Personal Growth

Mind & Spirit - Daily Read

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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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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Overcoming ‘Psychic Numbing’

"We all can relate to the saying 'One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.' Our sympathy for suffering and loss declines precipitously when we are presented with increasing numbers of victims... We need to be alert to how psychic numbing... lead[s] us to act in ways contrary to our values... Addressing catastrophes like climate change, mass terrorist attacks and refugee crises may be beyond our reach unless we come to terms with how our minds perform the arithmetic of compassion." [Read Article]
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The Case for Memorizing

"So why undergo the laborious process of memorizing a poem these days, when—tap, tap, tap—you have it at your fingertips?  The best argument for verse memorization may be that it provides us with knowledge of a qualitatively and physiologically different variety: you take the poem inside you, into your brain chemistry if not your blood, and you know it at a deeper, bodily level than if you simply read it off a screen... 'If we do not learn by heart, the heart does not feel the rhythms of poetry as echoes or variations of its own insistent beat.'” [Read Article]
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Don’t Count on First Impressions If You’re Looking for Love

"We typically use our inner radar to guide our decisions about whom to hire, whom to love, even whom to elect. Conventional thinking holds that such first impressions are highly accurate, distilling the wisdom of the unconscious honed over eons of human history... [But] the longer couples know each other, the more their attraction grows—even when the relationship is just the product of a prearranged experiment in the lab... Time effectively dilutes the power of the first impression."  [Read Article]
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Research Says Follow Your Head More Than Your Heart

"Friends and family will likely tell you to 'listen to your heart,' as it 'knows what’s best for you.' Oprah Winfrey, too, suggests you follow your emotional inclinations rather than those logic would suggest. But is that really good advice? ...Listening to your heart is something that will more likely hurt you than not, especially if you’re under any kind of time pressure. Once you’ve had time to sort through all the factors, both rational and irrational, your judgment should be clearer." [Read Article]