Oxygen masks

The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness. Arthur Schopenhauer 1788 – 1860 I’m sure most of us have been on a plane and heard the pre-flight warning about oxygen masks–you know, the one where they tell you to put your own mask on before assisting others. And we all understand the reasoning behind the instruction: you need to ensure your own health and safety first, because if you pass out from lack of oxygen, you won’t be in any condition to help others. And depending on the specific circumstances, you may not have much …
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Are your beliefs killing you?

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. Buddha c. 563 BCE – c. 480 BCE We all know the impact stress has on our health–that it’s the underlying cause of so many health-related issues today. But we also know that not all commonly held beliefs are true. So what about this one? It turns out that stress is a little more complicated than we thought. Researchers conducted an eight year study involving thirty thousand U.S. adults. At the beginning of the study, participants were asked two questions: how …
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Who do you believe?

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948 From time to time, we all encounter difficult problems. When we’re weighing choices that will significantly impact our future, you’d think that we’d seek out and follow the best advice available. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen; there are a couple of traps that often snag us. The first pitfall is overestimating our own abilities. To illustrate, let me tell you about a study conducted in 1997 by U.S. …
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