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Stop Saying Technology Is Causing Social Isolation

Héctor L. Carral | Posted 11.02.2015 | Technology
Héctor L. Carral

Stop romanticizing the past, believing life was better without all of this ubiquitous technology like in some form of "neo-ludism." Consumer technology is good. It enables us to connect in amazing ways as humans. It is not replacing real interaction. It is augmenting it. Embrace it.

5 Reasons You Should Play with Your Kids

Nathan Timmel | Posted 08.20.2015 | Parents
Nathan Timmel

I have a 3-year-old daughter, and a 1-year-old son. All summer, I've been taking them to either the local playground or to an indoor squishy-floored play area. While doing this, I have noticed three basic parent types.

Am I Actually a Lion or a Sheep in a Lion's Body?

Barrett Pall | Posted 08.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Barrett Pall

As I fell down the rabbit hole of Instagram late one night, as many of us unhealthily do, I found myself staring at the pictures of people who once we...

3 Ways to Have More Positive Interactions

Alicia T. Glenn | Posted 05.19.2015 | New York
Alicia T. Glenn

Those experiences caused me to reflect on how I react. I asked myself, how can I better my responses to help defuse frustrating situations?

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Parent? Yes, You Do

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

We don't need to carve out time or cash for fancy classes; we don't need to drill a 2-year-old on the ABC's to make him smart. We simply need to be present with our kids as we eat a meal, give them a bath or brush their hair.

We Said Hello, Goodbye: Thoughts on Interaction Among People With Disabilities

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

Dan and I have very similar levels of cerebral palsy. To us, debating things like who could walk or feed themselves better was the same as two kids arguing over who could run faster or hit a baseball further.

Word Gap? How About Conversation Gap?

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.01.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

It's estimated that poor children, by the time they hit kindergarten, have heard 30 million fewer words than their more fortunate classmates. The Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail initiative is just one of the national efforts to increase the quantity of language that underprivileged preschoolers are exposed to. But is quantity enough?

Finally, Food Delivery That's Totally Free Of All Human Interaction

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.23.2015 | Comedy

Ordering delivery through Seamless comes with two great perks: Delicious food and minimal human interaction. But wouldn't it be great if you didn...

Technology: Embrace It, Fear It, Live It

Janelle Lopez | Posted 05.05.2015 | Technology
Janelle Lopez

As a tech-savvy millennial, I've noticed how detrimental technology can be to living in the moment. Fellow millennials are attached to free Wi-Fi, rather than freedom. I think it's time to realize how lucky some of us are to live a life of freedom and to cherish moments of bliss.

Is Powerlessness the Key to Successful Negotiation?

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Leigh Steinberg, the inspiration for the title character in the film Jerry Maguire, is one of the most successful agents in the history of American sports. He is also a master negotiator. Psychological scientists believe they may have an explanation for Steinberg's seemingly irrational behavior and for its ironic success.

Alone on the Summit: The Costs of Adventure

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.26.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Many of us hunger for special experiences, things none of our friends have done or will do. But do these adventures really make us happy in the long run? Are they worth having?

First Impression Bias - How to Avoid the Prejudice Trap

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Thomas Gelmi

Make yourself aware of the fact that your experiences can also have a negative effect, keeping you from being more effective. Realize that preconceived opinions and ideas can obstruct your view of the essential.

The 'Can I Pray For You' Encounter

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Sometimes I will get asked what I have. Sometimes it's just why do I have a wheelchair. Then I'll be asked if I have faith or have asked for my forgiveness of my sins and to be saved. And every time, I am asked if I am willing to accept their deity into my heart.

Not Enough Basketballs? The Too-Much-Talent Effect

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.22.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is there such a thing as having too much talent? This is the perennial question facing the owners of big-time sports franchises -- not to mention the managers and coaches and players and fans. Does adding more and more talent add up to ever better team performance?

Can You Trust Technology?

David DeSteno | Posted 03.31.2014 | Technology
David DeSteno

Today, technology is encroaching on what had until recently been a solely human domain: social interaction. And with that advance comes an entirely new dilemma.

Social Media Doesn't Hurt My Offline Social Abilities, It Helps Them

Daniel Etcovitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Daniel Etcovitch

Social media will never replace human interaction, but it's not supposed to. It's supposed to give us a new avenue through which to interact and do all the things regular social interaction should do.

Are Sidewalks the Answer to Weight Loss?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

"Lifestyle change" is the buzzword defining what has to happen if the obese are to become and remain thin, and the thin not to become obese. The ability to walk in safety, on sidewalks that lead to somewhere interesting, must be part of this healthy lifestyle if people are to follow it.

A City of Mash-Ups

David Sable | Posted 11.30.2013 | Media
David Sable

Imagine the clean cold chill of a mountain early morning; the dark clear sky ablaze with the lights of the night as the colors begin to change, black to purple, purple to gold as the glow of the sun begins to overpower all and the chill gives way to heat.

Psst. I Hear That Gossip Is Not All Bad.

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.25.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

If you and I are made aware of others past behavior, we can use this knowledge to choose who to do business with in the future -- and to exclude those who have earned a reputation for selfishness and dishonesty.

Can Online Communities Be Healing?

Dr. Dean Ornish | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Dean Ornish

With everything that you can imagine at our fingertips, many of the social interactions that help tie people together in a community have faded away. Are communities traditionally built on relationships, trust and familiarity a thing of the past?

We Are Losing Words

Bob Deutsch | Posted 10.12.2013 | Technology
Bob Deutsch

A Yale grad student is impulsively strangled by a co-worker. A young man leaving work near the main New York City post office accidentally bumps into ...

Being a Weenie: Food for Thought on Peacock Theory

Tony Endelman | Posted 07.31.2013 | Weird News
Tony Endelman

As long as you have some semblance of a personality, the situation is yours to embrace and enjoy. Believe it or not, wearing a wiener suit doesn't automatically make women think that you've got a screw loose.

Loneliness vs. Solitude: Why Its Important To Remember The Difference

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 07.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Arzu Kaya Uranli

We should remember that loneliness is the pain of being alone, yet solitude is the splendor of being alone, and that to have long-lasting happiness we should remember the difference in between.

Golden Friendships: How to Keep Lifelong Connections

Adriane G. Berg | Posted 06.25.2013 | Fifty
Adriane G. Berg

Growing older comes with many transitions, some of which can leave individuals feeling lonely. It's important to form new social habits, make a plan, and commit to friendships to feel happier and healthier.

Not-So-Common Courtesy

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 03.12.2013 | Women
SidneyAnne Stone

We have started to accept the unacceptable as the norm. Whether it is our politicians, our doctors, our pharmacists or even our neighbors, when did it become OK to do whatever you want and expect it be tolerated?