HUFFPOLLSTER: Most Voters Don’t Think Donald Trump Respects Ordinary Americans

Donald Trump is not viewed as civil or compassionate by a large majority of American voters. There’s not much evidence for a “shy Trump” vote. And some Americans think the media has been too easy on the candidates. This is HuffPollster for Friday, September 23, 2016.

TRUMP VIEWED AS MORE ‘DEPLORABLE’ THAN CLINTON – Lisa Lerer and Emily Swanson: “When Hillary Clinton said that half of Donald Trump’s supporters belonged in a ‘basket of deplorables,’ Republicans thought they just might have found her campaign-crushing-blunder…. But a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Clinton’s stumble didn’t have quite the impact that Trump and his supporters wanted. Instead, it’s Trump who’s viewed as most disconnected and disrespectful…. Sixty percent of registered voters say he does not respect ‘ordinary Americans,’ according to the poll. That’s far more than the 48 percent who say the same about Clinton…. Nearly three in four do not view him as even somewhat civil or compassionate. Half say he’s at least somewhat racist. Those numbers are largely unchanged from the last time the AP-GfK survey was conducted in July…. Most American voters don’t see his backers as deplorable. Seven percent say Trump’s supporters are generally better people than the average American, 30 percent say they’re worse, and 61 percent consider them about the same. But Clinton’s comments resonate with the voters her campaign must turn out to the polls in large numbers on Election Day. Fifty-four percent of Democratic voters think that Trump’s backers are generally worse people than the average American.” [AP]

CLINTON LEADS IN NATIONAL PRE-DEBATE POLL – A new McClatchy/Marist survey, like NBC/WSJ, gives Clinton a 7-point lead over Trump. Sean Cockerham and Lesley Clark: “Hillary Clinton heads into the first presidential debate with a 7-point lead over Donald Trump, but doubts among voters about about her trustworthiness and stamina are keeping Trump in the race, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll….She leads in a two-way matchup with Trump by 48-41. She leads in a 4-way contest 45-39, with Libertarian Gary Johnson drawing 10 percent support and Green candidate Jill Stein getting 4 percent….The weakness she’s been unable to shake is the public’s view of her honesty and trustworthiness. While voters don’t trust Trump either, skepticism of Clinton runs deeper and provides an opening for Trump to potentially tighten the race in the final month and a half.” [McClatchy]

Clinton’s lead is remaining stable – Additionally, an AP/GfK poll out Thursday shows Clinton up by 6 points. The Democratic nominee lost about a point in the HuffPost Pollster aggregate after a week that included the “deplorables” comment and nearly collapsing at the 9/11 memorial. But the decline has stopped, and her lead appears to be stable ― and possibly increasing again.

Battleground polls show close race in Florida, mixed results in other states Quinnipiac finds Clinton ahead by 2 points in Colorado and 6 points in Virginia, but lagging Trump by 7 points in Georgia and Iowa. Another Virginia poll from Roanoke shows Clinton up by 7, while another Colorado poll from Franklin and Marshall College/Colorado Mesa University gives Clinton a much wider 9-point lead. Suffolk shows an effectively tied race in Florida. And Goucher confirms that Maryland still definitely isn’t a swing state.

IS THERE A ‘SHY TRUMP’ VOTE? – Amy Walter: “The theory is that there are lots of voters out there who are embarrassed to admit they’ll vote for Trump because it is a socially unacceptable position to hold. So, the theory goes, they tell pollsters and even friends and family they are either ‘undecided’ or ‘not voting’ but, in the privacy of a voting booth, will pull the lever for the GOP nominee…. [I]f we were to pick up a ‘social desirability’ bias, the best way to do that is to look to see if voters who choose their candidate anonymously on-line are more apt to say they support Trump than those who are called on the phone and have to tell another human being who they are voting for. Phillip Bump of the Washington Post finds that since the conventions concluded, Trump has actually been doing better in ‘live’ polls than in ‘online’ surveys…. At the end of the day, as my colleague Charlie Cook has said, there are more ‘conflicted’ voters than ‘shy’ voters. A recent Survey Monkey survey found that while an ‘overwhelming majority of voters like one of the two candidates better,’ 24 percent of voters viewed Clinton and Trump as equally bad. These voters aren’t secretly contemplating a vote for Trump or Clinton, but are honestly torn over a choice between the lesser of two evils.” [Cook Political Report]

AMERICANS DON’T THINK THE MEDIA HAS BEEN TOO HARD ON CANDIDATES – Jeffrey Gottfried: “Throughout the 2016 presidential race, the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns have decried the news media for treating them too harshly. Americans, however, don’t seem to agree…. In fact, more Americans say the media are too easy on Trump than said so of the Republican nominees in both 2012 and 2008…. Almost three-in-ten Americans (27%) feel that Trump is treated too easily by the media, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 1,000 adults conducted Sept. 15-18, 2016. That’s more than said so of Mitt Romney in 2012 (20%), and nearly twice the share who said so of John McCain in 2008 (15%). A third (33%) also say this of Clinton, slightly more than felt the media were too easy on Barack Obama in 2012 (28%) but about in line with views of his treatment in 2008 (31%)…. The greater sense that Trump is being treated too easily by the press compared with previous Republican nominees largely comes from Democrats. About four-in-ten Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (43%) perceive the media coverage as too easy on him.” [Pew

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FRIDAY’S ‘OUTLIERS’ – Links to the best of news at the intersection of polling, politics and political data: 

-Religiously unaffiliated Americans make up a growing share of the populace, but haven’t kept pace in voter registration. [PRRI]

-Gregory Smith writes that many evangelicals back Donald Trump simply because he’s not Hillary Clinton. [Pew]

-Milo Beckman finds that religion and education help explain the white vote. [538]

-Jennifer Victor previews Monday’s presidential debate. [Vox]

-Bethany Albertson explains to Tom Jacobs why she expects fears of terrorism to benefit Clinton more than Trump. [PSMag]

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Despite my unpronounceable surname, formidable Dukakis-level brow line and decidedly Jewtastic seasonal allergies, I’ve always considered myself a regular, average American. I’ve lived in America for all 50 of my 50 years, if we count Los Angeles as part of America. And some people do. On Friday nights, I solve Blue Bloods murders right alongside Tom Selleck’s mustache. On Saturday mornings, I’ll watch any college football game you place in front of me, even the traditional battle between the Devry Institute and Clown College. And on the 4th of July, I not only root for Joey Chestnutt in the Hot Dog Eating contest, but I’ll often eat along with him. You know, for moral support. I like my sitcoms with three cameras and my omelettes with three cheeses. I cried at Argo, Sully, Rudy and Miracle. I complain about traffic and Mondays and my back and gridlock in Washington. See? Regular. Average. American.

And then there are occasional days, when I still feel like a guest, trying to “pass”. But hey, what are you gonna do?

Not long ago, I was at the dentist when their hygienist asked if I was Persian. I answered “No, but that’s funny I do get that a lot. My grandparents were Sephardic. From Turkey.” Apparently, I had given the wrong answer. Apparently, I had given the most grievous answer known to man. Turns out my hygienist wasn’t Persian, but Armenian. And she spent the next ten minutes holding me a little too responsible for the Armenian Genocide, while never once removing her finger from my mouth. “I guess maybe there’s such a thing as a good Turk” she offered with all the resolute conviction of someone reading a ransom note with an off-camera Glock pointed at her head. She then made repeated references to “your people.” My grandparents moved here a hundred years ago. My people are from Encino. As I’ve been known to say, the only things they committed genocide against are pound cake and my self-esteem.

I can’t say I grew up in a super Jewish home. We were Reform. So reform that our temple had a swimming pool, hence it’s common appellation as the “shul with a pool.” I went to Nursery and Hebrew School there and had my bar mitzvah there, but we were mostly High Holiday kind of Jews. And even then, those services were frequently held in a Presbyterian Church. I did mention this was LA, didn’t I?

The other thing that muddled my Jewish identity was the fact that I was half-Sephardic (from Turkey) and half-Ashkenazi (from Poland and Austria). I always thought of my parents as just two Valley Jews. Their nearly matching tennis gear didn’t belie some cultural chasm to my ten year-old eye. But apparently, their union had been the Judeo equivalent of an inter-marriage. I never really considered that there was much difference between my grandparents. But looking back, one side, the Bel Air side, were close friends with Richard Nixon. On the other side, the Fairfax side, I had a grandmother so old country that she didn’t drive, pronounced Seattle as “Seatt-Lee” and wouldn’t buy me root beer because a kid shouldn’t drink alcohol. And a grandfather who, I swear, had at least 8 brothers named “Victor.”

I went to a public elementary school that was so Jewish, I didn’t even realize anyone there was Jewish. I just thought all guys were as bad as me at contact sports. And all girls had frizzy hair and topped out at 5’2.

My first real understanding that not everyone celebrated Shavuot, came when I entered my Episcopalian middle school. Some of the clues included boys with blond hair, Topsiders, restricted counry clubs, tee times and a group called the Sons of Hitler that drew swastikas on our lockers. I don’t believe they received course credit for their hard work. But they didn’t receive suspensions either. This was back in the day, when “kike” was tossed around as casually and without consequence as “fag.” And if you happened to be a sensitive Jew, you frequently received the daily double.

I always felt I was a guest at someone else’s school. But by the end of my six years, I started to have fun with it. I was tasked with doing the introductions at our annual debate banquet, where I shared the dais with our school priest and English headmaster. Neither looked particularly overjoyed when I began my comments with “seated on the bima tonight” and then introduced each member of the debate team by their synagogue affiliation. Except for the one Korean guy every debate team had. He, I said, was here representing Fromin’s Delicatessen.

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In college in the Northeast, I definitely went through a phase where I did everything I could to pass. Not just as Gentile, but as Mayflower, old money Gentile. I had the Bean Bluchers and the Norwegian fisherman’s sweater and the shiksa girlfriend from Miss Porter’s. I played touch football with fraternity brothers overlooking the water in Newport while wearing an Oxford shirt. But this was always an ill-fitting costume. As they say, you can’t hide the hook. That’s my nose. That’s what the hook is referring to.
I even once tried dying my hair blond, using a homemade brew of lemon juice, Sun-In and peroxide. Instead of blond, I spent a summer with a bright orange mane looking like the evil spawn of Danny Bonaduce, Carrot Top and Bozo the Clown.

In reality, it’s hard to pass as a Jamestown colonist or a laconic Wyoming sheriff with the last name “Behar.” My wife and I used to joke that if our kids ever wanted to run for the Senate, they could drop the “Behar” and run as “Samantha Robins” or “Jack Andrews.” The latter could also save the State Department from an impending terrorist attack in a Michael Bay movie. Then again, this now feels like a concern from a bygone era. Things have changed so quickly in this country that no name feels more quintessentially American than “Barack Hussein Obama.”

As an adult, I’ve embraced my Jewishness if not a deep religiosity. Both my kids attend Jewish day school, yet I’ve never been to Israel. “But who’s watching my trees” I ask every time to repeated non-laughter. I call 1000 Island , “Russian dressing” and still see Woody Allen movies mostly out of cultural obligation. I know the V’ahavta by heart (or off-book as I call it). But then again, I still also know the Lord’s Prayer–the gift of Tuesday Episcopal chapel that keeps on giving.

We consider ourselves a typical American family. Our last big trip was to Charleston. Before that, we went to Austin. Super American, right? But then, after a week of eating our way through Texas and still in a brisket coma, I was pulled out of line at the Austin airport for questioning. For no discernible reason, beyond my swarthy complexion and swarthy outlook.

It’s possible I’m getting more Jewish as I age. Or the corollary, all old people seem Jewish. Last week, I smuggled a baggy of Trader Joe’s lox into my local bagel store so I wouldn’t have to pay full retail. When did I become everyone’s grandmother?

So what is the point of all this identity navel-gazing. Two thoughts come to mind. The first is about the Jewish-American experience. And how not everyone’s is the same. We’ve grown accustomed to seeing 20th century Jewry through the same herring-tinted filter. It’s always Ashknazi. It always runs through Brooklyn. And it always seems to be narrated by the same talking heads. We get it, Larry King liked egg creams, stickball and sneaking into Ebbets Field. But my experience has just as many bumuelas and biscochos as tongue sandwiches on rye. And my experience has already been supplanted by the new Jewish immigrant stories from Iran, South Africa, Russia and Israel.

My second observation is how I/we fit into the overall tapestry of American life. Every immigrant in every group always faces the give and take of full assimilation versus holding on to precious customs. There are days when I’m well aware that I am a Jew in a non-Jewish society. Try spending a day at Disneyland. (It’s also helpful if you want to feel anorexic). But on most days, I just blend in and don’t think about it–a proposition I’m well aware not all groups get to achieve with equal ease. But as I write this final paragraph in the Northridge Starbucks, the only non-Asian or Latino in the room, I see that we all just want to be thought of as American.

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Injured Sports Star Finds Ingenious Way To Keep Working Out

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New Zealand rugby star Sonny Bill Williams may be temporarily out of action with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

But the injury isn’t stopping the 31-year-old winger from keeping fit — and he’s come up with an ingenious way to continue exercising.

Instead of kicking back and making the most of his time off, Williams posted the above video on Twitter Thursday of him working up a sweat on a rowing machine. 

But to do so, he’s strapped his protected left leg onto a longboard — which moves back and forth as he pounds the exercise equipment.

Williams sustained the injury while representing New Zealand in the 7s tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympics. He’s expected to return to the field of play later this year.

His determination to remain fit proves there’s no excuse not to stay in shape next time you feel a bit sore.

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Hillary Clinton Leads Nationally, Struggles In Some Battleground States

Several new polls suggest a recovery for Hillary Clinton, while others offer better news for Donald Trump. Most Americans are concerned about Donald Trump’s rhetoric. And white working class voters feel left behind. This is HuffPollster for Thursday, September 22, 2016.

NATIONAL POLL HAS GOOD NEWS FOR CLINTON  – The first NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of likely voters, released Wednesday evening, shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 6 points, 43 percent to 37 percent, in a 4-way matchup, and by 7 points, 48 percent to 41 percent, in a head-to-head ― among the best results for Clinton reported in September. The poll finds Clinton and Trump’s supporters about equally enthusiastic about voting, although Clinton supporters are more likely to say their vote is “for” her, rather than against Trump. HuffPost Pollster’s model gives Clinton about a 4-point edge over Trump in a two-way matchup, and a 3-point edge with third party candidates included. [NBC, national chart]

SWING STATE SURVEYS ARE A MIXED BAG:

-New Hampshire – A Monmouth University released Wednesday also delivered good news for Clinton, giving her a 9-point lead over Trump in the Granite State, 47 percent to 38 percent. Democrats fared less well in the survey’s Senate matchup, which gave Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte a 2-point edge over Maggie Hassan. Pollster’s model puts Clinton up by 6, and shows Ayotte and Hassan nearly tied. [Monmouth, NH presidential chart, NH Senate chart]

-Wisconsin – The latest Marquette Law School poll finds Clinton with just a 2-point edge over Trump, 44 percent to 42 percent ― little changed from the end of August, but down from a double-digit lead immediately after the conventions. Democrat Russ Feingold continues to enjoy a comfortable margin over incumbent senator Ron Johnson, whom he leads by 6 points. Pollster’s model gives Clinton a lead of nearly 6 points, with Feingold up 8.  [Marquette, WI presidential chart, WI Senate chart]

-North Carolina – There’s less positive news for Clinton in North Carolina, where a Fox News poll from Wednesday night shows Trump ahead 45 percent to 40 percent. A Thursday morning New York Times Upshot/Siena College poll shows her faring better ― tying with Trump at 41 percent ― and finds Republicans struggling with white, college-educated voters in the state. HuffPost Pollster’s model also currently shows Clinton and Trump to be effectively tied.   [Fox, NYT, NC presidential chart]

-Nevada – The second of three battleground polls from Fox gives Trump a 3-point advantage, 43 percent to 40 percent, over Clinton. The Republican, who lagged in the state for most of the summer, has narrowly won all four of the most recent surveys there. HuffPost Pollster’s average puts both candidates at around 42 percent.   [Fox, NV presidential chart]

-Ohio – The third survey from Fox also found Trump leading in Ohio, with a 5-point lead, 42 percent to 37 percent. While several polls this month have shown Clinton in the lead, the majority ― including recent surveys from Bloomberg, Suffolk and CNN ― also showed Trump ahead. HuffPost Pollster’s average finds the race again tied at about 42 percent. [Fox, OH presidential chart] 

A BIG MAJORITY OF VOTERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT TRUMP’S RHETORIC – Mark Murray: “A combined 69 percent of American voters say they have concerns about Donald Trump’s comments and language on women, immigrants and Muslims, including more than half who have “major” concerns, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. That’s compared with a combined 64 percent of voters who say they have concerns about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. Asked which problem concerns them the most about Trump, 33 percent say it’s not having the right temperament to be commander-in-chief; 27 percent say it’s his controversial comments about women, immigrants and Muslims; and 13 percent say it’s his praise for Vladimir Putin.” [NBC]

THE BIGGEST FACTOR IN CANDIDATE SUPPORT IS DISLIKE OF OTHER CANDIDATE – Carroll Doherty, Jocelyn Kiley and Bridget Johnson: “Voters who support Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offer a variety of reasons why they do so, ranging from the candidates’ issue positions to their personal backgrounds. But a major factor for both groups, beyond their candidate’s attributes, is who they are not: Asked in an open-ended format, 33% of Trump supporters and about as many Clinton supporters (32%) frame their vote at least partially in opposition to the other candidate, often using harsh language. Among Clinton supporters, only her experience, at 32%, is mentioned as frequently as opposition to Trump. For Trump supporters, opposition to Clinton is among the most frequently cited factors for supporting their candidate, with nearly as many citing his status as a political outsider (27%) or his policy stances (26%)…. Many voters have unqualified praise for their preferred candidate…. Yet sizable shares in both camps focus at least partly – or in many cases exclusively – on the flaws or shortcomings of the opposing candidate. Several voters, including a 41-year-old woman who is supporting Clinton, describe their choice as ‘the lesser of two evils.’ A 49-year-old man who backs Trump says: ‘As bad as he is, I think Hillary is worse for our country.’” [Pew] 

For many voters, opposition to the other candidate is a main factor in their vote

WORKING CLASS WHITES SEE AN ECONOMY LEAVING THEM BEHIND – Jennifer Agiesta: “The biggest story of the 2016 election is undoubtedly the rise of Donald Trump, and behind the Republican nominee is a group in its last throes as the biggest force in politics: The white working class. A new survey from CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation delves deeply into this pivotal group… Contrary to many assumptions about this group, the poll finds working class whites generally happy with their lives, and mostly satisfied with their personal financial situation. Just 18% say they are angry about the way things are going in their own lives, and 44% think America’s best days lie ahead…. But the white working class harbors deep concerns about the country’s economy, the amount the government is doing to help the working class and their own ability to influence politics. A majority, 53%, say they are very dissatisfied with the country’s economic situation and 84% say their views are not well represented by the government in Washington… About 6 in 10 white working class people say it’s gotten harder for people like them to get ahead financially and two-thirds say it’s harder to find good jobs. Many are concerned about what the next generation will face: 50% say they expect their children to have a lower standard of living than they currently have.” [CNN]

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-An NBC/WSJ/Telemundo poll of Latinos shows Hillary Clinton leading by a huge margin. [NBC]

-Jewish GOP donors aren’t contributing to Trump. [538]  

-Bradley Jones explains why Barack Obama’s approval rating is so high when most are dissatisfied with the country’s direction. [Pew]

-James C. Delorey (D) explores how many Americans saw the photo of a young Syrian boy in an ambulance. [WorldPost]

-David Weigel says an obviously fake Monmouth University poll memo raises questions about how much partisans will believe. [WashPost]

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Why Your Environment Is Working Against You—And How To Fix It

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Did you know that the way we dress, our facial expressions, our posture, and the tone of our voice make up 93 percent of what we communicate to others?  Research pioneered by Dr. Albert Mehrabian shows that what we communicate non-verbally can be highly impactful. We are hardwired to listen to our senses without conscious thought, and this ability helps protect us from danger and saves us time making endless decisions throughout the day.   

If we are so influenced by our senses, what else is subconsciously triggering our everyday decisions?

Lately, I’ve been trying to pay more attention to “nudges” in the built environment around us. The built environment includes the size and shape of our roads, parks, and buildings: these all drive our behavior. Specifically, I’ve been in search of ways the built environment can affect decisions we make about our health. What we see, hear, smell, taste, and feel impacts our actions—and emerging research in urban planning, occupational health, and behavioral science validates this. Here are just a few of the many ways to leverage the built environment to improve health outcomes:

Nudges to encourage movement

Building location and access to public amenities can impact how much we move. For example, research shows that proximity to parks and other recreational facilities is consistently associated with higher levels of physical activity and healthier weight status among youth and adults. The same goes for proximity to public transit—there is a link between access to public transportation and physical activity since transit use typically involves walking to a bus or subway stop. In one study, train commuters walked an average of 30 percent more steps per day and were four times more likely to walk 10,000 steps per day than car commuters.

Several studies show that simply letting people know the health benefits of taking the stairs and showing their location (like putting a sign in the elevator lobby or using stair banners, like these) increases stair usage by 54 percent. Taking this a bit further, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a “StairWELL to Better Health”campaign in its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. They use music, art, an upgraded appearance, and motivational signage to nudge employees to use the stairs more often. (Check out their downloadable signs, and see “before” and “after” images of their stairwells.)

Nudges to encourage healthy eating habits

You may not have heard the term “choice architecture,” but you experience its impact every time you stand next to the candy display at a checkout counter. Choice architecture refers to the different ways in which choices can be presented to consumers and the impact of that presentation on consumer decision making.

For example, the number of choices presented, the manner in which attributes are described, and the presence of a “default” can all influence consumer choice. Many companies are using this strategy by reducing the number of unhealthy foods available in the workplace or by making them harder to find.  ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab and author of Mindless Eating, suggests a number of ways our eating behavior is significantly impacted by the way food is presented to us. For example, in some of his studies, people were 44 percent less likely to snack in kitchens that were tidy versus kitchen environments that were messy.

Keeping the kitchen clean is more than just a sanitation issue—it can affect how much we eat. In another study, Wansink found that people tend to eat less on plates that are 9-10 inches in diameter. People piled up food on larger plates, but felt “deprived” and went for a second helping when eating on smaller plates (around 6 inches in diameter). His other studies show that people are likely to serve themselves 20 percent less food on plates with “contrasting colors” to the food they are eating, e.g., white pasta on a red or blue plate. White breads and pastas on white plates? That is a recipe for “carb-loading”!

Nudges to reduce stress and improve well-being

We have a strong desire to be in and among nature. It’s only natural: for most of human history we spent all our time outdoors. This preference, often referred to biophilia, was introduced and popularized by E.O. Wilson, known as the “father of biodiversity.” Wilson suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems.

In Biophilic Design: Theory, Science and Practice, authors Stephen R. Kellert, Judith Heerwagen, and Martin Mador describe the importance of nature for human productivity:

“Nature is rife with sensory richness and variety in patterns, textures, light, and colors. All organisms respond with genetically programmed reflexes to the diurnal and seasonal patterns of sunlight and climate.”

Interestingly, biophilia-based design can be manifested in many ways. The most obvious way is to incorporate real plants, water, and natural views into buildings. Another way is to create “natural analogues” or use materials and patterns that evoke nature, such as artwork, ornamentation, biomorphic forms, or the use of natural materials. A third way to use biophilia is through configuration of space, by organizing interior environments or man-made outdoor landscapes, using similar to natural environments elements. In its paper “The Economics of Biophilia,” environmental consulting firm Terrapin Bright Green suggests:

“Over the last quarter century, case studies have documented the advantage of biophilic experience, including improved stress recovery rates, lower blood pressure, improved cognitive functions, enhanced mental stamina and focus, decreased violence and criminal activity, elevated moods and increased learning rates.”

There are hundreds more nudges and design strategies such as these that urban planners, architects, product designers, business owners, and homeowners can use to shape the environment around us to improve health and well-being. In the words of Winston Churchill:

“We shape our buildings; thereafter, our buildings shape us.”

The key is to be aware of how our environment affects us and to use this knowledge for good.

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Why Medicare For Pets Should Be A Thing

You don’t need to convince Samantha Bonar of Los Angeles about the value of health insurance for her two dogs. Kaya, her Pitbull rescue, recently had more than $ 12,000 in cancer treatment bills paid for by a policy that Bonar has carried for the past year.

Our pets, thanks to medical advances and greater awareness of preventative care, are living longer ― just like we are. But also just like humans, there is a price tag attached to that greater longevity. Medical bills can be hefty. They can bankrupt you or, in the case of our canine companions, force you to make life-and-death decisions based on your bank account. Yet the value of pet ownership on human health is well-documented. Americans spent more than $ 60 billion on caring for their pets in 2015.

Three years ago, after Bonar noticed changes in Kaya’s bark, she was told that her otherwise healthy and much beloved Pittie had a laryngeal rhabdomyosarcoma ― a cancerous mass wrapped around her larynx. Kaya had surgery and 20 rounds of radiation at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego and Bonar paid nearly $ 20,000 out-of-pocket to have her diagnosed and treated. Bonar took on extra work, friends donated money and she received donations from two dog cancer groups. She also dipped into her Roth IRA and borrowed against her home equity to cover Kaya’s care.

 

In August 2015, Bonar, 47, bought Kaya pet health insurance that costs about $ 45 a month. And good thing she did.

In January of this year Bonar noticed Kaya had pain in her neck and shoulder that wasn’t getting better. X-rays and an ultrasound first suggested arthritis, then a rotator cuff injury. It wasn’t until Kaya began losing the use of her back legs in July that her vet suspected something more serious. An MRI uncovered a spinal cord mass. It was unclear if it was malignant or not, but Kaya’s vets (a neurologist, oncologist and radiologist) said it was most likely a meningioma, a benign tumor that arises in the meninges, the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. They all agreed that this was completely unrelated to her earlier throat cancer.

“Kaya was in bad shape,” said Bonar. “She was in a lot of pain and could barely walk. One vet gave her only three to nine months to live.”

Healthy Paws, her insurer, stepped up and agreed to pay for the oncologist’s recommended treatment ― a highly targeted form of radiation called stereotactic radiosurgery ― that is commonly used on inoperable brain tumors in humans.

Bonar had to pay out of pocket (on her credit card) but was reimbursed within a week for 80 percent of the amount from Healthy Paws. The radiosurgery alone cost $ 14,000 and her MRI was $ 3,000. Both were covered. 

Here’s the unpleasant reality, according to Bonar: “Had I not gotten her the insurance, I would not have gotten her the treatment. I love Kaya to death, but I could not have paid tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket twice. She would have gotten palliative care and indeed probably would have just lived a few more months.”

Instead, it’s been a month since her treatment and Kaya is back to her normal self, reports Bonar. “Her pain is gone, she is taking walks, running, playing, harassing my other dog, ripping things up ― the usual.” And her prognosis is great. Her tumor is expected to shrink away to nothing over the next year, said Bonar. “If by some chance the radiosurgery missed any of the tumor cells, we can zap it again ― and again the treatment will be paid for by her insurance.”

All of which raises the question: If having companion animals is so good for us  isn’t there some logic to the idea that having a way to keep them healthier and around longer will mean we ourselves will be healthier? 

Yes, Medicare for our pets. Why not? It might even reduce our own human need for it.

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Crash And Burn And Repeat

We might as well be watching a 30-car pile-up the way Americans are holding hands over their eyes trying to avoid the grisly bits of the most grotesque presidential race we have witnessed in this, the second decade of the 21st Century. Of course, it’s only the secnd election during that time, but still.

That is not to say 2012 wasn’t genuinely gruesome with more than its share of cataclysmic collisions and demolition derby debacles, but this time, they’re headed downhill faster than an 18- wheeler with burned out brakes carrying a load of nitroglycerine on the western slope of the Andes.

This is a race to rock bottom to see which team ends up least wrecked and right now they’re both jostling for pole position. Everybody is losing paint riding into each other while running over rocky roads gouged by their own staffs. Must be why they call them pit crews.

You’ve heard the term “Accidents waiting to happen?” Well the opposite is “accidents waiting for a break in the action.” The two most polarizing drivers in the history of American politics have veered into so many walls, both their nicknames could be “Crash.”

Recently the Donald and the Hillary pulled into the paddock to attack their opponent’s foreign policies. Which has come as a shock to the majority of spectators who were unaware either had a foreign policy that didn’t consist on calling in air strikes on the other’s campaign. And tire irons swung at their fuel lines.

Now we’re getting to the point in this short track race where driver fatigue kicks in, and the unforced errors have begun to accumulate. Hillary Clinton said she was wrong to call half of Trump’s supporters a basket of deplorables. And she was wrong. It’s more like 63 percent.

Donald Trump used the Mexican president as a prop, then gave an immigration speech that spurred most of his Hispanic advisory board to resign. Although to be honest, Trump Hispanic Advisory Board sounds like Democratic Leadership Council. Trump also praised Vladimir Putin for being a strong leader with an 84 percent approval rating. Would be higher, but the KGB hasn’t been able to track down the other 16 percent. Yet.

Even the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, got in trouble for not knowing what Aleppo was. Presumably he was thinking a small leopard or someone suffering from the initial stages of Hansen’s Disease.

Time is running out for all the major candidates to grab some clean air. Hillary needs to prove she’s not a robotic automaton who will do or say anything to get elected. And she intends to do that as soon as she installs a larger hard drive & updates her operating system. Pneumonia, right.

Trump knows he needs to assure the electorate he’s more than some spoiled rich guy whose diplomatic horsepower is measured in arrogant smirks; he’s even gone so far as to hire a female campaign manager to smirk for him.

The good news is the finish line is only two months away. The bad news is one of these lug nuts is going to take the checkered flag. The upside being, on November 8th, our long national nightmare will be over. Until November 9th, when the funny car race for 2020 begins. Gentlemen and ladies, prepare to start your engines.

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On Monarchs, Failure, And Perseverance

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Five years ago, when I first found wild milkweed growing in my garden and decided to let it run free, I was certain that the next summer I would have a yard full of monarch butterflies (since milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars feed on).

It didn’t happen. That summer. Or the next, or the next three summers.

Every summer the milkweed spread, and my yard was filled with butterflies–just not monarchs. The fourth summer, when I took a break from my usual flower and vegetable gardening, I realized that butterflies need those flowers to feed. So I vowed to come back strong with flowers this past summer. Lo and behold, this August I saw my first monarch!

Now, imagine my utter delight when I went up to make a campfire one cool September night and saw a monarch chrysalis on my favorite campfire chair! It was like a gift for all my efforts.

I checked on it the next day, and it was fine. Then the next morning, I went up and…Well, something bad had happened to it. There was a black hole in the middle and no sign of life inside. Based on pictures I had seen of a monarch emerging from a chrysalis, I knew this wasn’t a happy ending.

My first feeling was that I had failed. Let’s face it, letting milkweed run amok in your yard isn’t always pretty–although when it blooms in July, the scent is divine. But then I quickly moved to the whole “cycle of life” place and realized how grateful I was to have failed for so long. If attracting monarchs had been easy, I never would have done all the research I’d done. For example, I might never have watched the Flight of the Butterflies documentary, which sweetly tells the story of the husband and wife who tracked the migration destination in Mexico. If my little monarch had been born, it would have flown to Mexico from Pennsylvania!

I also never would have learned that milkweed is considered a noxious weed by the US government and that farmers are fined and punished if they let it grow in their fields!

The whole experience got me thinking about failure in general. If everything in our lives was easy, perhaps we wouldn’t learn as much. Perhaps we wouldn’t grow to our full potential. And if we give up at the first sign of failure, we are like that chrysalis that dies before it ever gets a chance to fly to Mexico.

So, milkweed, you are safe in my yard. And next year I will plant even more flowers for butterflies to drink from. I won’t discriminate, either. Any butterfly or bird is welcome in my yard.

I will not give up, and neither should you.

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One Small Change Makes Antidepressants Much More Effective

Depression and sleep have a complicated but close relationship: Studies suggest as many as 75 percent of people with depression also have symptoms of insomnia. And other research suggests having insomnia makes you up to 10 times more likely to be depressed.

Althought that sounds like an endless feedback loop for feeling sick and tired, it actually might be good news for those looking to improve their treatment: A new study found that getting two extra hours in bed made patients who took antidepressants twice as likely to have improved depression symptoms.  

The study was relatively small, but provides important evidence that sleep could help antidepressant medications work better, said co-author J. Todd Arnedt, director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the University of Michigan Medical School.

That’s particularly important because up to 40 percent of people don’t respond to antidepressants in a meaningful way, so a complementary therapy that boosts how well the medications work could help a significant number of people.

The study followed a group of 68 adults with moderate or severe depression as they took the same antidepressant (Prozac) over the course of eight weeks. For the first two weeks of the study, the individuals were assigned to spend either eight or six hours total in bed, following specific bedtimes and wake times.

At the end of eight weeks, 63 percent of the individuals who had spent eight hours per night for the first two weeks of the study had their depression symptoms in remission, compared with just 33 precent of those who spent six hours in bed. S ymptoms went into remission nearly a week earlier on average for the patients who slept longer.

A lot of research suggests that getting adequate sleep is an important part of what allows all of us to keep our emotions in check and deal with stress. So it makes sense that the same would apply to people who are suffering from depression, explained James Gangwisch, a psychotherapist at Columbia University Medical Center who focuses on the epidemiology of sleep and psychiatry

“The biggest recommendation for getting adequate sleep and getting good quality sleep is to create regular bedtimes and wake times and stick to them,” Gangwisch explained. And the patients in this study all did that.

Why your psychiatrist should be asking about your sleep

One thing is certain: If you’re being treated for depression and the clinicians providing your care are not asking about your sleep, you probably want to bring it up. Because sleep and depression have such an interconnected relationship, asking about a patient’s sleep is a really important part of finding the right treatment for that patient, said Dorothy Sit, a psychiatrist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. 

“Different types of depression can present with different types of sleep disturbances,” she said. Some patients have trouble falling asleep, others wake up frequently throughout the night and others sleep too much.

In Sit’s experience, things like consistent bedtimes and limiting screen time before bed can optimize patients’ treatments. Still, she cautions that it might not be a panacea for everyone: Eight hours might not necessarily be the magic target number of hours of sleep that works for everyone, even though it appears to have worked for the majority of the patients in this study.

“Depression treatment really depends on the individual,” she said. 

Sarah DiGiulio is The Huffington Post’s sleep reporter. You can contact her at sarah.digiulio@huffingtonpost.com.   

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A Psychological Explanation Of ‘New York Calm’ After Chelsea Bombing

During the hours between a Saturday night explosion in Manhattan that left 29 people injured and the arrest of 28-year-old suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami in Linden, New Jersey, late Monday morning, New Yorkers seemed remarkably unruffled.

“It was only a matter of time,” Graham Mills, who lives near the site of the 23rd Street explosion, told The New York Times. “There’s kind of this New York spirit that’s like, ‘Whatever. Let’s get on with life.’”

Of course, others seemed rattled. “The whole city looks different to me,” Kyle Li, the father of a 3-year-old and who lives across the street from the explosion, told the Times.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who are closely exposed to trauma are at a greater risk for negative effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and generalized anxiety. 

In the aftermath of the explosions in New York and New Jersey, however, New Yorkers defied the rule of proximity to terror ― at least on Twitter ― by joking about city residents’ stoic respondence to the bombing: 

This subgroup of hard-nosed New Yorkers may be experiencing a form of resilience in the face of trauma, or what’s known as post-traumatic growth. After Hurricane Katrina, for example, 30 percent of survivors felt the storm had made them stronger, or enhanced their relationships or spirituality, according to a 2013 study of low-income mothers in the years following the storm.

“It’s making positive meaning out of the traumatic experience,” said Adam Gonzalez, assistant psychiatry professor at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

That’s not to diminish the experience of people who are anxious about the bombings. Individuals with psychological disorders or with a history of trauma could have those fears reignited, according to Gonzalez.

A lot comes down to perspective: If you already think New York is dangerous, an act of violence could solidify your opinion. If you think New York is relatively safe, you’re more likely to continue to enjoy your life with a renewed awareness of your surroundings.  

People who are far away could still be affected

For those outside of New York City ― some of whom posted prayers for New Yorkers on social media and commented about how scary the situation was ― the Chelsea explosion is a reminder that terrorist attacks can happen on U.S. soil. 

“The United States becomes quite small when something like this happens. We all have relatives or friends or some connection,” said Dr. Michelle Riba, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan Health System.

One reason that people living far away from an incident may be affected is the media: Wall-to-wall coverage after terror attacks can make it seem like attacks in the West are common, when in reality, they are relatively rare

“We saw this after 9/11 happened,” Gonzalez said, citing longer-term PTSD symptoms even in people who weren’t directly exposed to the attacks. “One of the big pieces of that was because of the media’s coverage of it.” 

In general, Gonzalez sees to New Yorkers’ fearlessness as a good thing for the city, provided it doesn’t come at the expense of minimizing anyone’s anxiety. 

“Those who are in distress ought to seek help and family members and friends should try to provide support to those people,” he said. “As a whole, coming together as a community and responding with strength versus fear is really the most ideal way to grow from this situation.”

Resilient New Yorkers who are doing their part to keep our collective stress level low:

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World Peace Begins! 6 Tips To Make It Happen

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1. Believe in Peace

Ask yourself how sincere is your desire for peace. The degree to which you believe in peace is the measure of your desire.
Imagine the headline “World Peace Begins!” Do you believe this statement can be true? You make it true, because world peace begins within you – within your inner world. Any other success you have in business, athletics or life starts with belief in accomplishing the goal.

You may ask, “How can I make peace?” An answer is, “How did you make peace with anything that had once upset you?” Did you communicate more clearly? Did you listen more carefully with an accepting open mind? Did you change your perception? Did you simply mature? Believe what you have done can be done again repeatedly.

2. See Peace for what it is

Ask yourself, “What is my picture of peace?” Then look carefully at what you painted. If you painted sunny days with no bumps in the road, you are not picturing reality. Life needs rain sometimes to grow and thrive. Rain makes potholes. Real peace in life goes beyond what happens on the outside.

3. Make Peace

Whatever happens on the outside just happens neutrally. You experience it, you feel it, and you have emotions related to the situations and happenings. Then you make what you want of all those sights, sounds, feelings and emotions as you turn them into thoughts and later actions.

You interpret the things that happen and the feelings that you have. You may feel angry when your child carelessly breaks the special vase that your grandmother gave you as he played catch in the living room. You get angry with him and you get angry with yourself, because you put a meaning in the vase that all your love and experiences with your grandmother exist in the vase and when the vase is gone, so is your love. You create the interpretation and create your fantasy reality to live by with that understanding.

4. Take steps to Peace

When upsets happen, step back. “Count to ten” (take a meditative moment), and look for the real life reality. Has your grandmother’s love vanished with the vase? Perhaps you remember a time when you broke something precious that she had. She made her choices and that time, and you know what that choice is by the love or guilt that she gave to you. You now have a choice to make in this situation with your son. For example, I have a friend who, as a father, tells his daughter in similar situations, “That’s OK. These things happen”. Then he works with her to problem solve a positive outcome. He developed this ability by consciously focusing on being a peacemaker – choosing love.

5. Build to Peace on the big scale

Seemingly bigger issues, such as bombings in NYC, may feel like an overwhelming disruption to peace. Yet, as you practice inner peace in the small things around you, you develop your peacemaking abilities.

6. Choose Peace

Ultimately, you give meaning to everything. You have the choice to give meanings connected to opportunity or to victimhood. You choose. Meditate on this concept every morning and throughout the day. Listen to the Dalai Lama, watch Martin Luther King Jr., read wisdoms, walk in nature. Leave the TV, smartphones, cocktails, excuses, chocolate and other distortions alone for a while to give your mind a break. Give yourself the opportunity to see opportunity. Breathe. Just breathe. Keep breathing. Then know — you can chose peace.

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9 Easy Ways To Fit Mindfulness Into Your Daily Life

Career, family, social life ― the responsibilities and pursuits we juggle every day can so often take priority over something of arguably equal importance: checking in with our well-being. So it’s time we dispel the misconception that mindfulness and everyday life don’t mix, because you can incorporate mindfulness into your day, seamlessly.

We’ve teamed up with Aetna to show you how you can cultivate a focused awareness ― which is the essence of mindfulness ― and apply it to common activities in your life. By taking the time to practice these steps, you’ll not only start to appreciate the little things in life, but you’ll help your brain and body manage stress. Before you know it, you could be on the path to a happier, healthier you.

This material is for general informational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice, diagnosis, or treatment by a physician or other health care professional. Aetna is not the author of this content.

Aetna believes that mindfulness – the act of being present ― starts with simply experiencing what is here and now. So step back, #takeamoment, and appreciate the little things. You’ll be surprised at what you notice. Share your experience using the hashtag #takeamoment on social media.

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Are You In The “In Between Stage”? How To Deal With Acceptance And Expectance

Are you going through struggles now? Are you growing and changing?

Do you find that some people just are not receptive to your changes? That now they are saying
that you are selfish and that you have an ego?

You are the “In Between” Stage.

We as a society are used to what we are used to.
We are Addicts.

If you have always gone out of your way to help others that’s what others will get used to.
If you have always been unsuccessful then that’s what they will be used to.

And then you will Change and Those who are close to you will Not Change Their Perspective of you.

WHY?

Because you are the “In Between” Stage.

You are not completely Used to the Change Yourself and If you are Not Used to the Change Why Would Anyone Else Be?

Also, we judge on physical elements in life. This is why the Idea of Transformation is so Hard because people only see what’s physically in front not internally in front.

The Lesson is Very Simple:

Accept Vs Expect

-Accept yourself and also accept what others are saying about you.
-Understand that they mean no Harm, they just are not used to you behaving and acting differently.
-Realize that Change is very difficult for everyone involved.

Accept your changes and your success and accept that some people are not used to seeing you a certain way and that is fine.

They are not necessary Haters, they just are Not used to the “In Between” Stage.

The “In Between” Stage is one of the most crucial stages. Some of us get angry and mad because we Expect to be treated differently, but we have to understand that with time everything will work out.

This is the stage where arguments and ego and friendships end.

Take a deep breath and Accept on what is happening.

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11 Things You Must Know About Starting Therapy

This post was originally published for Self-Therapy Month at Techealthiest.

The decision to start therapy can be scary as hell.

After all, it’s hard to know what to expect before you actually begin your sessions.

I’m going to take some of the confusion out of the decision-making process. I’m also going to give you an idea about what to expect in the first session, even though the way the start of therapy is structured varies from therapist to therapist.

The insights shared below are based on my experiences as a Manhattan psychologist who has worked with thousands of New Yorkers.

My ultimate goal is to make you feel less anxiety about the decision to begin therapy and more primed for success with the process.

So here it goes, 11 thoughts about beginning therapy that you need to know.

1. Once you sit down on the couch and start talking, it will be the greatest relief you’ve felt in a long time, nothing like the anxiety you experienced around the decision to enter therapy.

Most people feel immense relief after the first session at least partially because they experience a release of a buildup of emotion they’ve been holding on to for days, weeks or months. This benefit is wonderful, but the most impressive emotional gains are made once you roll your sleeves up and get deeper into the intervention.

2. It can be helpful to write down what you’ve been struggling with before you begin the first session.

Taking a few notes ahead of the initial appointment is by no means necessary, but very often people have a hard time articulating what they want to work on. Writing is a great way to organize your thoughts heading into therapy.

3. Most, but not all, therapists will ask you in the first session what you hope to accomplish in therapy. 

Be prepared to give concrete examples of what progress would look like for you. For example, if you’re suffering from anxiety, a goal could be to sleep through the night on most nights. If you’re grappling with depression, a concrete goal could be to reduce the number of self-defeating thoughts before you leave home in the morning.

4. The blistering pace of modern life makes therapy a necessity.

If you’re living in a bustling city, therapy is the ultimate place to combat the stress and pressure you feel on a daily basis as a result of the lifestyle you’ve signed up for. We are evolving as a culture to fill up every potential moment for self-reflection with our screens. Therapy offers an opportunity to check in with yourself and a good look at what needs to be worked on.

5. Insight alone rarely produces significant improvement.

Your willingness to test reality and make cognitive and behavioral changes is the real spark. Amazing insights gained through therapy can be mind openers, but not game changers. Therapy that relies on insight as the dominant force of transformation takes much longer to produce substantial changes. In my experience, therapy designed to create new insights, which is fortified by active interventions, such as disputing irrational beliefs, is much, much more effective.

6. Some people are raised to view therapy as unnecessary or hocus pocus. Your therapist will probably prove them wrong. 

From the outside looking in, it’s hard to see the potential benefits of therapy. The nature of emotional suffering is such that it can be hard to imagine feeling substantially better just by talking to a therapist. Most therapists do more than just talk to you. They are trained in applying specific interventions to alleviate suffering and they know how to build a strong therapeutic relationship that will predict a positive outcome for you.

7. If you’re therapist considers himself or herself a psychoanalyst, expect to do most of the talking. If the therapist identifies with CBT as the primary mode of therapy, expect him or her to be more active in the process. 

The truth is that most therapists do not take a single approach to conducting therapy. Feel free to ask your therapist-to-be how active he or she is in the sessions so there are no surprises. With that said, like most therapists, I tend to do much less talking in the first session because I’m asking questions and planning my intervention. Therefore, it’s hard to use the therapist’s engagement level in the first session to determine how collaborative the therapy will be.

8. Don’t expect your therapist to force things out of you. 

Therapy tends to go at a pace set by the patient. Your therapist is likely to be sensitive to your signals that certain topics are off limits until you’re ready to go there. Just know that a seasoned therapist will pick up on what is omitted from your story. You don’t have to do anything about that.

9. The trend among newer generations of therapists is to act more “real” with patients.

Unless you’re in the market for 3-times-a-week, lying-on-the-couch psychoanalysis, you can safely assume that your psychologist won’t present as a tabula rasa, the latin phrase for “blank slate.” In other words, he won’t strive to remain 100% nonreactive, cold and neutral. In my experience, most patients appreciate realness from a therapist, which doesn’t mean that he will be constantly sharing about his own personal experiences. Rather, it means that his reactions will seem genuine and empathic. Another wonderful consequence of your therapist being real with you is that it can feel like you have a coach in your corner, which most patients enjoy.

10. Therapy is not as helpful if you don’t a bit of take time between sessions to reflect on what was discussed in session.

If you want to get the most out of your sessions, consider actively applying what you’ve learned in sessions to your life. Feel free to challenge your therapist to help you plan for testing in real life any lessons learned during sessions.

11. Therapy will be helpful to the extent that you’re open to change and willing to look at your contributions to your own suffering.

This is a tough one to really, truly understand for most people. Success in therapy involves a willingness to examine some of your most uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and experiences. If someone is pushing you into therapy kicking and screaming, then chances are it’s not going to be very effective. You need to want to make changes irrespective of what someone who cares about says you should do. If you tend to blame other people for your problems, you’ll be limited in how much you’ll get out of your sessions. That doesn’t mean that a little parent blaming here and there doesn’t feel super relieving. It just means that entering therapy with a sense of personal responsibility will predict success with the process.

Good luck with your therapy and feel free to comment below with any questions or comments about the process of beginning treatment.

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A Psychological Explanation Of ‘New York Calm’ After Chelsea Bombings

During the hours between a Saturday night explosion in Manhattan that left 29 people injured and the arrest of 28-year-old suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami in Linden, New Jersey, late Monday morning, New Yorkers seemed remarkably unruffled.

“It was only a matter of time,” Graham Mills, who lives near the site of the 23rd Street explosion, told The New York Times. “There’s kind of this New York spirit that’s like, ‘Whatever. Let’s get on with life.’”

Of course, others seemed rattled. “The whole city looks different to me,” Kyle Li, the father of a 3-year-old and who lives across the street from the explosion, told the Times.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who are closely exposed to trauma are at a greater risk for negative effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and generalized anxiety. 

In the aftermath of the explosions in New York and New Jersey, however, New Yorkers defied the rule of proximity to terror ― at least on Twitter ― by joking about city residents’ stoic respondence to the bombing: 

This subgroup of hard-nosed New Yorkers may be experiencing a form of resilience in the face of trauma, or what’s known as post-traumatic growth. After Hurricane Katrina, for example, 30 percent of survivors felt the storm had made them stronger, or enhanced their relationships or spirituality, according to a 2013 study of low-income mothers in the years following the storm.

“It’s making positive meaning out of the traumatic experience,” said Adam Gonzalez, assistant psychiatry professor at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

That’s not to diminish the experience of people who are anxious about the bombings. Individuals with psychological disorders or with a history of trauma could have those fears reignited, according to Gonzalez.

A lot comes down to perspective: If you already think New York is dangerous, an act of violence could solidify your opinion. If you think New York is relatively safe, you’re more likely to continue to enjoy your life with a renewed awareness of your surroundings.  

People who are far away could still be affected

For those outside of New York City ― some of whom posted prayers for New Yorkers on social media and commented about how scary the situation was ― the Chelsea explosion is a reminder that terrorist attacks can happen on U.S. soil. 

“The United States becomes quite small when something like this happens. We all have relatives or friends or some connection,” said Dr. Michelle Riba, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan Health System.

One reason that people living far away from an incident may be affected is the media: Wall-to-wall coverage after terror attacks can make it seem like attacks in the West are common, when in reality, they are relatively rare

“We saw this after 9/11 happened,” Gonzalez said, citing longer-term PTSD symptoms even in people who weren’t directly exposed to the attacks. “One of the big pieces of that was because of the media’s coverage of it.” 

In general, Gonzalez sees to New Yorkers’ fearlessness as a good thing for the city, provided it doesn’t come at the expense of minimizing anyone’s anxiety. 

“Those who are in distress ought to seek help and family members and friends should try to provide support to those people,” he said. “As a whole, coming together as a community and responding with strength versus fear is really the most ideal way to grow from this situation.”

Resilient New Yorkers who are doing their part to keep our collective stress level low:

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The Bear Bottom

My mom was not the world’s greatest cook. She meant well and was a genuinely nurturing person, but back in the day the recipes for virtually all of our meals were lovingly lifted from the back label of Campbell soup cans.

According to Ancestory.com I am 6,000 % WHITE JEW (I am 1% African American, which explains why I loved Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin and Roy Campanella) and for most Eastern Europeans starch and truckloads of carbohydrates were considered haute cuisine.

Portions would make a grown elephant weep. I could have built a Close Encounters mashed potato mountain on my plate at every single meal.

Now to a little kid, some of that Campbell grabbed grub was pretty enticing.

A highlight was ham garnished with a wedge of pineapple, topped with a delectable no. 2 dyed red maraschino cherry and also right up there was meatloaf stuffed with alphabet soup. (A meal obviously not for illiterates).

Off the Campbell grid came more diverse offerings like spaghetti and meat balls that were the size of a large baby’s head. Salmon croquettes (whatever the hell they were), and occasionally Duddy Kravitz sized platters of London Broil drowned in tanks of Heinz ketchup.

Best of all were the Swanson TV Dinners like Salisbury Steak with a warm only-after-you-finish-your meal muffin that you pretended to save for last while you secretly snuck nibbles every time your mom looked away.

TV Dinners and their shiny futuristic metal trays made me feel like I was sitting at the big boy astronaut table. To this day, If I had to pick a last meal, I would definitely go with a Swanson dinner. And a pizza slice which in those days were ten cents and the size and shape of a Little League field.

Dessert in the fifties was not taken lightly. Jello and Jello pudding, either instant or cooked (the waiting to gel period was agonizing and how the hell did they grow a layer of skin? Were they secretly sea monkeys?) were a staple as was anything from Hostess or Drakes.

Company, in the form of a gaggle of sugar shocked relatives, brought cake from Ebingers, whose pink boxes they would casually swing back and forth like church incense. Lard for Lourdes.

Entemanns also was a huge player as was anything from Nabisco.

On Valentines Day mom got a red ribbon wrapped heart box of assorted candies and it was your civic duty to search and consume all the chocolate covered jellies, often 25 at a time. The ones with nuts? Why did anyone even bother? And let’s not forget the world of kid candy which were literally good and plenty. In those days Halloween was every day. Actual Halloween was our version of Lost Weekend.

It seems that the message was: diabetes is a badge of honor, so enjoy!

All the TV shows that we watched hawked, non-stop, all the desserts and most of all Wonder Bread which was the memory foam of its day.

I hated plain milk. I remember watching kids suck down their milk cartons at snack time thinking: why don’t they just drink the blood of a dead squirrel?

But God in his infinite wisdom, provided us with Bosco, U-Bet and Coco Marsh—that had a toy under it’s lid. And of course there was Cracker Jacks too which kept ERs hopping with their choke-able rings and other diminutive asphyxiation starters.

Which brings me finally, to breakfast, today’s breakfast, which I am having right now. In the day your choice was Post or Kellogg’s and since Superman did commercials for Kellogg’s I chose to wolf that down as opposed to Popeye’s Spinach. Sure he was strong, but he looked like he died from lip or lung cancer forty years ago. That never left his pipe obviously killed him.

The inspiration for what I’m writing today is based on my breakfast order.

My mom, created an incentive to get me to the bottom of the bowl, by drawing a picture of bear with the last few splays of oatmeal and to me that was Da Vinci brilliant. How did she do that? Was the bear always there and she was just doing a little deft porcelain excavation?

Besides being a huge fiber fan (to us middle age folks pooping is the new orgasm) I think I ordered the oatmeal in search of why most of us eat to this very day: comfort by way of a little time travel.

Over the weekend The New York Times said that Hilary could lose Florida which immediately made me think that any Floridian that is thinking of voting for that lying, xenophobic, misogynistic, business-failing orange freak show must be living just like I did when I was in my childhood TV coma days when I believed in the indisputable gospel of pure fantasy make believe while literally drinking the Kool Aid (often directly from the package) because doing all that would surely make my childhood great again.

The only difference between Trump and say Howdy Doody of the day is that Howdy Doody had an actual human with a heart, soul and brains pulling the strings.

Over the weekend, the bombings in New York was the big breaking news story and I felt so rattled from that and everything else that today the only clear remedy for what ails me was a nice bowl of oatmeal and I’m not ashamed to tell you why. It’s simply because sooner or later, we all need desperately to be reminded that the bear is still waiting, ready to welcome, soothe and applaud us for a job well done.

How many humans, in the course of an average day, week or month are there to offer you that?

Maybe that is why we sooner or later have to hit bottom, so we can get to the bear who will dust us off, kiss us lightly on the cheek and send us on our way. Just like mom used to do.

Now go finish your oatmeal.

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GOP Eyes Government Funding Bill To Weaken Trucker Rest Rules

WASHINGTON ― Want to keep the government open? Want to fund the Zika response? The trucking industry and Republican allies in Congress say the price for that could be weakening rest rules for truck drivers, sources said.

The industry is trying to latch onto the stopgap bill that Congress must pass this month to combat Zika and to fund the government until Dec. 9, hoping to slip in a provision that would permanently block a rest regulation for truck drivers that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has tried to implement since 2013.

The rule would ensure that drivers take off at least two nights a week and drive no more than 70 hours. It was enacted because research suggested the best, most restorative sleep happens at night, and because accidents jump dramatically when drivers are fatigued.

The industry and many drivers believe this rule robs them of flexibility. Forcing drivers to sleep at night means they have to drive during the daytime, when there are more vehicles on the roads and more accidents, they argue. 

Sources familiar with talks over the government funding bill and Zika legislation say Republicans are pushing the unrelated trucking provision, and that Democrats are reluctant to go along.

“They want to make the blockage of the rule permanent,” one of the sources said, speaking on background because matters were still being negotiated.

Although trucking policy has nothing to do with Zika or short-term government appropriations, the industry has repeatedly used funding crises to attach riders that it favors and cannot pass through the regular legislative process.

The trucking lobby, which spends more than $ 20 million a year to influence Congress, has managed to block the rule before by getting it suspended for more study. It won that concession in the infamous “CRomnibus” spending bill that kept the government from shutting down shortly before Christmas in 2014.

The offices of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) did not answer questions about the provision. And since the details of the current bill are not public, it was unclear what the new trucking language would be.

It could be similar to provisions that the trucking industry got added to earlier Zika and funding bills that have not passed Congress. One such provision in the Senate would let drivers stay behind the wheel for 73 hours each week, with an additional 8.5 hours permitted for other work.

The idea has not been studied by safety experts and none of the sleep provisions pushed by the industry have been subjected to congressional hearings.

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Donald Trump’s Phantom Florida Ground Game

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ― In a downtown office building, the Duval County Republican headquarters for the fall elections, stands a life-size cutout of Donald Trump. Perched atop the cardboard head is an actual “Make America Great Again” baseball cap.

Unfortunately for the GOP presidential nominee, that’s about the extent of the Trumpiness to be found there.

Staff members point visitors toward a different office a few miles away ― the Trump campaign’s actual Duval headquarters. But there, the situation is even worse. The strip-mall office, while decorated with “Trump-Pence” placards in the big windows, is not quite open, although the woman who identified herself as Trump’s office manager said it would be within days ― as soon as the air conditioning problems had been sorted out and furniture and equipment could be delivered.

Less than two months out from Election Day, it’s a scene playing out all across the state that for Trump is a must-win.

In Pensacola, on the morning after Trump’s visit a week ago, his downtown office had yet to have phone service hooked up, although a pair of staffers did have the doors open to pass out yard signs and bumper stickers. In Sarasota, where the space occupies the top floor of a small office building, a receptionist presided over a large room full of empty tables. And in Orlando, at the new statewide campaign headquarters, Trump’s county chairman one afternoon last week was escorting the cable guy up to the 10th floor to hook up service.

“This is a wonderful location. It’s a really good move for us,” said Randy Ross, seemingly unconcerned by how late in the process basic campaign milestones are coming together.

Indeed, county, state and national Republican officials all downplay the significance of the late start for Trump’s Florida ground game, even as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign is months into a methodical voter turnout effort. The Republicans argue that Trump’s get-out-the-vote work is getting done, albeit independently by party staff and perhaps not using the traditional model of brick-and-mortar offices.

“This county is on fire,” said Duval County GOP Chairwoman Cindy Graves. “Reports of things not going so well are greatly exaggerated.”

Graves and the others may be correct ― that Trump is actually seeing historic enthusiasm and will surprise the political world with a convincing Florida victory on Nov. 8.

But if she is wrong, and Clinton winds up winning the state by just a point or two, among the people she can thank is Trump himself ― for his complete lack of interest in the modern campaign template created in 2004 by Republican George W. Bush and then honed to an art form by Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

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Florida, in fact, perfectly illustrates the big gamble reality TV host Trump has laid on the general election.

Clinton, like the three winning presidential campaigns before her, has built her strategy on a system that seeks to identity and then get to the polls every individual voter likely to cast a ballot for her. It’s a painstaking process that requires years of updating and constantly refining a data set that includes hundreds of millions of Americans of voting age.

We’ve spent practically nothing. I’m proud of that. In the old days, if you spent less and you had far fewer people, and you were leading, you got credit.
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To the extent possible, the door-knockers her campaign sends out each day from its 57 field offices across the state actually live in the neighborhoods they are canvassing. They are armed with detailed information about each potential Clinton supporter: voting history, interests and, if the person has been contacted before, the issues they believe are most important.

Trump, in contrast, continues to rely on his celebrity: a decade and a half of playing a savvy businessman on prime-time television ― a characterization that was never really challenged in the broad popular culture until the tail end of the Republican primaries.

He has less than half the number of field offices Clinton does, and a significant percentage of even those are not yet up and running. His theory throughout the primaries and to date in the general election has been simple: that repeating his message that the country is a disaster that only he can fix will bring out voters in droves.

Not even his consultants bought into that plan. Some pushed hard for significantly more staff to pursue a more traditional ground game in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire, but they were rebuffed by Trump, who has resisted spending money on things that did not return cash to his businesses or involve his personal comfort.

When after a second-place finish in Iowa Trump rolled to easy victories in states where he had virtually no staff at all, it made the task of convincing him that the same technique could not be replicated in a general election all the more difficult.

Indeed, Trump has called the use of precise data in targeting voters “overrated,” and continues to boast of how he is essentially even with Clinton in the polls despite having spent far less.

“We’ve spent practically nothing. I’m proud of that,” he said at a Miami rally last week. “In the old days, if you spent less and you had far fewer people, and you were leading, you got credit. Today, they say, well, she’s spending much more money.”

Clinton Out-Organizing Trump In Florida

Even as Trump brags about not needing staff, though, party officials from the Republican National Committee on down are telling all who will listen that they’ve got it covered. RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer released a long memo recently saying that they, and not Clinton’s Democrats, have more troops on the ground in key states.

The memo said that the RNC, working for Trump as well as down-ballot GOP candidates, has 1,040 staff and “trained organizers” in Florida, compared to the 84 it had working for 2012 nominee Mitt Romney.

Graves, the chairwoman of Jacksonville’s Duval County GOP, said that Trump is enjoying far more enthusiasm from local activists than Romney ever did. She said her volunteers knocked on 10,000 doors on a recent weekend ― the most of any county in the country. And when she organized a Women for Trump luncheon at a local country club hoping to get 50 to attend, she got five times that number.

“This is the ground game I wish that we had had for Romney,” she said.

Whether such enthusiasm will overcome Clinton’s organizational strength is an open question. Duval, home to a Navy base, its associated naval air station and thousands of military retirees, has long been a Republican stronghold ― yet Obama lost it by only 15,000 votes to Romney out of 400,000 cast, thanks to a top-notch voter turnout effort.

On the afternoon that Trump’s Duval office manager wrestled with move-in problems, a Clinton office 3 miles away was helping host an appearance by Michelle Kwan at the University of North Florida. Former President Bill Clinton had attended the office’s grand opening five weeks earlier.

In Orlando, where Ross was working to get utilities installed, the Clinton office a few miles to the south was going through its walk-lists and phone bank preparations. A potluck was scheduled for its volunteers that evening.

In deep-red Pensacola, where the new Trump office in the high-rent downtown still lacked phones, the Clinton office a few miles away in a poorer, predominantly African-American neighborhood saw a stream of volunteers come and go, clipboards in hand, despite intermittent rain showers.

 

And in Sarasota, where Trump’s former state headquarters stood largely empty with little evidence of activity, the staff at the nearby Clinton office planned that evening’s work schedule to reach out to the area’s Democrats ― even though they are badly outnumbered in that county, as well.

“We’re getting a great response,” said Linda Heller, a volunteer office manager who reflected the view that a Democratic ballot from a Republican county is worth just as much toward the statewide total as one from a Democratic stronghold such as Broward County. “It’s all about getting the vote out.”

Notwithstanding the Trump campaign’s late and largely reluctant start in Florida, the good news for Trump is that the local parties have been in strong shape since former Gov. Jeb Bush built the state party into a powerhouse in the late 1990s.

Jonathan Martin, chair of the Lee County GOP in southwest Florida, said he knows perfectly well how to turn out Republican votes in one of the most conservative areas of the state, without hand-holding from anyone.

“I don’t need a national campaign to come in and tell me to go knock on doors,” he said. “We kind of know what to do at our level.” 

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By Far, This Was the Most Important Thing I Learned at Stanford Medicine X…

I never get tired of watching planes take off, and the bigger they are, the better I like them. For instance, every time I see a 747 lift off the ground, I wonder what fabulous adventure awaits its passengers.

I’m currently watching quite a few 747’s and even a few A-380’s jet off to the far corners of the earth. I’m sitting with my wife Stephanie in the Admiral’s Club at the San Francisco International Airport. Technically, I shouldn’t be watching them. We should be on a flight to Phoenix for the first leg on our way home to St. Louis. But thanks to faulty wiring, a monsoon in the Ohio Valley, or a wicked case of IBS in the abdomen of our pilot, our flight has been delayed by over two hours.

And because our layover in Phoenix was only an hour… guess who’s going to miss their connection?

Back when the airlines didn’t give a rat’s ass about saving money, they used to have exponentially more flights. Think back ten years when you would sometimes get on a flight to find a grand total of eight people… three being the flight attendants.

Once things with the economy went south and jet fuel skyrocketed, the major carriers came to the conclusion that they could save a fair amount of shekels by drastically cutting the number of flights, and overselling the ones remaining.

The result did save them a lot money, but also provided travelers that little extra… something. Now, because every plane is stuffed like a tube of liquid sausage, if you miss a connection due to any type of delay, you almost never get a decent re-route to your destination. I won’t say the name of the airline, but all that the acronym for Alcoholics Anonymous could do for us was a tick shy of miserable.

Thanks for that, AA.

Originally, we weren’t even booked on this flight. When I first found out I was going to be speaking at Stanford Medicine X, I made the assumption that the talk would probably happen on the first two days of the three-day conference. Seriously, who actually does anything on the last day of a conference? It’s usually breakfast, a keynote, lunch, and the door.

So I made a reservation for a 6:30am flight that would get us back to St. Louis in time to spend time with our boys, Sam and Ben.

Well, you know what they say when you assume…

My friend Sarah, who got me on the panel in the first place, informed me that our time was 9:15… on Sunday morning. After a phone call and an additional $ 400 (thank you AA!), our flight was rebooked for 3:45pm. At least we would still get home on Sunday. Barely.

Once we arrived in Palo Alto, we didn’t give another thought to our travel plans as we immersed ourselves into the wonder, awe, exhaustion, and life affirmation that is Stanford Medicine X. Stephanie and I got so much out of the speakers who shared their stories, and even more out of the people we met and befriended.

The panel that I was so blessed to be a part of went off swimmingly. My compatriots Sarah, Pamela, and Bob were so smart and knowledgeable and nice. I actually became smarter via osmosis. At the last minute, we were even able to include my friend Dave from Stupid Cancer to talk about the amazing app Instapeer, and how it is radically changing how young adults with cancer connect with each other.

I could not have been happier with how it went. The reaction from our audience was so positive, and the questions we were able to elicit gave us confidence that we struck a nerve. It was probably one of the top five highlights of my professional life.

I was still riding a natural high when we walked up to the kiosk at SFO to print our boarding passes. My first hint that something was wrong was the bright flashing red light when they found my itinerary. Before I could decipher what was happening, my phone rang.

Hi!

…said Jane, my robo-caller…

This is Alcoholics Anonymous. You’re going to miss your connection home, which blows a goat. Here’s your only choice… which is actually our choice. We’ll get you to Phoenix. Then, you’re going to wait five hours to take the red-eye to Chicago at 12:45am, but we suggest you eat early, because they shut everything down at 9:00pm at Sky Harbor on a Sunday. After arriving in the crotch-rot that is O’Hare at 6:30am, you’ll have forty-five minutes to choke down a breakfast burrito and sprint like a gazelle to catch your third flight to your final destination. Have a super day!

Marvelous.

So we paid the $ 57 per person that the Admirals Club charges for two one-day passes. They killed the thirty-day family-awesome pass in May that would have been a much better value.

Thank you, AA!

After stewing for a few minutes, Stephanie called her mom to tell her the good news while I went foraging for neon-yellow cubes of cheese, pita chips, a surprisingly amazing soup with chicken and lemon and orzo, and two large glasses Pinot Grigio. Tip of the cap to Angela for the full pours, by the way.

After devouring the provisions, Steph and I sat back and reminisced about our favorite speakers of the weekend. There was Jonathan Bush, CEO of athenahealth, who gave possibly the funniest, most-entertaining, and crazy-insightful keynotes I’ve ever heard. You knew you were in for a good time when the first words were…

Well shit. How do you follow the prior speakers? These people are like roses, and I’m just a turd. Thanks Medicine X for exposing my turdness.

There was the panel on the potential opioid epidemic in America, and how my thoughts of it being an either/or issue were so grossly wrong. There are more nuances than you can imagine, and some of the participants got a little chippy with each other. Definitely popcorn worthy.

But then there was Terry Marlin. Terry is a husband and dad who owns a small manufacturing company in Tennessee. He has two sons, Jonah who is twelve, and Emory who is ten. In 2009, both of Terry’s sons were diagnosed with an absolutely horrible disease called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It’s a disease that robs the body of its physical ability to move… before it kills you in your early to mid-twenties. Since diagnosis, both boys have lost the use of their legs, and Jonah has lost the use of his arms. And things will only get worse.

There is no cure. More than likely, there will be no cure before both boys succumb.

This has not stopped Terry. Together with his wife Sonya, they have raised just shy of a million dollars for research. It is a staggering number, guaranteed to make a very large dent, if not full blown crevice into the scourge of DMD.

But while Terry has hope, there are times when this disease tears at his very soul. His boys ask, “Daddy, you’ve raised so much money. When are we going to be able to walk again?”

At this point, all of us in the audience were in bits. We knew, like Terry knew, that he didn’t have the answer… and possibly if not probably wouldn’t before it was too late for Jonah and Emory. It would be enough to sink anyone into an unquenchable depression.

Yet through his tears, Terry left us with this piece of beauty…

My son has lost the use of his arms and legs, and yes, it’s physically hard on all of us. But whenever I pick him up, I have to wrap his arms around my shoulders. So no matter how hard a time I might have at a given moment, I get to hug my son every day. And that can’t be a bad thing.

And hours later, as Stephanie and I sit in a luxurious lounge with wine and cheese and pita chips and wifi and power outlets and football on twelve televisions, I realize that no matter how bad my day gets, my worst day will never be as hard as Terry’s best day.

But while his hardships are many, his moments of joy dwarf them, because he’s figured out what so many of us haven’t: we have the ability to choose our focal points, and he’s decided to focus on the blessings he has.

So while I could sit here and think about the fact that we’ll be traveling for eight more hours that we should, I will instead pour my energy into embracing the eight more hours that I get to spend with my best friend, my traveling buddy, my forever everything, and the woman who gave me two loves of my life.

And to top it off, some guy sitting across from us in the Alcoholics Anonymous Admirals Club just gave us two free drink tickets on his way out the door. Things are looking up already.

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9 Things People With Mental Illness Want Their Bosses To Know

Everyone dreads going into work sometimes. But for those with a mental health disorder, that feeling is more than just a run-of-the-mill case of “the Mondays.”

Mental illness affects nearly one in five American adults in a given year. It brings about physical and emotional symptoms, none of which just disappear as soon as an individual steps through that office front door.

But having a mental health issue doesn’t make a person inept at his or her job. In fact, work may even help them manage their illness. Yet the stigma that mental illness is some sort of flaw still exists ― and that misconception (or the fear of it) could carry over into the workplace.

Below are just a few things those with mental health conditions wish their employers understood. Here’s what it’s really like to work with a mental health disorder:

1. Even just coming into the office is a giant feat.

Mental health conditions can completely wreck a person’s sense of motivation. The conditions also bring about lethargy or sleep disturbances which can mess with a person’s energy. Often getting out of bed is tough ― but making it to work? That’s monumental.

2. Productivity can suffer if they’re not supported.

That lack of motivation can also extend into a person’s ability to complete tasks once they arrive at the office. Mental health issues like depression cost 200 million lost workdays per year in the United States at and $ 17 to $ 44 billion dollars in lost productivity. That’s why encouragement, understanding and support are vital. It doesn’t just help the employee, but the employer as well.

3. They’re afraid of being held back if they reveal their illness.

Of course, it’s up to the individual whether or not they want to disclose any health condition. However, there’s a lot of hesitation with mental illness. Because of the stigma attached to mental health issues, people often stay silent about their condition for fear of being punished professionally.

4. There should be mental health resources at work.

Employee assistance programs are effective in helping employees manage psychological wellbeing in the workplace, according to the CDC. But that’s just the beginning: Experts agree that more needs to be done, such as seminars and manager trainings on mental health, to promote a healthy mind and create a more accepting atmosphere at the office.

5. Sometimes therapy will conflict with work schedules.

Therapy is one of the most effective ways to manage a mental health disorder and it’s crucial that an individuals follow their treatment plan outlined by a medical professional. Unfortunately, that sometimes means that therapy appointments may conflict with work engagements or even may need to happen during lunch breaks. That’s yet again why more accepting work atmospheres can be critical.

6. Sick days take on a different meaning.

Common colds aren’t the only catalysts for sick days. Sometimes people with mental health conditions experience physical symptoms (think panic attacks, headaches, stomach pain) that can feel debilitating. Couple that with emotional symptoms and it’s no wonder someone with a mental health challenge might need a day off.

7. Mental health terms are not a joke.

The way we collectively talk about mental health matters. Using mental illness expressions as a casual, colloquial phrases can be stigmatizing: Stress at work does not necessarily mean someone is “having a panic attack.” Someone’s sad mood or reaction to an upsetting event is not an indication of “depression.” 

8. Mental illness is just as important as physical illness.

Companies or managers wouldn’t fire, punish or even silently judge an employee for being diagnosed with cancer and receiving treatment. Experts argue that more workplaces need to view the body as inclusive of the brain when it comes to prioritizing the health of their employees. That means mental illness should be extended the same sensitivity and support as physical illness.

9. Your support means the world.

Recognizing and validating an employee’s psychological condition or wellbeing can do wonders, according to Matthew Shaw, a former journalist and a visiting fellow at the University of Michigan Depression Center.

It sounds really obvious, but senior employees being invested in someone’s mental health is really beneficial,” Shaw previously told HuffPost. “Top level visibility on these issues, like emails and conversations from managers, is a transformative thing.”

Offering your understanding or support for someone dealing with a mental health issue? That’s “Boss Of The Year” material.

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Suspect Killed In Mall Stabbing Spree Referenced Allah: Police

A man wearing a private security uniform wounded eight people in a knife attack on Saturday at a mall in central Minnesota before he was shot dead by an off-duty police officer, authorities said.

The man made references to Allah and asked at least one person if they were Muslim before he assaulted them at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, the city’s Police Chief William Blair Anderson told reporters.

“Whether that was a terrorist attack or not, I’m not willing to say that right now because we just don’t know,” Anderson said at a news conference.

“We’ll figure out what this is and when we do we will be transparent about it,” he added. He gave no details of the identities of the victims.

The knife attack in St. Cloud, a community about 60 miles (97 km) northwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul, comes at a time of heightened concern in the United States about the threat of violence in public places.

An explosion rocked New York City’s bustling Chelsea district on Saturday, injuring at least 29 people in what authorities described as a deliberate, criminal act. But they said investigators had turned up no evidence of a “terror connection.”

In St. Cloud, the attacker entered the mall in the evening as it was busy with shoppers, Anderson said.

He attacked his victims at several sites in the shopping center, which will remained closed on Sunday as police investigate, the police chief said.

The eight wounded were transported to St. Cloud Hospital but none were believed to have life-threatening injuries, said Chris Nelson, a communications specialist for the medical facility.

One victim was expected to remain there, but the other seven patients had already been released or were expected to be let go shortly, officials said.

Police officials said they were still interviewing witnesses hours after the attack.

The off-duty police officer who shot the suspect was from a jurisdiction outside of St. Cloud, Anderson said. He would not say which agency employs the officer.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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The 6 Secrets of Self-Control

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What is it about self-control that makes it so difficult to rely on? Self-control is a skill we all possess (honest); yet we tend to give ourselves little credit for it. Self-control is so fleeting for most that when Martin Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania surveyed two million people and asked them to rank order their strengths in 24 different skills, self-control ended up in the very bottom slot.


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When it comes to self-control, it is so easy to focus on our failures that our successes tend to pale in comparison. And why shouldn’t they? Self-control is an effort that’s intended to help achieve a goal. Failing to control yourself is just that–a failure. If you’re trying to avoid digging into that bag of chips after dinner because you want to lose a few pounds and you succeed Monday and Tuesday nights only to succumb to temptation on Wednesday by eating four servings’ worth of the empty calories, your failure outweighs your success. You’ve taken two steps forward and four steps back.

With this success/failure dichotomy in mind, I give you six strategies for self-control. Some are obvious, others counter-intuitive, but all will help you eliminate those pesky failures and ensure your efforts to boost your willpower are successful enough to keep you headed in the right direction for achieving your goals.

Self-Control Secret #1 – Meditate

Meditation actually trains your brain to become a self-control machine. Even simple techniques like mindfulness, which involves taking as little as five minutes a day to focus on nothing more than your breathing and your senses, improves your self-awareness and your brain’s ability to resist destructive impulses. Buddhist monks appear calm and in control for a reason.

Self-Control Secret #2 – Eat

File this one in the counter-intuitive category, especially if you’re having trouble controlling your eating. Your brain burns heavily into your stores of glucose when attempting to exert self-control. If your blood sugar is low, you are far more likely to succumb to destructive impulses. Sugary foods spike your sugar levels quickly and leave you drained and vulnerable shortly thereafter. Eating something that provides a slow burn for your body, such as whole grain rice or meat, will give you a longer window of self-control. So, if you’re having trouble keeping yourself out of the company candy bin when you’re hungry, make sure you eat something else if you want to have a fighting chance.

Self-Control Secret #3 – Exercise

Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes releases GABA, a neurotransmitter that makes your brain feel soothed and keeps you in control of your impulses. If you’re having trouble resisting the impulse to walk over to the office next door to let somebody have it, just keep on walking. You should have the impulse under control by the time you get back.

Self-Control Secret #4 – Sleep

When you are tired, your brain cells’ ability to absorb glucose is highly diminished. As I explained in Secret #2, your brain’s ability to control impulses is nil without glucose. What’s worse, without enough sleep you are more likely to crave sugary snacks to compensate for low glucose levels. So, if you’re trying to exert self-control over your eating, getting a good night’s sleep–every night–is one of the best moves you can make.

Self-Control Secret #5 – Ride the Wave

Desire has a strong tendency to ebb and flow like the tide. When the impulse you need to control is strong, waiting out this wave of desire is usually enough to keep yourself in control. The rule of thumb here is to wait at least 10 minutes before succumbing to temptation. You’ll often find that the great wave of desire is now little more than a ripple that you have the power to step right over.

Self-Control Secret #6 – Forgive Yourself

A vicious cycle of failing to control oneself followed by feeling intense self-hatred and disgust is common in attempts at self-control. These emotions typically lead to over-indulging in the offending behavior. When you slip up, it is critical that you forgive yourself and move on. Don’t ignore how the mistake makes you feel; just don’t wallow in it. Instead, shift your attention to what you’re going to do to improve yourself in the future.

Putting These Strategies to Work

The important thing to remember is you have to give these strategies the opportunity to work. This means recognizing the moments where you are struggling with self-control and, rather than giving in to impulse, taking a look at the Six Secrets and giving them a go before you give in.

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Foot Drop

What is foot drop?
Foot drop is the inability to raise the front part of the foot due to weakness or paralysis of the tibialis anterior muscle that lifts the foot (Figure 1). A common symptom of foot drop is a high steppage gait, often characterized by raising the thigh up in an exaggerated fashion while walking. When a person with foot drop walks, the foot slaps down onto the floor.

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Foot drop usually results from an injury to the peroneal nerve which is susceptible to injury at any point of its course. The peroneal nerve begins from the L4, L5, S1 and S2 nerve roots and joins the tibial nerve to form the sciatic nerve (Figure 2). The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back and runs through the buttock and lower limb.


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In the lower thigh, just above the back of the knee, the sciatic nerve divides into two nerves, the tibial and peroneal nerves, which innervate different parts of the lower leg (Figure 3). The common peroneal nerve then travels anterior around the fibular neck, dividing into superficial and deep peroneal nerves. The deep peroneal nerve gives innervation to the tibialis anterior muscle of the lower leg, which is responsible for dorsiflexion of the ankle (Figure 4).

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Conditions Causing Foot Drop (Figure 5):
A herniated disc compressing the L5 nerve root may cause foot drop. Another cause of foot drop can be a lumbosacral plexus injury, pelvic fracture. Foot drop may also be caused by a sciatic nerve injury, like a hip dislocation. The common peroneal division of the sciatic nerve is commonly injured during fracture dislocation injuries involving the hip. An injury to the knee, such as a knee dislocation may also cause foot drop. In the event of a knee dislocation, it is important to check for common peroneal nerve and popliteal artery injury. In established compartment syndrome, foot drop is a late finding. Irreversible muscle and nerve ischemia occurs in patients if fasciotomy is not performed. Fasciotomy should be done early. Four hours of ischemia may be tolerated but by eight hours, the damage is often irreversible.

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Treatment of Peroneal Nerve Injury/Foot Drop:
If a disc herniation in the low back is impinging on the nerve and causing symptoms of foot drop, then the herniated disc should be treated or removed. EMG and nerve studies should be done for the patient. Recovery may take one year to 18 months. The big toe will be the last to recover. If recovery is not achieved, explore the nerve for repair, graft or tendon transfer.

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IT’S TIME THE FBI HAUL TRUMP INTO ITS OFFICES

This post is based on three particular events that occurred within the last 24 hours. The first took place at Trump’s new D.C. hotel he was promoting on Friday with the ruse to reporters that he would be making a statement regarding President Obama’s birthplace with their ability to ask follow-up questions.

The second was his evening event in Miami, where he advocated that HRC’s bodyguards should forfeit their firearms and to then see what happens to her.

The third was seeing a video of a secret meeting of White Supremacists at a clandestine location in D.C. as aired on MSNBC last night (Rachel Maddow Show), featuring the use of “pepe” the green frog, now used to symbolize racist power that was also inserted into a post by his son (Donald, Jr.?), showing a group picture of his father with the likes of Giuliani, Carson, etc, labeled, “The Deplorables”—Trump front and center with his henchmen. The racist group in the video on Maddow’s show now believe they can go mainstream because they have found a leader in Donald Trump. Recall this past week as well, that Trump’s running mate would not even describe the former KKK leader, David Duke, as deplorable. And further recall that at the end of a Clinton speech yesterday, a man in the audience yelled out, “pepe”.

But let’s first get back to Trump’s statement about the President’s birthplace.

After minutes of hyping his new hotel property [recall he did the same thing over his Scotland golf course a day after the BREXIT vote], he then delivered 30-odd seconds worth of remarks that Obama was born in the U.S., “period”, as if reading prepared words given to a POW to say by his captors. After then saying let’s make America great again and that he “finished” the (birthing) issue, he walked off the stage surrounded by his armada without fielding reporter’s questions. This is despite the advance promise to the press pool that he would be delivering more than a few words on the birthing issue, allowing their questions to follow. The American voter was witnessing Trump dictating the terms of his appearance; dictating to the media what he would allow despite his initial overtures to them to the contrary on a subject for which he had taken a contrary view for some five years (Obama being born outside the United States, quadrupling down on it over and over and over and over again), and even dictating that only he could dictate the final outcome of where the president was born. Recall again that Trump has already barred certain news organizations and reporters from covering his events. And what made Trump’s appearance all the more deplorable was that he used the presence of retired military personnel as an on-stage backdrop, a foil, for what he was about to say. Retired military as “props” for his own purpose could only be described as disgusting and sickening. Everyone, it seemed, got conned by Trump, not surprising since that is his modus operandi in life and in business.

With how Trump made his delivery, I thought I was witnessing a reincarnation of Moammar Gadhafi, maybe a Mussolini, or the 21st century version of Adolph Hitler. Frightening! Trump has now become a strongman, a dictator that lies without consequence and rules from a position of absolute power. After all, he is counting on the dumbing down of the American voter to get him into office. And as many pundits and reporters have already observed, what the electorate sees of Trump’s conduct and behavior now, before the election, will be even worse after the election…if he is elected. There will be no pivoting. And to this elixir add his narcissistic personality disorder with a thin skin, as most recently put forth by Maureen Dowd in the context of discussing her new book (also) this past week on CNN, THE YEAR OF VOTING DANGEROUSLY.

As a strongman, Trump now once more advocates, or, at a minimum, suggests, to his gun-toting supporters, violence to HRC, and that believe, incorrectly so, the Second Amendment is the be and end all of their gun rights—despite a position never yet taken by the Supreme Court. At Friday’s hotel PR stunt, Trump also accused HRC of wanting to take away gun rights, another blatant lie. Another outrageous lie was Trump touting that he “finished” the issue on Obama’s birthplace, when Obama did that in 2011 upon producing a State of Hawaii-verified birth certificate.

So, what do American voters now have before them? A strongman and dictator that blocks out the media from questioning him why he suddenly reversed himself after years of saying the first Black president was not born in the United States. Racism at its ugliest. Then hours later, he suggests by inference, as he has in the past, the use of (gun) violence to take out his opponent. And all the while lying about who started the birthing controversy and who ended it. We also must not forget those White Supremacists that believe Trump is now their leader.

Isn’t it about time the FBI haul Trump into its offices?

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American Men Are Pretty Happy With Their Penises

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By Jesse Singal

For understandable reasons, society’s conversation about body satisfaction tends to focus on women. Women, it can safely be argued, face a lot more social pressure to look good all the time, to feel ashamed of their bodies, and to harp on minor imperfections.

Men aren’t immune from all that, though. And one particularly painful area where it manifests, according to sexual health researchers, is in insecurity about their penises. This can lead to some bad outcomes. As a team led by Thomas Gaither, a urologist at the University of California, San Francisco, point out in a new study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, “Case reports have shown men undergo risky procedures, such as silicon injections, to lengthen their penis and increase penile girth.” In addition, “Genital piercings, silicone injection, and subcutaneous implant are increasingly common and are associated with numerous complications.”

Related: Here Are Your Penis Beauty Standards

Gaither and his colleagues wanted to better understand how men view their penises, so they conducted what they say is the first nationally representative survey using a newly developed scale called the Index of Male Genital Image, or IMGI. It consists of 14 statements ranked on a score of 1-7 involving penis length, girth, and so on — a score of 1-3 is coded as “dissatisfied,” while 4-7 is coded as satisfied. They got results from 3,996 men, the sample drawn from 18-to-65-year-olds who weren’t institutionalized.

Comparing those who landed in the “satisfied” (greater than 4.0) versus “unsatisfied” (4.0 or lower) buckets when the scores were averaged, the researchers didn’t find any statistically significant differences in penile satisfaction when it came to age, “race, marital status, education, location, income, or sexual partners.” Penile (dis)satisfaction appears to be pretty much constant across these categories.

Overall:

A total of 3433 (85.9%) reported an average greater than 4 per item on the IMGI and thus were classified as satisfied. Men reported highest satisfaction with the shape of their glans (64%), followed by circumcision status (62%), girth of erect penis (61%), texture of skin (60%), and size of testicles (59%). Men reported dissatisfaction with the size of their flaccid penis (27 %), length of erect penis (19%), girth of erect penis (15%), amount of pubic hair (14%), and amount of semen (12%). Men reported neutrality with the scent of their genitals (44%), genital veins (43%), location of urethra (42%), color of genitals (40%), and amount of pubic hair (36%). Of note, those who were extremely dissatisfied (score of 1 or 2) reported dissatisfaction with their flaccid penis (10.0%), length of erect penis (5.7 %), and girth of erect penis (4.5%).

There were some decent-size differences in terms of the sexual experiences of men who were satisfied versus dissatisfied with their penises. Those who were satisfied were less likely to be sexually active (73.5 percent versus 86.3 percent), and engaged in less daily and weekly sexual activity. There were also slight but statistically significant differences in the percentage of dissatisfied versus satisfied men who reported having had vaginal or receptive oral sex (85.2 percent versus 89.5 percent, and 61 percent versus 66.2 percent). The obvious question here is what’s causing what: To what extent are men who are dissatisfied with their penises less likely to seek out sex as a result of their insecurity? A correlational self-report study can’t answer that, nor can it answer whether these mens’ likes and dislikes were shared by their sexual partners.

Related: Why Is No One Interested in Vagina Size?

It’s interesting that a sizable minority of men reported dissatisfaction with their testicle size or glans shape. On the one hand, in a survey like this you are explicitly asking about certain features, so these responses don’t mean that they are wandering around obsessing over this stuff. (It would be another thing entirely if you asked men to generate an open-ended list of body features they didn’t like and these kept popping up.) But on the other: It’s an interesting comparison to what women go through, because it highlights the fact that at least some of the things both men and women worry about probably aren’t, in fact, of much import to anyone else. If you’re a guy, the odds that a partner is going to care that much about the size of your testicles or the “shape of your glans” — that’s something I can honestly say I had never even thought about before reading this article, and which the researchers note “has little anatomic variability” — are probably pretty low.

More broadly, the main takeaway, as a first-pass attempt at understanding this stuff, is that men mostly feel pretty happy with their penises. Which can maybe explain the epidemic of unsolicited photos.

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3 Convincing Scientific Reasons to Sleep Naked
Sorry, There Are Actually Only Six Sex Positions
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Most Of Mitt Romney’s Biggest Donors Are Sitting Out The Presidential Election

WASHINGTON ― The Republican Party’s last presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has been forthright about his opposition to the party’s current nominee, Donald Trump. It appears that most of Romney’s biggest donors feel the same way.

A review of campaign finance records finds that just slightly more than 10 percent of the 22,000 donors who gave $ 5,000 or more to Romney’s 2012 presidential bid had donated to Trump’s campaign by the end of July. On the other hand, about 1 percent, or more than 260, of Romney’s largest donors contributed to the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The underwhelming financial support from these major donors demonstrates the split Trump’s nomination has caused between the Republican Party’s elite and its voter base. While the real estate mogul has about the same percentage of support from GOP voters as Clinton has from Democratic voters, it’s the Republican donor class that has largely not gotten on board with his candidacy.

The whole Jeb experience was so bizarre in terms of how unsuccessful it was and how out of place all of us were with the sentiment that I think a lot of us are just, ‘Let this year be over.’
GOP operative who raised money for Jeb Bush and previously, Mitt Romney

Those who supported Romney with big contributions in 2012 but have not donated to Trump include a who’s who of major party donors. Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, hedge fund billionaires Paul Singer and Ken Griffin, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, former Anheuser-Busch chairman August Busch III, Oracle CEO Lawrence Ellison and others like David Humphreys, John W. Childs, Stan Herzog, Robert Rowling and Julian Robertson have so far kept their pocketbooks shut.

Adelson endorsed Trump earlier in the summer and was reportedly willing to spend $ 100 million to ensure his victory. But by the end of July, he had not made any contribution to either the Trump campaign or any pro-Trump super PAC. The casino billionaire gave more than $ 100 million to super PACs in 2012 and reportedly made eight-figure donations to dark money nonprofit groups helping to protect Republican congressional majorities.

Frank Vandersloot, the billionaire owner of the multi-level marketing nutritional supplement company Melaleuca and a major Romney donor, also expressed support for Trump, but has failed to make a donation by late July. “Who knows if he’ll need our money?” he told Politico.

Many of the biggest donors who are avoiding Trump donated to one or more of the Republican opponents he savaged in the primary campaign. There is still lingering animosity over the way Trump ran roughshod over their preferred candidates with his typical barrage of insults and campaigned toward the basest prejudices in the electorate. This is especially true of those who supported former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a large number of whom were major Romney donors.

“Most of them are shot in the head,” a longtime Republican Party operative who raised money for Bush this cycle and Romney in 2012 said about Bush’s donors. “The whole Jeb experience was so bizarre in terms of how unsuccessful it was and how out of place all of us were with the sentiment that I think a lot of us are just, ‘Let this year be over.’”

And Trump attacked many of the donors themselves over the course of the primary campaign.

“Paul Singer. Take a look at what he represents,” Trump told a crowd in New Hampshire after Singer backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s primary campaign. “And he represents other things, beside. Paul Singer represents amnesty and he represents illegal immigration pouring into the country.”

Trump asked in one tweet whether those attending the Koch brothers’ annual donor meeting in California were puppets. In another tweet, he said that Adelson was supporting Rubio ― he wasn’t ― because “he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!” 

As a Republican who has contributed millions of dollars to the party’s causes, I ask: Why has our party not sought a psychological evaluation of its nominee?
Mike Fernandez, MBF Healthcare Partners founder

Even without these major party donors, Trump appears to have raised significant sums for his campaign and the Republican Party thanks to some big money donors and large hauls from small donors. He reportedly raised $ 90 million in August after pulling in more than $ 80 million in July. The only problem is that these sums are far behind what Romney raised during the same months in 2012, and they also still trail Clinton’s totals. Further, they do little to help cut into Clinton’s advantage in campaign infrastructure.

A handful of former Romney donors have flipped to support Clinton ― often citing Trump’s coarse language and blatantly racist rhetoric and policies.

Massachusetts hedge fund billionaire Seth Klarman announced his support for Clinton in August. He called Trump’s statements throughout the campaign “shockingly unacceptable” and said he would donate to and fundraise for the Clinton campaign.

Klarman had given $ 10,000 to Romney and a joint fundraising committee supporting Romney’s campaign in 2012, and he remains a prominent Republican super PAC donor. He has also been a major supporter of the Israeli right wing and U.S. groups that opposed the Iran deal negotiated by Clinton, Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama. Still, he gave $ 2,700 to the Clinton campaign in June. 

Other donors who have gone from Romney to Clinton have also made their views of the Republican nominee publicly known on social media.

Bob Arum, a boxing promoter, contributed $ 10,000 to support Romney in 2012 and has so far donated $ 16,700 to support the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party. Arum has made his distaste for Trump clear multiple times on Twitter this year, including after the Republican candidate doubled down on his hardline anti-immigrant policies.

In July 2015, during the Republican primary campaign, comScore chairman and co-founder Magid Abraham, who gave $ 25,000 to support Romney, tweeted that Trump was “an embarrassment to this nation.” Four months later, Abraham and his wife Linda Abraham, also a co-founder of comScore, donated $ 2,700 each to the Clinton campaign.

However, Clinton’s fundraising from ex-Romney donors may only just be getting started.

In August, Meg Whitman, head of Hewlett-Packard and a major fundraiser for Romney in 2012, publicly endorsed Clinton, stating she would raise money for her. Whitman further called Trump “a dishonest demagogue.” The billionaire tech executive ran for governor of California as a Republican in 2010 and lost to current Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat who has also endorsed Clinton.

Mike Fernandez, the founder of MBF Healthcare Partners, previously gave $ 3 million to Romney’s super PAC and $ 3 million to the super PAC supporting Bush this cycle. Yet, like Whitman, he announced he was endorsing Clinton in August but had not yet donated to her campaign.

In his endorsement of Clinton in The Miami Herald, Fernandez wrote, “As a Republican who has contributed millions of dollars to the party’s causes, I ask: Why has our party not sought a psychological evaluation of its nominee?”

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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The 4-Word Phrase I Just Can’t Stand

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Forget four-letter words. I can withstand most swears, even inventive ones, with the steely composure of a seasoned dock worker.

It’s a single four-word phrase that, when uttered by a new acquaintance, has been known to evoke a fierce visceral reaction of the negative variety.

“Sorry, I’m a hugger.”

Don’t get me wrong, I love a solid hug from someone I know and trust. If you’re my mom, dad, auntie Judy, or friend Cherie (quality huggers, every one), you’re coming in hot with open arms, and I’m on board. My mom’s hugs crescendo into a tight squeeze that takes my breath away for just a second, her palms like shock paddles sending a warm wave through my ribs. It’s nice.

When faced with a new person, though, I usually think a hug feels…inappropriate. I haven’t agreed to this level of intimacy; I’m not ready to clash collar bones. And yet, here we are.

Historically, I haven’t responded to surprise hugs well. I am all too aware that in a room full of people, sending a would-be hugger into a public retreat of rejection would be Very Awkward. So, I relent. More than once, I’ve leaned in rigidly for a shoulders-only hug, the lower half of my body thrown behind me at such an angle that I may as well be balancing a champagne glass on it and trying to break the Internet.

And, for a long time, my tendency to freeze came with a certain level of guilt. I almost bought into the hype that to be introverted is to be cold. It was only time, and maturity, and a bit (read: a lot) of research about introversion that gracefully delivered me to the conclusion that I’m not an ice queen.

My exploratory process is what I like to call the Falling Down a Rabbit Hole Method. What it lacks in efficiency it more than makes up for in satisfying my Enneagram Type 5 “Investigator” personality. When it came to dissecting my own anti-hug platform, I devoured things like this piece in the Huffington Post, written by a woman who sounded a lot like me—she similarly realized over time that her sometimes-preference to keep a safe distance from people was not a personality flaw. I read a lot of blogs like this. They were unscientific but entirely validating.  

I also found that some cultures are simply less apt at fostering and rewarding introversion and privacy over extroversion. The idea that common demonstrative greetings in the US are merely a cultural tradition wasn’t new to me, but being reminded of it in print was still reassuring. I began to double-down on the belief that I’m not dysfunctional; I would just prefer to say hello with a wai.

I even dove into articles distilling the science behind introverted brains. As I marinated my noggin in these newfound facts, I felt a weight fall off my shoulders, and I developed a new sense of self. I realized that some combination of physiology and psychology has made me selective about social interactions and physical contact—and that’s okay.

Once I became less self-conscious about my aversion to spontaneous hugs and started talking about it to people I knew, a few things happened. First, I found out I wasn’t alone. Some of the friendliest, warmest, Most Likely to Be a Hugger people I knew responded to my revelation that “I’m not really a hugger” with “Oh my God, me neither! It’s so invasive!” Secondly, I found out that even rabid huggers were much more receptive to backing off than I expected. Once I talked about preferring to reserve hugs for people in my inner circle, they typically gave an understanding reply and let me initiate future hugs.

All of this is to say I’m relieved to have found that I was putting too much pressure on myself to conform to a social norm. Most people don’t mind that I greet them with a smile and a handshake or a friendly wave instead of a hug. But more importantly, I now don’t mind being more open and authentic in my own way.

In giving myself permission to hold back from hugging every person I meet, I’ve noticed that I am usually warmer when I first greet or bid farewell to someone. Because I am not tensing up for an impending full-body high five, I feel more at ease. And that changes the temperature of the entire interaction. Of course, sometimes the energy of a new friend feels very welcoming, and I break all these rules and happily advance toward their outreached arms. But it’s important to give myself the go-ahead to stretch out my hand for a shake instead when a hug is not what I am feeling at the moment.

I don’t think we introverts should beat ourselves up about perceiving personal space as sacred space. It doesn’t make us frosty. On the contrary, it makes us more thoughtful about and therefore genuine with our affection. We’re not love-depriving freaks.

Which is what I will remind myself the next time a friend of a friend of a friend starts with “Sorry, I’m a hugger.”

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7 Productivity Hacks You Can Do Right In The Office

Some days, getting things done comes easily. Other days, being productive is a struggle. 

If this describes you, you’re hardly alone: According to a Gallup poll, only 32 percent of American workers were considered “engaged” in their jobs in 2015. That’s not only detrimental for workplace performance, both for the employee too. Feeling unproductive often goes hand in hand with low job satisfaction and unhappiness in the workplace.

Luckily, there’s an antidote. If you want to be productive and feel fulfilled in your work, there are ways to combat those dreadfully lazy days when it feels like nothing can get you moving. Below are seven tips to get more out of your work day ― and you won’t even have to leave the office:

1. Make a to-do list ― but do it right.

Writing a to-do list is often the first logical step in a productive day, but doing it right is harder than it sounds.

Productivity experts warn about the dangers of overloading your list by putting too many large tasks on it. Breaking your day down into small, manageable items that you can actually complete can help you map out what you need to get done and set yourself up for success. Instead of writing “finish project,” on your list, break a big task up into smaller steps such as “make three powerpoint slides” or “write two pages of report.”

After all, there’s nothing more satisfying than crossing an item off your to-do list. Except, perhaps, finishing the list altogether.

2. Grab a (healthy) snack.

The source of renewed productivity may lie in your stomach. A 2015 study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology found that young adults who ate more fruits and vegetables reported increased levels of creativity, curiosity and well-being.

Making healthy snack and meal choices can be a simple but powerful way to accomplish tasks and get your creative juices flowing. Check out these healthy snack ideas if you’re looking for a way to boost that brainpower.

3. Embrace a minimalist workspace.

You spend a good chunk of your life in the office, so it only makes sense that your space will get a bit cluttered. One 2013 study showed that messy desks encourage creative thinking, but beware: that mess can take a toll on your productivity levels.

A 2011 study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that multiple stimuli in your line of sight compete for your brain’s attention. In order to increase concentration levels while you sit at your desk, eliminate the excess mess. This will make it easier for you to process the task at hand without distractions.

Looking for more ways to set your space up for success? Check out this handy guide.

4. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

Or tea, if that’s your thing. Of course, you shouldn’t rely on caffeine to replace lost sleep, but it can be the energy boost you need to give your productivity levels a jolt.

In a 2010 analysis and review of existing research, the benefits of caffeine were plain to see. Moderate consumption of caffeine results in increased energy, an improved ability to concentrate and better problem solving skills, among other benefits. It pays to get up from your desk, fill up that mug and let the java work its magic.

5. Force yourself to take a break.

You may feel like you need to stay chained to your desk, but it’s important to realize that the world won’t go up in flames if you make time for a break. In fact, your work might be better for it.

Studies show that employees are more productive when they take breaks throughout the day. According to 2014 research, there’s a precise amount of time you should be on break to maximize productivity: 17 minutes, to be exact. The experiment showed that employees were most productive when they worked for 52 minutes, then took a 17-minute break, typically spent away from the computer.

6. Take a nap.

Show this to your boss the next time he or she thinks you’re sleeping on the job.

More and more offices are implementing nap rooms for their employees, and for good reason: the benefits of a small snooze are boundless. Napping has been shown to increase alertness, improve creativity and boost productivity ― all of which will do wonders for your work day.

7. Get up and talk to people.

While working from home is a perk that many modern-day employees enjoy, nothing can replace face-to-face meetings and in-person interactions.

If you’re lucky enough to work alongside peers whom you respect and like, don’t pass up the opportunity to talk to them on a regular basis, about work or otherwise. Workplace friendships can increase job satisfaction and productivity as well as decreasing stress, according to the American Psychological Association.

With these simple hacks in your arsenal, you can knock each work day out of the park. You’ll be a better, happier, more productive employee for it. And who wouldn’t want that?

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Clinton Leads Nationally, But Struggles In Some Battleground States

New national polls show the presidential race close, but Clinton remains consistently ahead. Ohio, Florida and Nevada are all definitely still battleground states. And most Americans would pay $ 1 a month to help combat global climate change. This is HuffPollster for Thursday, September 15, 2016.

NEW NATIONAL POLLS FIND CLINTON MAINTAINING HER LEAD, BUT WITH A SMALLER MARGIN – Quinnipiac University: “In a largely negative presidential campaign, where most Americans are voting against, rather than for, a candidate, Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump 48 – 43 percent among likely voters nationwide, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released [Wednesday]. This compares to a 51 – 41 percent Clinton lead in an August 25 survey of likely voters nationwide, by the independent Quinnipiac University….Independent voters tip to Trump 45 – 40 percent. Republicans go to Trump 86 – 10 percent, while Democrats back Clinton 92 – 4 percent. Voting for Clinton is the lesser of two evils, 38 percent of her supporters say, while 57 percent say she is the candidate they like. Among Trump supporters, 50 percent say they are picking the lesser of two evils, while 46 percent say he is the candidate they like. A total of 70 percent of likely voters say it is ‘very important’ or ‘somewhat important’ that the next president be someone to whom they can relate. But by similar margins, most American voters can’t relate to either candidate. Voters say 61 – 36 percent they can’t relate to Clinton and 64 – 34 percent they can’t relate to Trump. “ [Quinnipiac]

CBS/NYT also finds an increasingly tight race – Sarah Dutton, Jennifer DePinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto: “With the first debate less than two weeks away, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a tight race for the presidency nationally. Clinton has just a 2-point edge in a two-way match-up among likely voters. The race is tied when third party candidates are included. Among the broader electorate of registered voters, Clinton leads Trump by five points. One disadvantage for Clinton is diminished voter enthusiasm. Democrats are less enthusiastic about voting now than they were in August.” [CBS]

Breakdowns by demographic show where Trump and Clinton are strongest – More from CBS: “A look at the candidates’ demographic support also illustrates why the race is close. A gender gap remains: Trump has a double-digit lead over Clinton among men, while Clinton is ahead by a similar margin among women. Trump continues to struggle with African American voters but has an advantage over Clinton among whites. Whites without a college degree are strong supporters of Trump (58 percent back him), while Clinton leads Trump among white voters with a college degree. Clinton is ahead of Trump among voters under 30 but she is not getting the level of support Barack Obama received in 2012. 48 percent of young voters are currently backing her, while Obama won 60 percent of the young vote in 2012. Only 29 percent of young voters are supporting Trump, but 21 percent say they’ll vote for someone else or won’t vote.”

What the average says – Clinton’s lead over Trump has shrunk to less than 4 percentage points in the HuffPost Pollster aggregate. Clinton leads in eight of the 10 most recent national polls, but by narrower margins than in August. In polls that include Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson as an option, Clinton’s lead is similar.

The patterns of polls narrowing during the fall campaign is familiar. For comparison, President Barack Obama was up by 4.1 points over Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Sept. 15, 2012 ― and that was as wide as his margin got. Obama’s edge narrowed to within half a percentage point in mid-October before widening to 1.5 points on Election Day. In 2008, the polls were also close through mid-September before the economic crash that spurred an Obama surge over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). 

OHIO AND FLORIDA ARE SHAPING UP TO BE TRUE BATTLEGROUNDS – HuffPollster: “Ohio and Florida are both looking like close races in this year’s presidential election, according to new polling released Wednesday that gives Donald Trump the edge in both states. Polls from both Bloomberg Politics and CNN in Ohio give Trump a 5-point lead over Hillary Clinton….A second CNN poll, in Florida, finds Trump up by 3 points, 47 percent to 44 percent, with Johnson taking 6 percent and Stein 1 percent. In a head-to-head, Trump leads by 4 points.…. In Florida, polls of head-to-head matchups taken since the beginning of September have all shown fairly narrow margins, ranging between a 2-point lead for Clinton and a 3-point lead for Trump. HuffPost Pollster’s model, reflecting a set of far better results for Clinton during August, puts her over Trump by just under 3 points, although that’s likely to drop if other surveys confirm CNN’s results. In Ohio, recent polls have shown everything from a 7-point Clinton lead to a 5-point Trump advantage, but four of the five newest surveys give the edge to Trump. HuffPost Pollster’s model shows Trump and Clinton effectively tied at about 43 percent.” [HuffPost]

The situation in Nevada is similar – A new Monmouth University poll out on Wednesday showed Trump leading by 2 points among likely voters in Nevada. The last poll to indicate Trump leading was from late July. But since Clinton’s leads in August polls were small, often only a point or two, the HuffPost Pollster average only has her leading Trump by about half a percentage point. [Monmouth

AMERICANS ARE WILLING TO PAY A LITTLE TO HELP COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE – Seth Borenstein: “Most Americans are willing to pay a little more each month to fight global warming — but only a tiny bit, according to a new poll. Still, environmental policy experts hail that as a hopeful sign. Seventy-one percent want the federal government to do something about global warming, including 6 percent who think the government should act even though they are not sure that climate change is happening, according to a poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. And those polled said they’d be willing to foot a little of that cost in higher electric bills. If the cost of fighting climate change is only an additional $ 1 a month, 57 percent of Americans said they would support that. But as that fee goes up, support for it plummets. At $ 10 a month, 39 percent were in favor and 61 percent opposed. At $ 20 a month, the public is more than 2-to-1 against it. And only 1-in-5 would support $ 50 a month.” [AP]

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THURSDAY’S ‘OUTLIERS’ – Links to the best of news at the intersection of polling, politics and political data:

-Kathy Frankovic finds no indication in the latest Economist/YouGov poll that Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis hurt her numbers. [YouGov]

-Larry Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley take a comprehensive look at the state of the presidential race. [Sabato’s Crystal Ball]

-Ronald Brownstein looks at Hillary Clinton’s challenge to win over millennials. [Atlantic]

-David Wasserman lays out a scenario where Donald Trump could lose the popular vote but win the White House. [538]

-Laura Vozzella and Emily Guskin note that most Virginians voters don’t know anyone backing their chosen candidate’s opponent. [WashPost]

-Voters far overestimate the likelihood of voter fraud. [WashPost]

-Trust in the mass media is at a new low. [Gallup]

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2 Simple Changes You Can Make That Will Change The Lives Of Countless Animals

As president of the Humane Society, Wayne Pacelle’s life and career has been devoted to preventing animal cruelty. But, as Pacelle explains in a conversation on OWN’s “SuperSoul Sunday,” you don’t have to be in an animal-related field or make any sweeping changes in your life to help improve the lives of animals everywhere. In fact, he tells Oprah, anyone can do two incredibly simple things that will have a huge impact.

1. Choose synthetic fashions.

Many people who buy a fur coat don’t want to be cruel, Pacelle says. But the fact is that the process for creating these types of fashions is inhumane, and it’s no longer your only option. 

“You can have synthetic fabric, you can have natural fiber coats that have all of the functionality of fur,” Pacelle says. “You can be warm and you can be stylish, and we don’t need to kill 40 animals by catching them in leg-hold traps or raising them on a mink farm.” 

With the rise of vegan fashions and more compassionately made clothing, these synthetics are typically on par with their animal-based counterparts. “You’ve got an option that is a functional equivalent or that’s superior,” Pacelle points out. “It’s a simple choice for us, but it’s game-changing for the animals.”

2. Be a more conscious eater.

Pacelle knows it’s difficult to ask people to make drastic changes to their diets, so he suggests more manageable changes, like incorporating more plant-based foods into your meal plan and eating animal products that come from farmers who “let the animals live.”

“The head of our agriculture council nationwide said his greatest wish is to see that his animals only have one bad day in their entire lives,” Pacelle says. “So, on all the days before they’re sent to slaughter, he wants to give them a good existence.”

By eating more consciously, even the most avid meat-eater can help change animals’ lives. 

“The fact is, the vast majority of people eat meat and they eat animal products,” Pacelle acknowledges. “We can reduce it or we can make those animal products from some other more humane system.”

“Super Soul Sunday” airs Sundays at 11 a.m. ET on OWN. You can also watch the most recent full episodes for a limited time on SuperSoul.tv, or catch up on past full episodes on demand via the Watch OWN app.

Another insight about the power of change:

Why Pacelle changed his mind about working with Michael Vick

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What Teens Want You To Know About The State Of Sex Ed

Remember high school sex ed? If you were lucky enough to get any curriculum on sex, it probably consisted of a couple of slides of diseased genitals, an explanation of wet dreams and maybe a real-life demo of a condom rolled onto a banana.

If you found this brief and cursory explanation of human sexuality absolutely useless when it came to navigating relationships with real, live people, you’re not alone. A new global analysis finds that students experience sex ed as out of touch, insensitive, negative and often exclusionary.

Students also reported that teachers were poorly trained and often visibly embarrassed to be presenting the material, which doesn’t exactly send the message that sex is a healthy and acceptable part of life. 

“Some schools are doing a really good job but others need to think very carefully about how they deliver [sex and relationship education],” said the study’s lead author Pandora Pound, a research fellow focusing on youth and sexual health education at the University of Bristol. “This study shows that it is not only important to get the content of [sex ed] right, but also vitally important to get the right people to deliver that content.”

The researchers reviewed 55 qualitative studies of students, primarily aged 12 to 18 years, from 10 different countries over 25 years. The responses were strikingly similar across decades and countries and educational methods: Both students who received comprehensive sex ed and those who got abstinence-only sex ed described their teachers’ presentation of sex as mostly negative. 

Here are five of the most intriguing observations, in students’ own words:

1. Toxic gender roles are a disruptive presence.

Male respondents often shared that they hesitated to ask questions, because it would reveal how “inexperienced” they were. Instead, some admitted that they acted disruptively during class as a way to hide their insecurity and anxiety about sex. 

“Some people are too scared to say things so they cover that up by being noisy and disrupt the class,” said one young man from a 2003 U.K. study. 

Young women, on the other hand, reported verbal harassment from the male students if they tried to participate in class, and they faced taunts about their sexual reputations. Teachers didn’t confront these disruptive students about their behavior, or were even complicit in it.

“Mrs. Blackshaw, right, she can’t really talk to us properly about it because the boys start making snide remarks and everything like that… so you get to the stage where if you do want to ask anything you won’t ask it because the boys will start making remarks,” said another girl in a 2002 Scotland study. 

Students said they would feel safer in smaller, more confidential groups where they could participate without calling attention to themselves in a large class setting. Some young women said same-gender classes would be better for them, but most young men expressed a preference for mixed-gender classes.

You get to the stage where if you do want to ask anything you won’t ask it because the boys will start making remarks.
Scottish student, 2002

2. Teachers are visibly embarrassed by the material.

Some students said their teachers were uncomfortable about presenting the subjects to students, which made the kids feel unsafe discussing the sensitive material. An exchange between two young female students, captured in 2009 by New Zealand researchers, is instructive: 

Zara: We had Miss Plum she was a PE teacher but she cried.
Zoe: Yeah she did aye.
Zara: So we just felt sorry for her, [student’s name] made her cry about three times.
Zoe: Yeah.
Zara: Like it was so horrible.

Another student from a 2011 Canadian study had this to say about teachers’ discomfort: “If your teacher who’s a grown up can’t talk about it, how are you (supposed to)? That gives you the impression that, oh I’m not really supposed to talk about it.” 

Students were torn on who should teach the material, but many felt that sex ed harmed the pre-established relationship between teacher and student and thought an outside expert, school nurse or peer educator would be best. This exchange among students, from a 2007 book by Pam Alldred and Miriam E. David called Get Real About Sex: The Politics and Practice of Sex Education, explains why students want to distance themselves from teachers they already know when it comes to sexual health.

PA: Who do you want to learn [sexual education] from?
Girls (chorus): Somebody we don’t know.
Girl: The school nurse or somebody that comes in.
PA: So you all agree? What are the reasons for having somebody you don’t know?
Girl: So when you tell them something they don’t know you.
Girl: You don’t get embarrassed like in front of teachers.
Girl: Well, you’d be embarrassed the next day with a teacher.
Girl: We don’t want them to know all about us.
PA: Is it about privacy?
Girl: Yeah. It’s like your own feelings…  

3. The lessons are too technical and moralistic.

Complaints about the tone of sex education were twofold: Students said there was too much of a focus on biological processes, to the exclusion of relationships and desire and they also said that the presentation was too moralistic and presented a narrow view of “legitimate” sexuality.

One student from a 2001 study of female Nova Scotia students complained that her teacher never actually discussed the act of sex between a couple. Instead, it was all about the interaction between sex cells.

“Like the sperm goes up the fallopian tube, hits the egg…we don’t care about that,” the anonymous student said.

I think that their main focus is on, you don’t feel pressured to have sex and things like that. They don’t realize that a lot of girls want to have sex, too.
American student, 2009

Students also complained that sexual health education seemed to focus on sexual relationships between men and women, without any discussion of same-sex relationships.

“They don’t mention anything about same-sex relationships or homophobia,” said one student from a 2011 U.K. study. “I think they should so more people are aware.” 

4. Most sex ed neglects to mention desire, agency or consent.

Students also expressed frustration that teachers failed to acknowledge sexual desire as a concept ― or acknowledge that students already saw themselves as sexual beings. Because of this, teachers didn’t discuss things like masturbation or sex acts other than intercourse. Some students were disturbed by the emphasis on abstinence in some schools, thinking it unrealistic. Finally, young women felt like the material presented them as passive victims of male sex drive instead of willing participants with their own desires.

“Natalie,” a teen girl in a 2009 U.S. study, said the sex education she received didn’t acknowledge female sexual desire

“I think that their main focus is on, you don’t feel pressured to have sex and things like that. I think that they depict it was the guy wants to have sex and the girl doesn’t. And the guy is like, ‘Oh it will feel good.’ They don’t realize that a lot of girls want to have sex, too. And so I don’t think that they focus on that enough at all.”

“They didn’t really help you with your sexual feelings, they made you kind of feel bad about having them,” said another student from a 2015 Canadian study. 

They didn’t really help you with your sexual feelings, they made you kind of feel bad about having them.
Canadian student, 2015

The students also said that they received their sexual health education too late, and that it didn’t cover important topics like how to behave or make sex pleasurable for both partners. Because of this, many said they watched pornography instead to get the relevant information.

“So you just were taught about sexual intercourse causing pregnancy, but you were never taught about masturbation; you were never taught about oral sex all the different, other types of sexual practices,” said a student from a 2005 study on Northern Ireland sex ed. 

In addition to desire, students’ needs were diverse and they included everything from wanting to learn how to say “no” to sex to having an outlet to discuss sexual abuse, sexual pressure and learn how to be more confident when having sexual conversations.

5. Sex ed can be a lifeline for students from conservative cultures.

Many students described the sexual education they received as disappointing and short-sighted, but the education was enlightening for several student subgroups of students from ethnic or religious minorities who may be hearing this information for the first time.

In particular, Pound pointed out that Chinese-British students appreciated the classes because their families didn’t discuss sex at all, while young Muslim women found them a useful counterpoint to the “value-laden” and inaccurate sex education they got from home.

”You get some good information in these classes,” said one Muslim immigrant in a 2007 U.S. study. “All my mother would tell me, she would tell me like myths, hypothetical things, things that old ladies from generation to generation will tell her. Like Mom, that’s not even true!’’

Why we need sexual health education

Research shows that medically accurate sex education is linked to several healthy outcomes for students, including lower teen pregnancy rates and lower teen birth rates. Comprehensive HIV and STD prevention programs are linked to a student’s decision to delay the first time he or she has sex, a reduced number of sexual partners and increased condom use. 

This has a real effect: While teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. have declined in recent years, they’re still highest among 21 countries with complete statistics, outpacing New Zealand, England and Wales. 

Meanwhile, Switzerland and the Netherlands have the lowest rates of teen pregnancy and are often held up as models for both comprehensive and medically accurate sex education. The Netherlands starts age-appropriate sexuality education for kids as early as four years old, reports PBS, focusing on things like hugging and body awareness. By their teenage years, the Dutch are more likely than teens from other parts of the developed world to say that their first sexual experiences were “wanted and fun,” as opposed to most American teens, who wished they had waited longer to have sex for the first time. 

A comprehensive approach

Chitra Panjabi, president and CEO of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, was not involved in the research but said that we need to expand “comprehensive” sexuality education to include emotional, social and psychological aspects of sexual health.

“This study very clearly shows that the stigma and shame of sexuality is often a huge barrier to giving kids what they need to lead healthy lives,” Panjabi said. “Much of the education they do get is focused on disease prevention and public health outcomes, instead of a holistic education that promotes healthy sexuality and relationships.”

It’s clear that the U.S. still has a long way to go when it comes to delivering sex and relationship education to students ― but that teens from all over the world have very similar complaints about what they’re learning. 

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Moral Courage and the 2016 Campaign

Much has been made about the importance of strength in a president, a trait championed almost to the point of caricature by Donald Trump. Yet little has been said about the importance of moral principle and the capacity for moral courage, without which strength is toxic. Vladimir Putin is strong, and that is one of the traits Trump so admires in him. But the kind of morality that strength serves and the willingness to sacrifice his political future to moral principle are not sources of admiration in Russia’s leader.

The importance of morality and moral courage in public life were recognized by our first president, who reminded us in his Farewell Address “that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.” Washington guarded his reputation for moral courage so jealously that he remains a model for presidential behavior in the face of temptation and adversity. Not just a platitude, moral courage is demonstrated by taking action that puts the future of republican government, the needs (not wants) of the citizenry, and one’s own political future above short-term political gain.

Against this standard, both candidates have had work to do. Only one has done it. Hillary Clinton made poor choices in the use of a private email server and the disposition of her emails. That she has acknowledged both errors suggests she recognizes the standard she failed to meet, Her admission of error took some courage. Learning from mistakes is essential in a president, so we can at least hope she has learned. For his part, Donald Trump has consistently put personal financial interests above Trump University students, contractors he has hired, and investors in his bankrupt ventures. He has admitted none of this, equating denial with strength, and so appears to lack the courage to admit error and the capacity to learn.

Moral courage is required of political parties too, and here the Republican Party has failed us the most. Too many of its leaders seem to operate on the principle of “my party right or wrong,” supporting a candidate who has heaped calumny on groups as diverse as immigrants, Muslims, women, reporters, prisoners of war, and people with disabilities. Most recently, they have ignored a series of statements about Vladimir Putin, American generals, NATO, and nuclear proliferation that, had they been uttered by a Democrat, would have been labeled treasonous. Only a morally courageous few have refused to support their candidate’s egregious statements. History may not reward such moral courage but hopefully will remember it.

Moral courage is not a painless path in public life. It is easier to preach than practice, requiring as it does the ability to act against public and/or personal preferences. The choices politicians confront are often fraught with a conflict in moral values. Being able to wrestle with such conflicts, determine the best interests of the nation, and then act with (politically astute) moral courage is what James Madison hoped for in his desire that “enlightened statesmen” would be at the helm.

Clinton and Trump may have electoral legitimacy. They were chosen in the primaries by millions of voters. One of them will soon be chosen president. Yet moral legitimacy to govern is a higher standard. It sometimes requires reining in supporters rather than agreeing with them. In his Second Inaugural, Lincoln condemned both the North and South for slavery. He asked them to forgive each other, “with malice toward none; with charity for all.” It was a very hard sell to a soon-to-be-victorious Union. He told political friend Thurlow Weed that “I believe it is not immediately popular.” Yet, he added, “it is a truth which I thought needed to be told.”

Casting his vote in support of Republican President Jefferson’s Embargo Act to punish the British for depredations at sea, Senator John Quincy Adams, a Massachusetts Federalist acting against the wishes of his party and state, said that “highly as I reverenced the authority of my constituents . . . I would have defended their interests against their inclinations, and incurred every possible addition to their resentment, to save them from the vassalage of their own delusions.”

Both Lincoln and Adams paid a steep price for their moral courage, but they set an example of what it means to be a president, what it takes to be a politician, and the limits of party loyalty. The public may seldom reward such bravery. But without it, we will face many more unpalatable parties and ethically compromised candidates.

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The 6 Ways That Midlifers Can Stop Wasting Money — Starting Today

Somewhere in your 50s, it dawns on you that maybe ― just maybe ― you don’t have enough money to live as you’d like to live in retirement. There are two ways to handle this: Roll back your retirement expectations or just stop spending so much now and save it for the future. Here are some concrete things you can do to quit wasting money:

1. Refinance your house.

Chances are, at age 50+, you’ve owned your humble abode for quite awhile now. The average buyer stays put for 13 years

No matter what your mortgage interest rate is, see if you can do better. Interest rates on home loans are at historic lows. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is down to 3.44 percent ― close to its all-time low of 3.31 percent in November 2012. A 15-year fixed mortgage rate is now 2.76 percent. Plus the market is filled with loans that have zero closing costs ― not even a loan application fee or charge for the appraisal.

This means there is absolutely no good reason not to pick up the phone and call your lender. A drop from 4.25 percent to a 3.5 percent interest rate on a $ 400,000 mortgage saves about $ 400 a month. Wouldn’t that be a nice addition to your piggybank?

2. Meet for drinks on your home deck, not the hotel bar.

Alcohol is one of those things where the markup can be jaw-dropping. Wine in restaurants is often marked up 300 percent, says Decanter magazine. Going for drinks is really about socializing, right? So why not invite folks over instead of meeting up some place commercial? You’ll not only spend less on booze, think of all those 20 percent tips that will stay in your pocket.

 

3. Skip the hotel when you travel.

The sharing economy has opened lots of new options for travel, not the least of which is the idea of staying in other people’s homes. You can start small if a jump into AirBnB scares you. Offer your sister-in-law a house swap, or ask your old college room-mate if you can stay with her for a few nights. 

Couch-surfing will save you a bundle. According to TripAdvisor, the average cost of staying in a four-star hotel in San Francisco was more than $ 380 a night in 2014. Consider that your host is likely to offer you breakfast and your savings begins to mount. 

4. Rediscover the public library.

Long before there was an Amazon to mail you books, there was the public library system that would let you borrow them for free. Today’s 120,000 public libraries offer more than just free book loans; they also let you borrow movies, music, use their computers and WiFi, and provide tons of free programming. Your free library card is worth its weight in gold. Entertainment doesn’t come any cheaper than this.

5. End your love affair with Apple.

Speaking generically here, do you really need to upgrade your phone every time a new one hits the market? Is the iPhone 7 really that much different from the iPhone 6? (Besides, we like our headphone jack.)

 

6. Rethink car ownership.

I know in some Los Angeles circles, such talk is heresy. But seriously, work out the numbers. Is it cheaper to keep making car payments, buy gas, replace tires, change the oil and replace brakes, not to mention pay for car insurance and parking? Or would you save money and still get to go where you needed to go by using Uber and Lyft, public transportation and the occasional car rental? Private automobile ownership may offer convenience, but how much are you willing to pay for it?

Some couples have pared down to just one car, realizing that the other one had been a costly driveway fixture. Some even car-share with neighbors. 

And of course there is always the bike ― good for both your wallet and your heart.

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Hating Your Job Might Be Making You Sick

Having a job you dislike not only sucks, it might also be impacting your health. 

Job-related dissatisfaction experienced in your 20s and 30s can lead to overall health issues just 10 or 20 years down the line, according to a new study from the American Sociological Association.

“We found that there is a cumulative effect of job satisfaction on health that appears as early as your 40s,” said lead author Jonathan Dirlam, a doctoral student in sociology at Ohio State University. 

Dirlam and his team analyzed data from over 6,000 participants in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, which has been tracking outcomes of participants since 1979. 

The researchers examined the participants’ job satisfaction trajectories from age 25 to 39, and then compared that data with the health conditions reported by the same participants after they turned 40.

What they discovered was people who were unhappier in their jobs early in their careers were also the most prone to illness, particularly mental health problems, in their 40s. They were more depressed, had more emotional issues and sleep problems and suffered from excessive worry.

Physical ailments were also more likely, though to a lesser degree. Those with lower job satisfaction tended to report more problems like back pain and frequent colds than those who were happier at work.

“We found that those with lower job satisfaction levels throughout their late 20s and 30s have worse mental health compared to those with high job satisfaction levels,” Dirlam told CBS News.  “Those who initially had high job satisfaction but downwardly decreased over time also had worse health.” 

Co-author Hui Zheng, an associate professor of sociology at Ohio State, said the findings reveal the importance that early jobs have on people’s lives and well-being. 

“You don’t have to be near the end of your career to see the health impact of job satisfaction, particularly on your mental health,” he said.

Zheng added that though researchers found little difference in other health problems like cancer and diabetes, those issues might be expected later in life among those with lower job satisfaction levels.

“The higher levels of mental health problems for those with low job satisfaction may be a precursor to future physical problems,” he said. “Increased anxiety and depression could lead to cardiovascular or other health problems that won’t show up until they are older.”

The study, presented on Aug. 22 at an annual meeting of the ASA, supports earlier research that suggests a clear correlation between job satisfaction and health.

In a 2003 meta-analysis of 485 studies on the subject, job satisfaction was found to be strongly associated with psychological problems such as burnout, depression and anxiety. A modest link between job happiness and physical illness was also found.

Job satisfaction is “an important factor influencing the health of workers,” the authors of the analysis concluded.

“Organizations should include the development of stress management policies to identify and eradicate work practices that cause most job dissatisfaction as part of any exercise aimed at improving employee health,” the authors advised. “Occupational health clinicians should consider counselling employees diagnosed as having psychological problems to critically evaluate their work— and help them to explore ways of gaining greater satisfaction from this important aspect of their life.” 

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Record $15 Million Gift Will Help Free Innocent People From Prison

WASHINGTON ― A program in Ohio that has helped free 24 people who were imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit has received a record-setting donation of $ 15 million to continue its work.

The Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati College of Law received what they say is the largest donation to any innocence program in history from Richard “Dick” Rosenthal, a longtime benefactor in the Cincinnati region.

“This is a complete game-changer,” said Mark Godsey, the director of the Ohio Innocence Project. The gift will allow the program to operate in perpetuity and expand its work.

Rosenthal said in a statement that the Ohio Innocence Project “has a laudable mission” in seeking to free every innocent person in the state.

“I’m proud to help ensure its life-saving work continues now and forever,” Rosenthal said. “Thank you to everyone who has helped make the OIP so successful in its mission – I’m inspired daily by the students, faculty and staff who work tirelessly in the pursuit of justice.”

Rosenthal’s single gift was roughly triple the amount that the program had raised over the course of more than a decade, and several times its existing endowment, Godsey said. He added that Rosenthal and his late wife, Lois, had been “instrumental” in shaping the organization, which was founded in 2003.

One of the people that the Ohio Innocence Project helped clear is Ricky Jackson (pictured above with Rosenthal), who spent 39 years in prison after being sentenced to death row at the age of 18 for a murder he didn’t commit.

“The English language doesn’t have the words to express how I’m feeling right now,’’ Jackson said upon his 2014 release.

Godsey said there has been increased interest in programs like the Ohio Innocence Project in recent years, in part thanks to shows like “Making a Murderer” and “Serial,” which have helped depict what lawyers working on these cases have known for years.

“I think these shows have been tremendously helpful in making the public aware of the problem,” Godsey said. “To be honest with you, I’ve got many cases that are just as interesting and fascinating and crazy as ‘Making a Murderer,’ but nobody was there filming them. When I’d talked about them, the public is in disbelief, because the public is sort of in this fog that the system is nearly perfect and doesn’t need reform. But now when I talk about these cases, they understand the problem and they’re nodding along, and that is extremely helpful.”

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One Beauty Secret For Everyone

By Deepak Chopra, MD and Kimberly Snyder, CN

 

The pursuit of beauty, which has been a constant theme throughout recorded history, makes beauty seem like a mysterious gift granted only to the fortunate few. Even now in a scientific age, there’s the constant search for beauty secrets that will bring this gift to many more people. In fact, such a secret does exist, in our view. Instead of saying, “If I’m beautiful I will be happy, the secret is the reverse: “If I’m happy, I will be beautiful.”

 

This is the axiom of finding beauty from the inside out. There is a rising tide of evidence to show that our cells immediately respond to the inner events in our lives. Being unhappy is a state of mind and body, not simply the mind. There are medical consequences in terms of decreased immune response, for example, among people who are depressed, grief-stricken, lonely, or who have been suddenly terminated from their jobs. This isn’t news. What’s news-worthy is the finer detail, which indicates that no matter how microscopic the scale, all the way down to our genes, shifts in mental activity produce shifts in the wellbeing of cells.

 

Let’s accept for the moment that the best way to be beautiful is to be happy.  Does that really improve the situation? The field of positive psychology, which is relatively new, has discovered that being happy isn’t a simple thing where one prescription works for everyone. And finding a path to increased happiness is tricky. Each of us has a kind of emotional set point we return to as our default. An outside event can cause the needle to move, making us temporarily happier than usual or unhappier. But over time we return to our emotional set point, even after the most extreme events.

 

Yet happiness is still the key, because two findings from positive psychology appear to be solid. The first is that a happy life is made up from happy days. In other words, waiting to be happy isn’t effective. Being happy today, here and now, is the best strategy. This ties in with the finding that our cells react to our moods. If you work for twenty years at a job that makes you miserable, waiting for retirement day so that you can finally be happy, then during those twenty years you amass cellular changes, including pathways in the brain, that imprint misery–something you will be carrying around biologically and psychologically for many years into your retirement.

 

What makes for a happy day? In the first post of this series we reduced this question to a matter of input. Our cells recognize only negative input and positive input. Experience is translated into chemicals that either benefit a cell or harm it. Therefore, by focusing on giving the mind-body system positive input every day and decreasing negative input, you are adding to your well-being overall. Here’s a sizable list of positive inputs to pay attention to, as first stated in our last post:

 

  • Pure food, water, and air.
  • Avoiding physical and emotional toxins.
  • Unprocessed, natural, organic food.
  • Nurturing relationships.
  • Good sleep.
  • Exercise that favors lightness, balance, flexibility, and gracefulness.
  • Attitudes of appreciation and gratitude.
  • A higher vision of life.
  • Service to others.
  • Satisfying, meaningful work.
  • Mediation and yoga.
  • Increased self-esteem.
  • The sense of being in control.
  • Feeling safe.
  • Feeling as if you belong.
  • Daily close contact with family and friends.
  • Generosity of self through acts of giving.
  • Being loved and loving in return.

 

As a practical matter, you can keep a journal that tracks these positive aspects of life, while at the same time tracking the negative aspects, which are simply the opposite of everything on the list. Most of these things are directly under your control, such as deciding to meditate, and others, such as being in a loving relationship, are things you have a voice in.

 

So choosing to be happy involves meaningful decisions, which brings us to the second discovery about how to be happy. Despite the effects of outside people and forces pulling against your happiness, and despite the emotional set point, it is estimated that 40-50% of a person’s happiness is dependent on choices made or not made. This is simply an average. It’s likely that some people grow much happier than the norm once they make steady, conscious, positive choices. We already know that such people have much better physical health than the norm, so it’s only logical that the same applies to wellbeing. In our view, “If I’m happy, I will be beautiful” is the beauty secret everyone has dreamed of.

 

Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Chopra #17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine. Chopra is the author of more than 80 books translated into over 43 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His latest books are Super Genes co-authored with Rudolph Tanzi, PhD  and Quantum Healing (Revised and Updated): Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine.  www.deepakchopra.com

 

KIMBERLY SNYDER, C.N., is a nutritionist and the New York Times bestselling author of the Beauty Detox book series. Snyder has appeared as a nutrition and beauty expert on Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, Ellen, Access Hollywood, The Doctors, and Today and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Vanity Fair, ElleInStyle, as well as many others. The go-to nutritionist for many of the entertainment industry’s top performers, Snyder is also the creator of Glow Bio, an organic juice, smoothie and cleanse company. She hosts the top-rated podcast Beauty Inside Out on iTunes, and her blog, website, and products have spread the Beauty Detox movement to more than 150 countries. For more information, visit KimberlySnyder.com and  RadicalBeauty.com.

 

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I Never Understood Depression Until My Mother Died From It — In Honor Of World Suicide Prevention Day

Growing up with a depressed parent was normal. Does that make sense? I didn’t know any difference. I thought every parent cried themselves to sleep. That all mothers ended up in the psych ward at least 5 times a year. That most parents had addiction issues and thus slip ups happened every now and then. Because that was my normal. Depression was our family’s normal. We didn’t live by days of the week so much or special events; I measured time in the dark and light bouts of her illness

My normal was doctors and meds being prescribed to her; her lazy Susan of pills that sat upon our microwave. The AA and NAA meetings that I sat and coloured through as a child. My normal was a mother who sat in her room for hours and hours on end. Alone and weeping. Zero laughter. Very little excitement or enthusiasm for life. And almost no physical touch during the dark moments. Almost as if the zest of anything had been squeezed out with such violence that only a shadow of a person prepared meals and drove me places.

I thought everyone at 14 had mothers who cut their faces in a fit of rage within their depression. Then I visited my “best friend” and realized that wasn’t true. So I didn’t say anything. Because talking about it only deepened the realization that depression not only consumed our household; but stalked me in my mind. Always pretending things were better then they were. Never sharing the intensity behind the abuse that came with this mental illness. This illness that I despised. That I hated. It wouldn’t ever touch me.

So forgive me. I didn’t understand depression. I wanted to. I really did. It missed me in the the passing of genes and I’ve never experienced it myself. I have lived with it though. I’ve been a one woman audience to the chaos it brings. But the actual all knowing feeling isn’t something I am intimately in tune with. Just like I can’t comprehend not being able to take care of your children. Or cutting your wrists because the pain is so bad. Or requiring your child to parent you through another psych ward intake as you beg the doctors to admit her because you can’t do another night of suicide watch. It doesn’t make sense to me. And if that comes across critical please know that’s not the purpose. I genuinely cannot psychically fathom those feelings and emotions. I don’t think I ever will. But I have dug deep; done the first hand research of this disease. For most of my life I had zero empathy for my mother and her “issues.” Why couldn’t she snap out of it? Often in her darkest days I would scream and scream for her to figure herself out. Get her act together and move on. Why did it haunt her day in and out. It looked like such a weakness to me. Until the depression killed her and she committed suicide. And then something clicked.

I’m embarrassed to say for many years I judged. Full-on gavel in hand judged. And I am sorry. So sorry. Because I was without empathy. And THAT is the worst thing you can withhold from someone suffering. Maybe it was because I was so full of rage that even as an adult I struggled to have empathy for friends with depression. I always had sympathy; but never empathy. And that’s not the same at all. Brene Brown describes the difference as: “sympathy being the pity we feel for someone else’s hardships whereas empathy is the “me too”, the act of putting yourself in their shoes.” I cringe at the thoughts that once ran through my mind. How high on my horse I sat. Because in my head if I judged it, twisted it, or mocked it – the “it” didn’t have any weight, or value. Which meant they were just “sad”. And anyone can stop being sad.

Depression isn’t sad. It isn’t a sappy movie that triggers some tears or a really good cry. It’s not Adele on a rainy day with a glass of wine. It’s not the weepy feeling we get when our monthly cycle comes, or the tears we weep when miss our best friend.

It’s torture. Absolute pure and utter torture. And I am not using that word lightly at all. It attacks the brain in ways in which those of us who aren’t struggling can’t imagine; and then we expect you to snap out of it and make dinner. As if you have any control over this all encompassing pain that you can’t shake off. It enters your soul and refuses to leave. Or allow you to get out of bed. Or pick up your crying child, or have a shower.

Imagine an open sore. On your arm or leg. One that was cut long ago. It oozes and weeps through whatever bandage you place on it. Sometimes the pain is more then you can handle and you just have to lay there, while other times you can still move but only in a fog because the throbbing is still there. It’s always there. And yet you carry on. You try to wake up, get dressed and smile. Mostly pretending. Always pretending. That is depression. The sore that may scab, hopefully scar; but always there.

Here’s what I know to be true now. About my mother who suffered and about my friends who are suffering. They aren’t sad. It’s not just a rainy cloud day. And I’m sorry I ever thought that. I’m sorry if I ever pushed you to “just smile” I wish now I hadn’t pushed so hard with my mother; as a child I didn’t comprehend it but as an adult I think she could have used some empathy. Some “me too” in my words and actions.

So as National Suicide Prevention week begins I’m humbled. Humbled to be able to walk alongside my friends who are suffering and honoured that they would willingly share their story and allow me to love them where they are at. So if your struggling and crying out for help; let me hold your hand.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

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To Get More Out Of Life, Choose To Do Less

In 1998, Google was put up to a large task: to create a search engine that would be used by people all over the world.

They weren’t the first company to launch a search engine. Far from it. In the previous years, numerous other companies had launched various search engines that were already being used.

It wasn’t long before Google’s search engine became a leader in the industry, though. Users remarked on how easy it was to use Google for internet search. The homepage was so simple, so clean, and it delivered exactly what people wanted.

On the surface, the design looks incredibly basic. There are only a few things on the page, and its design almost seems like a no-brainer. But underneath that simple design was a lot of planning, systems, and just saying “no.”

For Google, that meant saying no to suggestions made by numerous employees and customers. Engineers would bring up ideas that could be added to the home page, while Google surveys indicated that users thought it would be a good idea to have more results per page.

But putting more options brings along negative consequences, such as longer load times and reduced user satisfaction. So Google decided to place tight restrictions on what could and couldn’t be added.

Whenever an engineer suggested a new feature for the search, it would first be placed on the advanced search page and evaluated on ease of use. Even then, Google would test vigorously to weed out any unnecessary complexity.

Over a series of tests, Google’s system gave them the knowledge and experience to make the best decisions for the company in the long run.

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The Dilution Effect

So often we think that having more is better. More functions, more features, more conveniences.

But in the process, we overcomplicate. The primary problem that an object intended to solve gets lost. Instead of making something easier or better, the need to add more ends up making us confused or distracted, which defeats the initial purpose behind a product.

The same phenomenon happens with the goals that we choose to pursue.

Let’s say that you want to improve as a singer. To improve this skill, you take vocal lessons, study music theory, and practice singing daily at home. Outside these activities, you exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. Although the latter activities aren’t directly singing-related, they improve your singing because they keep your body and vocal chords in good shape. All these activities combined help you become a better singer.

But let’s say that you’re also interested in carpentry. You read some books on the topic and spend much of your free time on building furniture at home. On top of singing and carpentry, you decide to pick up a new language. So you dedicate some of your time towards learning from a tutor and practicing at home. These activities are largely irrelevant and take time away from singing, so your progress in singing becomes much slower.

This is the Dilution Effect. The Dilution Effect happens when we set out to achieve a specific outcome, but the addition of unnecessary elements detracts away from the desired outcome. Dilution takes your focus away from where it needs to be.

We only have a finite amount of energy. When we only have one thing to focus on, we can devote all our energy towards it. But when more activities call for our attention, our energy becomes divided, taking away what’s most important.

Being Simple Isn’t Easy

The reason why we stack more things into our lives is because we think that having more choices will make us happier. But more choices often leads to unnecessary complications. To make things easier for ourselves, we should move towards simplicity instead.

Simplicity isn’t easy, though. Tacking on more items indiscriminately makes us more feel at ease than taking a step back and trying to figure out what we don’t need. There’s comfort in knowing that we put in something “just in case we need it”.

Google was fully aware of this tendency. After all, their competitors were building search engines that had different options, daily information, and added features that combined together to make a busy homepage.

While it would have been tempting and considered a “safer choice” to give people more like their competitors did, Google took a bold move: they did the complete opposite and chose to minimize what they put on their front page.

In our lives, there is a similar need to overcomplicate, to keep adding more in the hopes that it’ll satisfy our demands. This also applies to our goals as well. When we try to do too many things at once, we get stressed and less productive.

There is beauty in simplicity.

How to Simplify Your Life And Achieve More

When you funnel your energy into pursuing a goal, you can accomplish far more than when you scatter it amongst a number of unrelated goals that are in different directions.

This concept applies to many aspects of life, though. For instance, when you…

  • Explain a concept to someone: simplifying the words you use and saying only the most important points will get your message across more clearly.
  • Design a product: limiting the number of features to only the essential means that customers will find the product easier to use and be more satisfied with it, which means fewer refunds.
  • Decide what activities to spend your time on: Choosing only those activities in your life that push you towards the direction you want increases the likelihood and speed that you can achieve what you want.

While we have things we want to achieve that might conflict with each other — opening a clothing line and becoming a chef, for instance — you can do both. But not at the same time.

Google initially set its goal to become the top search engine in 1998, when the company was founded. It wasn’t until six years later in 2004 that they launched Gmail, their email system.

If you want to succeed, then focus on one area first. Once you’ve found success in that, then you can move on to conquer another area. When you simplify, you’ll find that doing less can be the best way to achieve the most.

The Two Questions You Should Be Asking

When deciding what to leave in and what to take out, it comes down to these two questions:

  1. What is your goal at this point in time?
  2. What do you need to do to achieve this goal?

Yes, it’s that simple. It might not seem so at first, but when you take away non-essentials and distractions, you’ll find that you move faster towards your destination than ever before.

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Bill Clinton: Hillary Is Doing Fine, Got Dehydrated After Working Like A Demon

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is “doing fine” after her abrupt departure from a memorial event last weekend, former President Bill Clinton assured journalist Charlie Rose on Monday.

“She’s doing fine, she was even better last night before she went to sleep,” Clinton told Rose during an interview that aired on PBS late Monday. “She had a good night’s sleep, she’s doing fine … She just got dehydrated yesterday.”

The Clinton camp has been scrambling to address the incident at a September 11 memorial ceremony in New York City. Video footage taken at the event appears to show the candidate wobbling on her feat and being helped into a van, her feet dragging. Her doctors later announced she had been diagnosed with pneumonia last week, which Clinton did not publicly disclose. 

Rose pressed her husband’s claims that she was only dehydrated, asking if there were any signs of something more “serious.”

“Well if it is, it’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors,” Bill Clinton replied, before noting that “frequently ― well not frequently, rarely ― but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing happened to her when she got severely dehydrated.”

The former president assured Rose that his wife wouldn’t be gone for “weeks” ahead of the campaign trail, adding that she had been working “like a demon” and “had two-and-a-half hard days before the day she got dizzy.”

He noted after Sunday’s incident that he’d be “lucky to hold [his wife] back another day” after she cancelled a campaign trip meant to see her in California this week.

The former secretary of state has already come under fire for keeping her illness private from her media detail and all but her closest staffers.

“I just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Both Clintons pointed to the unequal levels of scrutiny between the two leading candidates, noting Donald Trump had yet to release his tax returns and only provided cursory details about his health.

The Republican candidate promised on Monday to release some of his health records in the coming days.

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It’s Incredibly Easy To Get Sick On The Campaign Trail

Hillary Clinton’s bout of pneumonia has shed light on a problem seldom seen by American voters: The long days, little sleep, cross-country travel, bad food and kissing babies add up to a recipe for illness for presidential candidates and aides.

Avoiding viruses and other ailments can be next to impossible for people who spend months in the close confines of campaign planes and buses.

Brooke Buchanan, former press secretary to 2008 Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain, remembers leaving the campaign trail in Beaufort, South Carolina to visit an emergency room. She had a respiratory ailment and two ear infections.

“You have to soldier on during certain things, but there’s a point when you become a liability,” Buchanan said. “I was back on the road the next day, full of antibiotics.”

Supporters of Clinton, who will face Republican Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election, worried on Monday that the Democratic presidential nominee’s medical scare would fuel conspiracy theories about her health. But Republican and Democratic political veterans alike say illnesses are an unwelcome but standard part of life on the campaign trail.

Alice Stewart, who was a senior adviser to former presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz during the Republican primary earlier this year, remembers coughing her way through some of his news conferences while she was recording them for the campaign. She called the Cruz plane a “flying petri dish.”

“You just kind of power through it. When you’re on the road, you can’t drive home,” Stewart said.

In recent weeks, several staff at Clinton’s campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters have fallen ill and required medical treatment, a campaign aide said.

Steven Simpson, a pulmonary specialist at the University of Kansas, said candidates were particularly vulnerable to illness.

“The average patient, if you have the luxury of it, takes the week off before you go back to your full duties,” Simpson said. “But how do you say that to a presidential candidate?”

OBAMA’S HANDKERCHIEF

President Barack Obama caught a cold in August 2008, shortly before the Democratic Party’s convention. A video posted on YouTube shows him sneezing at a rally. “That’s why I’ve got my handkerchief,” he said.

“Every candidate and campaign aide gets sick, but they just never get to take days off,” said former Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer. “You take vitamin C and try to get sleep, but it’s a losing battle.”

Obama’s 2008 opponent, John McCain, traveled at times with a friend who was a doctor, said Steve Schmidt, the Republican candidate’s campaign manager.

“I think one of the secrets of working in a White House or on a presidential campaign is it’s the closest you can ever get to traveling with Elvis (Presley) when it comes to the number of pills that are floating around,” Schmidt said.

“There was always a big bag of every conceivable type of antibiotic and cold medicine, and you name it – we had it.”

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney developed a respiratory illness days before delivering his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in 2012.

“I was scared to death that he wouldn’t really be able to speak,” said Stuart Stevens, who was Romney’s senior adviser. “Doctors tell you to rest. But there’s no time for that.”

The grueling schedule led Stevens himself to develop pneumonia right after the 2012 campaign ended.

CANDY BARS AND SAUSAGES

Unhealthy food is another hazard of the campaign trail. Junk food is ubiquitous on campaign planes, and candidates flock to gatherings such as the Iowa State Fair that serve up fried candy bars, sausages and other high-calorie fare.

Romney, who also ran for president in 2008, would sometimes pick the cheese off his pizza and the skin off fried chicken to limit the fat content, said former spokesman Ryan Williams.

“It’s not healthy food, it’s campaign food,” said Williams. “And most operatives see themselves put on 10 or 20 pounds by the end of the campaign.”

Trump is a noted germophobe, and there has been little evidence of him having gotten ill. He is a proud consumer of fast food, once tweeting a photo of himself on his plane with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken nearby.

That was also the chicken of choice for 1996 Republican nominee Bob Dole, who managed to avoid getting sick throughout his campaign, said his then-traveling press secretary, Nelson Warfield.

“Much of the campaign staff that was half his age were hobbled at some point or another during the campaign, but Dole was resilient,” he said.

Still, Dole had one nasty stumble. He fell off a stage in Chico, California, at campaign rally on Oct. 18, 1996. He got up smiling and soldiered on.

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Is There A Solar System In The Mind’s Sky?

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Our understanding of the human mind, including where it came from, it’s true nature, and how it works and evolves, is primitive. In the absence of scientific understanding, the lexicons for mindfulness and meditation are rich with evocative metaphors. We search for perfect images or words to describe or evoke various experiences and brain states that free us even for a few moments from the messiness of being human. Now pop stars are calling us in cool ways to calm and clear our minds: “it’s all about the breath,” “feel this moment.”

In mindfulness practices we sit quietly and gently watch the passing inside weather. Thought clouds or windy surges of emotions rush in and pass by. Unhooking from the inner weather leads to experiencing the present moment. You may also get occasional glimpses of a stillness of being, resonating with the sky behind the clouds. Quantum biologists call this resting energy state, widely prevalent in biological molecules, “quantum criticality.” Daoists call it “Dao,” a pervasive stillness of the individual and collective consciousness.

While I cherish tuning into an empty state of mind, I have always felt a nagging dissatisfaction with letting thoughts and emotions go. I am curious about the nature of the thought clouds, windy emotions, and the ever-changing emotional weather report. Judy Collins captures my sentiments in her song Both Sides Now:

I‘ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all

A yearning to understand the inner clouds and windy emotions led me on a journey four years ago to “turn the lights on” in my inner world, starting with study of internal family systems (IFS) practice developed by Dick Schwartz. In the IFS model, which is focused on healing, the mindful mind, or “self,” witnesses and orchestrates an internal family of “parts” or subpersonalities that are the source of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, healthy and unhealthy.

As a biologist (17-year career in biotech), immersed in the awe-inspiring order of mother nature, I was certain that there is a strengths-based scaffolding for the internal family. Gradually I unpacked and organized my inner world. I found nine independent life forces or characters, now depicted as my personal emojis.

To convey this experience, I published a hypothesis paper: Coaching the Multiplicity of Mind: A Strengths-based Approach, followed by a new Harvard Health book, Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life, co-authored with Harvard physician Eddie Phillips, and writer John Hanc. For four years I have done a daily roll call as my early morning mindfulness practice, which decodes my emotional weather report and brings some clarity and calm. I have taught the practice to hundreds of coaching clients, helping them tune into a “radio frequency” of each life force.

Now I use the metaphor of a solar system; I experience the psyche as having a sun at the core and eight planets, each in its own unique orbit. My mind seems like the energy field of a solar system. When I want to quiet my mind I ask my “planets” to go out to orbit, like sending kids out to play, so I can have a quiet moment. In Table 1, I list my five steps to decode and settle an agitated emotion.

In my flights of imagination, I wonder whether the solar system is the source of elements and energy forms and states that self-organized on earth into life forms, and four billion years later, populate our minds (Table 2).

Now we are back to a metaphor and a question: Is there a solar system in the mind’s sky?

Table 1: Five Steps to Decode and Settle an Agitated Emotion

  1. Imagine a large, benevolent outer space for the mind’s solar system.
  2. Move the mind’s planets out to orbit and sit in (sort of) still emptiness.
  3. Invite an agitated emotion into a still emptiness to share its message and emotional energy, and perhaps show its character in a costume or scene.
  4. Ask the agitated character to return to the mind’s outer space.
  5. Return to still emptiness. The just-in-time wisdom, previously eclipsed by the agitation, naturally emerges to balance and settle the agitation.

NOTE: This technique is aligned with a basic three-part algorithm of quantum biology (source: Stuart Kauffman) and Daoism (source: Wang Chengya, Beijing):

+ 0 –

Here’s the metaphor. When an emotional energy state (Plus or Yang, Negative or Yin) is in the presence of the Zero or Dao energy state, it seems to resonate with its polar opposite energy and cohere into a wave, a balance of opposing energies.

Table 2: Is there a Solar System in the Mind’s Sky?

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10 Things That Don’t Make Sense To Super Sensitive People

Sensitive individuals sometimes get a bad reputation for wearing their emotions on their sleeves.

However, there’s more to the personality type than just a bucket full of tears. Being a highly sensitive person also means having higher levels of intuition and empathy. Nearly 20 percent of people have the trait, according to experts.

Like most personality characteristics, knowledge of a highly sensitive person’s quirks makes them easier to understand ― and that includes their eccentricities and dislikes. Some modes of behavior and personal preferences just don’t sit well with them.

Below are a few things that just don’t make sense to a sensitive person:

1. Holding it together when you’re emotional.

Highly sensitive individuals are prone to frequent crying, but not because they’re fragile. It doesn’t matter if they’re happy, sad, angry or moved ― if they feel an emotion, they’re likely shedding tears over it. This trait is something they’re often shamed for but it’s actually a habit that’s rarely in their control: HSPs feel more deeply, according to research, and then react accordingly.

2. Pen clicking.

Loud or repetitive noises are the worst. Highly sensitive individuals are easily overstimulated by their environments, making those sounds extra frustrating, HSP researcher Elaine Aron previously told HuffPost.

3. Rudeness.

HSPs typically rank high in conscientiousness, according to Aron. But that means more than doling out a few “pleases” and “thank yous.” Sensitive individuals are more in-tune to when they may be inconveniencing someone ( so you’ll rarely see a HSP get on the subway before everyone has a chance to exit.) They also are more likely to notice when someone isn’t exhibiting good manners.

4. Seeing a horror movie “for fun.”

Want to see a slasher film this weekend? Hard pass from a HSP. Sensitive people are also incredibly empathetic, which means they can often envision themselves in the shoes of a another human being, according to Aron and her research. Because of that, flicks with violence may not be their favorite thing.

5. That whole “constructive criticism” thing.

A sensitive person may reflect on a critique or stern email from their boss longer than most. HSPs find criticism incredibly distressing and internalize it more frequently than their less-sensitive counterparts. 

6. Easily making a decision.

It doesn’t matter if it’s choosing a restaurant or making a career change. Every choice feels like it comes with the weight of the world. HSPs have a tendency to stress over making a decision because they’re fearful that they’ll make the wrong one, Aron said.

7. Group workout classes.

Sensitive individuals generally favor exercising solo, according to Ted Zeff, author of The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide. Zumba classes are not a HSP’s a cup of tea because they fear that their every move may be scrutinized.

8. Saying a tattoo “didn’t hurt at all.”

A shot at the doctor’s office may as well be a form of torture. Or a stubbed toe, for that matter. Aron’s research shows that highly sensitive people are more affected by pain than others.

9. Having to be told that someone’s upset.

Sensitive folks are observant to change, whether it’s a person’s mood or a new accoutrement in their best friend’s living room. This is because they’re more likely to pick up subtle shifts in their environment and they’re more affected by other people’s emotions. (In other words, if you switch to using a period instead of an exclamation point in your texts, they’ll notice.)

10. Saying “sensitive” like it’s a bad quality.

HSPs are called a lot of things: Too intense. Too weak. Too, well, sensitive. But research shows they can’t help themselves. Studies show highly sensitive people are actually biologically wired to be the way that they are. And honestly? They wouldn’t change it for anything.

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Monday’s Morning Email: Clinton Cancels Events In California Following Pneumonia Diagnosis

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NEARLY 40% OF WOMEN ARE MARRIED BEFORE 18 IN NEPAL Despite child marriage being outlawed in the country. [Reuters]

THE 12 HOUSE RACES WE’RE WATCHING Because it shockingly isn’tonly Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s day on Nov. 8. [Jason Linkins, Howard Fineman and Lauren Weber, HuffPost]

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PEOPLE LIKED SEEING THE MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON ONE MORE TIME “Sully” raked in over $ 35 million this weekend. In more terrifying airline news, the experts are increasingly worried about cell phone and other electronic fires in flight. [NYT]

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The Powerful Life Lesson I Learned After My Cancer Diagnosis

What makes life worth living? originally appeared on Quorathe knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Katherine Killoran, physician, cancer survivor, on Quora:

I just read the book, When Breath Becomes Air. It is the memoir of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, who died in 2015 from lung cancer at age thirty-seven. Dr. Kalanithi was a neurosurgery resident when he was diagnosed with advanced cancer.

It is a beautiful book.

Dr. Kalanithi describes his life as he tries to answer one of life’s most enduring questions: What makes life worth living?

Of course, a life-threatening illness changes your perspective, and when you face mortality, it’s hard not to contemplate the meaning of life.

When you are faced with death, you will inevitably wonder did I live well? Did my life have meaning? Did I accomplish everything on my bucket list?

I certainly thought about all of those questions after my cancer diagnosis. One of the many things I found incredible about Dr. Kalanithi was that he thought about how to have a meaningful life well before his tragic diagnosis, even as a young man.

There is a captivating discussion in the book when, as a college student, he is deciding between working as a prep cook at a camp vs. working in a prestigious research lab. He felt it was a choice between experiencing life firsthand while at the camp or studying life while researching macaques.

Against the better judgment of some of his professors, he chose the camp and never regretted it. Not the usual choice for a college student thinking about going to medical school.

After college, he obtained a masters degree in English literature before becoming a physician and eventually a neurosurgeon. He thought medicine in general and neurosurgery in particular was the right mix of direct life experience while pursuing a meaningful life.

He lived for almost two years after his diagnosis, during which time he finished his residency.

Throughout that time, as he grappled with learning how to live when he knew he was going to die, he sought out his oncologist for help. Her advice was “find your values.”

Figure out what is important to you and go with that.

For him, it was returning to work as a neurosurgeon. For anyone who doesn’t know, neurosurgery is a particularly grueling specialty. All medical training programs are challenging, with long work hours and plenty of stress, but neurosurgery is one of the longest and toughest.

Dr. Kalanithi was so dedicated to his profession. It was such a big part of what made life meaningful for him that he willingly returned to complete his training after his cancer diagnosis. He went back to the hard work, stress, and long hours of neurosurgery training even when he was not sure how much time he had left.

I wasn’t willing to do that. At the time of my diagnosis, I was miserable at my job. I was working when I received the call that informed me I had cancer. An hour later, I walked out and never went back.

For me, I most certainly did not want to spend however much time I had left toiling away in a job I hated. I felt that my work environment and my negative feelings about it had contributed to my cancer diagnosis.

It was a no-brainer to leave that wretched job. The hard part was figuring out what to do next. I needed to find my values. At first, I thought I would leave medicine altogether. Walk away from years of hard work and training.

The reasons I went to medical school in the first place were still present. The biology and physiology of women’s health still amaze me. Interacting with patients, informing and educating them on health issues, and helping others understand and make good decisions regarding their health and wellness are all aspects of medicine that I enjoyed and wanted to continue.

Just not in the traditional hospital-based OB-Gyn practice I had worked in for almost ten years.

While I enjoyed operating and delivering babies, the pressure of being responsible for someone else’s life outweighed the satisfaction. At the time, I was not able to enjoy my life in the moment. My life was overwhelmed by my work. When I wasn’t actively working, I worried and dreaded going back.

Searching for my values, I found that I did want to continue practicing medicine, but in a different way.

Sheryl Sandberg spoke about what she learned about life from her husband’s death at a commencement address this spring. You can read it here. It’s well worth the time.

The part that I remember most is when she describes breaking down eleven days before the anniversary of her husband’s death, as she realized that one year ago, her husband only had eleven days left. She then thought, how would you live if you knew you only had eleven days left? She encourages everyone to do just that. Live every day like you only have eleven days left.

It is terrible but true that we learn more about life from death. Of course, I wish I did not have breast cancer, but I am grateful for the perspective it has given me.

At times I want to feel sorry for myself. At times I am angry that it happened to me. But then I remember that I am in a much better place now. I wish that I had obtained the clarity and perspective that I have now without a cancer diagnosis.

Why did I let my life get away from my values and what I know to be most important to me? Why couldn’t or didn’t I do what I knew I should be doing before my cancer diagnosis?

My advice to you: don’t wait for a life threatening illness.

Appreciate what you have now.

Be thankful for at least one thing in your life every day. Even better, go for three things and write them down.

Live like you have eleven days left.

To keep me on track, living and feeling well, making the most of every day, I use a daily wellness checklist. Click here if you’d like a copy.

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7 Ways To Prepare For Death That Will Instantly Improve Your Life

What’s your ideal death?

For many people, a good death means having the chance to say goodbye to loved ones, making sure to let them know what they’ve meant to you. But, of course, no one can plan when or how they’re going to die, so this communication doesn’t always happen. 

“There are some unexpected deaths where someone has a traffic accident, and then the family spends years looking for some sign, some message from the dead person,” said Dr. VJ Periyakoil, director of the Stanford Palliative Care Education and Training Program. 

To make sure that your friends and loved ones know how much they meant to you when the time comes, Periyakoil believes she has developed a solution: On September 7, she released the Friends and Family letter ― a template of seven questions meant to help prompt the kind of poignant goodbye that makes death feel a little bit easier.

Periyakoil has spent years working with critically ill and dying patients, and often finds herself acting as a go-between for spouses, or for parents and children, to communicate their most heartfelt hopes, desires and regrets. While she’s happy to do it, Periyakoil realized that not all patients could rely on their doctors to carry out similar tasks.

That’s why she developed and tested the Friends and Family letter, to encourage shy or reticent patients to look back on their lives and compose heartfelt messages to the people they care about the most.

The seven prompts are:

  1. Acknowledge the important people in your life.
  2. Remember treasured moments from your life. 
  3. Apologize to those you love if you hurt them. 
  4. Forgive those who love you if they have hurt you. 
  5. Express your gratitude for all the love and care you have received. 
  6. Tell your friends and family how much you love them. 
  7. Take a moment to say “goodbye.” 

She produced the letter in eight different languages to help people express their feelings in the language most comfortable for them. Periyakoil also tailors them for people currently in good health and people who have a chronic illness, which brings up another important point ― you don’t have to be ill or near death to compose one.

Writing this letter is a good idea for all, not just the sick or dying

Writing the letter while young and in good health may actually spur positive changes in a person’s life. Matthew Schoen, a 26-year-old Stanford medical student who worked with Periyakoil on the letter, decided to compose his answers and filmed it for the project’s website.

When Schoen showed the video to his family, who live across the country in Westborough, Massachusetts, he didn’t expect how it would permanently change the way his family members would communicate with each other ― about death, but also about anything at all.

“I don’t tell my brothers how much I care that often; that just isn’t our dynamic,” he said. “That next day I got texts from both of them just to reach out and say ‘Hi.’ I can’t tell you how much this means to me.”

He noted that “open, frank conversations” lead to more of the same, and that “many barriers have been broken” as the result of his letter to his family. 

I also cannot stress enough how these conversations can lead to other important conversations.  We talk about everything more openly now.  From our health, to aspirations, to relationships, we are more honest and willing to talk.  This is a blessing I cannot overstate. 

Schoen also shared how composing the letter made him feel more safe and secure. If anything were to happen to him, Schoen said, it felt good knowing his family has this letter to remember how much he loved them.

Some sections of the letter aren’t for everyone

Periyakoil wrote one herself, because, as she put it, “If you brew beer at home, you have to be the first one to sip it.” She discovered that while the goal of the prompts is to simplify a person’s final message to their loved ones, the process of writing the letter is extremely difficult. Like many others who attempt it, she went through several versions before settling on the one that best reflects her thoughts and feelings. But while it’s not simple, it is important, and Periyakoil is grateful that she is taking it on in her own life.

“What I’ve learned is that this is not easy,” said Periyakoil. “I’ve been writing so many different versions of the letter.”

And of course, the letter template doesn’t work for everyone. Periyakoil encountered resistance from some communities that felt speaking about their deaths would inadvertently lead to it, or that saying goodbye would be, in effect, “signing their own death sentence.”

After she wrote a column about the letter template in the New York Times, some commenters shared that they didn’t feel like it was their place to forgive others ― only God could do that. Others brought up the fact that, for some people, certain offenses were unforgivable. They bristled at the notion of absolving people who had deeply, irreparably harmed them.

For people who don’t feel comfortable responding to all of the prompts, Periyakoil has one piece of advice.

“No one is enforcing all the seven tasks,” she said. “You can just do the ‘I love yous.’ That’s all you need to do.”

“I believe this letter should be completed by everyone; sick or healthy, young or old, because the conversations it sparks are priceless,” Schoen concluded.

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Time-Lapse Photos Show How The Twin Towers Defined New York City

As the country marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a multisite photography exhibition looks at how the World Trade Center ― and its absence ― has defined New York’s skyline over the decades.

Camilo José Vergara moved to New York City in 1970 from Rengo, Chile ― a town where the tallest building was a three-story post office, he said. Vergara’s arrival coincided with the construction of the Twin Towers, and he has routinely photographed the site for the last 46 years.

“I saw the soaring towers as a symbol of a new world emerging,” Vergara wrote in a recent essay. “From up close, they simultaneously attracted and repelled me: I saw them as a place of exclusion, where the contradictions of wealth and poverty were extreme. But from afar the buildings were transformed. They became a place where ordinary people could dream that the skyline was theirs.”

Vergara’s work is on view in three places this fall: at the New York Historical Society and the National Building Museum in New York, as well as in an online collection at the Library of Congress, which also holds Vergara’s entire archive. The exhibitions commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed 2,977 people.  

Vergara’s photographs show the construction of the Twin Towers, the day of the Sept. 11 attacks, the empty space they left behind, and the new One World Trade Center building emerging on the horizon at the Ground Zero site.

Vergara, a National Humanities Medal honoree and 2002 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, originally trained as a sociologist. He is transfixed by cities’ changes, visiting the same locations around the country repeatedly over decades. Often, he documents inconspicuous sites ― like a forlorn street in Camden, New Jersey, or the folk art murals of President Barack Obama that adorn the walls of inner-city shops.

New York’s architecture is much better documented than many of Vergara’s other subjects, but he still photographs the city studiously, returning to multiple spots to capture the World Trade Center site and other buildings from the same vantage points.

Vergara noted one of 9/11’s unexpected consequences: Early 1900s “cathedrals of industry” like the Trump Building regained some of their previous prominence.

These landmark skyscrapers were suddenly exposed, but today, are being eclipsed rather than framed by the new World Trade Center,” he wrote.

Critics’ reviews of the new One World Trade Center building have been mixed, but the Twin Towers weren’t always beloved architecture, either.

“Their smooth façades and uniform rows of narrow windows projected the monotony and order that are often identified with corporate culture,” Colin Moynihan writes in The New Yorker. “Though they soared higher than any other buildings in New York City, their boxlike appearance was more utilitarian than inspiring.”

Even if people disliked the buildings, there’s no denying they were iconic ― both for residents who saw them from all over the city, and for the rest of the world, which saw them towering over the skyline in countless movies and television shows.

While the shape of New York’s skyline has changed, in Vergara’s images, the changes appear to be an essential part of the city’s identity. 

“The skyline is often how people relate to cities,” Vergara told The Huffington Post. “If a city has a skyline, it enters into a different category. It’s a grand city, a great city.”

Vergara, now in his early 70s, will be photographing the 9/11 Memorial on Sunday evening and has no plans to stop shooting in New York or other cities around the country anytime soon. His latest book, Detroit Is No Dry Bones, comes out this fall.

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