Blue Spaces: Why time spent near water is the secret of happiness

The Guardian| Elle Hunt Nov 2019 ‘People who visit the coast at least twice weekly tend to experience better general and mental health,’ says Dr. Lewis Elliott. James Galpin/Getty Images After her mother’s sudden death, Catherine Kelly felt the call of the sea. She was in her 20s and had been working as a geographer in London away from her …

‘There’s something terribly wrong’: Americans are dying young at alarming rates

“There’s something more fundamental about how people are feeling at some level — whether it’s economic, whether it’s stress, whether it’s deterioration of family,” she said. “People are feeling worse about themselves and their futures, and that’s leading them to do things that are self-destructive and not promoting health.”  Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, Nov 26 © Bonnie Jo Mount/Washington Post Brian …

The right to have children humanely: to “have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities”

The first step is renouncing the individualism celebrated by capitalism and recognizing the interdependence that is essential for long-term survival. We depend on our water supply to be clean, and our rivers depend on us not to poison them. We ask our neighbors to watch our dogs or water our plants while we’re away, and offer our help in kind. …

Men are 3x more at risk for deadly self-destruction than women. Middle-agers 3x more so than teenagers. White people more than 2x as much as people of color. Rural and small-town residents nearly 2x as much as residents of large cities

Meanwhile, INEQUALITY IS LITERALLY KILLING US By Sam Pizzigati, Otherwords.org October 12, 2019 | EDUCATE! Again and again, studies show that the richer wealthy Americans become, the shorter the rest of us live. What do the folks at the U.S. Census Bureau do between the census they run every 10 years? All sorts of annual surveys, on everything from housing costs to retail sales.  …

Where Does Creativity Come From? Everything has within itself the power of creativity, the power of giving birth, the power of surprising us, the emergence of beauty

By Matthew Fox, October 9 2019  Today’s science is finding that the whole universe is permeated with the power of creativity.  Physicist Brian Swimme puts it this way: “If you let hydrogen gas alone for 13 billion years it will become giraffes, rose bushes and humans.”   This is another way of saying that everything has within itself the power of creativity, the …

To Pay Attention, the Brain Uses Filters, Not a Spotlight

A brain circuit that suppresses distracting sensory information holds important clues about attention and other cognitive processes.8 Jordana Cepelewicz Staff Writer September 24, 2019 VIEW PDF/PRINT MODEBiologyCognitionNeurosciencePerception We can pick out a conversation in a loud room, amid the rise and fall of other voices or the hum of an air conditioner. We can spot a set of keys in …

Well-being arises from using one’s unique talents at work, surrounded by a diverse set of perspectives, how easily and often they can chat with co-workers, opinions valued, and inspired by the people we work with

Quartz, 2018 and 2019 excerpt The strongest predictor of men’s happiness and well-being is their job satisfaction, by a large margin—and the strongest predictor of job satisfaction is whether men feel they are making an impact on their companies’ success. This measure, the study finds, is influenced by whether men feel they are using their own unique talents at work, …

Burnout Runs Deeper Than “Too Much Work”: Find synergy between mastery and belonging without sacrificing your autonomy

when one or more of the big three (autonomy, mastery, belonging) are missing, the intrinsic motivation and harmonious passion it supports either shifts to extrinsic motivation and obsession or just plain old disgruntledness. By Brad Stulberg Burnout — a state of physical and emotional exhaustion often followed by apathy and illness — is ubiquitous across industries. Physicians, business people, artists, teachers, and athletes …

The Outrage Industry (vs. who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle and suffer for)

How to Break the Outrage Addiction Ephrat Livni, Quartz – 2018 and 2019 reprint “Anger is a public epidemic in America; it contaminates everything from media controversy to road rage to wars to mass shootings,” according to Jean Kim, a psychiatrist for the US Department of Health and Human Services and assistant professor at George Washington University. Kim says that anger is addictive—it …