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Many of us work with "to do" lists. Often they include short-term items like remember to buy toothpaste, or other chores that need to be done that day or that week. However, we also have an "inner to do list" which consists of steps along our life's journey.
This week we bring you articles that offer a combination of both. We start off with "Connecting With Earth And Her Gifts" and follow it up with "Do Not Give Up What You Want Most for What You Want Right Now". Then, Jude Bijou presents "5 Steps To Get The Upper Hand Over Your Moods"
and Anadi Martel introduces "Feeling SAD? The Ups and Downs of Bright Light Therapy (BLT)". Rabbi Daniel Cohen rounds up our featured articles with his daughter's item on her to do list: "Make Gratitude Great: The Daily Journal".
And of course we have numerous articles on a variety of topics, as we do each week. Scroll down below for the links to all of the new articles of the 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 Cheralyn Darcey
The opportunity to connect to Earth and her gifts in modern times is often waved away as a childish fantasy or an outdated practice, yet the impact of this disconnect is creating huge problems in our environment and mental health. To those who wave away our connectedness with Earth as a fantasy, I offer you an alternative way to consider these practices.
Access the complete article here: Connecting With Earth And Her Gifts
Written by Carly Pollack
The most powerful influence on the human mind is our core beliefs about our identity, who we think we are. If you have a core belief that you are lazy or that the world is out to get you, no matter how much you try to be more productive or to feel safer in this world, you will sabotage your efforts to align with your core belief.
Access the complete article here: Do Not Give Up What You Want Most for What You Want Right Now
Written by Jude Bijou, M.A., M.F.T.
Funky moods obscure our experience for hours, days, weeks, or even longer. Left unattended, they shape our personalities and determine the quality of our lives. We think that we have no control over our moods but the truth is quite the contrary.
Access the complete article here: 5 Steps To Get The Upper Hand Over Your Moods
Written by Anadi Martel
In the 1980s, health professionals began to practice bright light therapy (BLT) to treat a chronobiological disorder found mostly in northern countries—seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, a form of depression occurring during winter months. Researchers have concluded that SAD is also caused by habits of modern life that lead us to spend most of our days indoors under artificial lighting.
Access the complete article here: Feeling SAD? The Ups and Downs of Bright Light Therapy (BLT)
Written by Rabbi Daniel Cohen
No matter how stressful the day might be with six children running around, my mother's always exhibited an optimistic outlook on life. Her spirit lives in me. Her attitude of gratitude is also ingrained within her namesake, my oldest daughter, Sara Malka, who taught me a valuable tool for living an inspired life.
Access the complete article here: Make Gratitude Great: The Daily Journal
by Anne Biklé and David R. Montgomery
When we broke ground for a garden at our 80-year-old house in the middle of Seattle, we took the most obvious thing for…
Access the complete article here: Simple Steps For Cultivating A Revolution In Your Backyard
by Lynne Harris
What would you think was happening to you if out of nowhere your heart started to race, you were drenched in sweat, you…
Access the complete article here: What Are Panic Attacks And What's Happening When We Have Them?
by Debra Bassett
The internet is changing how we converse with the dead. While the bereaved have traditionally visited graves or burial…
Access the complete article here: Bereaved Who Take Comfort In Digital Messages From Dead Loved Ones Live In Fear Of Losing Them
by Eric Stann
Before age 10, children with autism struggle with ability to block out visual distractions and focus on a specific…
Access the complete article here: How Younger Kids With Autism Struggle With Distractions
by David Rousell and Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles
Students around the world are walking out of school once more, as part of ongoing strikes to protest governments’…
Access the complete article here: Young People Are Striking From School See Climate Change For The Life-threatening Issue It Is
by Bert Gambini
Singing a song in your head before actually singing it could be nudging you out of tune, according to new research.
Access the complete article here: Why Singing In Your Head Could Mess Up Your Pitch
by Benjamin Hoy
Have you played Monopoly lately? Or maybe snakes and ladders? These board games are examples of 100-year-old games that…
Access the complete article here: Monopoly Was Designed 100 Years Ago To Teach The Dangers Of Capitalism
by Stephen Croucher
As an immigrant to New Zealand, I am saddened and outraged by the events in Christchurch. The apparent innocence of New…
Access the complete article here: The Psychology Of Fear And Hate, And What Each Of Us Can Do To Stop It
by Sarah Avery
Less than 10 percent of the treatment recommendations US doctors rely on to manage care for heart patients are based on…
Access the complete article here: Why 90% Of Heart Guidelines Aren’t Based On Best Evidence
by Hannah Hickey
Coyotes can habituate to humans quickly and habituated parents pass this fearlessness on to their offspring, research…
Access the complete article here: How Coyote Puppies Adjust To Life Around People
by Rebecca Beyer
Bioethicist Matthew Liao is open to genetic engineering in theory, but he says he was rather horrified to learn that…
Access the complete article here: Is It Ethical To Genetically Engineer People?
by Alexis Blue
When humans make certain types of mistakes, their pupils change size, according to new research.
Access the complete article here: How Our Eyes Show When We Make Certain Mistakes
by Damien Walmsley
People seem to be hypnotised by the lure of having teeth that are whiter than an Oscars ceremony. Studies show that…
Access the complete article here: Tooth Whitening – Don’t Gamble With Your Teeth
by Daniel Jolley and Karen Douglas
Some 60% of British people believe in at least one conspiracy theory, a recent poll reveals.
Access the complete article here: Conspiracy Theories Fuel Prejudice Towards Minority Groups
by Melissa De Witte
To understand why people succeed or fail, look at their circle of friends. Like it or not, says economist Matthew…
Access the complete article here: Why We Succeed Or Fail With Help From Our Friends
by Jamie Freestone
Most of us want our lives to have meaning. But what do we mean by meaning? What is meaning?
Access the complete article here: What Do We Mean By Meaning?
by Andreas Kappes
As any good storyteller knows, people have a lot of faith in fictional heroes and their ability to beat all odds.
Access the complete article here: How We Discovered That It Is Possible To Feel Optimism For Others
by Blanche Verlie
On March 14 2019, at least 50 rallies were planned across Australia and expected to draw thousands of students walking…
Access the complete article here: How The Terror Of Climate Change Is Transforming Young People's Identity
by James Farrelly
In 1997, my students and I traveled to Croagh Patrick, a mountain in County Mayo, as part of a study abroad program…
Access the complete article here: The Truth About St. Patrick's Day
by Klaus M Stiefel
As I scuba dive in Oslob Bay off Cebu Island in the Philippines, I see a tiny shadow dart over the surface of the…
Access the complete article here: Is Bigger Always Better, Or Will The Tiny Inherit The Earth?
by Adrienne Rose Bitar
Fad diets have long been brushed off as selfish, superficial quests to lose weight.
Access the complete article here: How Diets Can Do More Than Help You Lose Weight And Save The Planet
by Fabien B. Vincent, et al
The immune system is an integral part of our body, keeping us safe from diseases – from the common cold to more severe…
Access the complete article here: What Is This Thing Called The Immune System?
by Michael von Massow, et al
Meat consumption in North America is changing. Product developers and policy-makers need to understand the reasons for…
Access the complete article here: Meat Consumption Is Changing But It's Not Because Of Vegans
by Dominic McAfee, et al
Humans love optimism. It’s a no-brainer – optimism makes us feel good and wanting more. This attraction has deep…
Access the complete article here: How To Stay Optimistic When It Feels Like The Environment Is Falling Apart
by Cameron Webb
Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying. Every year around 5,000 Australians get sick following a mosquito bite.
Access the complete article here: Chemical Or Natural: What's The Best Way To Repel Mosquitoes?
by Stella Chatzitheochari and Killian Mullan
There is now widespread concern about the amount of time children spend staring at screens – with many people worried…
Access the complete article here: How Mobile Devices Have Changed Family Time
by Jeannette Cox
Pregnant women in low-income work often face an unappealing choice: lose their job or perform duties that endanger…
Access the complete article here: Pregnant Women Shouldn't Have To Choose Between A Job And A Healthy Baby
by Yasmine Probst, et al
Many people achieve short-term weight-loss only to return to their previous lifestyle choices – and their previous…
Access the complete article here: 4 Simple Food Choices That Help You Lose Weight And Stay Healthy
by Rachael Wallis
What happens if you decide to jump in, Escape to the Country-style, and flee the city rat race?
Access the complete article here: New Home, New Clothes: The Old Ones No Longer Fit Once You Move To The Country
by Rebecca Shepherd and Adam Taylor
Joints emit a variety of noises, including popping, snapping, catching, clicking, grinding, grating and clunking.
Access the complete article here: When Joints Pop And Crack Is It A Sign Of Disease?
by Angie Hunt
Building muscle strength may offer a way to lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, researchers report.
Access the complete article here: Boost Muscle Strength To Lower Diabetes Risk
by Sarah Kuppen
New parenting books seem to pop up all the time. How to do it the French way, the Tiger Mom way, the New Kid by Friday…
Access the complete article here: The Five Best Parenting Books Grounded In Science
by Sarah Giles, et al
Ontario Premier Doug Ford may be planning a two-tiered, profit-driven health-care system, according to the Toronto…
Access the complete article here: Why Private, For-Profit Health Care Is A Terrible Idea
by Yasmin Anwar
When it comes to reading a person’s state of mind, visual context—as in background and action—is just as important as…
Access the complete article here: We Need Context To Recognize Emotions On Faces
by Justin Kenardy
Panic attacks typically occur when a person is under stress. The stress can be physical, like being run down, or…
Access the complete article here: Why Panic Attacks Aren't Necessarily A Reason To Panic
by Robert Reich
Donald Trump has perfected the art of telling a fake story about America. The only way to counter that is to tell the…
Access the complete article here: What’s the Real American Story?
by Isabelle Côté
Many families will soon escape the winter to seek warmer, sunnier climes. Swimsuits and sunglasses will invariably find…
Access the complete article here: Beaches Are Banning Sunscreens To Save Coral Reefs
by Korey Pasch
The dire climate change situation continues to make headlines and inspire actions like the Sunrise Movement.
Access the complete article here: Could Climate Change Spark A Global Financial Crisis?
by Pankaj Sah
Right now, thousands of Australian school children and university students are taking a well-earned break from the…
Access the complete article here: Study Habit Tips For Student Success
by Dale Dominey-Howes
Natural disasters have filled our news in recent weeks. They wreak havoc in poor and vulnerable communities and cost…
Access the complete article here: Are Natural Disasters On The Rise?
by Ian Musgrave
Glyphosate is back in the news again. The common weed killer, which has previously attracted controversy for its…
Access the complete article here: Do We Need To Worry About Glyphosate In Our Beer And Wine?
by Robert M. Thorson
When Americans quote writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau, they often reach for his assertion that “In Wildness is…
Access the complete article here: Thoreau's Great Insight: Wildness Is An Attitude, Not A Place
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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