What is so tragically different from the current COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing pandemic of car crashes? The latter is largely preventable by altering human behaviors. Safer driving, improved and more accessible driver training programs, safer roads with better traffic laws, improved law enforcement, and increased vehicle safety would eliminate a vast percentage of crashes. … [Read more...] about A Tale of Two Pandemics
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Writing in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Louis Tay and Ed Diener identified several universal needs for people in 123 countries. Fulfilling basic needs was a strong predictor of both high evaluations of life and a decrease in negative emotions. Deprivation of basic needs hurts, but fulfillment of basic needs does not contribute much to positive feelings. And another important finding: Needs can be independent contributors to well-being. So, as each different need is fulfilled, people experience incremental improvement in their lives, as well as a decline in bad feelings. … [Read more...] about What Disaster Survivors Really Need
I was nineteen years old and I had the whole world ahead of me. This is precisely why I avoid eye contact, and I nod to the person talking to me on these “remember when” occasions, waiting for the opportunity to transition to another subject. I understand that people who so incessantly talk about the past with that sense of wonder and dismay are verbalizing their amazement and apprehension to someone they consider to be an obviously like-minded person, a codger in the same boat. They are looking for reinforcement and understanding, but I can tell you, at least at that time, that they are not, or were not, going to get it from me. … [Read more...] about Being a Good Model, However Old You Are
#10 It’s great for your skin. Not only does cinnamon boost the collagen production within your skin, which makes it smooth, supple and firm, it also brings blood closer to the surface of your skin, which helps reverse the signs of aging. … [Read more...] about Benefits of Cinnamon and Honey That Will Blow Your Mind! Part I
Internal considering can be understood as our most reactive and immediate way of taking in information from the world. We are animals who want to protect ourselves, after all, and so when data comes in, we’re prone to take it all “personally” or to interpret it in terms of how it hurts or helps our own well-being. On the other hand, “external considering” mean considering another’s viewpoint on a level equal to our own or recognizing that even though our own perspective sinks us into a very particular place and time, we are players in a bigger system, which itself equally privileges the other. I’ll say more—but here is the main offering of this post, a short video I made exploring the dizzying task of respecting the other’s viewpoint: … [Read more...] about Why Do We Take Things Personally, and How Do We Stop?