• The texting dead

    What are the consequences of being constantly connected? Tweets, texts, e-mails, Facebook, and other means of social messaging are taking more of people’s time these days. How does this affect the quality of our relationships?

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  • Largely hidden, dating violence is prevalent in teen relationships

    One in three teens is a victim of dating violence. Most of this is hidden violence, because teens and parents are often in denial. A boy constantly texting his girlfriend, which the girl may see as flattery, could actually be obsessive behavior that could lead to problems down the road. Once abuse begins, teens in

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  • Ohio congressman’s meditation crusade

    Congressman Tim Ryan questions, "How much faster literally can we go, until you are so distracted all the time that you're actually missing your life?" Ryan believes Social Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) can make a huge difference in people's lives, especially when introduced at a young age to schoolchildren. S.E.L. teaches students to relax, calming themselves into a

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  • Protecting Your Privacy on the New Facebook

    Facebook’s new search tool can allow strangers to discover who you are, what you like and where you go. Sarah Downey, a lawyer with the Boston company Abine, which markets tools to help users control their visibility online, advises, “It is more important than ever to lock down your Facebook privacy settings now that everything you

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  • Is Facebook envy making you miserable?

    Witnessing friends' vacations, love lives and work successes on Facebook can cause envy and trigger feelings of misery and loneliness, according to German researchers. Reuters, 1/22/2013

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  • Put a Stop to ‘Do I Look Fat?’

    When one partner is overweight, resolving conflict in the relationship takes two. In this article, married couple Betsy and Jarom Schow discuss their personal struggles with weight and marriage. The Wall Street Journal, 1/21/2013

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  • The Last of the Human Freedoms

    In this thoughtful commentary, Viral Mehta, of the Huffington Post, reflects on the importance of choice. She writes, "I distinctly remember my parents telling me to “introspect” after any significant mistakes I made… As I reflect now, I realize that the word literally means to look within, to really experience the effects of our choices,

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  • The Lost Art of the Handwritten Note

    There's no denying the wonders of electronic messages, but nothing captures a moment like putting pen to paper. Research conducted at the University of Virginia in 1989 found that at state schools where bad handwriting was specifically addressed and improved, the pupils had better reading skills, better word recognition, better compositional skills and better recall

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  • Caregiver lives rerouted yet enriched by aging parents

    According to data from the National Alliance for Caregiving, an estimated 65 million people in the U.S. are unpaid family caregivers. Many baby boomers are caregivers for elderly parents, and they have to adjust life plans accordingly. They face their own set of unique challenges, physically and emotionally.  CNN, 12/11/2012

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  • The benefits of gratitude

    With science supporting the idea that being grateful is good for us, three personal stories illustrate the importance of the gift. Chicago Tribune, 11/17/2012

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  • Tangled Web: Is it possible to be addicted to the Internet?

    A growing number of scientists and addiction specialists say that it is possible to become addicted to the Internet. NBC News’ Dr. Nancy Snyderman talks to people who say they are living with an Internet addiction and visits a unique rehab facility designed to treat them. NBC Rock Center, 11/9/2012

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  • When Forgiveness Isn’t a Virtue

    Research shows forgiveness has a dark side. At first it may help the person who has been hurt to let go of anger, resentment and desire for revenge. But forgiving also may encourage the transgressor to do it again. Experts say reaching true forgiveness is a journey that may take years, and it's best not

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  • Practice Makes Perfect—And Not Just for Jocks and Musicians

    Rehearsing tasks, from teaching to medicine to consumer service, frees the brain for complex work. What drives mastery is encoding success—performing an action the right way over and over. The Wall Street Journal, 10/27/2012

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  • The Beauty of Questions

    Karen Horneffer-Ginter explores the all-too-often overlooked potential of questions. When properly used, questions can connect us to one another: A heartfelt "How are you?" or "How was your day?" can bring us closer to the life of a loved one. Sometimes, too, questions can help us better understand ourselves. We know when we've encountered a

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  • Big Explosions, Small Reasons: Study Explains Why Social Rule Breakers Spark Angry Outbursts

    Why do some some people explode at little annoying things and others don't, like when dealing with customer service people or someone cutting in line at the grocery store? A yet-to-be-published Duke University study explains some of the reasons behind this behavior. Experts advise people to recognize the behavior, identify "triggers" and work on changing their response.

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