empathy
Three Strategies To Promote Empathy In Children
by Sheri Madigan, University of Calgary; et al
Johnny is five years old. He watches his friend Mark being teased by other kids, and then he sees Mark start to cry. As…
Why Earthworms Are More Important Than Pandas
Why Earthworms Are More Important Than Pandas
by Sarah Johnson, King's College London
Not all wildlife is created equal in our eyes. Take the earthworm, which doesn’t have the widespread appeal of larger,…
Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors
Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors
by George Busby, University of Oxford
Researchers recently used DNA from the 10,000-year-old “Cheddar Man”, one of Britain’s oldest skeletons, to unveil what…
time of quiet introspection
The Power of Illness, Introspection, and Living in the Here and Now
by Vicki McKenna
In ancient Greece, there were temples with rooms to which sick people could retreat. This was a time of quiet…
Comfortably Numb – Why Some Older People Turn To Cannabis For Pain Relief
Comfortably Numb – Why Some Older People Turn To Cannabis For Pain Relief
by Tony Rao, King's College London and Ian Hamilton, University of York
When most people think of cannabis users, they probably think mainly of the younger generations. But it’s actually the…
How Urban Farmers Are Learning To Grow Food Without Soil Or Natural Light
How Urban Farmers Are Learning To Grow Food Without Soil Or Natural Light
by Silvio Caputo, University of Portsmouth
Growing food in cities became popular in Europe and North America during and immediately after World War II. Urban…
Why The US Approach To Security Is Deeply Troubling
Why The US Approach To Security Is Deeply Troubling
by Joseph Camilleri, La Trobe University
Media coverage of Donald Trump’s presidency has fixated on his outlandish, off-the-cuff tweets, his ill-conceived and…
Life Is Your Prayer and A Continuous Request to the Universe
Everything You Think, See, And Do Is A Prayer
by Neale Donald Walsch
Life is a prayer in the sense that it is a continuous request to the universe. God understands our desires not just…
Mind Over Mountain

Mind Over Mountain

Sandra Miniere, M.Ed.
Seeking Balance by Releasing Control
Seeking Balance by Releasing Control
by Richard Dupuis
Humans are pleasure-seeking and will avoid pain at all costs, which is, of course, an attempt at controlling the…
InnerSelf Newsletter: February 18th, 2018
InnerSelf Newsletter: February 18th, 2018
by InnerSelf Staff
Balance. This week we focus on attaining balance. It seems that our whole world is also now in a state of seeking…
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Horoscope Current Week: February 19 to 25, 2018
by Pam Younghans
This weekly astrological journal is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you…
Who Are The New Renewable Superpowers
Who Are The New Renewable Superpowers
by Andrew Barron, Swansea University
Imagine a world where every country has not only complied with the Paris climate agreement but has moved away from…
The Woman Who Chose to Plant Corn
The Woman Who Chose to Plant Corn
by Charles Eisenstein
A Diné (Navajo) friend of mine, Lyla June Johnston, sent me a one-line email: “I am not going to Harvard… I am going to…
How To Stimulate a Child's Brain Development
How To Stimulate a Child's Brain Development
by Nina Sokolovic, Jennifer Jenkins and Michal Perlman, University of Toronto
When parents and teachers adapt their own behaviours based on what a child is thinking, they help stimulate that…
Living in the Flow of Grace: Seashells in the Desert
Living in the Flow of Grace: Seashells in the Desert
by Nancy Windheart
I am astonished and delighted at how the universe works. I am learning more and more about how to live in what I call…
How To Eradicate The Flu Virus From Your Home
How To Eradicate The Flu Virus From Your Home
by Jason Tetro, University of Guelph
Once a respiratory virus like influenza has entered your home or workplace, it is wise to treat the space like a…
Choose Hope: Step Away from Apathy & Indifference
Choose Hope: Step Away from Apathy and Indifference
by David Krieger and Daisaku Ikeda
We all have a choice. We can submit to apathy and indifference or we can choose hope. This dialogue is about choosing…
Blowing Off Steam To Keep Your Life Manageable?
Blowing Off Steam To Keep Your Life Manageable?
by Ira Israel
Being constrained by a civilization’s laws and regulations, combined with a low tolerance for emotional expression,…
Letting Go Of Our Fear When In The Midst Of Change
Letting Go Of Our Fear When In The Midst Of Change
by Jodi Hershey
A friend of mine who is very aware of these changes and has been stuck for some time asked me how we move forward. “If…
How Witnessing Violence Harms Children’s Mental Health
How Witnessing Violence Harms Children’s Mental Health
by Lee Daniel J. Flannery, Case Western Reserve University
When children learn about news like the deadly school shooting that claimed more than a dozen lives on Feb. 14, 2018 in…
How Hearing Loss And Depression Are Connected
How Hearing Loss And Depression Are Connected
by Karl Bates, Duke University
Hearing loss can create chronic stress that can lead to depression, but high levels of social support—from family,…
Product Labels Like ‘Fair Trade’ Mean Less Than You’d Think
Product Labels Like ‘Fair Trade’ Mean Less Than You’d Think
by Rob Jordan-Stanford University
Buying ethically sourced products is not as straightforward as it might seem, according to the first large-scale…
How To Defeat Social Anxiety And Embarrassment
How To Defeat Social Anxiety And Embarrassment
by Melissa Dahl, Big Think
Why is it awkward to listen to a recording of your own voice? What makes us cringe?
Why This Dog Show Is More Than A Canine Beauty Pageant
Why This Dog Show Is More Than A Canine Beauty Pageant
by Jacqueline Boyd, Lecturer in Animal Science, Nottingham Trent University
Every year, the NEC in Birmingham, England, becomes a magnet for dog lovers, as more than 22,000 canines assemble for…
A snailfish swims 7,400 metres below the surface.

Ten Things You Never Knew About The Ocean’s Deepest Places

Alan Jamieson, Senior Lecturer, Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen
Why Are So Many People Still Living In Flood-prone Cities?
Why Are So Many People Still Living In Flood-prone Cities?
by Guy Michaels, Associate Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science
Over the last 30 years, floods have killed more than 500,000 people globally, and displaced about 650m more. In a paper…
To Beat The 'Throwaway' Waste Crisis, We Must Design Loveable Objects – That Last
To Beat The 'Throwaway' Waste Crisis, We Must Design Loveable Objects – That Last
by Jonathan Chapman, Professor of Sustainable Design, Director of Design Research Initiatives, University of Brighton
We live in a world drowning in objects: households with a television in each room; kitchen cupboards stuffed with…
Oh No, Not This Place Again!
Oh No, Not This Place Again!
by Colette Baron-Reid
How many times have you found yourself in a repetitive cycle you just can’t seem to break? Are you back to that same…
How Much Time Have I Got, Doc? The Problems With Predicting Survival At End Of Life
How Much Time Have I Got, Doc? The Problems With Predicting Survival At End Of Life
by Sarah Winch, Health Care Ethicist and Sociologist, The University of Queensland
Predicting how long a patient will survive is critically important for them and their families to guide future…
Will Self-driving Cars Reduce Energy Use And Make Travel Better For The Environment?
Will Self-driving Cars Reduce Energy Use And Make Travel Better For The Environment?
by Zia Wadud, Associate professor, University of Leeds
I started learning driving only three years ago, and failed my first test. Naturally, I was disappointed: but then it…
Mysterious Chimpanzee Behavior May Be Evidence Of 'Sacred' Rituals
Mysterious Chimpanzee Behavior May Be Evidence Of 'Sacred' Rituals
by Laura Kehoe, PhD researcher in wildlife conservation and land use, Humboldt University of Berlin
I trampled clumsily through the dense undergrowth, attempting in vain to go a full five minutes without getting snarled…
How The Bargaining Power Of Workers Could Boost Productivity
How The Bargaining Power Of Workers Could Boost Productivity
by David Spencer, Professor of Economics and Political Economy, University of Leeds
The UK’s employment rate has been at a record high. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that…
How To Find Life Balance, Harmony, and Joy
How You Too Can Find Life Balance, Harmony, and Joy
by Rosalyn Harwood
As I sit at the computer, reading my email, I am also blow drying my hair, typing with one hand. My back starts to ache…
The Growing Demand For Pet-friendly Workplaces
The Growing Demand For Pet-friendly Workplaces
by Deborah McPhee, Brock University
Millennial women in their 20s and 30s have decided to stay single a lot longer than women did in the past. And instead…
Some New Rules to Digitally Disentangle After A Break Up
Some New Rules to Digitally Disentangle After A Break Up
by Wendy Moncur and Daniel Herron, University of Dundee
Digital technologies can be great when looking for love, and displaying togetherness to the world. But for those with a…
Do We Want To Live In A World Where Our Best Friends Are A.I. Chatbots?
Do We Want To Live In A World Where Our Best Friends Are A.I. Chatbots?
by Trudy Barber, University of Portsmouth
Before the internet, before smart phones, teenagers and young people would seek out quizzes in comics, read problem…
The 'Mandela Effect' And How Your Mind Is Playing Tricks On You
The 'Mandela Effect' And How Your Mind Is Playing Tricks On You
by Neil Dagnall and Ken Drinkwater, Manchester Metropolitan University
Have you ever been convinced that something is a particular way only to discover you’ve remembered it all wrong? If so,…
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