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What Is Love? (What is Life)

John Lennon once said “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves …” [ … ]

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What Makes a Child “Gifted”?

These characteristics are all common among gifted children: not only are they typically academically advanced and highly creative, they also tend to experience hypersensitivities and often find ethical issues particularly salient. Carol Bainbridge, an expert on the subject, enumerates a long list of traits and abilities [ … ]

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Winning Attitudes

It starts with getting down to what you’re thinking — or not thinking — in the moment, and whether it’s working. One of the major reasons we play sports is to get our minds off of our troubles, but for some, the trouble is the sport itself. You step to the free-throw line and all you can think about [ … ]

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Where’s Your Brain’s Dictionary?

Research from MIT suggests that there are parts of our brain dedicated to language and only language, a finding that marks a major advance in the search for brain regions specialized for sophisticated mental functions. Functional specificity, as it’s known to cognitive scientists, refers to the idea that discrete parts of the brain [ … ]

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Words Can Change Your Brain

Language is one of the most important tools we have. In fact, our newest research show that it’s essential for actually building the framework of consciousness itself. But compared to other species, it turns out that we’re very poor communicators, and we don’t even know it! [ … ]