Science & Health

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[Dr. Robert Emmons, from the University of California at Davis, in a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, conducted eight years of intensive research on Gratitude. His research culminated in a best-selling book, “Thanks! How The New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.” Here are his findings, courtesy of his website, – Editor].

The New Science of Gratitude

Author and researcher Dr. Robert Emmons has discovered what gives life meaning: Gratitude. Emmons found that people who view life as a gift and consciously acquire an “attitude of gratitude” will experience multiple advantages.

In Pursuit of Happiness

By Stephen Post

The words “’tis more blessed to give than to receive” echo down the centuries in the famous prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, “not so much to be loved as to love,” and in Shakespeare’s renowned lines on the “quality of mercy” that blesses the giver as well as the receiver. The paradox is that in the giving of self lies the unsought discovery of a happier self. The echo is heard in modern times as well. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself….” Dr. Albert Schweitzer affirmed, “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” Dickens captured the refrain in the person of Scrooge, for whom buoyancy returns with each new expression of benevolence. Does happiness really ensue from benevolent love?

The Fountain of Youth & Health

By Dr. Luise Light and Mary Sparrowdancer

While the USDA, the FDA, news media and nearly all of “modern medicine” promote vaccines, chemicals, surgery and radiation as the “accepted” way of dealing with the growing number of illnesses and symptoms prevalent in the US, it now appears that magnesium may be the miraculous, essential mineral that has been kept hidden from us for about 100 years. 

FACTBOX - U.S. presidential candidates on energy issues believes the two major candidates' respective positions on energy is a vital issue worthy of presentation on our site. With high U.S. gasoline prices cutting into family budgets and forcing Americans to change their driving habits, energy is a major issue in the 2008 presidential election. Here is a look at what Democratic candidate Barack Obama and Republican rival John McCain are saying about energy issues. From Reuters as published in The International Herald Tribune.

Max Your MPG

Max Your MPG

Today's gas prices make many of us think about driving more efficiently. "Hypermilers" go to extremes, eking out up to 100 miles on a gallon of gas.

The Journey from Childhood to Adulthood: The Importance and Limitations of Rites of Passage

by Bill Plotkin

Contemporary, Western society fails us during the transition from childhood to adulthood. Too many people reach their physical prime without ever attaining psychological maturity. Put plainly, in today’s world, growing up is hard to do.

One part of the problem, well documented and analyzed by now, is the loss of meaningful rites of passage at times such as puberty or high school graduation. But this neglect is not at all the biggest barrier to personal development.

Food, Hormones, and Lifestyle

By Dr. Luise Light, M.S., Ed.D.

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Imbalances in the way we live and what we eat combine with our genetics to determine how quickly and “ugly” we will age, and whether we will become ill with one of the common chronic diseases of aging.

New Hints Seen That Red Wine May Slow Aging


Red wine may be much more potent than was thought in extending human lifespan, researchers say in a new report that is likely to give impetus to the rapidly growing search for longevity drugs.

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