VP Elect Kamala Harris Source: Office of Senator Kamala Harris, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons As a teacher of writing and rhetoric at CU Boulder, I can tell you that rhetoric matters. What people say and don't say matters. Many of you readers know, as I do, that if you want to be healthy and happy, you need to reduce the volume of negative, hateful, divisive, and critical rhetoric you subject yourself to from those around you. The ability to divorce yourself from toxic sources of negative expression is a sign of strength and, indeed, health. The media have done a very good job over the last four years of informing us about what Mr. Trump tweets, says, and thinks. It’s time to stop. For about a month now, I've been dying for people in the media, on both sides, on all sides, to stop talking about Mr. Trump. Or at least start talking about him a lot less. It’s time to shift the conversation from what Mr. Trump tweeted, said, or did today to what President-Elect … [Read more...] about People in the Media: Please Stop Talking About Donald Trump
After a year of lockdown, social distancing, and the constant drumbeat of bad news about COVID-19 , it’s quite likely that you have developed a certain amount of fear about ever leaving your home. There is, of course, value in protecting yourself and the people you care about by following public health advice. You may attribute the fact that you’re still around to having adhered strictly to these measures. However, with the vaccine now available, government officials are beginning to ease those restrictions. Mask mandates are going away in several states in the U.S. You may not agree with these decisions, but they do signal (one might hope) that normal life is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality. Now imagine, when it is truly safe, that you have the ability to get out of the house and go shopping, eat at restaurants, and perhaps even travel to a vacation destination. However, before you feel ready to take the plunge, perhaps your employer decides it’s time for … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Calm Anxiety When You’re Afraid to Leave Home
A young bonobo, a species capable of altruism. Source: Photo Courtesy of Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary Humans are complicated. Sometimes we hurt each other and sometimes we help each other. In the ongoing effort to understand where those competing instincts come from, anthropologists often turn to our closest living relatives — chimpanzees and bonobos. Yet these two species of ape are very different. The stereotypes hold that chimpanzee society is rife with hierarchy and aggression , and bonobos, by comparison, are peaceful proponents of free love. That's oversimplified. Within a group, chimpanzees can be peaceful. And bonobos might be capable of aggression. Humans are a "mosaic" of both. The challenge for scientists is to figure out what elements of human behavior exist in either ape, thereby teasing out which traits are purely cultural and which have biological roots. New evidence published this week in Scientific Reports builds on earlier work and suggests that the … [Read more...] about Why Be Tolerant? Lessons From Bonobos
If you, like me, are a cat owner, you probably have wondered at some point whether or not your feline companion recognizes the name you have so carefully chosen for him or her. There are, of course, some situations (particularly when food is involved) in which many cats seem to understand very well that they are being called. However, there are also other situations, e. g ., when it is time to get off the living room table or to stop destroying the couch, in which many cats seem to be completely unable to understand that they are being called. Thankfully, a recent Japanese study on cat behavior has once and for all clarified the question of whether or not cats recognize their names. The study, headed by Atsuko Saito from the Department of Cognitive and Behavioral Science at the University of Tokyo and published in the academic journal Scientific Reports ( Saito et al., 2019 ), used a so-called habituation-dishabituation paradigm to investigate whether or not cats recognize … [Read more...] about Do Cats Know Their Names?
Home Home n garden Decor Decor oi-Denise By Denise Baptiste | Updated: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 17:45 [IST] With the temperatures soaring high, most of us are wondering how to keep cool and beat the heat this season. Well, according to health experts, drinking a lot of water and consuming water-based and light foods should be your first option. Secondly, staying indoors as much as possible will also help to keep you healthy this summer. But, what if your home feels like a furnace? Then what would you do? Also Read: How To Keep Your Home Cool For Summer? With these simple and amazing Indian ways to beat the heat, we at Boldsky show you how you can change your furnace home into a cooler environment. Decor experts state that the colour of your home plays an important role in making your home feel cool. If you've decked the halls with dark and bold-coloured sofa covers and curtains, it is time to change … [Read more...] about Indian Ways To Make Your Home Summer Ready