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The Science of Generosity

"Perhaps the strongest message from the science of generosity is that the more adversity someone has experienced, the more compassion she feels and the more generous she’s likely to be. I’m reminded of this every time I see someone who looks destitute drop a few coins into a panhandler’s cup while expensively dressed commuters rush past... Someone who knows what it is to suffer also knows how outside forces can land one in deep poverty through little fault of one’s own, and how wonderful it can be to have a dollar for a McDonald’s coffee." [Read Article]
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Transgenderism and Gender Identity Disorder: Two Truths to Consider

"Christians must acknowledge that even apart from any cultural influence, there are people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the gender they were identified with at birth... The same God who created us male and female is also a God who sees and cares for the outcast and the hurting... But another point that cannot be ignored is that at least some of the transgender phenomenon is cultivated by culture..." [Read Article]
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Hospice Nurse: A Tender Hand In the Presence of Death

"Heather knew some people believed that bodies didn’t matter, that only the soul counted, but she believed that God had created bodies for a reason and that they mattered a lot... She wanted to make a patient more comfortable for a few hours, or at least not hurt him when she put in a needle, and sometimes a patient would thank her for being so gentle and tell her that she had a good touch. She understood now that touching itself was important, whether it healed or not; she had not realized this before she became a nurse." [Read Article]
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5 Ways of Coping When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

"...in the aftermath of his cancer diagnosis, Jimmy Carter, a devoutly religious man, has publicly relied on his faith to help him make sense of his illness... Cancer did not cause Carter nor his friends to revise their faith- in fact, it seems to have deepened it. They are hoping to understand how cancer fits into the plan for his life... 'When you get into a tough situation and you don’t know what God’s plan is, you should bow the knee.'" [Read Article]
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What the New Science of Touch Says About Ourselves

"The foundation of human relationships is all touch... There are four years of touch exchanged between mother and baby... Our bodies are membranes in the world, with sensation and meaning passing seamlessly through them. Our experience of our bodies—the things they feel, the moves they make, and the textures and the people they touch—is our primary experience of our minds."[Read Article]
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AMA Report Finds Fewer Suicides Among Female Churchgoers

"...a medical report is showing that women between the ages of 30 and 55 who attend church weekly are six times less likely to commit suicide than women who never attend church... Catholic women who attend church at least weekly are 20 times less likely to commit suicide than women who never attend church. Protestant women are approximately three times less likely." [Read Article]
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Discerning the Difference Between Spiritual and Psychological Problems

“Some devout Catholics see it as preferable to say they are suffering from something like the dark night of the soul, rather than to admit that they have depression and may need medication and counseling... The problem with over-spiritualizing is that you cut yourself from so many tools that psychology and even your faith could have to help you to be happy.'" [Read Article]

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Embodied Cognition: Why Our Brains Are Not Computers

“"Intellectual history shows that since it’s hard to understand the brain, we’re tempted to say it’s whatever the hottest new thing in technology is... Yet a brain, the miraculous mushy gray matter that it is, is not a switchboard or hydraulic pump or mill or slate or computer. A brain is a brain — inside of a body. And it’s within that body, and with that body, that a brain (and its human) navigate the world." [Read Article]