Mindfulness

How to Listen in the Digital Age

Have people been telling you to: “put down the phone and listen to me?”
Do you talk more frequently with Siri than with the people you live with?
Are you just waiting for the chance to check your messages when others speak?

If you are shamefully shaking your head "yes", listen up!

It’s time for you to learn the skills of active listening. Sure, it takes effort; but so does learning any skill. And it’s worth it, as it pays ever-increasing benefits in your home life and work life.
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Children and Teens

High Speed Parenting with Teens — A Common Cause of Broken Connections

It’s easy to succumb to instinctive reactions when teens seem irritable, rejecting, and unproductive -- especially when we think we understand what’s going on and what they should be doing. Without knowing how to decode teens behavior, and/ or when emotional factors interfere with perspective, parents are vulnerable to misinterpreting difficult situations based on their own feelings and the literal, often misleading message they perceive from teens. Being in the dark and reacting automatically puts...
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Creativity

Robots R Us

"[In the future] your own brain might end up being the last place you search for information." — Phil Libin (CEO, Evernote)


High-tech scenarios of sinister robots replacing humans (once-imagined in the pages of pulp sci-fi) have returned to haunt our mortal consciousness.

Bill Gates and others fear that artificial intelligence could supplant the human genius that created it.


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Addiction

Pause Before Posting: The Benefits of Not Over Sharing on Social Media

For most of us, social media is their main means of communicating with friends and family. A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that eight-in-ten Americans have a FaceBook profile and of these users, 32 percent have an Instagram account and 24 percent have a Twitter account. And these numbers show no sign of slowing down--these findings indicate a 5 percent growth from the previous year. We’re now more likely to hear news about our friends’ and families’ lives online than we are in-person.
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Children and Teens

Is Social Media Damaging Your Romantic Relationship?

In today’s world it is almost hard to stay connected if you don’t have social media accounts. Gone are the days when people wrote letters or waited for phone calls (especially on a land line). Face-to-face conversations can even be a rarity. More often than not, communication occurs through apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, DM, and old school texting. Adolescents tend to spend even more time than adults on social medial platforms.
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Children and Teens

Outrage Over Katelyn Nicole Davis Video Suicide Misses the Point

At the close of 2016, 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis decided that she had had enough of her life in a small, rural town in Georgia. So she did what most teens do nowadays -- she took to social media to share her feelings of angst, depression, and hopelessness. She was, by all accounts, a person doing the best she could in coping with depression and an alleged abuser within her own home.

What she did, however, is becoming an increasingly common and disturbing consequence of our society virtually ignoring people who are troubled by suicide and suicidal thoughts. She decided to livestream her death on Facebook Live.

This is upsetting to people: "How could they allow such videos to be online?!" "Why don't Facebook and YouTube do something about this?!" But the outrage misses the point completely.

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Brain and Behavior

Trying to Lose Weight? Maybe You Should Ditch That New Wearable

Wearable technology -- those gadgets people wear around their wrist to track their heart rate or number of steps walked or run -- is all the rage. This sort of personal data tracking is especially popular among younger people and those who exercise regularly. Whether it's a Fitbit, Nike+ Fuelband, a Garmin Vivofit, or some other fitness tracker, people love the ability to easily track their progress over time.

But if you're wearing one of these devices while trying to lose weight, you may find it surprising that wearable technology likely won't help you -- and could even hurt (a little) in your weight-loss journey.

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Habits

7 Tips on Calming the Noise of Life

“Forget about your life situation and pay attention to your life. Your life situation exists in time. Your life is now. Your life situation is mind-stuff. Your life is real.” - Eckhart Tolle
Things tend to get jumbled up in everyday life. What you feel you need to do and what you should be doing for yourself often wind up being far apart. With so many distractions, so much of the mind-stuff going on, no wonder it seems like you’re spinning your wheels. How can you get back on track and stop getting diverted by every demand that you’re confronted with?
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