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As we enter into the new year, you may be starting the year with new resolve... to be healthier, to be happier, to be more organized, to be more loving, more forgiving, more successful, etc. etc. However, in order to progress into a new reality, we may have to let go of certain attachments or beliefs that have been dear to us. This week, our authors assist us in cleaning our slate so that we can start anew.
Alan Cohen reminds us that there is "Nothing New Under the New Year... Unless You Make It So" while Rabbi Daniel Cohen encourages us to "Bring Back the True Meaning of the Holidays and the New Year". Of course, to stay on a new path requires making new choices and letting go of old ones. I share some tips in "What Works For Me: Acknowledging My Choices" and Pierre Pradervand also emphasizes the importance of choosing to let go of resentments in "The Very Best New Year’s Start". Barbara Berger shines light on "The Power of Releasing and Letting Go". And also emphasizing the importance of releasing old attitudes, D. Patrick Miller shares "You Can Release Guilt and Cynicism and Lighten Up Your World".
The new year can be like turning the page or starting a new chapter in a book. But it also gives us the opportunity (which we have every day really) to start a brand new book. With so many people focusing on change and a new start, the surrounding energy is supportive of change. I encourage you to reflect on what you would like your new year to be like, what you need to keep and what you need to let go of, and then start making the choices that will bring you to that reality.
And of course, we have numerous additional articles, some also focusing on the New Year, and others looking at a wider range of topics such as positive climate change stories, skiing, aging, social media, health, and much more. Scroll down below for the links to all of this week's new articles.
Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, healthy, and loving New Year.
Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"
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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK
Written by Alan Cohen
As we enter the New Year, we all hope this year will be better than the last one, and new and wonderful things will come to us. We seek to improve our worldly situations and become better people. But what if the most wonderful thing that could happen would be to realize...
Article is continued here: Nothing New Under the New Year... Unless You Make It So
Written by Rabbi Daniel Cohen
Each of us is encouraged to become our own Elijah by simply doing something nice for someone else. Elijah is a Biblical prophet who appears throughout history to spread light in the midst of darkness. He is the person who comes into your life and makes your day!
Article is continued here: Bringing Back the True Meaning of the Holidays and the New Year
Written by Barbara Berger
We're all carrying around such incredibly heavy loads of excess baggage, stuff we don't need, stuff that's weighing us down and preventing our Good from manifesting. One of the best ways to feel better is to release. When you release, you become lighter. Releasing is a good way to raise your energy.
Article is continued here: The Power of Releasing and Letting Go
Written by D. Patrick Miller
Cynicism seems to have a lot going for it in the modern world. I know that I didn’t give up cynicism until it utterly failed me as a means of self-protection. As I began to understand the psychological roots of my physical collapse, it became clear that my cynical, stressful attitudes toward life had delivered me into this catastrophic condition.
Article is continued here: You Can Release Guilt and Cynicism and Lighten Up Your World
Written by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
There are many things in life that can make our existence easier or more difficult. A huge factor is our attitude. One attitude that has served me well is recognizing that everything I do is by choice... Even if appearances may seem like I don't always have a choice, I really do.
Article is continued here: What Works For Me: Acknowledging My Choices
Written by Pierre Pradervand
There are many wishes people make for family and friends at the start of a new year: for health and success, for love and prosperity, for success in their studies or any special endeavour, the list is very long. However, there is one I wish to make for all readers of this...
Article is continued here: The Very Best New Year’s Start
by Julian Matthews
Does it ever strike you as odd that you and a friend can experience the same event at the same time, but come away with…
Article is continued here: Why Two People See The Same Thing But Have Different Memories
by Gerry Everding
There’s a science to happiness, says Tim Bono, the author of a recent book on the subject.
Article is continued here: Use These 14 Tips For Happiness
by U. Chicago
While the happiness we feel after an activity diminishes each time we experience it, a phenomenon known as hedonic…
Article is continued here: When You Give To Others, You Get Good Feelings That Last
by Caitlin Coyle
Setting workout goals for the New Year? Increasing physical activity and aiming to improve your health are worthy…
Article is continued here: Tips To Stick To Your New Year’s Workout Goals
by Sarah McQuate
Researchers have genetically modified a common houseplant—pothos ivy—to remove chloroform and benzene from the air…
Article is continued here: This Houseplant Sucks Cancer-linked Chemicals From The Air
by M. Leigh Ackland
Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, with 38% of Australian households owning dogs.…
Article is continued here: Should You Compost Your Dog's Poo?
by Marjorie Miller
Negative mood—such as sadness and anger—is associated with higher levels of inflammation and may be a signal of poor…
Article is continued here: Why Bad Moods Might Be A Sign Of Health Trouble
by Cris Brack
I teach measurement – the quantification of things. Some people think this is the most objective of the sciences; just…
Article is continued here: Why It's Not So Easy To Gain The True Measure Of Things
by Mark Griffiths, Nottingham Trent University
Research has shown that about half of all adults make New Year’s resolutions. However, fewer than 10% manage to keep…
Article is continued here: The Psychology Of New Year’s Resolutions
by Pravin Jeyara
How time flies. But as the festive season draws to a close there is one thing left to sort out: what to do with the…
Article is continued here: Now That Christmas Is Over, What Are You Going To Do With Your Tree?
by Rick Greenough, et al
Climate change news can be incredibly depressing. But things cannot be entirely bad, can they? We asked some climate…
Article is continued here: 6 Positive Climate Change Stories You Probably Missed This Year
by Frank M. Mitloehner
As the scale and impacts of climate change become increasingly alarming, meat is a popular target for action. Advocates…
Article is continued here: Yes, Eating Meat Affects The Environment, But Cows Are Not Killing The Climate
by Marla Paul
Being obese or overweight while pregnant can pose serious health risks for both mother and baby. Now, researchers say…
Article is continued here: Overweight Women Can Safely Restrict Weight Gain During Pregnancy
by Caroline Brooks
New research digs into the behaviors—both obvious and subtle—that may put you at risk of falling victim to cybercrime…
Article is continued here: How Your Personality Could Put You At Risk Of Cybercrime
by Paul Millington, Colin Ayre, and Jamie Moseley
From Vail in the US to Val d’Isere in France, winter sports holidays are all the rage. And with more older people now…
Article is continued here: How To Get Winter Skiing Fit And Avoid An Injury
by Shelley Z. Reuter
“I really should be taking better care of myself.” Who hasn’t thought that at least once in the past year? And maybe…
Article is continued here: Are Your New Year's Health Resolutions Really A Free Choice?
by Stephanie Harrison, et al
Many diseases develop and become more likely as we age. Here are some of the most common conditions, and how you can…
Article is continued here: Diseases Through Your Decades And What To Look Out For As You Age
by Douglas Mason and Michael Kohn
We will present medications that have been identified as possibly causing temporary or permanent memory impairment. If…
Article is continued here: Are Medications Affecting Your Memory?
by Mike Evans
If you’ve ever had to work in a draughty office, warehouse or classroom, you’ve probably been tempted to keep your coat…
Article is continued here: Will Wearing Your Coat Indoors Make You Feel Colder Outside?
by Jeff Inglis
Sometime in the political frenzy of the past year, I realized I had to stop scanning Twitter. I had become used to…
Article is continued here: How You May Be Being Manipulated On Social Media
by Barbara Benham
Increases in physical activity tend to be followed by increases in mood and perceived energy level, research finds.
Article is continued here: Moving Around Now May Improve Your Mood Later
by Laurien Beane
As the new year dawns, parents likely turn their thoughts to their child and new beginnings they may experience as they…
Article is continued here: How Parents Can Help Their Young Children Develop Healthy Social Skills
by J.M. Opal
When Americans study their 19th-century history, they tend to look at its great conflicts, especially the epic clash…
Article is continued here: How The Myth Of The American Frontier Still Shapes U.S. Racial Divides
by Peter Halligan and David A Oakley
As the very word used to describe it has been “worn smooth by a million tongues”, consciousness is a fertile topic for…
Article is continued here: What If Consciousness Is Just A Product Of Our Non-conscious Brain?
by Tom van Laer
Every holiday season, you have new worlds at your fingertips. Reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching films…
Article is continued here: Here's How A Book, Podcast Or TV Show Changes You
by Denise Baden
Decarbonising energy, restoring habitat and making food supply sustainable are all critical, but methods for motivating…
Article is continued here: How Environmental Storytelling Can Help Spread Big Ideas For Saving The Planet
by Will Johnson
The practice of looking into someone’s eyes and holding his or her gaze stimulates the sensations and presence of the…
Article is continued here: Embracing Nature: Gazing and the Dance of Touch
by Trevor George
Brussels sprouts, like their European namesake, divide opinion. Some people embrace the flavour and familiarity of the…
Article is continued here: The Scientific Defense Of The Brussels Sprout
by Robyn J. Whitaker
Dear tiny Jesus, with your golden fleece diapers, with your tiny little fat balled-up fists … Dear 8 pound 6 ounce…
Article is continued here: A Christmas Story: The Arrival Of A Sweet Baby Boy – Or A Political Power To Change The World
by Yvonne Sun
There’s no place like home for the holidays, many people agree, and millions of people will travel long distances to…
Article is continued here: Why You May Be More At Risk For Foodborne Infections During The Holidays
by Elizabeth Stokoe and Jessica Roble
Whatever you think about Christmas – wonderful, a tyranny, excessive, irrelevant – the chances are that at some point…
Article is continued here: How To Lie Politely When You Receive A Bad Christmas Present
by Charles Musselwhite
Windows are something that many of us take for granted – they’re just part of the houses we live in or the buildings we…
Article is continued here: Why Windows With A View Are So Important To Older People
by Gareth Dorrian and Ian Whittaker
From the Neolithic to present times, the amount of sunlight we see in a day has had a profound impact on human culture.…
Article is continued here: Winter Solstice: The Astronomy Of Christmas
by Steven Pressman
Stocks have been slumping on a variety of concerns, from President Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war with China to…
Article is continued here: Are You Stumped By The Stock Market Slump?
by Alfred Allan and Maria Allan
During the end-of-year holidays families often come together to exchange gifts and, sometimes, to confront long-held…
Article is continued here: If Someone Hurt You This Year, Forgiving Them May Improve Your Health
by Ellen W. Evans and Beth Rowlands
For countless households, Christmas is turkey time. The bird takes pride of place in festive meals across the world…
Article is continued here: 4 Tips For Safely Cooking And Keeping Your Turkey
by Jamie Gruman
Social allergies are a lot like seasonal allergies. They’re annoying, exhausting and hard to avoid. They’re also…
Article is continued here: How To Survive Annoying Relatives This Holiday Season
by Barbara Maher
Not only is air pollution bad for our lungs and heart, it turns out it could actually be making us less intelligent,…
Article is continued here: How Air Pollution May Be Making Us Less Intelligent
Written by Pam Younghans
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