Mind & Spirit

If You Have Guilt-Proneness, You’re Probably More Trustworthy

It turns out your mother was right: Guilt is a powerful motivator. New research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business finds that when it comes to predicting who is most likely to act in a trustworthy manner, one of the most important factors is guilt-proneness. In the study in the Journal of Personality ...

Troy Oakes

Fingers pointing ata guilty sign.

Study Shows Younger Children Tend to Make More-Informed Decisions

A new study from the University of Waterloo has found that in some ways, the older you get, the worse your decision-making becomes. The study established that younger children seem to make slightly better decisions than older children. The older children get, the more they tend to ignore some of the information available to them ...

Troy Oakes

Study Finds Nature Is Proving to Be an Awesome Medicine for PTSD

The awe we feel in nature can dramatically reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to UC Berkeley research that tracked psychological and physiological changes in war veterans and at-risk inner-city youth during white-water rafting trips. Psychologists tested nature’s healing powers on 72 military veterans and, separately, on 52 teens from underserved Bay Area ...

Troy Oakes

Strong Sibling Bond Protects Against the Effects of Fighting Parents

Generally, children who experience recurrent destructive conflicts between their parents are at a higher risk of later developing mental health problems. However, a new longitudinal study published in Child Development finds that a strong sibling bond can offset the negative effects of parental strife. Conducted by researchers from the University of Rochester, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University ...

Troy Oakes

An Open Mind Helped a Woman Survive Cancer and Live 30 Years

In 1966, 10 women suffering from cervical cancer were the first group of patients to receive laser treatment in Qingdao City, Shandong Province, China. The condition of one 54-year-old patient was serious. Nevertheless, she was the only survivor in the group. In the eyes of her family, is was a miracle recovery due to her ...

Armin Auctor

Are Teens Growing Up at a Slower Pace? Study Says Yes!

Many people believe that teens today grow up faster than they used to, while others argue that today’s youth are growing up more slowly, perhaps due to over protection by their parents. A new study explored this issue by examining how often teens in recent years (compared to teens in previous decades) engaged in adult ...

Troy Oakes

Block Play May Improve Children’s Math Skills, Executive Functioning

Semi-structured block play among preschool-age children has the potential to improve two skills — mathematics and executive functioning — critical to kindergarten readiness, according to a new study by Purdue University researchers. Sara Schmitt, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, said: “As an early childhood expert, I feel like I’m constantly being ...

Troy Oakes

Cosmology of the Han Chinese: Taiji and Bagua

Every culture on Earth has its own myths and legends that explain the origin of life. In China, there are many cultures and thus many origin stories. The following is one of the most common representing the cosmology of the Han Chinese. Cosmology of the Han Chinese In ancient China, the Han people believed that ...

Nspirement Staff

two hands cupped above each other one holds ice one holds fire symbolic of a yin yang symbol

The 11 Virtues of Jade

“Jade worship” is a common phenomenon among Chinese around the world. It was established in China thousands of years ago. The culture of jade worship began in ancient times when jade was seen as being symbolic of rulers and having a connection to God. Jade was considered to be at a level as high as ...

David Jirard

A jade necklace.

Young Children Use Physics, Not Previous Rewards, When Learning

Children as young as seven apply basic laws of physics to problem-solving, rather than learning from what has previously been rewarded, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. The findings of the study, based on the Aesop’s fable The Crow and the Pitcher, help solve a debate about whether children learning to use tools are ...

Troy Oakes