What Are the Solutions to Political Polarization?

Social psychology reveals what creates conflict among groups and how they can come together.   What drives political polarization? Is it simply disagreement over the great issues of the day? Not necessarily. Recent research by the More in Common Foundation found that more than three-fourths of Americans support both stricter gun laws and a pathway to citizenship[…]

Eat Healthier With Family and Friends

Learn to eat healthy at parties, restaurants and barbecues   You’re probably great at sticking to your diet when you’re alone in your own home. But do you notice that you eat more when you’re with others? If so, you’re not alone. Many dieters struggle to stick to a healthy eating plan when they are in[…]

How Phones Compromise Our Ability to Connect

A new study shows that when people are on their phones, they smile less, affecting their ability to connect with others.   Mobile phones are ubiquitous. Stand in line at any grocery store or sit in any hospital waiting room, and you see people staring at their phones, presumably catching up on news or work[…]

Why Experiencing Joy and Pain in a Group Is So Powerful

Brené Brown explains how to overcome our sense of disconnection and find our common humanity.    Today, our culture is in crisis. Many people have retreated to their ideological bunkers to hate from afar, dehumanizing others rather than risk having real, meaningful conversations across their differences.   How will we find our way back to[…]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the U.S., and early detection can be critical for improving outcomes against the disease. Below are some tips to help you reduce your risk.   Early Detection is the Key   Perform a breast self-exam each month Discuss breast changes/abnormalities with your healthcare[…]

Overwhelmed by Suffering? Here’s How to Act Anyway

Confronted with images of immigrant children in cages, how can we get past overwhelm and work toward a solution?   A few days ago, a Facebook friend of mine posted a video of a Texas detention center housing apprehended migrants at the U.S. border. Inside massive enclosures made of chain-link fencing, children sat shoulder to[…]

To Counter Loneliness, Find Ways to Connect

Much of modern life, though seeming to promote connectivity, has had the opposite effect of fostering social isolation and loneliness, experts say.   A four-minute film produced for the UnLonely Film Festival and Conference last month featured a young woman who, as a college freshman, felt painfully alone. She desperately missed her familiar haunts and high school[…]

Minimize the Risk of Food Poisoning

The year is not yet half over and already there have been seven documented multistate outbreaks of food poisoning. The latest involved eggs in their shells containing salmonella and packaged chopped romaine lettuce contaminated with the especially dangerous “hamburger bug” E. coli O157:H7.     The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the romaine outbreak involved[…]