Values are what bring distinction to your life. You don't find them, you choose them. And when you do, you're on the path to fulfillment.
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Saul Levine M.D.
Widely different men, from extremely diverse backgrounds, captivate millions of followers and at the same time provoke extreme dislike in many others. How do you respond to each?
Loneliness saps strength, sinew and spirits. Belonging improves health and uplifts the soul. A long-standing men's group has provided Belonging: Camaraderie, community and caring.
Eighteen years ago my wife and I adopted an infant girl from China, a momentous decision considering I already had three biological sons. I learned about nature, nurture and love.
A reunion of immigrant children 67 years after graduating from elementary school is salutary. These octogenarians have more than "given back" to their "host country." We can hope.
Machu Picchu, the wondrous Incan town in the Andes, was built by human inspiration and creativity, and ravaged by human avarice and hate...The Enigma of the "Human Condition".
The flu is caused by a seasonal virus, but it has major physical, psychological, social and economic roots and consequences.
Feeling that we belong is crucial to our quality of life, but when our group is revered and others are disdained, there is danger of prejudice and extremism.
President Trump criticizes liberal elites for being disinterested and out-of-touch with those who comprise his base of supporters. I disagree, but then I look at "real facts."
Our role models (action heroes, movie stars, great minds, artists or world leaders), have been attributed wonderful qualities, but they're ordinary people, both worthy and flawed.
The repeated domestic and mass shootings in this country are astoundingly frequent. We do know how to stem this tragic tide, but our "thoughts and prayers" are simply not enough.
We criticize athletes who use PEDs, but many people everywhere "self-medicate" to help them study, perform, sleep, have sex, stay awake, and lose weight, among other pursuits.
During major cataclysms, differences and conflicts between us seem to dissipate, and we tend to reach out to each other with increased caring, empathy, and sense of community.
A "mensch" is usually respectful, generous and responsible, as are most people. Those who are often unpleasant, abrasive and untrustworthy are not worthy of that appellation.
As wonderful (or painful) as our lives can sometimes be, we will all experience unexpected dramatic changes. How we handle successes and setbacks is what is of most importance.
America's progressive values, long a beacon of light the world over, are in danger of deteriorating as selfishness and incivility are prominent in public discourse and behavior.
We need more silence in our lives, as noisy machinery, constant media, a troubled world, life's pressures and internal distress bombard us: We sorely need relief from cacophony...
Long term, close friendships enhance the substance and quality of our lives, and are important in times of celebration and sorrow: Appreciate them, nurture them, cherish them.
Inspired by kindled fears and prejudice, the U.S. will build an exclusionary wall between itself and Mexico based on irrational reasoning, at enormous expense, and with futility.
A True Believer who has passionate faith in a fundamentalist credo or a charismatic leader, totally accepting the promises and predictions as absolute truth, is often disillusioned
Our traditions enhance and bolster our lives, enable us to commune with family and friends, bring stability and meaning to our lives, in times of serenity and in times of turmoil.
President Donald J. Trump is a remarkably provocative individual, attracting support and adoration from millions, while inciting derision and rage in equal numbers of others.
We say and teach children that civility is a core value in society: We extol respect, tolerance, compassion, kindness and cooperation. Our actions, however, often fall far short.
During a pleasurable walk, the author experienced a riveting daydream about serenity within everyone's minds and hearts, as well as peace between all of us. Then he awoke.
The divisive presidential election showed how divided Americans are, how powerful emotions like fear and anger can overwhelm reason, and "post-truths" can blind people to facts.
We humans have always had a need to search for some non-material rationale to the inevitable demands of life, and a sense of Believing enables us to give meaning to our existence.
A sense of Being is a cornerstone, as are Belonging, Believing, and Benevolence (Four B's), in evaluating if we are living evolved lives, which are both meaningful and fulfilling.
Belonging is when we feel a part of a community where we are liked and appreciated. Loneliness is its opposite when we feel unsupported and saddened. Both affect mood and health.
Today, college students are expressing dissatisfaction and even feel threatened, but this is often more about their personal feelings rather than the chaotic state of the world.
In this dramatic presidential campaign, the term has often been referred to, especially in regard to Donald Trump's style and substance. Is this an accurate depiction?
Whenever someone is exposed as having acted destructively, there are outcries of anger in the media and the internet, inevitably followed by ugly, malicious trolling and piling on.
Saul Levine M.D., is a professor emeritus at the University of California at San Diego.