Archive for June, 2016

Therapy dogs help New York immigrant kids clear reading hurdle

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Therapy dogs like Izzy, a gray Havanese, are the heart, soul and wagging tail of a literacy program in schools and libraries called Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) that encourages young readers.

“I love reading to Izzy because he listens to me and he doesn’t make fun of me when I make a mistake,” said Vasquez, 9, who read “Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Circus Clown.”

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10 Things You May Not Know About Anxiety Disorder

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Anxiety disorders like social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, agoraphobia, panic disorder and general anxiety are the most common forms of mental illness in the U.S. An estimated 18 percent of all American adults have an anxiety disorder, costing more than $42 billion a year.

America is unique in this regard, according to the largest ever global analysis. Some regions of the world, including the U.S. but also Western Europe, have higher rates of anxiety disorders in general. What’s more, some groups within the U.S. have a higher risk of anxiety disorder diagnosis than others.
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Comics Purr-fectly Capture What Animals Would Say If They Could Talk

Monday, June 20th, 2016

These are well worth checking out.

Conflicts Between Science And Spirituality Are Rooted In Your Brain

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

“Our dialogue around religion would be more productive if scientists respect the insights that religion can offer, and if religious individuals would respect the insights science can offer,” Jack said. “They are different kinds of insight, so there is really no reason for so much conflict to arise.”

And as individuals, optimal thinking likely results from a dynamic interplay of these two types of reasoning, based on the nature of the particular problem we’re facing.

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Integration of various ways of thinking and acting can be done. In fact, in my opinion, it’s necessary if we wish to live good lives as wholly as we can. Tom

People With Less Active Social Lives May Be Happier — If They’re Intelligent

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

You may not have to spend a lot of time with your friends to be happy, according to research published last month in the British Journal of Psychology. In fact, if you’re an intelligent person living in an urban environment, spending less time with your friends might make you happier.

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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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