Personal Growth

Mind & Spirit - Daily Read

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]
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Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets: How Our Attitude Shapes Our Life

"When you enter a mindset, you enter a new world. In one world — the world of fixed traits — success is about proving you’re smart or talented. Validating yourself. In the other — the world of changing qualities — it’s about stretching yourself to learn something new. Developing yourself. In one world, failure is about having a setback... Getting rejected. It means you’re not smart or talented. In the other world, failure is about not growing. Not reaching for the things you value. It means you’re not fulfilling your potential. " [Read Article]
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The Lessons of George Bell’s Lonely Death

"Rummaging through the personal effects of the dead... The work changes people, and it has changed these men. Mr. Rodriguez, 57 and divorced, has a greater sense of urgency. 'I try to build a life like it’s the last day' ...Juan Plaza, another investigator, says the solitude of so many deaths wears on him. He is 52, also divorced, and without children, but he keeps expanding his base of friends. Every day, he sends them motivational Instagram messages: 'With each sunrise, may we value every minute'; 'Be kind, smile to the world and it will smile back'; 'Share your life with loved ones'; 'Love, forgive, forget.'” [Read Article]
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Does Adversity Harden Hearts or Warm Them?

"Adversity is associated with many types of negative psychological outcomes: anxiety, depression and, most notably, blunted emotional responding. It has also been tied to the beliefs that the world is not benevolent and that life is not meaningful. This seems like a recipe for a lack of kindness. And yet, despite what such studies imply, there are many cases in which adversity undeniably elicits compassion..." [Read Article]