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This week in honor of August being National Happiness Month, we look at "what makes us happy" and the converse is of course "what makes us unhappy". However, the answer to both of these questions is the same. What? Yes, we make ourselves happy and/or unhappy by our choices, our attitudes, our thoughts, our judgments, our loving acceptance of other human beings, of ourselves, and of life itself.
This week we feature some of our regular authors: Alan Cohen (Where Healing Really Lives), Barbara Berger (Can Black And White Thinking Make You Happy?), and Charles Eisenstein (The Three Seeds: From Separation to Reunion). And we introduce a new "regular author", 82-year-old Jane Wyker (The Happiness Factor: Celebrating What Makes Us Happy). We also welcome back Rabbi Daniel Cohen (When You Are Rejected, Say Thank You).
Scroll down below for the featured articles as well as the numerous additional articles for this week.
Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week.
Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"
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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK
Written by Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Have you ever thought you were in love only to be told by the one you admire that he or she wants to break up with you? Have you ever applied for a job and been told the organization or company chose someone else? Have you ever applied to a school or program and been declined entry?
Article is continued here: When You Are Rejected, Say Thank You
Written by Alan Cohen
My friend Mark has been a physician for over 40 years. Recently he told me a story that helped me understand what real healing is.
Article is continued here: Where Healing Really Lives
Written by Barbara Berger
You know that you are indulging in black and white thinking when you use words like “always” and “never”. Or when you generalize about something or someone and say “everyone” or “no one”.
Article is continued here: Can Black And White Thinking Make You Happy?
Written by Jane Wyker
Guess what?! August is National Happiness Month, and that means the whole month of August is dedicated to celebrating what makes us happy. You see, no matter what your age or gender, we all have one desire in common: to be happy.
Article is continued here: The Happiness Factor: Celebrating What Makes Us Happy
Written by Charles Eisenstein
Once upon a time, the tribe of humanity embarked upon a long journey called Separation. It was not a blunder as some, seeing its ravages upon the planet, might think; nor was it a fall, nor an expression of some innate evil peculiar to the human species. It was a journey with a purpose: to experience the extremes of Separation, to develop the gifts that come in response to it, and to integrate all of that in a new Age of Reunion.
Article is continued here: The Three Seeds: From Separation to Reunion
by Peter Kalmus
A climate scientist talks to a psychologist about coping with the crushing stress related to climate change. Here’s…
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by Belén López-Pérez
Imagine that someone you care about is procrastinating in advance of a vital exam. If he fails the test, he will not be…
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by Lennert Veerman
Obesity levels in Australia and around the world are high and rising. This comes at an enormous economic cost for…
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by Constantine Mantis
Exams are an almost unavoidable part of young people’s lives – and, inevitably, some people perform better than others.…
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by Aisha Phoenix
When a person of colour with light skin rises to prominence, or becomes the first to occupy a particular position, it’s…
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by Gillian Kiley
Hospice and palliative care patients who listen to live music in their rooms as part of their treatment report feeling…
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by Richard G. Bugs Stevens
In the first of many pending lawsuits to go to trial, a jury in San Francisco concluded on Aug. 10 that the plaintiff…
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by Erika Dyck
Psychedelic science is making a comeback. Scientific publications, therapeutic breakthroughs and cultural endorsements…
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by Joanna Wakefield-Scurr
Wearing the wrong size bra is not only uncomfortable, it can cause a range of health problems. Research has shown that…
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by Gabe Cherry
A newly discovered processor vulnerability could potentially put secure information at risk in any Intel-based PC…
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by Stephanie Centofanti and Siobhan Banks
A recent study in the Journal of the American Heart Association has led to headlines that will make you rethink your…
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by Elizabeth Sheedy
Yet again this week, the Hayne Royal Commission has brought disturbing news of misconduct toward customers of our…
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by Cecilia Sierra-Heredia
We’re very careful about what our kids eat, but what about the air they breathe?During recent summers, children living…
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by Christopher Quinn-Nilas
The most common sexual problem is low desire, according to a research study we recently published in the Journal of…
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by Gina Cleo
Most people who diet will regain 50% of the lost weight in the first year after losing it. Much of the rest will regain…
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by Richard Holden
As American baseball legend Yogi Berra once supposedly quipped, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Three years ago the…
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by Nick Chater
We all have different experiences of the value of routine. For the vast majority of us, routine helps us cope with the…
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by Leah Kardos
It is no coincidence that two of Aretha Franklin’s celebrated contemporaries who travelled to Detroit to see the singer…
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by Molly Paulson
With the school year starting again, it’s time to start to think about the routine of packing school lunches. For many…
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by Sarah Dalesman
In numerous different animals, cognitive ability, including learning and memory, is often negatively affected by…
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by Freya Jarman
One of the first albums I owned was a tape of Madonna’s 1987 remix collection You Can Dance. I’m not sure where I got…
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by Mayur Ranchordas
A recent Daily Mail article announced that: “Beer is officially good for you”. The article claimed that beer “reduces…
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by Roderik Smits
If you like independent, art-house films or other specialised movies, you may have heard of the Romanian comedy-drama…
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by Alexandra Hansen
It’s Friday and you’re clocking off, and after a few sleepless nights you want to tuck yourself up early and catch up…
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by David King
Nose bleeds, or epistaxes, are often a mystery to the 60% of us who have had at least one in our lifetime. Suddenly…
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by Faye Skelton
Office clerk Stefan Kiszko spent 17 years in prison for the murder of schoolgirl Lesley Molseed in Rochdale in…
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by Simon F. Haeder
I cannot imagine how overwhelming the experience must be for someone with fewer resources and less of an understanding…
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by Kurt Greenbaum
Women who have had a heart attack have a significantly higher survival rate when a female doctor treats them in the…
Article is continued here: Female Doctors Boost Women’s Survival After Heart Attack
by Nermin Allam
Earlier this summer, Saudi Arabia lifted the decades-long ban on women’s driving. The move is part of a series of…
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by Krista Conger
People who develop abnormally frequent cases of a skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma appear to be at…
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by Ziggi van Santini, Rob Donovan and Vibeke Jenny Koushede
While we take physical workouts very seriously, there is much less said about the “workouts” that help us remain…
Article is continued here: Here's A Mental Health Workout That's As Simple As ABC
by Florian Sévellec
We developed a new prediction system we call PROCAST (PROabilistic foreCAST), and used it to predict the natural…
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by Patrick McNamara
Although radically different in terms of their content and feel, the range of dream states are just as complex as…
Article is continued here: Our Dreams Have Many Purposes, Changing Across the Lifespan
by David Yeager and Hae Yeon Lee
Up to two-thirds of students experience ‘ninth grade shock,’ which can affect everything from grades to mental health.
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by Dinsa Sachan
In a Twitter account called So Sad Today, the American writer Melissa Broder has been sending out snippets of her daily…
Article is continued here: Why You Shouldn't Worry About Feeling Sad
by Juliet Watson
Women comprise 42% of Australia’s homeless population. Not only do many women become homeless due to family violence…
Article is continued here: How Homeless Women Have Little Choice But To Use Sex For Survival
by Bruce Blumberg and Raquel Chamorro-Garcia
Today, nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults and 21 percent of youth are obese. This trend is on the upswing and the…
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by Mike Robinson
To call gambling a “game of chance” evokes fun, random luck and a sense of collective engagement. These playful…
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by Greta Guest
Local people collect water from a muddy waterhole in 2006 in San Marcos Tlacoyalco. The Tehuacan Valley South-East of…
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by Adrian Dyer
Recognizing faces is essential for how we interact in complex societies, and is often thought to be an ability that…
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by Troy Rohn
Genetic testing is available to people who want to know if they carry a variant of a gene that confers susceptibility…
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by Andrew Spicer and David Graham Hyatt
For Lee Scott, who ran Walmart from 2000 to 2009, the arrival of his granddaughter not only convinced him the threat of…
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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
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