When stumped by a life choice, choose “enlargement” over happiness

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/sep/04/oliver-burkemans-last-column-the-eight-secrets-to-a-fairly-fulfilled-life There will always be too much to do – and this realisation is liberating. Today more than ever, there’s just no reason to assume any fit between the demands on your time – all the things you would like to do, or feel you ought to do – and the amount of time available. Thanks to capitalism, technology and human …

Fighting injustice can trigger trauma — we need to learn how to process it and take healing action: When trauma is triggered, we lack the ability to take in new information, to be creative, consider different perspectives or think about long-term consequences.

When trauma is triggered, our neocortex ― the part of our brain that gives us the ability to reason, think through consequences, solve problems and take in and process new information ― becomes disengaged. We begin operating from the less evolved part of our brains: the limbic system (responsible for emotions) and the reptilian complex (responsible for survival instincts). When …

Just being outside is healthy! Scientists Discover a Major Lasting Benefit of Growing Up Outside the City: The childhood experience of green space can actually predict mental health in later life

Using data from 3,585 people collected across four cities in Europe, scientists from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (also called IS Global) report a strong relationship between growing up away from the natural world and mental health in adulthood. Overall, they found a strong correlation between low exposure to nature during childhood and higher levels of of nervousness and …

Human memory: How we make, remember, and forget memories

FROM THE MOMENT we are born, our brains are bombarded by an immense amount of information about ourselves and the world around us. So, how do we hold on to everything we’ve learned and experienced? Memories. Human memory happens in many parts of the brain at once, and some types of memories stick around longer than others. By MICHAEL GRESHKO, National …

Coping and Creativity with Elizabeth Gilbert

By AMY BRINKERMay 11 2020 During the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us are staying at home, adjusting to a very different life. Some of us are turning to art and journaling to express our anxieties or just to find joy during a very strange time. We turned to someone who literally wrote the book on creativity, Elizabeth Gilbert. Her book, Big Magic, is …

Tips for better storytelling

Engage your audience, focus your narrative, and inspire action. Want To Be A Great Storyteller? First, Break These Habits. You’ve heard dozens of times that you’re more likely to engage your audience when you tell a story in your presentation. A story that’s powerful and relevant can galvanize people and inspire action. But even otherwise great stories can be told badly. Here …

Agency is Always Mediated in the Psychology of Successful Activism

January 13th, 2020, Public Philosophy Journal, Lisa Kretz Abstract: This paper supports the view that a necessary ingredient of public philosophy is a working knowledge of the psychology of successful activism. In particular, emotional dimensions of psychologically successful action are explored. For the last decade my research has centered on the question of the theory-action gap in ethics (Kretz 2012, …

The powerful appeal of populism fills a void, says Fiona Hill. Populism provides a narrative for people who have lost their identities that were tied to meaningful work.

“When people lose that then they’re looking for something. There’s a feeling they’ve been robbed and deprived of a golden age, and they want that back and populist politics feeds upon that, and provides scapegoats for losing it.” –Fiona Hill See interview with Fiona Hill in The Guardian, June 12, 2020… Excerpts below. Liberal democracy hasn’t been delivering, in the …