Caitlin Johnstone: On authentic spirituality

Spirituality, as it is implemented in our world today, is almost entirely useless. No, that's not fair, I take that back. Spirituality as it is implemented in our world today has been very useful for giving people pleasant narratives to tell themselves about the nature of reality, for helping people to compartmentalize and dissociate away from their feelings and their psychological trauma, and for giving people a sense of belonging and the egoically pleasing feeling of having superior beliefs to other people. Spirituality as it is implemented in our world today is great for escapism, in the same way that doing drugs, playing video games or binging on Netflix is great for escapism. I think it's fair to say that more than 99 percent of what is generally practiced and recognized as spirituality today is nothing other than glorified escapism,...

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Can you do 40 pushups? Harvard scientists say your risk of heart attack is over 30 times less

And even if you can't, every pushup you can do over a certain number can reduce your risk. We all want to live long lives. We all want to live healthy lives. Health and fitness aren't just an outside interest; health and fitness can play a major role in your success. While the physical benefits clearly matter, the mental benefits of improved health and fitness on your professional and personal life -- perseverance, resilience, determination, and mental toughness -- are just as important. But being healthy and fit is tough when the nature of most work involves sitting at a desk all day -- and, if you're an entrepreneur knee-deep in launching your startup, all evening, too. But how can you determine the impact of a relatively sedentary professional lifestyle? Cardiovascular disease and stroke are the leading causes of premature...

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Stoic practices that can make us happier …or less unhappy

Learn from the Stoics - turns out they knew a thing or two - and try these 4 rituals for a happier life. Alright, you've probably read a zillion articles about happiness online and you're not a zillion times happier. What gives? Reading ain't the same as doing. You wouldn't expect to read some martial arts books and then go kick ass like Bruce Lee, would you? All behavior, all changes, must be trained. The ancient Stoics knew this. They didn't write stuff just to be read. They created rituals - exercises - to be performed to train your mind to respond properly to life so you could live it well. From The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living: That's why the philosophers warn us not to be satisfied with mere learning, but to...

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Twenty-four cases of the mumps confirmed at the University of Florida

It all started when Caillin Heron's jaw started to hurt and she found it hard to chew. That lead to a high fever, aches, pains and a severely swollen face. A few days later, the second army lieutenant and recent UF criminology graduate was diagnosed with the mumps. As of Tuesday afternoon, University of Florida spokesperson Steve Orlando confirmed there are 24 cases of the mumps on campus. All 24 students were vaccinated. Herron said it felt like a really bad flu and the worst face pain she'd ever experienced. "At one point I was sleeping sitting up," said Herron. ...

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Harvard researchers say certain ADHD medications may increase risk of psychosis

Certain medications commonly used to treat ADHD in teens and young adults may increase their risk of psychosis, according to new research from Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. The potential of developing psychosis was greater in younger patients who take amphetamines, such as Adderall or Vyvanse, than those taking methylphenidates, such as Ritalin or Concerta, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. The researchers studied 13- to 25-year-olds. They defined psychosis as hallucinations, delusional disorder, schizophrenia spectrum disorder, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder with psychotic features or unspecified psychosis. ...

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