from a recent Study Finds: According to researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, feeling nostalgic helps people overcome low levels of pain by reducing brain activity. Their study reveals that yearning for a “simpler time” reduces brain activity and could help people overcome low levels of pain like headaches. “As a predominantly positive emotion, nostalgia serves … Continue reading This Blog Post Will Reduce Your Aches and Pains
Recently I made the decision to add some non-vegan items to my diet, as a sort of trial. I thought I'd start with eggs and salmon, and give myself about 90 days to see if I notice any differences in my health and general well-being. It may not seem like much, but I've been a … Continue reading Is This How My Students Feel When I Teach Them How to Do Something?
It is a strange time for those people who graduated from college in the past year or so and then started their first job. Many of these people, often referred to as Gen Z (born after 1997), finished college taking classes remotely, and they began their career working remotely. So it's not out of the … Continue reading Is It Possible That Some Members of Gen Z Will Never Work in an Office?
Jane Brody, who has written the Personal Health column in the New York Times since 1976, is retiring. I've always thought it seemed like one of the ultimate jobs in journalism. Jane, who is in her 80s, has been involved with reporting on health for over 58 years. For her last column this week, she … Continue reading The Evolution of Health Advice Over the Years
One of the things I remember most about teaching during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters was how quiet the classes were in those few minutes before class began. To me, it was a combination of social distancing, masks, teaching freshmen, and cell phones, all of which helped to create a barrier of sorts … Continue reading I Guess I Should Be Teaching More Than Just Accounting
In his latest Pinkcast, Dan Pink asks: why are successful people so lonely? To help find the answer, Dan engages the help of Arthur Brooks, Harvard professor and author of From Strength to Strength. Brooks claims that the problem is that while successful people may have many friends — they may not be the right kind. … Continue reading If This Is True, Then I Should Have Lots of Real Friends
Starting tomorrow, Villanova University will no longer require masks to be worn in our indoor facilities, such as the classrooms. I have been waiting for this day for a while, and it is finally here. Other than a two-week break to start the Fall 2021 semester, we have been wearing masks since the Fall of … Continue reading Our School’s Mask Requirement Has Been Lifted!
I found this response from Dan Ariely to a question he received from a reader quite interesting. Here was that question: Dear Dan, I’m a journalist at a small newspaper serving a community that is largely non-white and low income. I proposed doing a story about the environment, but the editorial board is concerned that … Continue reading Who Cares Most About Environmental Issues? The Answer May Surprise You.
I’ve written more than a few posts about some of my embarrassing moments (I have so many to choose from): Lobster Man Strikes Again Another One of Life’s Embarrassing Moments Embarrassing Stories – A Wonderful Way to Get to Know One Another? Another Benefit of Sharing Embarrassing Moments Add One More to Life’s Embarrassing Moments Well, That Was Embarrassing… Thankfully, … Continue reading Time to Embarrass Myself, Again
I remember when our oldest son was around 10 years old how much he enjoyed the Choose Your Own adventures series of books. Here’s a description from Wikipedia: Choose Your Own Adventure, or Secret Path Books is a series of children’s gamebooks where each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the … Continue reading Choose Your Own Adventure: Volume 2