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Kindness Weekly: Showing Appreciation

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April 30, 2016

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Story1 This big-hearted third grader treated his classmates to a party with his “earned income”.
Story2 She left a thank-you note and gift card taped to the trash can to appreciate them.
Story3 Just listening and massaging her hands opened up the angry resident’s heart.
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Art & Science Fusion

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April 30, 2016

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Art & Science Fusion

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious –the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.

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Art & Science Fusion

“Diane and I feel like the students need to break across what E.O. Wilson calls “the borderland.” We have an entomologist, a botanist, a horticulturist; artists, musicians and photographers come in and talk to the students. We have a photography class and the professor, Terry Nathan, is an atmospheric scientist. He came to us and said, “I’ve been a bit of a photographer all my life, but there was never room for it.” I said, “There’s room here! You’re from the borderland. Come on in! He teaches every spring quarter, and its packed. Every one of the instructors has a different approach. Our Art/Science Fusion program is committed to environmental literacy, creativity, collaboration and art making.” { read more }

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In this short and stunning passage by Carl Sagan science and art stand together at the doorstep of wonder. { more }

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5 Things Science Says Will Make You Happier

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April 29, 2016

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5 Things Science Says Will Make You Happier

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

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5 Things Science Says Will Make You Happier

Happy people are healthier; they get sick less often and live longer. They have more friends, make more money and are more productive at work. Decades of research show that happiness is not just a personal issue, but a matter of public health, global economics, and national well-being. Although it isn’t easy, there are some proven methods… { read more }

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Try out one of the many suggestions in this article, such as recognizing the good when you meet it and affirming it, or connecting more with other people.

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Today I Rise

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Today I Rise

"The world is missing what I am ready to give: My Wisdom, My Sweetness, My Love and My hunger for Peace." This beautiful short video, dubbed a "love poem for your heart and soul," empowers all women to stand up for who they truly are. Let the emergence of the feminine in you blossom as you watch this film.
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The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

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April 28, 2016

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The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

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The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

“How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies ‘originals’: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals – including embracing failure. ‘The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,’ Grant says. ‘You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.'” { read more }

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Today, change up one of your habits and try something new!

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Changing the World One Word at a Time

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Changing the World One Word at a Time

Poetry is an act of peace.

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Changing the World One Word at a Time

Listen to Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin, and Zariya Allen, members of the Get Lit organization, who are determined to change the world, one word at a time. In this performance of “Somewhere in America,” they open for singer John Legend at the Hollywood Bowl. The poem calls to attention the kind of information passed along unintentionally in classrooms, and addresses some hard truths and dark topics based on personal experiences. “I think poetry is the best way to express emotions…” McGavin says, “Its an amazing way to help people, especially teens.” { read more }

Be The Change

Find out more about Get Lit, an organization that uses classic and spoken word poetry to increase teen literacy. { more }

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Peace is Possible: The Remarkable Story of A Prison Friendship

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Peace is Possible: The Remarkable Story of A Prison Friendship

The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.

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Peace is Possible: The Remarkable Story of A Prison Friendship

“For more than 50 years, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (in Spanish, FARC) have been fighting a guerrilla war for social justice. In response, the rich and powerful created paramilitary forces to defend the existing social order. On both sides, those doing the fighting are mostly poor villagers and workers.” In this interview, we learn of an extraordinary and unlikely friendship between Ciliana, a former member of the Paramilitary forces, and Claudia, a former FARC member — both serving prison terms in a prison that houses women sentenced for violence on all sides of the conflict. Claudia and Ciliana are cellmates — and best friends. In the midst of a divisive world they are exploring the meaning of forgiveness and reconciliation { read more }

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Awakin Weekly: Renewability Makes Something Valuable

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Renewability Makes Something Valuable
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tow1.jpgIn the village, people used to build their houses out of traditional materials, using no iron or lumber or nails, but the houses were magnificent. Many were sewn together out of bark and fiber. Like the house of the body, the house that a person sleeps in must be very beautiful and sturdy, but not so sturdy that it won’t fall apart after a while. If your house doesn’t fall apart, then there will be no reason to renew it. And it is this renewability that makes something valuable. The maintenance gives it meaning.

The secret of village togetherness and happiness has always been the generosity of the people, but the key to that generosity is inefficiency and decay. Because our village huts were not built to last very long, they had to be regularly renewed. To do this, villagers came together, at least once a year, to work on somebody’s hut. When your house was falling down, you invited all the folks over. The little kids ran around messing up what everybody was doing. The young women brought the water. The young men carried the stones. The older men told everybody what to do, and the older women told the older men that they weren’t doing it right. Once the house was back together again, everyone ate together, praised the house, laughed, and cried. In a few days, they moved on to the next house. In this way, each family’s place in the village was reestablished and remembered. This is how it always was.

Then the missionaries and the businessmen and the politicians brought in tin and lumber and sturdy houses. Now the houses last, but the relationships don’t.

In some ways, crises bring communities together. Even nowadays, if there’s a flood, or if somebody is going to put a highway through a neighborhood, people come together to solve the problem. Mayans don’t wait for a crisis to occur; they make a crisis. Their spirituality is based on choreographed disasters — otherwise known as rituals — in which everyone has to work together to remake their clothing, or each other’s houses, or the community, or the world. Everything has to be maintained because it was originally made so delicately that it eventually falls apart. It is the putting back together again, the renewing, that ultimately makes something strong. That is true of our houses, our language, our relationships.

It’s a fine balance, making something that is not so flimsy that it falls apart too soon, yet not so solid that it is permanent. It requires a sort of grace. We all want to make something that’s going to live beyond us, but that thing shouldn’t be a house, or some other physical object. It should be a village that can continue to maintain itself. That sort of constant renewal is the only permanence we should wish to attain.

About the Author: Raised in New Mexico on a Pueblo Indian reservation, Martin Prechtel is the author of Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and Long Life, Honey in the Heart. The above excerpt is from an interview in Sun Magazine.

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The Capacity for Successful Solitude

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The Capacity for Successful Solitude

The most interesting thing in the environment is your own mind.

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The Capacity for Successful Solitude

When asked to share her thoughts on the value of solitude, and her view that if people don’t learn to be alone, then they are guaranteed to be lonely, author and psychologist Sherry Turkle had this to say… { read more }

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How to Cultivate Global Compassion

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How to Cultivate Global Compassion

Could a greater miracle take place, than for us to look through each others’ eyes for an instant?

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How to Cultivate Global Compassion

Paul Ekman, legendary psychologist and Professor Emeritus at UCSF, is an expert on emotion recognition and his work has been instrumental in helping us understand the universality of emotion and its place in our social lives. More recently, inspired by his exchanges with the Dalai Lama, Ekman’s work has focused on applying his knowledge of emotion and compassion toward bettering human social interactions. In this interview, Ekman discusses his latest book, ‘Moving Toward Global Compassion’, whose premise is a simple, yet radical question — what if we extend compassion beyond our circle of family and friends? { read more }

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Make a conscious effort to be compassionate to a stranger — either someone socially or geographically distant from you. Or, reflect on a time when you have been a recipient of such an act of compassion from a stranger.

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