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Why Play Is Important, And How We’re Loosing It

In this talk, Dr. Peter Gray compelling brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual but, overall dramatic decline in children’s freedom to play with other children, without adult direction. Over this same period, there has been a gradual but, overall, dramatic increase in anxiety, depression, feelings of helplessness, suicide, and narcissism in children and adolescents. Based on his own and others’ research, Dr. Gray documents why free play is essential for children’s healthy social and emotional development and outlines steps through which we can bring free play back to children’s lives.

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Holy power of gibberish?

Univ of Penn. study examines people who speak in tongues with MRI which proves the speech center is not working.

For more resources read the NY Times article “A Neuroscientific Look at Speaking in Tongues” at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/07/hea…

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The story of fire: How to pass on knowledge

The following is a very insightful Sufi story about how to pass-on knowledge. By Ahmed el-Bedavi (d. 1276), founder of the Egyptian Bedavi Sufi Order. Retold by Idries Shah. I read it in “Tales of the Dervishes

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Once upon a time a man was contemplating the ways in which Nature operates, and he discovered, because of his concentration and application, how fire could be made.

This man was called Nour [Light]. He decided to travel from one community to another, showing people his discovery.

Nour passed the secret to many groups of people. Some took advantage of the knowledge. Others drove him away, thinking that he must be dangerous, before they had had time to understand how valuable this discovery could be to them. Finally, a tribe before which he demonstrated became so panic-stricken that they set about him and killed him, being convinced that he was a demon.

Centuries passed. The first tribe which had learned about fire reserved the secret for their priests, who remained in affluence and power while the people froze.

The second tribe forgot the art and worshipped instead the instruments. The third worshipped a likeness of Nour himself, because it was he who had
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The surprising science of happiness

Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

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Tips for laughter radio Interviews

Find laughter exercises you could use for radio interviews at http://www.laughteronlineuniversity.com/exercises/

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How to Warm Up Your Voice

Tricia Grey says you should warm up your voice for singing for at least 20 or 30 minutes, ideally in 10-minute increments throughout the day of a performance.

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The happy planet index

Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity — instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.

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Human Emotions: Laughter

By Professor June Gruber, from Yale University

00:00 Chapter 1. Introduction to Lecture
02:56 Chapter 2. Evolution of laughter
05:45 Chapter 3. What does laughter sound like?
10:18 Chapter 4. What makes us laugh?
13:03 Chapter 5. Benefits of laughter.
18:49 Chapter 6. Take-Away Questions
20:04 Chapter 7. Expert Interview

This course is part of a broader educational mission to share the study of human emotion beyond the boundaries of the classroom in order to reach students and teachers alike, both locally and globally, through the use of technology. This mission is generously supported by, and in collaboration with, the Yale Office of Digital Dissemination and the Yale College Dean’s Office. This series was recorded and produced by Douglas Forbush, Lucas Swineford, and the Yale Broadcasting and Media Center.

Course website: http://www.yalepeplab.com/teaching/ps…

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Want To Change? Advertise Your Weaknesses

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The following is an excellent article by Dr. Madan Kataria (http://www.laughteryoga.org):

Every person has a fair share of strengths and weaknesses, but very few have the courage to talk about their weaknesses. It is understandably difficult to open up and admit to one’s faults and try to rectify them. Sometimes, we go through our entire life hiding our weaknesses, which most often is detrimental for our self esteem. Therefore, it is important to primarily accept our faults and then set out to fix them.

Here is an interesting story that reveals a great way of getting rid of your weakness or any bad habits by actually telling others about it:

Long back in the early 90s, when I was practicing medicine in Mumbai, one of my patients was a chain smoker. He had tried almost every method in the book to try and get rid of his habit, but it was of no use. Rather dejected, he came to me and asked me for help. Knowing his weakness and his inability to stand by his conviction, I told him that instead of trying to quit smoking,
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Interview: Norm Crosby, on laughter

Dr. Lee Berk and comedian Norm Crosby discuss the positive effect laughter can have, not only on our mental health but also our physical health.

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