Archive for January, 2015

9 Things Successful Couples Do Differently

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Here’s a sample from this insightful article:

Moral of the story: It can sometimes be challenging when others don’t give and receive love the same way we do, but it’s that realization and that effort that makes successful couples who they are.

6. They take care of themselves.
Whether they see a relationship counselor together or they seek out their own individual method of self-help, they get it done. Successful couples know that the key to taking care of each other is to take care of themselves. They don’t let their own emotional crap pile up and soil the relationship. (Ew.) Instead, they face their baggage on a daily basis, and work hard to make sure they are the healthiest they can be. Do read.

12 Surreally Beautiful Instagram Accounts Out Of China

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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.

Barry The Pug Bathes In The Sink, Could Not Be Happier About It

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

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.

The Key To Closing The Income Gap Is An Idea Almost Nobody Is Talking About

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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.


Public Asked to Sew Pouches for Injured Kangaroos in Australia

Monday, January 19th, 2015

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.


19 Incredibly Successful People Who Started Out As Failures

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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.


Moral traits like kindness and integrity define who we are

Monday, January 12th, 2015

“Contrary to what generations of philosophers and psychologists have thought, memory loss doesn’t make someone seem like a different person.”

Strohminger and Nichols focused on three neurodegenerative diseases: frontotemporal dementia (FTD), Alzheimer’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS served as a control since it primarily affects movement, and not memory or moral behavior. Alzheimer’s, for its part, primarily affects memory, but also has some impact on moral behavior. Of the three, FTD is the one most likely to have a moral impact—its symptoms include a loss of empathy, poor judgment, and increasingly inappropriate behavior.


50 Cheap (Maybe Free) Dates You’ll Thoroughly Enjoy

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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.


’60 Minutes’ Examines The Benefits Of Mindfulness

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

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.


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.