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The Price of (Other People’s) Fame

We have all read accounts of the exorbitant prices paid at auction for items once owned by a celebrity: John F. Kennedy’s golf clubs sold for $772,000; John Lennon’s piano costs $2,000,000.00. Why do people pay an absurd price for a celebrity object?

The Happiness Trap

By Neel Burton M.D. on April 06, 2012 in Hide and Seek
It is not only that the bar for happiness is set too high, but also that it is set in the wrong place, and that it is, in fact, the wrong bar. Jump and you’ll only break your back.

Why Bullying Is an Adult Problem

By Dr. Kathryn Seifert on April 06, 2012 in Stop The Cycle
With the national spotlight and media’s attention, now is the time to rethink the bullying issue. Here is what you can do to help.

So You Want to Learn an Endangered Language...

Endangered languages are often in the news, and it might be tempting to say, let's go learn some. An excellent book on Yucatec Maya (spoken in Mexico) offers a sophisticated discussion of the cultural mechanics of doing this.

Trayvon Martin in Post-Racial America

By George Davis on April 06, 2012 in Modern Melting Pot
With the Trayvon Martin case, Reverend Al Sharpton threw a bucket of reality into the face of one of the most widely-used and fiercely defended American illusion.

Friends With Benefits

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 06, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Nonhumans show us why we all need others we can count on. They help in times of need, it feels good to have close friends, and it's good for an individual's health and well-being. The more we study other animals the more we learn about their fascinating lives and about ourselves. We should be proud of our animal heritage.

Happiness...at the United Nations

By Gretchen Rubin on April 06, 2012 in The Happiness Project
I spent part of my day over at the United Nations, at a conference on "Wellbeing and Happiness".

The Passover Story Is for Everyone

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on April 06, 2012 in Am I Right?
Passover is a celebration and a lament that calls for rededication to the cause of freedom

Economic Inequality Is the Culprit

By Peter Corning Ph.D. on April 06, 2012 in The Fair Society
A landmark book details evidence of the many kinds of harm caused by extreme economic inequality. What can we do?

The Triumph of Nonviolence

Aung San Suu Kyi admits she has a temper and masters it. She listens and seeks compromise. She refuses to sully her heart with hate. What if more of us worked on ourselves instead of working at each other? How would we live then?

The Shabbas Box

How one family uses an old shoe box to support positive behaviors at home.

Can People Tell When You're Depressed?

By Donna Barstow on April 06, 2012 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Okay, you're feeling sad, a little hopeless. Do you keep these feelings to yourself, or risk sharing them with other people, and dragging them down, too? And is this cartoon too negative?

My Teen Hates Her Body and I Don't Love Mine

What to do when your teen dislikes her body.

Come to the Table of Love: An Easter and Passover Tradition

As we move into a 24/7 Smart Phone society, we miss the moments around a table when you come to know each other just a little bit better. A table is a good place for couples in love and marriage to communicate. Is it any wonder that "come to the table" is an expression used in business negotiations?

Five Reasons Why Relationships Fail

Your personality determines how successful your relationship may be.

The Origins of Love

By Neel Burton M.D. on April 05, 2012 in Hide and Seek
Plato's most beautiful myth. A long time ago, there were three kinds of human beings: male, descended from the sun; female, descended from the earth; and androgynous, with both male and female elements, descended from the moon.

When We Want People to Change

Recently I heard from one of my friends about the challenge of dealing with a 15-year old who was using curse words at the rate of two a sentence. It was evident to me right away that if the same behavior came from her partner, she would have responded differently.What varies, I realized, is the nature of the relationship, not the effect of the behavior itself.

Natural Allergy Remedy That Works

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on April 05, 2012 in Inner Source
Plant remedy shown to be as good as your allergy medication?

Everything You Need to Know About Talent

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on April 05, 2012 in Creating in Flow
Know any creative people who have talent to spare? Douglas Eby has probably interviewed them. And now he's come out with an excellent resource.

Can You Be Hypomanic Without Losing Control?

By Tom Wootton on April 05, 2012 in Bipolar Advantage
We must learn to take responsibility for our states and keep them from getting to places that we cannot control.

Friendship by the Book: Stuff Every Mom Should Know

Stuff Every Mom Should Know (Quirk Books, 2012) by Heather Gibbs Flett and Whitney Moss is a sweet, eminently readable, gift book for the new mom with practical hints ranging from "how to sing a baby to sleep" to "how to make a grilled cheese sandwich." It also has a chapter on "How to Meet Other Moms," something often asked about on my blog.

Testing for Concussions Isn't Common: Keep Your Little Slugger Safe

High school and intercollegiate teams often have athletic trainers familiar with concussion guidelines and baseline testing. However, most boys and girls are playing on recreational teams where there is no trainer, no baseline testing, and a coach with little or no training in the diagnosis or management of concussions.