Feb 24, 2014

26% Americans Unaware the Earth Orbits the Sun..Really??

Does the Earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the Earth?

“When asked that question by +National Science Foundation IIP , 1 in 4 Americans surveyed answered incorrectly. Yes, 1 in 4. In other words, a quarter of Americans do not understand one of the most fundamental principles of basic science.”

“Only 48 percent knew that humans evolved from earlier species of animals.”

“Americans actually fared better than Europeans who took similar quizzes — at least when it came to the sun and Earth question. Only 66 percent of European Union residents answered that one correctly.”

I read this in my news feed this morning and thought really! 26% people of one of the so called smartest country in the world don’t know, Earth revolves around the Sun.What the hack, where the hell they spent $69.8 Billion (yes with a B) of education funding (2013).

Feb 20, 2014

Feb 18, 2014

Remember to put the glass down

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience.

As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” 

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn't matter.
It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” 

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down.

Source - Unknown

Feb 15, 2014

The Science Behind a Happy Relationship (Infographic)

While some are still on the hysteria of Valentine Day, I thought I'll put this research backed tips for Happy Relationship.

Wishing you all long lasting relationships.





Thanks +Happify 

Feb 14, 2014

want to cut the divorce or breakup rate in half?

Its very simple and may be fun (may be not for the guys).

Just watch a romantic movie together and discuss 

That’s the finding from a study in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. [Ronald D. Rogge et al, Is skills training necessary for the primary prevention of marital distress and dissolution? A 3-year experimental study of three interventions.]

Psychologists found that encouraging couples to watch romance flicks and then discuss them cut the divorce rate in half.The researchers divided 174 newlywed couples into three programs: active listening, where one spouse listens and then paraphrases back what they heard; or compassion training, doing random acts of kindness for your partner; or watching a movie a week for a month.

The movie-viewing couples discussed each film after watching it, guided by questions about the characters. Questions like: “Were they able to open up and tell each other how they really felt, or did they tend to just snap at each other with anger?”

All three programs worked very well, dropping the divorce rate after three years to 11 percent, versus 24 percent for couples who did no therapy. But the movie program is much more accessible and cheaper than counseling.



Source, Thanks  +Scientific American 

Feb 11, 2014

The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy

Very well explained difference between Sympathy vs Empathy. Hopefully I'll be able to show more empathy than sympathy.




Feb 8, 2014

"Asynchronous Syntropy" a "Swept Away project" at Museum of Arts and Design NYC

New York-based artist Joe Mangrum has spent the last 8 years drawing beautiful, hypnotic patterns and designs on the streets and squares of New York. But chances are you probably won’t see any of them, because they tend to disappear.

Mangrum draws his impressive and expansive works by pouring brightly-colored sand from his hands. The circular geometric forms he uses, as well as his use of colored sand, makes his work resemble traditional Buddhist mandalas, but he also mixed in marine biological design elements and other to give his work a unique look. The artist writes that his “paintings are influenced by an abundant world of undersea creatures, carnivorous plants emanating electrical impulses,… [and] cross-cultural metaphors from many years of travels around the world.”



Source: +Bored Panda

http://www.joemangrum.com/


Feb 4, 2014

Depression

As part of my new challenge of counselling studies, I study about psychological diseases. Depression is one of the biggest and most common issue people face now a days. This video from +World Health Organization hits the nail on head. It is so simple and easy to understand. 

There are so many ways to cure depression the biggest challenge for anyone suffering is to speak out and seek help. In our society it is acceptable to seek help if we have cold or cancer but it is hard to accept that someone could have psychological challenges.

There are so many resources of health available we just need to find the courage to stop thinking about the society and seek help.