AOC is asking the questions that activists need to know, and the Green New Deal is the anti-despair program we need to end the addiction crisis

By Abraham Gutman agutman@philly.com The Green New Deal is the anti-despair program we need to end the addiction crisis | March 14, 2019  The Green New Deal, the ambitious plan proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to deal with climate change, has drawn a lot of attention and speculation, including at this week’s big energy conference in Houston. Beyond criticism that actually has nothing to do …

Why Feedback Fails, and asking how can we help each person thrive and excel takes us in a different direction

The research is clear: Telling people what we think of their performance doesn’t help them thrive and excel, and telling people how we think they should improve actually hinders learning. Asking how can we help each person thrive and excel?—we find that the answers take us in a different direction. Neurologically, we grow more in our areas of greater ability (our strengths …

Prolonged presence of green space is important: children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder independent from effects of other known risk factors

Growing up in urban environments is associated with risk of developing psychiatric disorders, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. Green space can provide mental health benefits and possibly lower risk of psychiatric disorders. This nation-wide study covering >900,000 people shows that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing …

Understanding how cities can make the brain more susceptible to mental-health conditions, notably depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, and what to do about it – Greening!

https://cities-today.com/industry/how-do-we-design-smart-cities-to-ensure-the-health-of-its-citizens/ Cities may make the brain more susceptible to mental-health conditions, notably depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.  A study from 2011, published in the magazine Nature, shows that city inhabitants have a stronger reaction to stressors than those living elsewhere. The study shows that the agitation that city-dwellers experience can be linked to public transportation delays and traffic jams. It also shows …

Better than willpower

These 6 self-control tips work better than willpower, Ilana Strauss I Treehugger.com, February 15, 2019 Here are some ways to make the right decision the easy decision.Willpower would be great, if it worked.Luckily, a team of behavior science researchers came out with a report on how to make it easier to make the right decisions. The scientists actually found dozens of strategies, but I’m pairing it …

Evolving Toward Cooperation

To clarify theory and worldview in Wilson’s words:   “The difference is that a theory can only tell us what is, while a worldview can tell us how to act.” Evolving Toward Cooperation: David Sloan Wilson’s New Evolutionary Biology, By Kurt Johnson, P2P Foundation and re-posted from Kosmos Journal, February 12, 2019  Shortly after the publication of The Coming Interspiritual Age in 2013, I was contacted by Dr. David Sloan Wilson, founder …

Regional levels of despair and distress reinforce and exacerbate drug use and overdose

In both rural and urban communities, two key factors—economic distress and supply of opioids—predict the rate of opioid deaths. Regional levels of despair and distress that seemed to reinforce and exacerbate the problem. With respect to economics, characteristics like family distress, population loss, and heavy reliance on mining and service industries seemed to drive up mortality rates.  A used needle in …

Why we won’t quit

Why do we keep doing this climate work? we asked each other. Maybe to our surprise, answers to the question flooded out, one reason after another. Because we are not doomed, as long as we act. A world in which we do everything we can to restrain climate change barely resembles one in which we do nothing. We won’t like the first world, …

The troubling relationship between self-care and capitalism

Self-care is a reasonable response to one main issue: stress. And everybody today seems stressed out of their minds. “We’re supposed to be walking powerhouses of productivity, using every minute of our time to its best effect,” wrote Aisling McCrea in a recent Current Affairs article. “In an economic environment where careers are precarious and competitive, young people are increasingly …