Archive | March, 2017


30 Mar

A strong sense of humor is associated with a longer life in women, in spite of illness, and resistance to infection in men. (Rodriguez, T. Laugh lots, live longer. Scientific American Mind, 2016, 27(5), p. 17)


26 Mar

Here’s more on spanking- Although there may be circumstances in which spanking isn’t harmful, studies, past and current, have found that spanking predicts negative changes in behavior. Moreover, no study shows that spanking improves adjustment. So, the best policy is not to spank. (Moyer, M. W. What science really says about spanking. Scientific American Mind, 2016, 27(5), p. 12)


23 Mar

The results of a meta-analysis of more than 50 years of research links spanking with children’s becoming more aggressive and less successful. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2016, 47(7), p. 13)


18 Mar

Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai: You cannot enslave a mind that knows itself.


17 Mar

Oscar Levant: Self-pity – it’s the only pity that counts.


13 Mar

On a scale from 1 (least happy) to 10 (happiest), according to the 2016 World Happiness Report, the mean happiness level for the USA is 7.10. Denmark had the highest rating (7.52), then Switzerland (7.51), Iceland ( 7.50), and Norway (7.50). Six variables explained 75% of the difference between the happiest and unhappiest countries: gross domestic product per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, and perception of corruption. (In brief, Monitor on Psychology, 2016, 47 (7))


10 Mar

To reduce the risk for Alzheimers: 1) Be active cognitively, physically, & socially; 2) Find meaning and pursue what brings it; and 3) Eat heart healthy. (Burnett, D. A. Banking against Alzheimers. Scientific American Mind, 2016, 47(4), 29-37)

5 Mar

Susan Sontag: I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.


2 Mar

Winston Churchill: Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.