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There is always one person that is the most important to you in this life. Now, you might start thinking that is your spouse or lover, or your mother, or your mentor, or your best friend, or your child... and while those are, of course, important, the most important person is you! You are the one who makes decisions for yourself (or at least I hope you do), you are the one that is constantly talking to yourself in your head, you are the one that has your well-being at heart (hopefully). So you are the most important person in your life and in your world.

This week our featured articles focus on you getting to know you better... and you treating you as the most important person that you are. 

We also have numerous articles on a variety of topics all focused on creating a better life for yourself and a better world for all.

Scroll down for the new articles that were added to the website this week.

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

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"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"


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Healing Our Past and Living Forwards

Author: Gary C. Cooper

Who doesn't wish they could rewind the tape of their lives and do a few things differently? “If I only knew then what I know now ...” We’ve all sung that song. So, what do we do with our troublesome memories?
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How You Talk to Yourself Matters

Author: Coline Monsarrat

The way we talk to ourselves matters as it also affects how we feel about ourselves. If we constantly have negative self-talk, our brains will start to believe those negative thoughts and affect our actions and emotions in a negative way...
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Getting to Know Your Authentic Self

Author: Ora Nadrich

Each day we go out into the world and present who we are to others. But sometimes, unbeknownst to us, we present who we think we should be, or need to be. We may put on a false persona as a way to get the love and acknowledgment we deeply crave.
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How to Forge Deeper Relationships in a Superficial World

Author: Robert Jennings,

Navigating life can be likened to moving through a complex maze of decisions and challenges that test our resilience and adaptability.
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Reciprocity Restores the Intrinsic Joy of Our True Being

Author: Paul Weiss

Our vulnerability reminds us that we are never truly independent, but always exist in a field of reciprocity. Thus reciprocity is a deep spiritual principle.
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The World That We See, and the One That Is Yet to Be Seen

Author: Adele Venneri

In the “apparent” world many are those who let themselves be frightened by the chaos, the crisis, the change that involves every cell and therefore everybody.
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Passive Learning: The Secret to Faster Skill Building

Author: Robert Jennings,

Learning a new skill usually requires actively practicing it through trial and error while getting feedback on your performance.
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Forgetting: Not a Flaw, but a Feature of the Human Memory System

Author: Alexander Easton, Durham University

Forgetting in our day to day lives may feel annoying or, as we get older, a little frightening. But it is an entirely normal part of memory – enabling us to move on or make space for new information.
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Invisible Signals: What Your Body's Chemicals Say About You

Author: Aoife Morrin, Dublin City University

Hundreds of chemicals stream from our bodies into the air every second. These chemicals release into the air easily as they have high vapour pressures, meaning they boil and turn into gases at room temperature. They give clues about who we are, and how healthy we are.
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The Language of Love: How Different Terms Influence Our Romantic Lives

Author: Georgi Gardiner, University of Tennessee

Are you really in love? How expanding your love lexicon can change your relationships and how you see yourself...
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The Climate Puzzle: How 20°C Shapes Life on Earth

Author: Mark John Costello and Ross Corkrey

20°C seems the optimal temperature for life on Earth to thrive – what does this mean in a warming world?
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The Info Wars: Defending Democracies from Disinformation

Author: Sander van der Linden, University of Cambridge et al

With over half the world’s population heading to the polls in 2024, disinformation season is upon us — and the warnings are dire. Disinformation threatens global elections – here’s how to fight back...
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Don't Be Fooled: The Real Meaning of 'Patented' and 'FDA-approved' in Ads

Author: Michael Mattioli and Louis F. Niezer

Don’t let ‘FDA-approved’ or ‘patented’ in ads give you a false sense of security...
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Rethinking Journalism Funding: A Path Beyond Rich Benefactors

Author: Rodney Benson and Victor Pickard

Saving the news media means moving beyond the benevolence of billionaires. Most spectacularly, the Los Angeles Times recently slashed more than 20% of its newsroom.
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The Pursuit of Leisure: Why Americans Still Work Long Hours

Author: Gary Cross, Penn State

Why is free time still so elusive? There have been massive gains in productivity over the past century. So why are people still working so hard for so long?
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Immigrant Workforce: Key to Solving the US Labor Shortage Dilemma

Author: Ramya Vijaya, Stockton University

Immigrants do work that might not otherwise get done – bolstering the US economy...
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The True Meaning of Self-Love: A Pathway to Personal Development

Author: Ian Robertson, University of Wollongong

“To love what you are, the thing that is yourself, is just as if you were embracing a glowing red-hot iron” said psychonalyst Carl Jung.
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Can We Reverse the Damage? Exploring Solutions in the Anthropocene Era

Author: Victor Court, Université Paris Cité

In 2000, Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul J. Crutzen proposed that the epoch known as the Holocene, which started some 11,700 years ago, had reached its end.
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Shattering Myths: Feminists Report More Loving and Satisfying Sex

Author: Tina Fetner, McMaster University

You might’ve heard the stereotype that feminists are just angry women who need to find a man who can satisfy them sexually. It is an old trope that has been with us since at least the 1970s.
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This Week's Astrological Overview

Astrological Overview & Horoscope: Feb. 19 - 25, 2024

Author: Pam Younghans

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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.  (For the audio and/or video version, use the "Continue reading" link.)
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