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As we approach the end of the year, we may have a desire to review our past and present, and reflect on our attitudes, beliefs, actions, and goals... May this newsletter's articles assist you in your journey. Scroll down below for the links to all of the new articles this week.
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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK
Written by Charles Eisenstein
Millions of people are pioneering a transition from the old world to the new. It is a journey fraught with peril and hardship and breathtaking discovery, a journey irreducibly unique for each of us. Because we are stepping out into the new, it is also profoundly uncertain and at times lonely.
Article continued here: Self-Trust Is Our Only Guide On The Invisible Path
Written by Janet Conner
Growing up in a traditional Catholic home, my child self got a clear picture that God was a big, powerful, male being out there somewhere and the purpose of my life was to seek and serve Him. A startling yet comforting mystical truth is that we do not initiate the search for the Divine...
Article continued here: What Is The Point Of The Spiritual Journey?
Written by Scott Stabile
There's a huge difference between sympathy and empathy, between "I'm sorry" and "I've been there." It's not that sympathy is bad. It's just that empathy invites a connection that sympathy simply can't. Sympathy says, "I feel sorry for you." while empathy declares "I am you."
Article continued here: I’ve Been There, Honey
Written by Nancy Windheart
Ironically, for me, becoming an animal communicator coincided with shifting away from my previous vegan lifestyle. I have had my own deep journey with this question, and perhaps the understandings I have reached with the help of the animals may be helpful for others who are struggling with this issue.
Article continued here: Why Am I, An Animal Communicator, Not Vegetarian?
Written by Marc David
In less than six weeks’ time working together, Sandy lost fifteen pounds and within four months she was a total of forty-five pounds lighter while eating more fat and exercising less. Her war with food was over, and she finally had what she wanted. Here’s what she did.
Article continued here: A Slow Down Diet Success Story
by Rafael Puyol, IE Business School
“Blue zones” are areas of the world where people live considerably longer lives. On these territories we can find…
Article continued here: Experts Say These Two Things Are The Secret To Living A Longer Life
by Brittany Cardwell and Jamin Halberstadt
Even if you don’t believe in Christ or a God, religion can still be a powerful force. Research shows that even…
Article continued here: Why Religion May Alter Your Psychology, Even If You're A Non-believer
by Steven Pressman, Colorado State University
The U.S. middle class has always had a special mystique. It is the heart of the American dream. A decent income and…
Article continued here: Are We Doubling Down On Policies That Are Crushing The Middle Class?
by Emily Litvack-University of Arizona
This year’s winter solstice took place Thursday December 21, in the Northern Hemisphere, while the Southern Hemisphere experiences its summer solstice.
Article continued here: The Winter Solstice Was Also A Big Deal For The Ancient Maya
by Michael J. Proulx, University of Bath; et al.
Simple behavioural tests have now allowed us to see how this organisation is revealed through biases in how we see and…
Article continued here: Why Most Of Us Lean To The Right When We Kiss
by Linda Saab and Arash Javanbakht, Wayne State University
This time of the year brings a lot of changes to the usual day-to-day life of hundreds of millions of people: The…
Article continued here: Here's What Psychiatrists Have To Say About The Holiday Blues
by Michael Gavin, Colorado State University
They lived in 16 different communities and spoke 16 distinct languages.
Article continued here: Why Do Human Beings Speak So Many Languages?
by Winnifred Louis and Cassandra Chapman, The University of Queensland
Statistics is a useful tool for understanding the patterns in the world around us.
Article continued here: How To Avoid The Seven Deadly Sins Of Statistical Misinterpretation
by Alan Radford, University of Liverpool
There is a significant increase in the risk of chocolate poisoning in dogs over the festive period, our latest study…
Article continued here: Why Chocolate Can Be Your Dog's Worst Nightmare
by Mariano Sigman and Dan Ariely
We all know that when we make decisions in groups, they don't always go right -- and sometimes they go very wrong. How…
Article continued here: How Can Groups Make Good Decisions?
by Kathy Eagar, Sabina Clapham and Samuel Allingham, University of Wollongong
Many people fear death partly because of the perception they might suffer increasing pain and other awful symptoms the…
Article continued here: No, Most People Aren’t In Severe Pain When They die
by Michelle Superle, University of The Fraser Valley
For centuries, most children’s books reinforced messages that children are unimportant, incompetent and powerless.
Article continued here: How To Choose Picture Books That Will Empower A Child
by Angie McArthur
Sometimes, you just can't relate to your relatives. Whether it's sports, politics, or past events, gathering around a…
Article continued here: Conversation Tips for Surviving the Holidays
by Ronelle Welton and Kymble Spriggs, University of Melbourne
A Victorian man died yesterday after being stung by several bees. While bee sting deaths are rare (bees claim around…
Article continued here: Here's What You Need To Know About Honey Bee Stings
by Rebecca Walker Reczek, Daniel Zane, The Ohio State University, and Julie Irwin, University of Texas at Austin
Imagine a shopper, Sarah, who is concerned about child labor and knows about groups like the Fair Wear Foundation that…
Article continued here: How Untrustworthy Memories Make It Hard To Shop Ethically
by Pallavi Anand and Daniela Schmidt, University of Bristol
If we have to feed 9.8 billion people by 2050, food from the ocean will have to play a major role. Ending hunger and…
Article continued here: Putting Algae And Seaweed On The Menu Could Help Save Our Seafood
by Natasha Warikoo, Harvard University
After weeks of negotiation, Harvard University recently agreed to provide the Department of Justice access to its…
Article continued here: Why You're Not Going To Get Accepted Into A Top University On Merit Alone
by Clare Collins, University of Newcastle
Weight loss teas are becoming common, with advertisements claiming dramatic results often appearing online. Do the big…
Article continued here: Do Skinny Teas Boost Weight Loss?
by Jeremy Howick, University of Oxford
We feel good when we do a good deed, so there must be a psychological benefit to helping others? But how can we know…
Article continued here: Why Doing Good Can Do You Good
by Claire Meehan and Emma Wicks, Victoria University of Wellington
The revelation that New Zealand children as young as six or seven are posting sexually explicit images of themselves...
Article continued here: How Technology Is Changing What Young People Share Online
by Michelle Sconce Massaquoi, University of Oregon
For my fourth-grade science fair project, I tested different soaps to see which ones were the most effective at keeping…
Article continued here: How To Best To Wash Your Hands When Traveling
by Alexander Weir, State University of New York
Human experience with mushrooms dates back thousands of years, including references from China, Africa, Greece and Rome.
Article continued here: The Amazing Diversity of Mushrooms And Other Fungi
by Angie McArthur
It's all too easy to develop a grudge, and let one bad experience inform how you view a person going forward.
Article continued here: How to Rebuild a Relationship After a Difference of Opinion
by Adam Taylor, Lancaster University
The festive period is a time for family, friends and happiness. The worst thing most people face is a bit of digestive…
Article continued here: The Common And Not So Common Injuries Sustained At Christmas
by Kristen Dunfield, Concordia University
Developmental psychology suggests that fantastical beliefs in children are associated with positive developmental…
Article continued here: Can Lies About Santa Be Good For Your Child?
by Alexandra Lamont, Keele University
In the run-up to Christmas, we’re subjected to a daily barrage of festive music – on the radio and television, in…
Article continued here: The Science Behind Our Love-Hate Relationship With Festive Songs
by Emily Thomas, Durham University
Scientists now know that the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies. It’s a mind-scrunchingly big place, very…
Article continued here: Does The Size Of The Universe Prove God Doesn't Exist?
by Derek Thompson
Even if you think of yourself as a human lie detector, there are some untruths that will sneak under the hood. For…
Article continued here: Why You Believe Lies You Hear More Often
by Daniel J. Denis and Briana Young, The University of Montana
Good scientists are not only able to uncover patterns in the things they study, but to use this information to predict…
Article continued here: Can Math Predict What You’ll Do Next?
by Mackenzie Fong and Claire Madigan, University of Sydney
We all know the adage “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”. But is there any…
Article continued here: Should We Eat Breakfast Like A King, Lunch Like A Prince, And Dinner Like A Pauper?
by Megan Fellman-Northwestern University
A little stress can be good for cellular health, find molecular biologists.
Article continued here: A Little Bit Of Stress Keeps Aging Cells Robust
by Alice Evans, King's College London
Income inequality is gaining attention. The good news is that we know how to tackle it: tax global wealth, provide a…
Article continued here: How Latin America Bucked The Trend Of Rising Inequality
by Philip Mcguire, King's College London
Psychiatric patients treated with a substance found in cannabis, cannabidiol, showed a significant reduction in…
Article continued here: This Ingredient In Cannabis May Be Useful For Treating Psychosis
by Iza Kavedžija, University of Exeter
Happiness is the subject of countless quotations, slogans, self-help books and personal choices. It is also being taken…
Article continued here: Why Purpose Might Be A Better Goal Than Happiness
by Suzanne Newcombe, The Open University
What is a human body? This may seem a facetious question, but the answer will be very different according to which…
Article continued here: From Ayurveda To Biomedicine: Understanding The Human Body
Written by Pam Younghans
This weekly column (updated every Sunday afternoon) is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies... Read this week's journal here
It is also highly beneficial to reread the past week's astrological journal as it gives a hindsight view of the events that took place and may provide many "ah-ha" insights.
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