violent Partner, You Need A Financial Plan. This Toolkit Can Help
by Glennda Scully
The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a surge of calls to domestic violence support services, as survivors of violence spend…
The Loneliness of Social Isolation Can Affect Your Brain and Raise Dementia Risk In Older Adults
The Loneliness of Social Isolation Can Affect Your Brain and Raise Dementia Risk In Older Adults
by Karra Harrington and Martin J. Sliwinski
Physical pain is unpleasant, yet it’s vital for survival because it’s a warning that your body is in danger. It tells…
Methane Is Short-Lived In The Atmosphere But Leaves Long-Term Damage
Methane Is Short-Lived In The Atmosphere But Leaves Long-Term Damage
by Zebedee Nicholls and Tim Baxter
Methane is a shorter-lived greenhouse gas - why do we average it out over 100 years? By doing so, do we risk emitting…
5 Cost-Effective Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint At Home
5 Cost-Effective Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint At Home
by Wendy Rowan et al
Since the pandemic struck, most people have been spending the majority of their time in the house. Those working from…
Wearable Fitness Devices Deliver Early Warning of Possible Covid-19 Infection
Wearable Fitness Devices Deliver Early Warning of Possible Covid-19 Infection
by Albert H. Titus
The difficulty many people have getting tested for SARS-CoV-2 and delays in receiving test results make early warning…
What’s In Your Medicine May Surprise You
What’s In Your Medicine May Surprise You
by Yelena Ionova
There are many more ingredients in every pill you take than what is listed on the bottle label.
Appreciating Your Partner and Being Mindful of Each Other
Appreciating Your Partner and Being Mindful of Each Other
by Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.
Do the best couples have any secret strategies for staying mindful and not taking one another for granted? Paying…
Why Women Bosses Get Different Reactions Than Men When They Criticize Employees
Why Women Bosses Get Different Reactions Than Men When They Criticize Employees
by Martin Abel
Imagine that your boss Ethan calls you into his office. He expresses disappointment in your recent performance and lack…
Does Ignoring Robocalls Make Them Stop?
Does Ignoring Robocalls Make Them Stop?
by Sathvik Prasad and Bradley Reaves
More than 80% of robocalls come from fake numbers – and answering these calls or not has no effect on how many more…
Are Your Devices Spying On You?
Are Your Devices Spying On You?
by Kayleen Manwaring and Roger Clarke
From internet-connected televisions, toys, fridges, ovens, security cameras, door locks, fitness trackers and lights,…
Why Smoke From Wildfires Can Worsen Covid-19 Risk
Why Smoke From Wildfires Can Worsen Covid-19 Risk
by Luke Montrose
Two forces of nature are colliding in the western United States, and wildland firefighters are caught in the middle.
Arctic Warming: Are Record Temperatures And Fires Arriving Earlier Than Scientists Predicted?
Arctic Warming: Are Record Temperatures and Fires Arriving Earlier Than Scientists Predicted?
by Christopher J White
It was a grim record. On June 20 2020, the mercury reached 38°C in Verkhoyansk, Siberia – the hottest it’s ever been in…
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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,…