High-quality social interactions building intimacy and trust with others can promote egalitarianism and is essential to happiness and well-being

Quarz.com March 2018 The new World Happiness Report again ranks Denmark among the top three happiest of 155 countries surveyed—a distinction that the country has earned for seven consecutive years.  The US, on the other hand, ranked 18th in this year’s World Happiness Report, a four-spot drop from last year’s report. Denmark’s place among the world’s happiest countries is consistent with many other national …

Each generation of humans living in relative abundance, each species saved from extinction for another 50 years, and each wild place left to function and inspire in its wildness, is precious beyond measure

I Felt Despair About Climate Change—Until a Brush With Death Changed My Mind By Alison Spodek Keimowitz Mar. 9, 2018, Slate.com  I was dying. Not just in the way that we’re all inching inevitably toward our own deaths each moment; I was hurtling toward a specific death with a name, a shape, and a timeline. I was 37 years old and I …

Highlighting the pride people will feel if they take good actions may be a better way to change environmental behaviors

A lot of pro-environmental messages suggest that people will feel guilty if they don’t make an effort to live more sustainably or takes steps to ameliorate climate change. But a recent study from Princeton University finds that highlighting the pride people will feel if they take such actions may be a better way to change environmental behaviors. Elke U. Weber, …

“Connect with what matters to your audience” and “tell a human story” says IPCC

Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a handbook to help its members better communicate the findings of a new IPCC report, due out later this year. The handbook, based on the science of science communication, lays out six principles that scientists can use to explain the complexities of climate science. These tips include “connect with what matters to your …

Look at me: why attention-seeking is the defining need of our times

The urge to belong is universal. So would a better understanding of it help tackle loneliness – and explain why stalkers, spree killers and jihadists turn their pain on others? Leo Benedictus in The Guardian Mon 5 Feb 2018 Mental health.  Illustrations by Nishant Choksi   There is a famous Jewish mother joke. You’ve heard it before. Question: How many Jewish mothers does it …

How the Wonder of Nature Can Inspire Social Justice Activism

The complex systems of the natural world can open our eyes to a new way of being. Adrienne Maree Brown posted Feb 01, 2018 in Yes! Magazine “If we are in rhythm with nature, we are in rhythm with ourselves.” —Micah Hobbes Frazier If we pay close attention, we can experience the wonder that emerges from the beauty, magic, miracles and …

“All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don’t, our lives get made up for us by other people.” —Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wave in the Mind, 2004. “If you can see a thing whole,” he …

Don’t focus on happiness, focus on meaning

Excerpt from an interview with Jordan Peterson – Don’t focus on happiness https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/jan/21/jordan-peterson-self-help-author-12-steps-interview if we are all monsters, how are we to be saved? The first thing is to understand how our worldview evolves. Crucial to this is a 20-year-old experiment on inattention – the famous Invisible Gorilla experiment. This involved recording two teams of basketball players and playing back the game …