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Study Says Belief in Eternal Life Is Innate Not Learned

“...children struggle to imagine a time when they did not feel or desire... Our deep-seated intuitions about what constitutes the core of a person – the capacity for experiencing emotions and desires – underlies the belief in eternal life. While exposure to religion can elaborate these intuitions, as they certainly do in the case of afterlife beliefs, belief in eternal existence does not depend on being exposed to religious teachings that support these ideas." [Read Article]

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Beyond Shame: Many Christians Misunderstand Mental Illness

“We all have spiritual struggles: struggling with our identity in Christ, receiving forgiveness, living with joy. With mental illness, the struggle becomes much more complicated... How much is physiological and how much is spiritual ? We have to see that on top of spiritual measures, there are beneficial and helpful medications and treatments available to fight this illness…" [Read Article]

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Atheist Alain de Botton’s Remarkably Christian (Although Too Pessimistic) Advice About Marriage

“The good news is that it doesn’t matter if we find we have married the wrong person… We need to swap the Romantic view for a tragic (and at points comedic) awareness that every human will frustrate, anger, annoy, madden and disappoint us — and we will (without any malice) do the same to them… Rather than some notional idea of perfect complementarity, it is the capacity to tolerate differences with generosity that is the true marker of the 'not overly wrong' person. Compatibility is an achievement of love; it must not be its precondition." [Read Article]

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What the Experience of Awe Does for Us

“Awe gives you an existential shock. You realize that you are hardwired to be a little selfish, but you are also dependent on something bigger than yourself... Robert Leahy, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist...sees awe as a cousin to appreciation and gratitude, and links these to the experiences often found in places of worship, where architecture, music, and prayer conspire to draw attendees outside of themselves..."[Read Article]

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The Higher Power of the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson

"The seed of Wilson's talent may be his confidence. But his confidence is straight from God, from the reassurance that comes with the kind of belief that infiltrates Wilson's pores. Those voices in his head, the ones that began with his father whispering into his ear and became Jesus visiting him, which became his coaches inside his helmet -- those haven't let him down yet... To be Wilson is to have an utter belief that the voices you hear will never steer you wrong." [Read Article]
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Why Being Too Self-Conscious Will Make You Less Happy

"In study after study, experimental subjects thought that other people would notice them much more than they actually did... This [is] the 'spotlight effect.' We are naturally conscious of ourselves, what we are thinking, how we look, and what we are doing. As David Foster Wallace put it, 'There is no experience you’ve had that you were not at the absolute center of.' And so it’s hard to block the inference that others share this focus. But research finds that they don’t..." [Read Article]
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Study Suggests Simple Method for Leaving Work at the Office

"...those with uncompleted goals reported more intrusive thoughts about work when they were home at the end of the day. To help prevent this, participants, once they'd described their incomplete goals, were asked to clearly plan where, when and how they would tackle each one... This helped the high-involved participants to put the goals out of mind during off-work hours, and as a result their uncompleted goals produced fewer intrusions, almost as if they had the same status as completed goals." [Read Article]
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Why Depression and Facebook Don’t Go Together

"That October I suffered my first bout of depression in over 10 years...I tried to read books and failed; I tried to watch films and couldn’t focus for more than a few minutes at a time. My attention span, never a soldier, had shrivelled up. So I found myself clutching my phone and switching between the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter apps for hours at a time. Not to post — I couldn’t think of anything — but to consume. Yet with every double-tap on the home button, with every pull-to-refresh motion, things got worse..." [Read Article]
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New Health Study Is Good News for the Grumpy

“'Happiness and related measures of well-being do not appear to have any direct effect on mortality,' the researchers concluded... [They] decided to look into the subject because there is a widespread belief that stress and unhappiness cause disease. Such beliefs can fuel a tendency to blame the sick for bringing ailments on themselves by being negative, and to warn the well to cheer up or else..." [Read Article]
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A Believer Reconciles Faith and Psychology

"I had a hard time, for instance, getting over the word 'mindfulness.' I was like, 'But I am not a bleached blonde yummy mummy, and I do not balance crystals on my forehead when I get overwhelmed by yoga pants shopping, so get away from me with your mindfulness nonsense!' Well, it happens that I went in for help changing some behavior that I do out of habit, that I do without thinking, and that I do when I feel like I’m not in control of my responses. So guess what I’m working on? Mindfulness. La di dah." [Read Article]
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NYC’s Mental Health Crisis: “The Problem Is Not Sad People”

"ThriveNYC is a something-for-everyone plan designed to encourage the mental well-being of all New Yorkers, as opposed to delivering treatment to the most seriously mentally ill... Mayor De Blasio justifies this lack of focus by claiming that everything from economic adversity to neighborhood violence to divorce are threats to mental health... While this laundry list of unfortunate outcomes may in fact make a particular individual feel unhappy, they aren’t the root cause of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, the two mental illnesses frequently found in the homeless, hospitalized, incarcerated, and violent." [Read Article]