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Success! This is something everyone desires, though we may all have very different definitions of success. If you're listening to marketing pitches, success is usually equated to money and a big something or other... (house, car, boat, bank account, etc.). If you're reading romance novels, then success is Prince Charming or the most perfect wife or partner.

And what about in personal growth circles? How would success be defined? Some might say that inner peace and joy would be success. Others may say that having a strong spiritual connection to a Higher Power is being successful. And some that having loving relationships, whether with a mate or partner or with friends, and/or with neighbors and co-workers, is being successful. Or, possibly success is loving yourself unconditionally and seeing the best in everyone around you -- including yourself. Or perhaps being healthy, and your loved ones being healthy, is success for you. 

We each all have our own definition of success, and it will probably change as we experience life and change ourselves. This week, we bring you articles by a variety of authors with different perspectives of success - on personal, emotional, spiritual, political, and/or planetary levels...

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Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, health-full, and loving week. 

Marie T. Russell and Robert Jennings
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"


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10 Steps to Create Positive Karma and a Successful Life

Author: Vincent DeFilippo

When some people hear the word “karma,” they associate a negative connotation. But everything we do either causes a negative or positive effect. It’s as simple as that.
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How to Center and Ground Yourself Amid Chaos: Find True North

Author: Kate King

Humans possess an inner True North, just like the reliable North Star in the heavens, that continuously steers us toward our essential Selves. It’s from that interior home within our Selves that the radiance within each of us can emanate.
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The Bittersweet Reality: Rethinking Our Food Habits

Author: Robert Jennings,

In today's intricate food landscape, sugar, with its many guises, emerges as a particularly misleading protagonist...
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The Value of Being Authentic

Author: Cheryl Pallant, PhD

Practicing authenticity is challenging for anyone regardless of age. Authenticity requires us to recognize discrete sensations, emotions, and thoughts. It requires developing somatic and emotional intelligences.
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Intrusive Thoughts and Mental Chatter: They Are Not You

Author: Phill Webster

We all have a constant barrage of mental chatter. It’s incessant. Even when we sleep, the brain produces thoughts relevant to our current concerns. They may seem out of control.
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How to Truly Be Heard: The Role of Articulation in Effective Communication

Author: Robert Jennings,

Articulation is more than just an assembly of words; it manifests thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
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Our Inborn Toolkit of Five Emotions and their Homeopathic Remedies

Author: Jerry M. Kantor

When likening each basic emotion to a tool, an emotion’s expression serves the purpose of problem solving.
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America at a Crossroads:The Erosion of American Democratic Ideals

Author: Robert Jennings,

There is no denying the turbulence that American democracy has endured. Historian Heather Cox Richardson, in her conversation with Michelle Martin, discusses the deep-rooted challenges that the nation faces.
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Self-Assessment and Confidence: What Cognitive Science Reveals

Author: Marion Rouault, Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière (ICM)

Science shows that self-esteem plays a key role with certain mental disorders, particularly those of anxious and depressive nature.
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Are You Born with Good Balance? The Answer May Surprise You

Author: Gurpreet Singh, Binghamton University

Are people born with good balance? A physical therapist explains the systems that help keep you on your toes...a
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Defying Age: Strength Training's Impact on Physical Decline

Author: Zachary Gillen, Mississippi State University

Steep physical decline with age is not inevitable – here’s how strength training can change the trajectory...
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The Influence of AI on Human Thought: What to Expect

Author: Sarah Vivienne Bentley, CSIRO et al

Dumbing down or wising up: how will generative AI change the way we think?
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A World Transformed: The Impact of Land Allocation on Climate and Biodiversity

Author: Deepa Senapathi, University of Reading

Forests vs. farmland: what the world would look like if we allocated all our land in the optimal way...
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The Nutty Truth: Why Almonds and Nuts Are Good for You

Author: Boris Hansel,and Jérémy Puyraimond-Zemmour

I f there’s one area where shelled fruits [JN1] have proved their worth, it’s bringing cholesterol down.
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The Intriguing Link Between Morbid Curiosity and Conspiracy Beliefs

Author: Joe Stubbersfield and Coltan Scrivner,

Do you like scary movies, true crime podcasts, or violent sports? Research has shown that a major part of the attraction is their appeal to morbid curiosity.
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The Role of Collective Memory in Fueling Ethnic Conflicts

Author: Olumba E. Ezenwa, Royal Holloway University of London

When a group of youths attacked shops and buildings in Tallinn, Estonia, on the evening of April 26, 2007, it sparked two days of civil unrest.
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The Zoom Effect: How Video Calls Promote Insecurity and Affect Mental Health

Author: Emily Hemendinger, University of Colorado

The ‘Zoom effect’ and the possible link between videochatting and appearance dissatisfaction...
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What Companies Don't Want You to Know About Dark Patterns

Author: Richard Whittle and Stuart Mills

Dark patterns: how online companies strive to keep your money and data when you try to leave...s
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Counting Sheep and Losing Sleep: The Science of Insomnia

Author: Philippa Martyr, The University of Western Australia

Insomnia is a well-recorded preoccupation in history. It includes difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep, and comes with daytime distress and anxiety.
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The Cognitive Impact of Loneliness: More Than Just a Feeling

Author: Robin Kramer, University of Lincoln

If there’s one thing we as humans seem to have in common, it’s that most of us have felt lonely at one time or another.s
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The Hot Debate: Do Spicy Foods Affect Lifespan?

Author: Paul D. Terry, University of Tennessee

Spicy food might burn in the moment, but it likely won’t harm your health in the long term...
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Why Shouting at Kids is More Harmful Than You Think

Author: Dennis Golm, University of Southampton

Shouting at children linked to depression – but defining what counts as verbal abuse is what will help prevent harmful parenting...
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This Week's Astrological Overview

Astrological Overview and Horoscope: October 16 - 22, 2023

Author:  Pam Younghans, NorthPoint Astrology

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This weekly astrological journal is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.
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Videos Added to YouTube This Week

Astrological Overview: October 16 - 22, 2023


InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration October 13-14-15, 2023


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