China has a complicated relationship with Instagram, but that hasn’t stopped amateur and professional photographers from beaming out a wide range of stunning sights in the massive country, from geometric skyscrapers, to pastel lines of umbrellas. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite Chinese feeds below.

Take a look.

January 25th, 2015

Jan. 24 update.

Just heard this about my Indiegogo campaign: Hi Thomas , our blog is interested in your project. We’re doing a spotlight on Indiegogo campaigns and would like to include you in the article. Great news.

Please visit and think of donating any amount. http://igg.me/at/trwhelpothers/x/9598087 The more traffic I get the more I get featured, which will help a lot.

Compassion and understanding for all creatures big and small.

 

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ON A FENCE: All creatures need to share

With the gutting of the middle class many people need counseling and coaching but cannot afford to pay—often, even a co-payment: the homeless, those on Medicare & Medicaid, Obamacare, etc. This is a campaign to help Thomas Ramey Watson, Ph.D. coach and counsel them for little to no cost.

About This Campaign

This is my first time using this platform, so please let me know if you have any suggestions.

Recently I started a free Grief and Loss support group for those who are trying to find meaning in their sorrow, help others, and heal. The group meets once a month in downtown Denver. We have started with several people, almost evenly divided between male and female, all but one over 50. I was impressed with how many issues everyone shares. All are educated and have been employed in various professions.

A big hurdle is that people need to get more regular care than once a month. How they can afford it is another issue. Many cannot pay the co-payments that even Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare require.

 

 

Barry’s owner, Australian carpenter and photographer David Stanton, posted a video on YouTube last month showing his water-loving pooch luxuriating in a pug-sized “tub.” As you can imagine, it’s two minutes of over-the-top sudsy cuteness.

Watch video.

From the article:

When industrialized countries fail to ensure inclusive prosperity, people stop trusting that hard work and careful planning will provide personal reward. The breakdown of that basic tenet of the social contract creates not just economic harm, the authors write, but “political alienation, a loss of social trust, and increasing conflict across the lines of race, class, and ethnicity.”

The decline of inclusive prosperity in the decades since World War II has brought threats to the democratic ideal of self-ruling pluralistic societies. As a result, “advocates and apologists for anti-democratic regimes argue that the democracies are no longer capable of managing their problems or creating a sense of social dynamism.” As with other grand economic transition periods such as the New Deal era and the tech boom of the 1990s, the commissioners write, policymakers in today’s industrialized world must navigate huge changes brought on by globalization and technology in ways that do not leave huge swathes of the populace behind — or the consequences could be far worse than the elevated economic strain and declining trust in public institutions that capitalist democracies face today.

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A public appeal for people to make mittens for burned koalas worked so well that an animal group is asking for pouches for rescued kangaroos and wallabies.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare says it has plenty of koala mittens, thanks to the public, but joeys, or young marsupial animals, like Gabby the Western Grey Kangaraoo also need attention.

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When it comes to accomplishing your dreams — and getting credit for doing so — all we can say is, never underestimate the power of time.

Time not only grants you the ability to use your talents, pursue your dreams and leave a lasting imprint on the world, but also gives others room to adjust their perceptions of your achievements. Success and failure are not absolute measures of one’s life, but rather the opposite ends of a spectrum that is constantly in flux. Current perceptions are only as valid as you allow them to be.

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Couples who spend regular time together on “date nights” are happier and less likely to divorce says a University of Virginia marriage study. In fact, the study recommends couples make date night a habit. But with dinner and a movie easily hitting a C-note (don’t forget that babysitter) many couples forego this simple pleasure. Never fear, here are 50 cheap or even free date night ideas for couples of every age to keep that spark going throughout the year.

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Anderson Cooper dove headfirst into the world of mindfulness in a segment on Sunday night’s “60 Minutes”.

“This is just the next generation of exercise, we’ve got the physical, you know, exercise components down, and now it’s about working out how can we actually train our minds,” Dr. Judson Brewer told Cooper of mindfulness. Dr. Brewer is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at the University of Massachusetts.

Cooper attended a mindfulness retreat and learned about the benefits of meditation, then met with Dr. Brewer and saw that the benefits of meditation are clearly visible via neurological measurements. After thinking of something anxiety-provoking, Cooper begins meditating and on-screen instruments show brain cells instantly reacting to the mindfulness technique.

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By Dr. Jim Walkup, LMFT

If you truly want the best relationship possible, don’t leave the fate of your “happily in love” connection to luck or chance. Trust me, couples who thrive for the long-term actively choose behaviors that keep them in a good place with each other.

As a marriage therapist who has been happily married and counseling for 40 years, here are the top seven habits I see ridiculously happy couples practice faithfully:

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Is Depression Good for us?
December 28th, 2014

Some experts say depression comes with a number of upsides. Here are seven ways the condition could actually make you healthier — and happier — once your symptoms get better.

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Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.

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